Amazon Alexa and Sonos
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I'm interested to hear people's stories (preferably humorous) of syntax issues when giving Alexa commands to play on Sonos. Whether it be hard to pronounce, duplicate names, or odd responses from Alexa. Mine is having to say "Alexa, Play Pool music Playlist at the Pool". Too many Ps. And yes, I know I could change my naming convention. Along those lines, it would be nice if Alexa would recognize that 'pool music' is my playlist without me specifying so, an not immediately find some radio pool music radio station without even checking to see if the name my matched my playlist. Completely not a Sonos issue, as the Alexa service is processing this part of the request. And while I'm dreaming, once Alexa figures out what Sonos zones are tied to what Alexa devices for defalt purposes, it would be nice if I could let Alexa know that unless I state otherwise, pool music is always played at the pool. Actually, that problem is better solved with a routine.
When it was first mentioned last year that Sonos was going to team up with Amazon to allow Alexa your music, it was stated that it would be backwards compatible with existing Sonos speakers. This was also re-iterated when there was a sale of Sonos speakers earlier in the year. So could someone advise me on how I upgrade my existing speakers to understand Alexa's commands. Thanks
After the latest update, the volume on my play 5 has changed with my echo dot. It use to be too loud when the dot was turned up all the way, my line in was boosted to 10, and I was half way up on the sonos volume. Now the audio from the dot is noticeably quieter, and changes randomly, quieter, then back to set volume. Has anyone else had a similar issue here? Diagnostic 7926558 submitted.
echo dot / alexa with sonos lounge setup including playbar - pro/con for others thinking of using this setup
I took the plunge to move Alexa out of the kitchen and into the living room - so purchased an additional Dot. I have playbar, 2x Play 3 and Sub setup in a 5.1 surround group. And a Connect that I was using with Record Deck. I've tried Echo Dot setup two ways. They both seem to have the same fatal flaw - namely that the TV sound does not restart when you stop music or in the case of using Sonos speakers to hear Alexa, every time you ask Alexa something. I've documented what I see the Pro/Cons are, both are quite unideal TBH - I wonder if anyone has some smart workarounds. Also bit disappointed Spotify isnt working "yet" although apparently promised. 1. Firstly standalone. Sound only comes from Echo Dot. Sonos connected via Alexa skills only. Pros - doesnt mess with Sonos as much. -you can ask Alexa to play "artist" in "room name on Sonos". Mute, pause etc all work well. Radio stations work well too. Cons - you may not hear the little Dot speaking above your music/tv
I have no interest in Alexa and will not buy the related hardware products. I want to keep my current Sonos system running smoothly. I did not download the Beta, because as the forum has shown, Betas have bugs, lots of them. My questions, is Alexa forever embedded in my future software upgrades? Did the beta have any security/performance upgrades important to my non-Alexa system? Will future software upgrades all require me to include Alexa or can I disable Alexa? Help me decide how to best keep my current non-Alexa system current and secure.
So far its been pretty good in terms of integrating Echo dots with Sonos. One thing is a bit annoying, for example, if I ask for news headlines the speakers will 'duck' and the headlines audio comes out via the dot. While the headlines are being read the Sonos speakers kick in again meaning I cant hear the news flash. I hope there's a way that all Alexa audio can come through the Sonos speaker in future updates and the speaker stays "ducked" until Alexa has finished speaking!
I'm excited about the release of the Sonos/Alexa integration. Thank you to the Sonos team for getting this out the door! Setting up the skill was a breeze and it seems to be working very well for me so far. Naturally, I already have some ideas for improvement... :-) I have an Echo device in each room where I also have one or more Sonos zones. For example: - Echo Dot bedroom - Sonos ZP80 bedroom (with a dedicated amp and speakers) - Echo Show kitchen (covers kitchen, dining area, and living area) - Sonos Play:5 kitchen - Sonos Play:1 pair dining area - Sonos Playbar (with sub and surrounds) living area - Echo Dot office - Sonos ZP80 office (with a dedicated amp and speakers) I think it would be great to be able to associate a given Echo device with one or more Sonos zones, so that Echo device would control those zones by default. I would still want the ability to control other Sonos zones by naming them explicitly. For example, if I am talking to my Echo Show in t
Being able to control Sonos via voice commands is convenient but not being able to play from my local library does limit the usefulness. Is there any way to add my library to one of these services easily and cheaply [ie free]?
I am useing sonos v 8 with a zp80 and Amazon echo, and when I say Alexa play xxxx on zp80 it simply resumes the song that was paused in the queue rather than starting the requested song (xxx). Seems to work fine on the play 3, but Alexa integration seems broken on older players (zp80 &100)
Set up Alexa to my Sonos living room successfully 2 days ago and everything was perfect that day. The next day, and each day since, Alexa says she is playing in the living room but nothing happens. I can play music manually through the Sonos app and Alexa will stop and start but if I ask her to play a playlist for example, she will lower the volume, say she is playing the playlist on living room but the music doesn’t change I’ve reset and unplugged everything but no success. Any ideas anyone ?
Big ticket stuff is fine, there are enough arguments going on about those and it gets heated Let's list some small, even trivial, maybe even silly things we would like to see with Sonos and Alexa. A place where the words "deal breaker", "unacceptable", and "disgrace" do not appear. I'll start. I love the SiriusXM support, but it would be nice if Alexa replied with track and artist when asked what is playing. Currently it's just station name.
I have 3 rooms that I like to group together. I did this in the Alexa app and called them "Everything". If I say "Alexa play Tom Petty on Everything" it plays Amazon music great but if I say "Alexa play Tom Petty radio from Pandora on Everything" it only plays on the Echo and not the Sonos.
I have echo dots and echo show's sprinkled around my home. My Echo Dots / Echo Shows have names that are concise to make it easy to use Alexa commands like "Alexa, drop in on the Kitchen", or "Alexa, call the Master Bedroom". However, I also have similarly named Sonos Connect Amps tied to the built-in speakers in each room. For example, in Sonos, my Sonos Connect Amp that drives my master bedroom is simply called "Master Bedroom". I also have rooms that have in-ceiling speakers powered by a Sonos Connect amp that does not share the name of the Echo Dot/Show. "Dining Room" and "Piano Room" all have speakers/connect amp but no corresponding Echo Dot/Show. This has resulted in Amazon Alexa app recognizing the Sonos Connect Amps that have names that do not conflict with existing Echo Dot/Show devices. If there is a name conflict (e.g. Echo Dot named 'Master Bedroom' and Sonos Connect Amp named 'Master Bedroom') then the Sonos Connect Amp is not detected nor displayed in the list
Really struggling with the new Alexa/Sonos thing. Followed setup instruction and have my three Sonos devices all recognised in the Alexa app, but the echo won’t recognise two of them. In fact all I get when I try to use it is the message that the term Sonos isn’t recognised! Have re-booted everything as well as forgetting devices and doing a new search for devices in Alexa. All devices are then recognised but the echo refuses to acknowledge Sonos. Really stuck!
I have been a Sonos user for only about a month. I had an Echo dot so used the line-in config. with Spotify. When the announcement came out on the 4th, I switched over to the networked Sonos set-up. I wanted to see if there is an audible difference between the D/A convertor in the Echo Dot versus the Play 5's D/A. I then found out that Spotify is not yet supported by Sonos, and the bit rate of Amazon Music is less than Spotify, so I could not compare Apples to Apples, or should I say Dot D/A versus Sonos Play 5 D/A. I'll have to wait for Spotify to compare. Does anybody have an opinion as to whether the same bit rate source sounds better through the networked Play 5 Gen 2 versus the line-in from the Echo Dot? After being an audiophile for many years, I worry about these things, although given that the source is ~300k MP3 files, I probably shouldn't. I also have a small FLAC library of my ripped CD's so that would be the best test I suppose. I would guess that there is no
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