Amazon Echo sounds interesting. It would be great if this could be used as a controller for Sonos.
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Surely Amazon will need it to control other home devices for it to be successful; they don't make enough products themselves for it to allow good home automation without allowing it to control other devices, and it shouldn't be too difficult to implement if devices already have apps to do it.
You never know....fingers crossed here!
Unfortunately I've already been told by my wife that we're not allowed one that has Scarlet Johannsen's voice! 😞
I've not seen any suggestion from anywhere (including the Amazon video) that they're interested in home automation with this, I don't think that's the point of it.
Apart from that: how is a hardware device in this category useful when it is fixed (by electricity cable) in one room?
If it's not Echo, something else will come along.... "play Maximo Park in the kitchen", "read out my emails", "dim the lounge lights". It'll get here eventually, one way of the other.
Don't fight the future, naysayer...! :D
I agree with the wired bit, though....that's just welcome to the invention of electricity!
Or when the phone rings, "Sonos, pause playback". Then, "Sonos, resume playback".
Or just have Sonos pause, while Alexa tells you how many pints in a quart.
I just think you're over cynical on it. It's the first iteration and as far as I'm aware hasn't even been launched yet, but whether it's Amazon or someone else, it looks to be an innovative new product that *may* actually make a difference *if* implemented properly - that's yet to be seen, but IMO it's good to see something different and fresh and potentially useful being released.
And on the Amazon eco-system issue, the Fire TV is hardly locked down to allow Amazon only content. You can use Spotify, Netflix and Plex amongst other on that, so that shows they're not against opening it up to other services.
From what I read there isn't much decent free/included TV/movie stuff on Prime that doesn't need additional payment for and that isn't already on Netflix with that cheap sub, and from my experience of using Amazon music player (I had a one year sub but didn't renew it as it was pretty poor) if they did only allow their own content it won't get very far!
It's certainly a very intersting device IMO, and where would we be if every new product was dismissed before it's even out.....?! 🙂
I see no need for this product, especially since I'm already a happy Sonos customer.
Music quality is very average. A Play 1 blows it away.
I'm hoping they will add one of the 'on demand' music services like Rhapsody or Beats so that you can play the tracks you like rather than a radio station.
It would be way cool to control Sonos by voice though. Sonos should seriously look at an add on that would work like Echo to control the system.
Amazon promises updates. I'll let y'all know.
I can just imagine walking into my kitchen to make breakfast in the morning to ask what my daily schedule is, then followed by reading my emails, then listening to some tunes from Play Music.
Just partner up already and be done with it.
The voice control for music is great. Pause, Play, Stop, Next Track, Volume up. All without having to pick anything up. It's a savior in the kitchen (which is where we have it). I can ask it cooking questions (measurements and such). My daughter (who has special needs) uses it to help with homework: basic arithmetic and spelling, as well as some geography.
I have a HUGE library that I have uploaded to Amazon. The voice recognition still needs work. If there's an album/song/artist with the same name (Talk Talk being one...) then it isn't quite sure what you want to hear. The sound isn't nearly as good as SONOS players (I have two 5s, two 3s and 1) but it's not awful either. For radio it's pretty decent.
Paying $100 was a good deal. Not sure I'd pay $200 for it (which I believe will be the actual price). But if it could control my SONOS system....
When the phone rings, "Alexa Stop" versus the same remote control fumbling.
Sonos should seriously add voice control. I'm not especially expecting them to integrate with Echo. I doubt Amazon has an open API to do so. But if Sonos isn't careful, Echo or the inevitable imitators will steal your customer base. The $99 intro special attracted me, and the sound quality of this bluetooth speaker makes it worth it by itself. Add the voice commands, and it's become my favorite tech purchase of the past few years.
At each Sonos zone (until you build it into future models), add a voice command component that connects to the ethernet port. I'd rather not pay $99 per zone, but I'd probably pop for $49 and would definitely go for all 4 zones for $100. I don't need the AI search components of Echo (although that'd be nice), but to be able to simply say "SONOS, play some Leo Kotke in the kitchen" would be a winner.
I find the quality very close to a PLAY:5. At a quarter of the price and with all of its other features, this model could be the end of Sonos if they don't react quickly.
I also agree that t's worth $100 but not $200.
As for Sonos adding voice control, that would be great. However, Amazon has an incredible amount of processing power behind the voice recognition in the Echo. I'm not sure Sonos has the resources to provide that.
Your praise is much higher than this review:
To say it could be the end of Sonos.... well, count the threads on here about other "Sonos-killers" that have come and gone!
It doesn't seem to have nearly as much bass response and the clarity is much superior in the Play devices.
The Echo's voice recognition is very good though.