Wireless Audio

The True Meaning Of Wireless Audio

There tends to be a lot of confusion with the word ‘wireless’ when it comes to home audio ceiling speaker systems.

Let’s dispel a few myths though to give you a clearer understanding so you can find the right solution for you.

There is increasing interest in having ‘wireless’ speakers. Whether that is a portable speaker, a home HiFi system or through ceiling speakers – it’s the must-have product.

‘Wireless’ Audio Connection

First thing first – the way in which you can connect for audio is the one major factor in any system.

When we talk about ‘wireless’ connection, it is how the device you play from connects. In this instance, you have two main ‘wireless’ connections; Bluetooth and WiFi.

Bluetooth

The concept of Bluetooth has been around since the early 1990s. It has been an integral component of mobile phones for almost two decades, more so for handsfree use in cars.

Connecting via Bluetooth is really simple when connecting for audio purposes.

Within your device settings you’ll find the option for Bluetooth – select to switch it on and it will search for devices nearby.

Bluetooth works within a range of around ten metres. There are range extenders, but these can see a drop in signal strength, so stick to what it can do.

Normally, the device you want to connect to will have a clear name to identify it, check your manuals if you’re unsure. Select it, and it will either connect automatically or you may need a PIN code to connect. Once connected, you can then enjoy whatever audio apps, streaming services or stored music library with ease.

WiFi

WiFi can work in exactly the same way as Bluetooth, but it does depend on whether your audio system is WiFi enabled or not.

For example, Sonos is one of the market leaders for WiFi connection and the ability to play multiroom audio.

They rely on your home WiFi connection, the same way as some printers that can print wirelessly. It means you can go beyond the limited ten metres of Bluetooth and with a more stable connection.

Simply make sure your device is connected to WiFi and open up the app on your device that controls your audio system. It really is that easy! Sonos allows for integration of a range of streaming services (Spotify/Apple Music/Deezer etc.) and your own stored audio. You can even access radio streaming apps through the Sonos app.

Look out for more direct WiFi connecting systems in the very near future with developments in the pipeline.

‘Wireless’ Speakers

This is where we put to rest what is and is not a ‘wireless’ speaker and break down any real confusion.

“It has cables? That’s not wireless…”

Currently, the vast majority of our audio systems require speaker cable to a connecting amplifier needing power. Some do not – some are literally are a speaker with a built in/built on amplifier (which still needs power).

The former statement you can argue is not entirely ‘wireless’. And that is where the confusion often lies.

Many customers confuse the meaning of ‘wireless’ system with ‘wireless’ connection.

At BuyCleverStuff, our aim is to provide systems that allow you to play audio without a cable from your device to the speaker.

‘Wireless’ wired system

With some ceiling speaker systems, speaker cables (wires) need to run from an amplifier that sits above in the void (KB Sound). You can also cables run across and down a wall to a keypad (Systemline / Clever Little Box / Keene / King BT).

All will need mains power to them, either from a spur or from a break out to a plug socket. This is a great option if you are at first fix in your property before plastering.

Whether the connection is Bluetooth or WiFi, in this set up, you will have a ‘wireless’ connection for devices with a ‘wired’ discreet system that hides cables behind walls.

‘Wireless’ wireless system

Some ceiling speakers though have an amplifier built into and on them.

They do need one power cable to get it to work. They DO NOT take batteries.

Could you imagine wanting to change a bulk load of giant D batteries in your ceiling every other week? That is essentially what you would need to do with the power some amplifiers output – so mains power needs to be used.

Usually, it is a single speaker with the amplifier built in to it. You can expand to a second speaker if you wish – especially with the Lithe Audio products. Only then would you need a speaker cable simply to connect from one speaker to the other – and one cable/wire at that!

This built in option (without a second passive non-powered speaker) gives you a ‘wireless’ connection for devices and ‘wireless’ system – just a power cable.

Hopefully that has now explained the meanings of ‘wireless’ when it comes to our home audio systems available from BuyCleverStuff.

Not sure how many speakers you need? Check out our previous article on this to help you out room size-wise.

Get Sonos In Your Home – With Even More Ceiling Speaker Bundles

Having a multi-room audio system planned and installed is now cheaper and easier than ever with the Sonos CONNECT:AMP with Q Acoustics Ceiling Speakers available to buy from BuyCleverStuff.

Q Acoustics – who have won numerous audio awards from What Hi-Fi? in recent years – are committed to developing the best affordable loudspeakers out there on the market, and at BuyCleverStuff, we’re just as committed to getting the right systems for you at the right price.

We’re offering their range of ceiling speakers bundled with the Sonos CONNECT:AMP so that you can enjoy a fantastic audio experience at a price that suits your budget.

Ceiling speakers are easy to install, and as Sonos do not specifically offer their own Sonos Ceiling Speakers, our bundles are a great option when wanting audio in your home, and with the latest design and technology packed into Q Acoustics standard and higher performance speakers, which will more than handle the power of the Sonos CONNECT:AMP, we’re sure you won’t be disappointed.

The Performance (CP) range uses advanced ‘Nano particle’ technology in the material of the cone found inside of the speaker, helping reduce distortion and provide a superior audio experience.

Depending upon the layout and size of your room, you can use either one or two pairs of speakers (or one or two stereo speakers) in that “zone”, and you’ll find that with our Sonos CONNECT:AMP bundles that you’ll have all you need to install your brand new home sound system with ease.

Simply connect your selected Q Acoustics speakers into the rear of the Sonos CONNECT:AMP, choose to hide it away or have it on show, connect to your home WiFi network using the free Sonos Controller App on your mobile phone or tablet and within a touch of a few buttons, you’ll be ready to play music in your desired room and even throughout your home if used in a multi-room set-up. You can add further Sonos components easily via the App as well at a later date if you choose to your Sonos Ceiling Speakers set-up.

The Sonos CONNECT:AMP is known for being small and mighty, and in this bundle will drive you Q Acoustics ceiling speakers with an awesome 55W of power per channel, whilst being energy efficient and operating silently as it’s kept cool in its aluminium casing – not a noisy fan, so you can fully enjoy incredible audio.

Via the Sonos Controller App, you can adjust the sound performance specific to each room should you wish, such as bass, treble, balance and loudness. Volume can also be altered individually or for a group of rooms.

You are able to stream music stored on your portable device, streamed from a wide range of services such as Apple Music, Spotify, Pandora, Deezer, Radio by TuneIn, SiriusXM, Google Play Music, SoundCloud, Amazon Music, iHeartRadio, Rhapsody, Rdio, Qobuz, TIDAL, from your computer or using the analogue audio input for external audio sources.

What’s more, Sonos will always keep you up to date when you need to update the CONNECT:AMP software, and with the touch of one button on the CONNECT:AMP, it will do this for you, so you can be sure of getting the best out of your system as possible.

The Sonos CONNECT:AMP & Q Acoustics Streaming Ceiling Speaker bundles are all available to buy right now at www.BuyCleverStuff.co.uk – simply click on the Shop Now button below to go direct to our complete Sonos offerings.

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Streaming Ceiling Speakers: What To Think About

If you have landed on this page, then we have no doubt at all that you are probably already aware of multi-room audio systems.

Accomplishing this means you will almost likely be in need of Streaming Ceiling Speakers in order to stream your music wirelessly around your home in such a system set-up. However, there is plenty to consider in light of these systems before installing, even before purchasing.

Our helpful guide below outlines the four areas to think about when wanting to select the right system for you in your home.

  • Purpose

If you are someone that is an avid listener of music, and want to take things to the next level with your audio experience, not just through your headphones, and maybe not just in one room, a multi-room audio system incorporating streaming ceiling speakers is what you require.

  • Size of room / speakers

The size of room and speakers, and the number of speakers, play a notable aspect of the decision you will need to make before purchasing.

If you are looking to at having multi-room audio then the “size of room” can almost be overlooked! However, in all seriousness, you will still need to make the right choice over what size speaker you will need.

You will be having to cut holes into your ceiling eventually, so it is far better to get this decision made now instead of needing to make changes and alterations to your ceiling space at a later date.

What is it that you really want to do with your streaming ceiling speakers? Of course, one major aspect is that fact that you can stream music to different areas of your home seamlessly, or you may just want to think about what you wish to accomplish with your audio system. Is this for your own personal needs in your kitchen or bathroom, or will you be planning to host dinner parties and functions where audio will almost become the centre piece itself?

We have 5″, 6″ and 8″ CANTON available, and can either work in a single pair or in two pairs, again dependant on the size of room you wish to install these in.

  • Functions

With the Sonos CONNECT:AMP, you gain the ability to use your smartphone, tablet and laptop computer to stream your personal music around your home wirelessly.

Sonos allows you to play a different song in each room throughout your home, and even greater control in terms of volume and levels within each different room / zone that is available to connect to.

Adding further pairs of CANTON speakers to your selected bundle gives you every opportunity to grow your system even larger, but remember you will need one Sonos CONNECT:AMP per room / zone.

You can even stream direct from your favourite music streaming services such as Spotify, Last.fm, Deezer and coming soon, the highly anticipated Apple Music service. Pre-loaded internet radio stations also allow you to have endless music to enjoy via any device connected to your WiFi network running the Sonos app.

Manage your music effortlessly with your WiFi devices or link other devices to your Sonos CONNECT: AMP through an analog audio input that lets you to connect your TV, DVD, HiFi, MP3 players etc. Sonos makes ease of use a major priority within their design to ensure nothing comes in between you and your music streaming.

  • Appearance

CANTON speakers, when installed, are unobtrusive with them being dropped in through holes in your ceiling. The edges and grilles of the speakers are barely noticeable, compared to HiFi speakers that can be found sat on tables and cabinets around the home.

The Sonos CONNECT:AMP will be in plain view within the room, but again, like many of our products, are designed to blend into your surroundings rather than stand out for all to see. It is finished in an anodized precision machined extrusion aluminium casing, which facilitates passive cooling, but this CONNECT: AMP can also be hidden out of sight and out of mind.

Its dimensions stand at 89mm (h) x 185mm (w) x 207mm (d), so can be easily positioned somewhere discreetly.

Streaming Ceiling Speakers are not necessarily the right option for everyone, but if feel that perhaps multi-room audio is for you after having worked your way through this guide discussing the four main aspects, visit the BuyCleverStuff web store to find your multi-room audio solution today.

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