Lithe Audio has announced the launch of its WiSA Certified Pro Series Wi-Fi ceiling speakers, aimed firmly at the custom installation and Atmos installation markets. The Pro Series is available from April 2021, priced from £599.99/$823.79 U.S for a pair.
The Lithe Audio Pro Series in-ceiling speakers deliver leading features such as WiSA integration for Dolby Atmos systems, PoE power delivery for convenience of installation and control, full wireless connectivity — AirPlay 2, Chromecast, Spotify Connect — and voice control via Google and Amazon Alexa.
Amit Ravat, co-founder and director of Lithe Audio explains, “We have been building this product for two years, basing our approach on what has been successful with our other speakers and listening hard to the wants and needs of the custom installation community, which included bringing the wireless operability of WiSA technology into the fold. Since attending numerous industry events, shows and CEDIA Tech Forums, we have created a product that delivers what the market is demanding — it’s our most high performance and feature rich creation yet.”
“The Pro Series will make it much easier for installers to meet the challenges they face day to day enabling a wider number of projects — either new build, renovation or retrofit — to receive the high-quality audio, ease of control and installation speed they deserve. With integrated amplification — each speaker has a 60 watts RMS Class D amplifier — and the option to power the speaker via the PoE module, connecting to an existing lighting circuit or conventional plug point, we believe this is the most agile high-performance in-ceiling speaker available.”
The Lithe Audio Pro Series makes its performance and integration abilities possible by including the latest chip sets for PoE++ and the growing category of WiSA compatibility. With no need to run speaker cables, just the provision of power, WiSA technology means a full Dolby Atmos system can be achieved when combined with Dolby Atmos decoding transmitters.
The WiSA platform transmits 24 bits at 48 kHz/96 kHz, offering near-zero latency (less than 1/10th the latency of a Bluetooth device), eliminating any potential lip-syncing issues. All the speakers in a WiSA system are certified to be synchronized within 1/1,000,000 of a second, even when using all eight channels, and the system also automatically recognizes audio configurations from 2.0 to 7.1 and 5.1.2 for ease of set up.
The speaker’s Wi-Fi connectivity operates over both 5 GHz and 2.4 GHz. When powered directly from network cabling infrastructure via PoE++, the Pro Series uses the latest standard (IEEE 802.3bt) to deliver up 60 watts of power to each speaker via an PoE injector (sold separately). The Pro Series also has drivers for compatibility with home automation platforms Control4, Fibaro, and Loxone.
The speaker specification includes power at 60 watts RMS (2x30W), impedance of 8 ohms, additional passive speaker output, a 6.5-inch woven cone woofer, a 0.75-inch titanium cone tweeter, a frequency response of 55 Hz–20 kHz, DC24V / 2.5A power supply and dimensions of 230 x 110mm (W x D).
- Wi-Fi Pro Series pair of ceiling speakers: £599.99/$823.79 U.S.
- Wi-Fi Pro Series pair of ceiling speakers with PoE++: £769.99/$1057.20 U.S.
- WiSA Bolt-on: £99.99/$137.29 U.S.
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