Lithe Audio’s range of speakers have offered a new alternative to the typical ‘speakers and amplifier’ set-up of home audio solutions by combining the two into one product. Whilst their active speakers are the closest thing to ‘plug and play’ installed speakers, there are still a few steps that need to be taken to get going with them. This article will aim to make the set up of your new Lithe Audio speakers as easy as possible, and if you'd rather watch a video explanation you can find one at the bottom of the article.
Setting up the Bluetooth Speaker as a standalone speaker is fairly straightforward. In the box you simply have the speaker and the power cable, along with a cutting guide for physical installation. All you need to do is make sure that the stereo/mono switch on the back of the speaker is set to mono and that the power cable is plugged in during installation. You should hear a beep which means the speaker is on and ready to connect. From here on it is simply a matter of searching for the speaker in the Bluetooth settings on your device and connecting. When connecting you will be asked for a Bluetooth PIN, which unless you have had customised will be on the side of the box (typically 0000 or 1234). Once you are connected, the speaker is ready to use! Any audio you select to play on your device will be sent to the speaker.
If you bought the Bluetooth pair which comes with a passive ‘slave’ speaker, then you need to set the stereo/mono switch on the back of the Bluetooth speaker to stereo and make sure the power cable is plugged in before installation. To connect the passive speaker, you will need to plug the speaker cable supplied with the passive speaker into the Bluetooth model using the red and black speaker connections, making sure to match the red and black connections on either speaker. Again, do this before installation.
If you wish to set up multiple Lithe Bluetooth speakers (up to 3 are possible), then you need to purchase some 3.5mm to 3.5mm aux cables (depending on how many speakers you want to set up). To connect one speaker to the other you need to connect one end of the aux cable to the pink ‘line out’ aux and the other to the green ‘line in’ jack on the second speaker - this can be repeated with up to 3 Bluetooth speakers with 3 passive speakers connected to them for a total of 6 speakers playing at once.
There are two different options when connecting multiple speakers with the aux cable:
Full Loop Connection - This allows you to connect to any three of the Bluetooth speakers and they will all play at once. To do this, follow the instructions above to connect speaker A to speaker B and speaker B to speaker C, but then connect speaker A to speaker C as well, creating a full loop.
Without Full Loop - This allows you to connect to a certain Bluetooth speaker to only play audio in a certain zone. To do this, you simply connect speaker A to speaker B using the above instructions, and then repeat to connect speaker B to speaker C. This means that if you connect to speaker A, all three will play your audio, but if you connect to speaker B then only B and C will play, and if you connect to C then only that speaker will play.
Setting up the WiFi speaker as a standalone speaker again is fairly straightforward. Before you begin, you need to make sure that the stereo/mono switch at the back of the speaker is set to mono and that the power cable is plugged in during installation. To connect, hold down the ‘connect’ button (the small button on the front of the speaker) for 5 seconds and release, the LED light should rapidly flash green and this means the speaker is ready to be configured to your WiFi.
For iPhones - Go into your WiFi settings, and select the speaker under ‘set up new airplay speaker’. You can rename the speaker as you wish and click ‘next’. Set up is now complete if you wish to simply use the speaker as an AirPlay device.
For Android - Go into your WiFi settings and select ‘LAConfigure_XXXX’.
Once the speaker has been connected to your WiFi, download the Lithe Audio app (available on the App Store and Google Play Store) to control it. This is the main control point for the speakers, allowing you to select audio to play through them (although Spotify Connect and Airplay will work directly), rename them, change audio settings and group them together in zones if you set up more than one speaker for multi-room audio.
If you purchased the WiFi pair which come with the passive ‘slave’ speaker then you need to set the stereo/mono switch on the back of the speaker to ‘stereo’ and make sure that the power cable is plugged in before installation. To connect the passive speaker, you will need to plug the speaker cable supplied with the passive speaker to the WiFi model using the red and black speaker connections, making sure to match the red and black connections on either speaker. Again, do this before installation.
Setting up multiple WiFi speakers for a multi-zone solution is as simple as following the steps above to set up one, then going into the Lithe Audio App and assigning it to a zone. You can then select which zones you would like music to play in through the app.
As always, we are more than happy to help you with any questions you have about upgrading, changing or buying an audio system. You can submit a contact form here, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or just give us a ring on 03456 804 104