Amazon Echo integration?
Has anyone heard about potential Sonos integration with Amazon Echo?
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It might emerge that these may be products competing in the same general market so songs access to that Amazon analytics and emerging technology services might be off limits. Echoes brains are in the cloud at amazons data farm, sonos brains are in its on board cache of memory..the Union of the two might be tricky..but i'll keep my fingers crossed.
If your audio fidelity needs are modest, echo sounds good and is loud enough. If you need more, then sonos has it beat.
Honestly, I'm signed up to about 14 services in some fashion that I've linked to my sonos system, but in practice over the few years I now access no more than 5, 3 more regularly than any other...audible, Sirius, and tune in... Not sonos fault, I just think I'm getting old. I used to live for music, now I barely listen to any, I have my echo in my office and in the short time I've owned it, it has already become the only media device I use at all in the office.
I'd expect that
1) there will be some interconnectivity set up in the Echo/Alexa app that will manipulate the Sonos app/data for you.
2) Play:5, Gen 2 speakers have microphones already in them, I'd expect them to be connected to that system (Alexa/Echo) as a matter of course. Not sure how the integration would work if you don't already own an Echo/Alexa, but I suspect they've got that one figured out and are implementing it for a future release of the Sonos software.
3) I'd expect that Sonos will start selling the Dot device for those people who have Play:1, Play:3, and Connect devices, to add the microphone implementation.
4) Eventually, I'd expect that the Play:1 and Play:3 speakers would get built in microphones (but I wouldn't guaranty that, it may be that the Dot device will serve without them having to redo the entire manufacturing lines to introduce a mic.)
In answer to your other question, you'd technically need only one microphone to control all of your speakers. That could be one Echo/Dot (what's the third version called?) or one Play:5. Everything else would be convenience for you, not required.
I've already got 2 devices, one in the kitchen, one in the bedroom, so I'm fairly well set up, but I certainly recognize that many of us here are hard pressed to come up with an extra 35 GPB or $50 USD (or insert your local currency here). But I'm fairly confident that based on past attempts by this company to maintain compatibility with ancient and no longer sold hardware, that they'll do what they can to keep the cost minimal. Note I didn't say free. But no matter what, this appears to be an extension of the current software, not a replacement, and for those who can't afford it initially, they'll be able to continue the use of the software as they do today, on their mobile or desktop devices.
2) Play:5 microphones remain silent
3) Dot was only a one time production and no longer available according to Amazon
4) I'm sure future updates to Play:3 then Play:1 will have microphones same as Play:5 for eventual use maybe down the road....down the road
Amazon would like to see you have an echo in every room for voice control. Eventual dot successor as source of whole home control.
I agree. The Echo's far-field voice recognition needs an array of microphones to work well.
For those of us with an echo or an echo dot in most rooms to allow for voice control home automation, this is very exciting!
For those with one in the bedroom who can't be heard from other rooms no matter how loud they yell, I guess they'll just have to keep using the Sonos app they have today or purchase more echo's if they find they desire the voice control option.
I for one can't wait! I find my wife listening to the echo dot in the kitchen because she can just tell Alexa to start playing and doesn't have to pull out her phone or tablet like she would if she wanted to use the Sonos RIGHT THERE IN THE KITCHEN! lol Drives me nuts because that echo can't compete with sonos sound quality!
The press release stated the private beta would be the end of this year, and Sonos never says anything about private betas (if there is one). So silence is to be expected until they announce it going public.