BuyCleverStuff - a Lithe Audio Pro Partner

Lithe Audio Pro Partner Status Awarded To BuyCleverStuff

It’s official, BuyCleverStuff is now officially one of the first new certified experts to be named as a Lithe Audio Pro Partner.

We know just how popular Lithe Audio products are across homes in the United Kingdom, and our customers keep coming back for more.

Which is why, we are proud to bear their Pro Partner – Certified Product Experts logo on ALL of the product range on our website.

There’s a few great reasons why we have received this highest level of recommendation:

UK TOP SELLER OF LITHE AUDIO

We’re one of the biggest retailers in the United Kingdom when it comes down to Lithe Audio.

We have sold their products in droves since its first product release, the award-winning Lithe Audio Bluetooth Ceiling Speaker, back in June 2016.

WE HOLD STOCK FOR NEXT DAY DELIVERY

Exactly this.

We hold a consistent amount of stock to keep all of our customers happy with free and fast next working day UK delivery. No questions, straight to your door. This means you could order before 3pm, and have everything installed before next midday if all is quick enough!

RENAMING SERVICE & EXPERT KNOWLEDGE

We offer a completely free renaming service for Lithe Audio Bluetooth Ceiling Speaker set-ups.

What does that mean? You can have a completely unique and identifiable name for each speaker in your home if you wish.

Want to make them compatible for use with home automation products such as Amazon Echo and Google Home devices? We can do that too!

The incredible team over at Lithe Audio also knows just how good our product knowledge is (we were on hand looking at the very first prototypes!)

We have an annual MOT about the products too so we can give you all the advice you need!

So what does that means for you as a customer?

Simply put – because we’re a Pro Partner – our customers get things they won’t get anywhere else when it comes to Lithe Audio!

Exclusive extended 3 year warranty

Incredible exclusive seasonal offers

Dedicated technical support that you can trust

Smart Speakers In Homes Mean Owners Listen To More Music

Smart Speaker Owners Now Listen To “More Music” Study Shows

A recent study by Edison Research has found that homes have more music in them than before, thanks to having a smart speaker such as Amazon Echo or Google Home.

The Smart Audio Report from NPR and Edison Research has revealed that around 70% of smart-speaker owners say they are listening to more audio at home since purchasing their device.

Other key numbers show that:

  • 65% of smart speaker owners would not go back to life without such a device
  • 42% say it is “essential” in their day-to-day lives
  • Eight out of ten parents say it is easier to entertain their children as a result of a smart speaker

These findings have come from group samples in the United States of America, but another study by Verto Analytics at the end of 2016 showed that 81% of Brits own a smartphone compared to 68% of Americans.

And with the increasing popularity in smart speakers in the United Kingdom (particularly with the Apple HomePod available from Christmas 2017) it could mean here this side of the Atlantic we’re even more fanatical about having audio in the home!

Lithe Audio to Amazon Echo Dot Connection
Connect Lithe Audio to Amazon Echo Dot
Keene KLAB Xpress to Amazon Echo Dot
Pair Easily An Amazon Echo Dot to Keene KLAB Xpress

Both the Lithe Audio Bluetooth Ceiling Speaker and the Keene KLAB Xpress – available at BuyCleverStuff – have the ability to connect and pair with Amazon Echo Dot.

This is an easy and simple way of integrating the same smart home technology cheaply, but utilising systems and other speakers for an even better audio experience.

Once you have one room catered for with smart technology, then it’s more than likely you may want to put elsewhere around the home.

The reason being? 45% of owners of a current smart speaker are expecting to purchase another some time in the future. Renovating a whole property? Installing and integrating smart tech in all rooms in one may then be the way to go.

Don’t forget as well that not only will these systems work fantastically at controlling your audio, but for other home automation such as lighting, heating, security systems and more.

So to bring your home up to speed, integrate smart home tech with brilliant Bluetooth ceiling speakers from BuyCleverStuff!

Control More From Your Lithe Audio Speaker

Lithe Audio Bluetooth Ceiling Speaker: New Volume / Output Features

Since its release in the middle of 2016, the Lithe Audio Bluetooth Ceiling Speaker has exploded into homes.

Delivering incredible audio, and an easy install no matter what stage of renovation you are at.

It has been seen up and down the country at home improvement trade shows, including Grand Designs Live at the NEC Birmingham,

The product has also featured in the accompanying Grand Designs Magazine, and reviews are online at Trusted Reviews and T3.com (together with views from a vast array of customers who have purchased from BuyCleverStuff!).

However, in 2017, it has now become an even better product – with more control over your audio!

Lithe Audio Improvements

When showing off the product at trade shows, there was a great amount of feedback and there is huge interest in the speaker as a result.

Some ideas that made their way back to improving the product – the inclusion of a pre-installation volume limiter, and bridged mono/stereo switch if used in a pair set up.

Volume Limiter

The volume limiter is a fantastic addition as it means you can keep the volume to a 50% maximum. Very handy for families with little ones and teenagers who like their music perhaps above a certain level – no more upsetting the neighbours!

Talking of neighbours, it is also a perfect solution if you are thinking of installing between floors in flats. You won’t need to be concerned of the tenant above knocking on your door to ask to turn it down.

Bridged Mono / Stereo

The second switch on the main master Bluetooth ceiling speaker gives you the ability to choose either bridged mono or stereo settings. This is useful if you purchase a Master / Slave system of two speakers.

It allows you to pick before you install whether you would prefer mono sound out of each speaker, or if instead a truer stereo sound is outputted.

Amazon Echo / Alexa

Before Christmas, there was plenty of noise about Amazon Echo / Echo Dot and the voice recognition service Alexa.

Select the Echo Compatible version of the Lithe Audio Bluetooth Ceiling Speakers to integrate seamlessly into the home! Home automation could not be simpler. Already own an Amazon Echo / Echo Dot? Instructions of how to connect to Bluetooth speakers are outlined in the Amazon manuals.

Speaker Hoods

At BuyCleverStuff, we have also introduced the brilliant Lithe Audio Speaker Fire Hoods; perfect for retaining audio and for protecting the speaker in the event of a fire.

There is also a fantastic offer currently on Lithe Audio Speaker Hoods. Purchase a Lithe Audio Speaker (standard or waterproof / single or pair) and get a 10% discount on hoods.

So don’t delay – kit your home out with audio today with a superb system from BuyCleverStuff.

 

Apple iPhone 7: How To Integrate It In Your Home

This evening will see Apple stage their annual September “special event” – for most, the feeling is that it surrounds the announcement of the iPhone 7.

There have been countless so-called leaks and rumours relating to what this new Apple product will include, or more importantly not include.

With the murmurings suggesting a twin-camera on the rear of the smartphone, but most importantly the belief that we could be about to bear witness to the end of the headphone jack.

It is rumoured, and until this special event is done and dusted we can only say that, that the headphone jack will no longer be a feature.

Instead, Apple are believed to be providing either wireless Bluetooth ‘earpods’ or will have included earphones that will connect with a Lightning connection as the 3.5mm port will be missing to give the device an even slimmer profile (so your phone can slip even easier down the side of your sofa without you knowing!).

Apple bought the Beats headphone brand in 2014, and their wireless Bluetooth headphones have been heavily marketed by some of the world’s leading sportsmen and sportswomen, which have also played a major part in the idea that wireless headphones are on the way with an Apple product at some stage.

Regardless of this potential development, at BuyCleverStuff, we don’t see this as a major problem.

We’re almost sure that Bluetooth functionality will be included as a feature.

It’s been a feature in every iPhone since the very first release in 2007, and their commitment to Beats and their recent development of that range suggests it will remain, meaning integration of wireless audio in your home, we’re still here to guide you in the right direction!

We have a whole host of Bluetooth ceiling speaker systems available that can be used by connecting your Bluetooth device. Whether it’s an iPhone or any other mobile/tablet device that features a Bluetooth transmitter (check your device’s manual, but it is almost as-standard nowadays).

Whether it is a simple to install single wireless Bluetooth ceiling speaker, which can also be waterproof in design.

If you’re looking for something to pair up with and have a control panel keypad on your wall (Systemline E50 – with radio or Systemline E100 – without radio), or perhaps you’d like a system that has varying sizes of speakers to choose from which plays wireless from your Bluetooth device and can be set up across two zones/rooms.

We also have a great range of Sonos streaming set-ups with fantastic Q Acoustics Q Install ceiling speakers should you wish to use your device’s Wifi connection.

Whatever you make of tonight’s Apple event and their new releases, at BuyCleverStuff, we’ll be on hand to help you integrate your audio and visual in your home in the best way possible.

To watch the Apple event tonight click here: apple.co/live (Check requirements below for watching on your chosen device)

Requirements: Live streaming uses Apple’s HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) technology. HLS requires an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with Safari on iOS 7.0 or later, a Mac with Safari 6.0.5 or later on OS X v10.8.5 or later, or a PC with Microsoft Edge on Windows 10. Streaming via Apple TV requires an Apple TV (2nd or 3rd generation) with software 6.2 or later or an Apple TV (4th generation).

Power It, Pair It, Play It: Lithe Audio Bluetooth Ceiling Speaker

Power It – Pair It – Play It. The Lithe Audio Bluetooth Ceiling Speaker quite simply hits the nail on the head.

An audio solution that BuyCleverStuff have, in the past, struggled to find an answer for; this standalone, wireless, Bluetooth ceiling speaker, that only needs power and your device, to deliver outstanding audio to fill any room in your home with ease.

Introducing the Lithe Audio Bluetooth Wireless Ceiling Speaker

We’ve been on the lookout at BuyCleverStuff for a while for a unit such as this, that we could be truly confident in – and this impressive 6.5″ ceiling speaker, with built-in Bluetooth amplifier, finished with a smart slimline grille (which can be painted over to match your ceiling colour) ticks all the boxes.

The chief designer at Lithe Audio shares the same ethos as us, saying: “We work forwards from what our customer needs are, and not backwards from what the technology allows. Everything we sell must be simple and intuitive to use for everyone, from the developer to the whole family.”

Let’s give you a small taster of what to expect – and then we’ll dig a little deeper – watch below:

So where do we start? 50 watts RMS of power. Check. Kevlar woven woofer cone. Check. 1.2″ titanium directional tweeter. Check.

That’s a fair amount of power for a single speaker, but with the lightweight, strengthened Kevlar material, supported by a neat rubber-edged surround, the Lithe Audio Bluetooth Ceiling Speaker handles even the heaviest of bass should you push it.

Whilst at the other extreme, the finer details are there to be heard, just as Lithe Audio state, with “pin sharp clarity”. We really could try and expand on that statement, but we just can’t – this speaker will speak for itself when installed.

Talking of installation, one question we at BuyCleverStuff are always asked is how easy is it to install, and will an electrician be needed to install it.

With the Lithe Audio Bluetooth Ceiling Speaker, you are supplied with transformer and mains plug, and if you want just a simple installation, that is all you need plus a hole cut out in your ceiling.

If you are not confident with this though and have an electrician installing lights already, it can be a lot easier to leave a professional to install it, and it won’t take long to put in place. It is also able to be connected to a lighting circuit if you wish, but again that would be best left to an electrician to install.

Another great feature is its ability to connect to an external source, such as your television for example. You will require connection of an RCA lead for this into the speaker, but it will still deliver the same high-level audio quality.

Why stop at just one speaker though? If you want a second speaker for those slightly larger rooms to really fill it with audio, a passive speaker (same specification minus Bluetooth) can be run alongside with an inclusive five metres of speaker cable to connect them together.

The 3mm thin discreet magnetically attached grille completes the speaker to give it a neat finish which, if painted over, will be almost invisible within whatever room you install – whether it’s in your lounge, kitchen or bedrooms.

We haven’t mentioned bathrooms there, and there’s a very good reason .There’s an IP44 rated version of the Lithe Audio Bluetooth Ceiling Speaker, designed with this environment in mind, featuring a polypropylene woofer cone instead of woven Kevlar, so your speaker will withstand any splashes and moisture over time, yet still produce fantastic audio.

All of the above points we can vouch for, because as we do with any product that we have available on our website, we rigorously test it in house before we decide to offer it to our customers.

Amit Ravat, co-founder of Lithe Audio, explained the journey that he, and co-founder, Wesley Siu, undertook in producing this range of Bluetooth Ceiling Speakers: “We brought the product to market to solve a problem we encountered, we are both avid music listeners and in researching the ceiling speakers for our own homes, found it was virtually impossible to retrofit ceiling speakers in a existing property without major cost or disruption. All other systems required speaker cables run though walls or additional amplifiers or transmitters installing. Neither of which we wanted or could physically do.

“It quickly dawned on us in a world of digital streaming and Bluetooth wireless connectivity and our experience of lighting though our other company, Retrotouch, there was a simple solution; fully integrated Bluetooth wireless ceiling speakers with the amplifiers, transmitters and high quality speaker in a single,easy to install unit.

“We quickly realised our product would enable ceiling speakers to be fitted in properties new and old at an affordable cost and with quick and mess-free installation. Simply put, customers just ‘Power It, Pair It, Play It’

We could not agree more, which is why you can now purchase the brilliant Lithe Audio Bluetooth Wireless Ceiling Speakers, with free Next Working Day Delivery in the UK (if ordered before 3pm Mon-Thurs), direct from BuyCleverStuff.

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How To Choose Your Perfect Ceiling Audio System

UPDATED (21/07/2016): At BuyCleverStuff we have been selling Ceiling Audio Systems for the Kitchen and Bathroom for many years, so we know the best solutions for our customers’ Ceiling Audio requirements. Our main product range features a number of brands that all cater in Ceiling Audio Systems, and at BuyCleverStuff, we test every product we stock so you have the best Integrated Ceiling Speaker Systems on the market to choose from.

What is the best Ceiling Speaker System for me?

Whilst we have a number of very popular products, it is always dependant on what your own personal needs and requirements are.

The Lithe Audio Bluetooth Wireless Ceiling Speaker is a brilliant ceiling speaker solution that can be installed not just during the build process, but is easy to retro-fit as well. Simply power it, pair it, and play it. You only need your Bluetooth device such as a smartphone or tablet, works with any audio app you have, and will even allow connection to an external source such as a TV.

One popular product from our Ceiling Audio range is the KB Sound iSelect 5” DAB as it features 5” Two-Way Ceiling Speakers and Digital Radio tuner all incorporated into a module that is fitted into the ceiling above the speakers controlled via remote control.

A great feature of the KB iSelect series is the fact you can add either Bluetooth or a Wireless iPod Dock (you can unfortunately only connect one or the other) to the system allowing you to wirelessly stream music from your iPod or iPhone. Additionally the Wireless iPod Dock has a 3.5mm input located on the rear allowing you to play any audio source to the Ceiling Speakers wirelessly.

For customers looking to fit a Ceiling Radio into smaller rooms like a bathroom for example, then KB Sound offer a 2.5” version of the iSelect, all functions are the same on the iSelect 2.5″ but the speakers are smaller in size.

Building from the iSelect range is the Select BT – which removes the need for a remote control and is also expandable in a dual-zone set-up, meaning your audio can be played in two rooms should you wish.

For customers looking for a simple FM Radio without DAB Radio Tuner or iPod Dock functions then KB Sound have a couple of options, the first is the KB Sound Basic, which as the name suggests is an entry level product. The KB Sound Basic Ceiling Radio features a slimline magnetic remote control, pair of 2” White Ceiling Speakers together with an Integrated FM Radio Tuner, this system is perfect for smaller room no larger than 2 metres by 3 metres.

If you would like a remote control with an LCD display to tell you information such as the radio station playing, audio setting, etc. and choice of speaker colours then the KB Sound Plus would be the next Ceiling Speaker System with integrated FM Radio we offer, the KB Plus also has a higher wattage output than the KB Basic.

Bedroom En Suite Bathroom situations are again well equipped to utilise the KB Select BT as discussed previously, or we have the KB Sound Premium which is available in either FM or FM / DAB Radio Tuner versions, the KB Premium is the only unit from the KB Sound range that features a fascia panel to be placed on the wall which is around the same size as a double plug socket. The KB Sound Premium features as well as the integrated radio tuner a built-in alarm clock and LCD display, which is why it’s perfect as an En Suite Ceiling Audio Solution. Of course the KB Sound Premium could be used in many other rooms, however as the fascia panel is not waterproof it is not recommended for fitting within the bathroom.

Moving forward with in-wall panels are the fantastic E Series products from Systemline – the E50 and E100.

The Systemline E50 is a simple keypad with built-in Bluetooth and auxiliary inputs, both front and rear. Whilst it does not feature radio, you can always use radio apps found on your smartphone or tablet, and TV audio can be played through the system as well. The stunningly beautiful in-wall keypad finished in gloss black is touch controlled and also hand gesture controlled, meaning everything to play your audio just as you want it is all at your fingertips.

Its predecessor, the Systemline E100, as well as Bluetooth, it has FM and DAB radio included, and also features as OLED screen, but lacks having the touch-matrix to control, however a small remote control comes with the system.

All these units come bundled with Q Install Ceiling Speakers from the award-winning supplier, Q Acoustics, ensuring you get an incredible audio experience in your home.

What size of Ceiling Speaker do I need?

The size of speaker is sometimes a personal choice as you might not want to have large Ceiling Speakers within your room, however for smaller rooms around 2 metres by 3 metres we would suggest Ceiling Speakers no bigger than 2.5” as you might struggle to fit bigger Ceiling Speakers onto the ceiling without looking cluttered.

For customers with bigger rooms then really larger Ceiling Speaker should be considered like the ones found within the KB Sound iSelect 5” range, for rooms that are larger than 4 metres by 6 metres additional speakers should be added to get the best from your Ceiling Audio System, contact our experts to advise the best solutions for your needs.

What is a Two-Way Ceiling Speaker?

You many have read that some of our speakers are Two-Way Ceiling Speakers, but you might not understand what that means. The simply way to explain would be to say they have a separate Sub Woofer, just like many surround sound systems feature, to go into more detail a Two-Way Ceiling Speaker simply has two separate speaker drivers within each speaker, each of these speakers performs a different role in creating the music you hear.

One of these speaker drivers is for low frequencies (bass) to give you a rich warm sound, and then the speaker has another driver for the mid – high frequencies (treble) to ensure that you hear all the detail within the music you are listening too.

If you are looking at one our Integrated Ceiling Speaker Systems that does not have the Two-Way Ceiling Speakers they have a single speaker driver which does all frequencies, normally a Two-Way Ceiling Speakers would give you a richer sound with better separation of the sound. Contact our experts if you would like to know more about this.

Do I need an extra antenna with my Ceiling Radio System?

Although all our systems come with short wire antennas, we would recommend if you are in a poor reception area the purchase of an additional antenna to ensure the best quality reception. For DAB Ceiling Radios we always recommend the DAB Antenna Kit and we offer a bundle on these accessories, see product details for further information.

I have heard that FM Radio will be switched off, so is it worth buying a FM Radio?

There has been a lot of information publicised and articles about FM Radio reception getting switched off, most of this information is incorrect and we have separate information on the FM and DAB switch over, which can be read here: DAB Radio and the “switch-over” – some questions clarified.