Lithe Audio has just announced the arrival of the first certified Wi-Fi Ceiling Speakers with AirPlay 2 built-in. This addition of Apple’s latest protocol enables users to group Lithe Audio’s all-in-one ceiling speakers together with any other AirPlay 2-enabled speakers and systems to create a fully immersive multi-brand, multi-room audio solution.
“This is a truly exciting development for us – and for consumers who now have the option of a cost-effective addition to their multi-room home entertainment systems and don’t need to be locked in to a single-brand solution,” says Amit Ravat, MD and co-founder of Lithe Audio.
AirPlay 2 enables users to control all their AV technology – soundbars, speakers, TVs – from one device, transforming their iPhone, iPad or Mac into an all-in-one entertainment hub. The addition of AirPlay 2 to Lithe Audio Wi-Fi speakers enables them to become part of this home entertainment experience, working with other brands and across multiple devices to stream high quality audio throughout the home.
Amit adds, “Our ceiling speakers deliver superb sound quality, with a pin-sharp clarity that will complement other brand offerings. And what makes them even more attractive is that they’re an all-in-one solution – with the 60W RMS amplifier and Wi-Fi built-in.
This means that there’s no need for speaker cables or separate AV equipment, making them really easy to install or retro-fit into any home.”
Using AirPlay 2 alongside HomeKit and Siri, every compatible device in a household can be controlled using voice.
Lithe Audio’s update adds Apple HomeKitcompatibility to the Wi-Fi speakers, allowing users to create automations and link lighting, heating, security and audio through an iPhone, iPad or Mac. It also allows users to pair their music to play with motion sensors, pulse switches or alarm systems.
It will also now be possible to ask Sirito turn on the lights, adjust the thermostat and play a favourite playlist through the speakers.
To ensure a complete and safe home solution, the Lithe Audio Wi-Fi speakers with AirPlay 2 also come in an IP44 version for safe use in bathrooms.
“We’re thrilled to be the first to market with an AirPlay 2 ceiling speaker,” adds Ravat: “It reinforces our brand as being in the forefront of innovation when it comes to high quality, easy-to-use home technology.
“For us, it’s all about creating a great user experience that combines advanced technology with ease of installation and superb sound quality. And these speakers will not disappoint.”
The frameless speakers are designed to ‘disappear’ into the ceiling, only protruding 3mm. The magnetic grille covers can be removed easily for cleaning or for replacement with a different coloured finish. The grilles can be painted to match the ceiling for a barely-there look.