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ISE 2019 Find: Wi-Fi In-Ceiling Speakers, Multiroom Audio from Lithe

Lithe Audio to demonstrate powered Wi-Fi in-ceiling speakers at ISE 2019, with 30-zone multiroom audio support -- no hub, no speaker cable, no bulky boxes.

ISE 2019 Find: Wi-Fi In-Ceiling Speakers, Multiroom Audio from Lithe
Lithe Audio to demo at ISE 2019 an app-driven multiroom audio system that supports up to 30 zones of in-ceiling powered Wi-Fi speakers.

Julie Jacobson · January 25, 2019

There’s nothing like scanning a list of audio, video and home-automation companies, and finding some unexpected gems. That’s what happened when I filtered the ISE 2019 exhibitor list to include companies tagged with “new” and “residential.”

Here’s the first of our ISE 2019 Finds – In-Ceiling Powered Wi-Fi Speakers by Lithe Audio.

Lithe is a good 10 years old, but they’re listed as a new exhibitor at ISE, which is just as well – I might not have discovered them otherwise.

The company’s most interesting product is the “All-in-one” WiFi in-ceiling speaker, with built-in amplifier, “superb sound quality” and AirPlay support.

“Just add power and you’re good to go,” the company says, suggesting installers simply tap into a lighting circuit behind the wall or run a power supply (included) to an outlet.

No speaker wire is required for the powered “master” speaker, but a passive “slave” speaker can be connected to the master via speaker cable. The speakers can be designated as mono or stereo. The system supports up to 30 masters.

Lithe offers an app for configuring multiroom audio zones, and for streaming Spotify, Tidal, Deezer, Tunein and vTuner internet audio … in addition to whatever the user wants to stream via AirPlay. UPnP is supported for direct streaming from a server.

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The speaker features a 6.5-inch Kevlar woven cone and a Class D amp rated at 60W RMS into 8 Ohms.

In addition to the standard master and slave units, Lithe makes an IP44-rated model for wet areas like the bathroom.

Lithe’s sister company is Retrotouch, makers of switches, outlets, and glass touchplates.


Lithe Audio WiFi All-in-One Multi-Room Ceiling Speaker (Master)

Features, Specs, Pricing

FEATURES

  • All-in-one solution - Amplifier and Wi-Fi all built in, just add power.
  • Easily connect to plug socket or existing lighting circuit
  • Built in AirPlay and DLNA
  • Connect up to 30 master speakers (30 zones)
  • App control via IOS or Android, full control with easy drag and drop zoning

MULTI-ROOM AUDIO

  • Connect up to 30 master speakers (30 zones)
  • Spotify Connect directly to speakers
  • Play Spotify, Deezer, Tidal, Tune in and v tuner
  • Play music to a group or individual rooms

CONNECTIVITY

  • App control via IOS or Android, full control with easy drag and drop zoning
  • Access digital music storage using NAS drive (Networked Hard Drive).
  • Connect to existing WiFi 2.4Ghz
  • Apple Airplay certified
  • DLNA/uPnP connections
  • Line in (RCA input)
  • WiFi Certified 2.4Ghz (802.11b/g/n)
Lithe Audio supports up to 30 Wi-Fi speakers in multiroom audio system to be showcased at ISE 2019.

AUDIO SPECS

  • Woofer: 6.5" Kevlar Woven Cone
  • Tweeter: 0.75" Titanium Cone
  • Mono/Stereo Switch
  • RMS Power: 60W RMS
  • Impedance: 8 Ohms
  • Sound Quality THD+N 0.009%, 65Hz-20kHZ
  • Sensitivity (1W/1m): 90dB
  • Audio Sample Rate: 8Khz
  • Digital Class D Amplifier

SPEAKER SPECS

  • 210mm cut-out diameter
  • Weight: 3.7kg
  • Power Supply: DC24V / 2.5A
  • Dimensions: (W x D) 230 x 95 mm
  • Operating Temperature: 0º to 40º C
  • Storage Temperature: -20º to 70º C
  • Limited Warranty: 2 Year

WHAT'S IN THE BOX

  • WiFi Ceiling Speaker
  • Power Supply
  • Cutting template
  • Instruction manual
  • 5m Speaker cable

PRICING

  • WiFi All-in-one (Single – Master) - $426
  • WiFi All-in-one IP44 bathroom speaker - $465
  • WiFi All-in-one (Pair – Master/Slave) - $516
  • 10-speaker system (5 Master, 5 Slave) - $2,582


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  About the Author

Julie Jacobson is founding editor of CE Pro, the leading media brand for the home-technology channel. She has covered the smart-home industry since 1994, long before there was much of an Internet, let alone an Internet of things. Currently she studies, speaks, writes and rabble-rouses in the areas of home automation, security, networked A/V, wellness-related technology, biophilic design, and the business of home technology. Julie majored in Economics at the University of Michigan, spent a year abroad at Cambridge University, and earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a recipient of the annual CTA TechHome Leadership Award, and a CEDIA Fellows honoree. A washed-up Ultimate Frisbee player, Julie currently resides in San Antonio, Texas and sometimes St. Paul, Minn. Follow on Twitter: @juliejacobson Email Julie at julie.jacobson@emeraldexpo.com

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