About ducking time
Ducking seems to be fixed now. I have grouped my echo and Sonos devices in the Alexa app and ducking seems to only affect the Sonos device that is associated with the echo that processes the command.
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It's already at least 12 months after it should have been sorted.
I believe you, thought no official announcement from Sonos ??
Rather than universal ducking I now have no ducking at all, though I have Ip each Sonos device in groups with a preferred speaker. Am I missing something ?
Do you have ALL of your Sonos Speakers assigned to an Alexa group? So I have a Sonos speakers in rooms without an alexa device but have still set the room as a group and added the appropriate Sonos Room speaker and set it as default music device. If not that may be the cause.
Otherwise I do wonder if they removed the tweet because of a bug like you have found. For me it works as intended.
But enjoy it while it is working.
Correct, I forgot about that.
If you don't put each Sonos speaker in an Alexa group, then the volume will continue to lower in all rooms, I think.
I suspect it is being rolled out / worked on, and that an announcement will follow. To be honest I can wait, ducking has been bugging the hell out of me for the last 12 months so I’m glad a fix is imminent.
Now I just need multi-household support.
I don't have much use for a Sonos One with our setup. We put our Sonos One in the basement since it didn't get wife approval after it replaced the most used Amazon Echo in the house (not a Dot, but the full size Echo). The Sonos One didn't perform as well from a voice interaction standpoint and that got annoying quickly. More false wake up triggers which cause an audible ding instead of a light ring, not hearing your voice over the music it was playing as well as an Echo, etc, etc.
What has worked well for us and works even better now with the latest improvement is a dedicated echo dot for voice interaction and a Sonos Play:1 in the same room (could be other Sonos speakers). That seems to give us the minimum annoyance factor for voice interaction and still have the improved sound quality and whole house music.
It's really nice to be able to walk into the kitchen, say "Alexa, play Classic Rock" and the music starts playing on all the Sonos speakers that are defined as the Preferred Speakers in the Alexa App. We no longer have to say "Alexa, play Classic Rock in Kitchen". That feature plus the ducking fix are huge improvements.
If for example, you had a group called ‘Upstairs' and added to that group: 3 x Sonos One Speakers (one from each bedroom, perhaps) and set them all as 'preferred' in the group, but had no echo devices at all, like echo dots etc. in order to 'Alexa Enable' the Group ... then a user can still go to any of the Sonos Ones in the group (or any other Alexa device elsewhere in the home) and say 'Alexa, play some music upstairs' and the three Sonos Ones will Group together automatically and play the music... Speaking to any of the three Sonos Ones, will also 'duck' all three speakers in the group too.
The 'key' here, is you do not need an echo dot to enable the group, if you are happy to include the 'group name' in the Alexa instruction.
Obviously if the same group was made 'Alexa Enabled' with one (or more) echo dots, then when speaking to any of those echo devices there would then be no need to mention the group name (upstairs) at all.
Note: an Amazon echo device can only be used 'once only', for 'enabling a group' across all the Alexa groups you create.
In my case it's the other way around. The living room Echo is deaf when music is playing in the living room.
That's not even doable for Amazon's Echos right now.