More and more, both businesses and home consumers want a network that can do everything. NVR security capabilities, gigabit ethernet, multi-layer security features and remote access control systems are just some of the features that are expected from a modern network. That’s a long list!
But today, there is even more that’s possible and, if you’re an installer of network hardware, a home user or a business owner yourself, it takes just one more step to add a wireless audio system to your home or place of business that works flawlessly with your new network.
Wireless speakers that you control from your phone over WiFi have become as much a part of your local network as an access point or smart speaker. What’s more, the best such speakers are controllable via Amazon Alexa, Google Nest and other similar smart devices so, when you modernise your network, you’re modernising your entire home or office, too.
That’s why, if you’re an installer and are already kitting out a building with network hardware, or if you’re an end consumer or business owner, a wireless speaker system is a more logical addition than it might first seem.
The Upside for Installers
If you’ve just finished a job installing various networking gear loyally purchased (with special pricing!) from your NetXL trade account, you can now expand your service to turn even more of a profit whilst leaving your customer even happier.
For an additional day’s work (or just a few hours, depending on the number of speakers to install), you can offer to your customers a wireless speaker system that they control from their phone. Not only are you delivering a shiny new network, but you’re getting your customers started with a home or office media system, too. As an upsell, there are few that would turn this down, especially once they understand how quick and easy the installation process is.
Contrary to popular opinion, wireless ceiling speaker systems do not need to be costly or difficult to install. Lithe Audio are a young company making waves in the wireless ceiling speaker space and for good reason. The wireless functionality of their speakers is built into the units themselves and, what’s more, each unit has its own built-in amplifier.
If you’re familiar with the tricky and time-consuming install process of wireless ceiling speakers, then you’re already jumping for joy. Typically, you would need to source and purchase a separate amplifier for your speakers. Each speaker would then need to be fitted and powered individually. Not only that, but the amplifier itself would need its own home and its own power. As you can probably imagine, the resulting tangled mess of cables makes for an organisational nightmare.
That’s not all, though; these wireless speakers can be wired into the lighting circuit for an even easier solution. If you’re an installer, this should present no challenge at all and, instead, be the icing on the cake of an already very appealing prospect.
The elegant design of Lithe Audio’s speakers, however, means no pulling of cables through the walls or ceiling to reach an external amplifier. Only one power cable needs to be routed to the speaker for perfect functionality. This saves on cable costs, labour time and reduces the necessary training for the installation of these ceiling speakers to zero. Even if you consider yourself strictly a network hardware installer, you won’t need to attend any courses or brush up on any long-forgotten skills to get these installed. Instead, just follow the four-step installation process outlined below (also found in the product spec sheet).
All of this ease and elegance in design results in a ton of savings for you and, therefore, maximum flexibility when it comes to determining your profit margins. Especially since the end user doesn’t have to sacrifice on sound quality. If you like to haggle a price with each customer, you’re free to do so, with lots of cushion to the downside. If your customer drives a hard bargain, you can remain confident that you’ll still be making plenty of profit while, if they’re more easy-going, you can keep your profit margins wide and still be confident that you’re delivering a quality product to your customers that’s worth the higher price.
The Upside for End Users
It’s not just installers these ceiling speakers are perfect for, though. If you’re a home user with some basic DIY skills, some confidence and a desire to fill your home with the dulcet tones of your favourite soul singers, the bass-heavy beats of your favourite EDM producer or the grinding guitars of heavy metal greats, you can just install these speakers yourself. And, if you lack said DIY confidence, not to worry, your local handyman will be able to get the job done for you in no time at all.
The units ship with a cutting template and detailed instructions on how to install the units (see below), so don’t worry, the process is a far-cry from the nightmare that is flat-packed furniture.
With just four installation steps, it really is simple to get your wireless speakers installed and, by taking on the labour costs of installation yourself, you save even further on what is already an excellent price for an elegantly designed, expertly calibrated ceiling speaker.
The Installation Process
Bluetooth or WiFi Connectivity: Options for the End User
When it comes to wireless connectivity, you have two options: BlueTooth and WiFi. Both Bluetooth and WiFi ceiling speakers are available at NetXL, giving you more options for your home if you’re an end user or for your customers if you’re an installer.
Both types of speaker can be controlled wirelessly using just your phone. Lithe Audio Bluetooth speakers are Bluetooth 5.0 compliant and feature a low-latency AptX chip, meaning you can stream audio from your TV to your wireless ceiling speakers without that annoying lag between your eyes seeing your favourite character’s mouth move and your ears hearing the corresponding words.
As mentioned earlier, these Bluetooth speakers are compatible with smart devices such as Amazon’s Alexa smart speaker, as well as smart assistants like Google Home, giving you the ultimate in smart home, voice-activated media setups.
The Bluetooth 5.0 compatibility means that your connection is stable for up to 30 metres, so can wander freely without the need to set your phone down for fear of losing connectivity.
When it comes to WiFi, Lithe Audio products are just as capable, with Apple Airplay 2 compatibility and a proprietary smartphone app giving you full control over up to 32 pairs of speakers; more than enough for even the largest configuration. From the app or Airplay 2, zone your speakers together for multi-speaker, in-unison playback and exercise control over playback volume and music playback.
Whether you’re an industry installer of network hardware looking for a simple way to upsell your existing services, or a home user with a hankering for a quality home audio solution without the hassle typically associated with their installation, then look no further than NetXL for Lithe Audio’s WiFi and Bluetooth ceiling speakers.