What if your bathroom’s ventilation fan had Bluetooth speakers?

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There is seemingly no limit on digital innovation for the home. I mean, you know that “dumb” ventilation fan in your bathroom? Well, that’s your father’s ventilation fan. The cool kidz are moving on to ventilation fans with Bluetooth speakers built-in.

That’s what Broan-NuTone is hoping with its new Broan Ventilation Fan with Sensonic Stereo Speakers and the Broan-NuTone Sensonic Speaker Kit.

The company says a recent study found that “75 percent of Americans use their smartphones and mobile devices in the bathroom, primarily for streaming music or listening to the news.” First, that’s not surprising, and also kinda gross. But if you insist on using your phone in the loo, why not wirelessly stream music and news via Bluetooth to speakers that are behind your ventilation fan grille?

It makes sense. My dad always listened to the news on a transistor AM/FM radio in the bathroom. This is essentially the 21st-century version of that, just more expensive, albeit less “in the way” or “getting knocked off the sink.”

A look inside the ventilator fan.

A look inside the ventilator fan.

The Broan Sensonic Stereo Speakers are available in two configurations, according to a press release:

The complete Ventilation Fan with Sensonic Stereo Speakers features a powerful yet quiet operating ventilation fan (110 CFM fan, 1.0 Sone) with built-in dual high-fidelity speakers that deliver high-end stereo performance while concealed behind the fan grille. Developed with the expertise of world-class audio engineers from its sister company, Core Brands, the makers of high-quality speaker systems like SpeakerCraft, Korus, Proficient and Niles, the speakers deliver clear and uninterrupted audio for a full, consistent sound. In addition, the fan’s housing depth and metal construction help to deliver enhanced acoustics that mimic a concert hall experience.

The Broan-NuTone Sensonic Speaker Kit … can be easily retrofitted to most Broan or NuTone QT Series ventilation fans installed in homes today.

The Sensonic Speaker Kit is $176.68, while the full Ventilation Fan with Sensonic Stereo Speakers is $383.34.

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