Ever Wanted an In-ceiling Speaker Embedded With Bluetooth and Alexa? Lithe Audio Just Launched One
Lithe Audio today announced that its lineup of all-in-one ceiling, surface and garden speakers is now available to the U.S. market. Lithe Audio’s in-ceiling speakers feature woven glass fiber woofer cones, titanium tweeters and Class D amplifiers pretuned for in-ceiling use, while Alexa and OK Google support provides voice control. The company’s Bluetooth 5.0 Ceiling Speaker offers a single-room solution for streaming music in kitchens, bathrooms and hotel rooms, while its Wi-Fi Multiroom Ceiling Speaker adds built-in support for AirPlay 2 and Chromecast for the creation of distributed audio systems in the home. The speaker is available with drivers for integration into Control4 and FIBARO control systems, with support for additional manufacturers coming soon.
At the top of Lithe Audio’s ceiling speaker line is the Pro Series Wi-Fi Multi-Room Ceiling Speaker for residential installations. The Pro Series offers all the same features as the Wi-Fi speaker while adding support for full high-resolution audio at 192 kHz, 24 bits; an optical input; and two Ethernet ports — one for a hard-wired network connection and one for daisy-chaining another speaker. For additional functionality, the Pro Series is available with PoE++ and WiSA bolt-on modules. The PoE++ Bolt-On adds PoE capabilities that deliver up to 70W to each speaker, while the WiSA Bolt-On allows integrators to easily incorporate the speaker into wireless Dolby 5.1, Dolby 7.1, and Dolby Atmos surround-sound home theater systems. To add extra bass, the 70W Wi-Fi Multi-Room Micro Subwoofer — small enough to fit on a bookcase, under a bed, or behind a couch — can be wirelessly connected to Lithe Audio’s Wi-Fi ceiling speakers.
For areas that require high-end audio quality but can’t accommodate a traditional ceiling speaker, Lithe Audio’s new IO1 speaker offers the same technology as the company’s Wi-Fi Multi-Room Ceiling Speaker but can be installed in a number of configurations — including vertically or horizontally on walls, flush-mount in corners, mounted on a yard stake, and more — to meet the needs of any indoor or outdoor space. The new IO1 will be introduced at CEDIA Expo 2022 and is planned for release in the first quarter of 2023. For audio streaming in outdoor areas all year long, the company’s waterproof, IP56-rated Bluetooth Garden Rock Speaker is designed to withstand the elements while blending in seamlessly with landscaping.
Lithe Audio’s solutions will be making their U.S. debut at CEDIA Expo 2022 — taking place Sept. 29 to Oct. 1 in Dallas — in Booth 29093, and you can see them in the meantime here: https://www.litheaudio.