Lithe Audio debuts outdoor wireless active speaker

posted on Monday, 26th June 2023 by Steve May

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UK wireless loudspeaker specialist Lithe Audio, has launched the iO1, an all-in-one wireless speaker that can be used indoors and outdoors in no fewer than six different mounting configurations.

This i01 active speaker is designed for surface mounting and requires power from a standard or outdoor electrical outlet, or existing lighting circuit. Amplifier and connectivity is built-in.

Typical applications include residential entertainment, hospitality and catering, retail and outdoor audio.

The speaker is weather resistant, with an IPX6 rating. The housing is covered by an aluminium grille in either a white or black finish.

Installers have the option of wireless or wired connection. In addition to two Ethernet ports, there’s a digital optical audio input. The enclosure houses dual full-range woofers, two titanium tweeters, and a 2 x 50W RMS Class D amplifier.

The i01 has embedded support for Chromecast, Apple Airplay 2 and Spotify Connect, so it can quickly be integrated into an Airplay 2 or Chromecast multi-room whole home audio system. In addition to Bluetooth it supports voice control via Google Assistant and Alexa. Streaming support stretches to 24 bit 192 kHz.

Offering multiple install opportunities, there are six different orientations available: on-wall, in-corner, on-corner, ground spike, countertop, and pendant.

“There’s nothing like it currently on the market,” says Amit Ravat, MD and co-founder of Lithe Audio: “It’s an active, all-in-one solution that’s configured for all the wireless protocols, easy to use and install in a choice of 6 configurations. It couldn’t be simpler or more sophisticated!”

Available now, the i01 retails for £660. A passive version of the i01 is also available, priced at £300.

Steve May

Inside CI Editor Steve May is a freelance technology specialist who also writes for T3TechRadarHome Cinema Choice, Trusted Reviews and The Luxe Review.

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