Amazon Alexa and Sonos
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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
I joined the Beta yesterday and so far so good. Everything seems to work well and I'm excited for the full release. two things are needed, allow Alexa to access the local music library (NAS Drive ) and also Spotify to stream to Sonos. Quite by accident I discovered the following feature which I think is awesome. Using the Amazon Shopping app you can control Alexa from your iPhone, just hit the Mic icon and speak. "Alexa Play songs by Billy Joel on the Patio" Awesome:)) Can be a bit hit and miss sometimes, but does work.
I had a thought regarding how the sonos integration may factor into the Echo Plus. The Plus is supposed to boast to have a smart home hub built in, so you don't have to have a separate phillips hub (for example) as well. There hasn't been much said but it's supposed to boast Alexa features built in to your smart home scenes. In other words you can script commands to turn on a light AND play a radio station, for example. I would assume then, since Alexa now has a lot of control over sonos, that a sonos zone can be included in these smart home scripts. Is there any confirmation on that? BTW, I know that you can do this with other third party hubs already, just seems like it might be more integrated with the Alexa smart home since Alexa is more aware of the 'state' of the sonos zones. Also, I've heard little about the Echo Plus capabilities. Not much on supported devices, scheduling capabilities, or any conditional logic.
I hope Sonos provides some way to completely disable Alexa or any other listening-servie on its hardware and software if they are going the voice-command route. I'm extremely security and privacy conscious, and have to be in my work. I can't understand why anyone would want a device "listening" to everything said in the home or office setting. Trusting devices like that suggests a lot more faith and trust in companies and government than I have, despite assurances that it only listens for the key phrase to activate. It's a sure bet there's either a back door in it, or someone will hack it to eavesdrop on everything.
So having a weird issue with my echo dot and sonos. it's been working fine, but now the music dips when i talk to alexa, however no commands are carried out, so for example play radio x uk in the kitchen, results in nothing happening at all. I have rebooted all components and the echo dot with no effect. any clues?
now that Alexa public beta is here, can sonos be accessed / controlled remotely outside its wifi network range using the alexa app? only reason i want this is we have a multi room set up with 5 sonos zones in our vacation rental home and would like to be able to control remotely thx
I fussed a while to get this to work... I only have one Sonos 'room' so I change the name to Sonos. This allows me to tell Alexa to play album XYZ on Sonos; Alexa reduce/increase volume on Sonos; Alexa play radio station XYZ on Sonos. hen the 'with Sonos' is left off, the results come out of the little speaker on the Echo: fine for the weather, time, shopping list, etc. It now works pretty well and seems more intuitive in terms of adding something to a shopping list, etc. (I moved my echo away from the Sonos speakers, close to the phone). It's definitely better than a direct line -in connection (to my Play 5). It will be even better when a local library of albums can be accessed. Much of the limitation (now) is the Echo itself. While these are very cool, the access to a particular album or music genre can be tricky. I like classical music and have found that if I ask Echo to play a given piece, I typically get the first track; whereas if I ask to Alexa to play Album,alb
Hey there, while im really happy to see that the alexa beta finally went live, im a bit concerned on the taken approach. I bought 5 echo dots about a year ago when I first read the Sonos/Alexa announcement. I knew the dots would have very poor sound quality compared to the bigger versions but it didn't really bother me, since I never intended to use them as speakers anyway. Its not just about the music - there are timers, alarms, todo-lists, calendars, audible and basically everything else that comes out of Alexa, that I want to hear through my quality speakers. I would be very happy for a solution that lets me connect one Alexa device to one specific Sonos speaker and routes all audio input through that speaker. There would be no need for additional Spotify/Audible integration because Alexa does all the work and Sonos just streams the audio. Yes, there would be a short delay compared to the native Alexa response but I wouldn't mind at all. Best regards, I90dl1
I have the 2nd generation play 5 which from what i understand has 2 small mics built it that are deactivated. I'm excited about the newly announced Alexa built Sonos One but what about the Play 5 (2nd gen)? It already has 2 mics built in so i thought play 5 was the perfect candidate for voice activation.
I've been reading that Sonos dims (all) speakers when you make an Alexa command to an Echo Dot. However that isn't the case for me, so if I say "Alexa play Radio 6 in the kitchen" that's great and the radio comes on. However when the radio is on, saying "Alexa" isn't always successful, and when it is, the music doesn't dim at all. I've tried this with the radio being on, and also when using Sonos-app started Spotify music. In neither case does the music dim when I say "Alexa". Any thoughts? It basically means when the music is on, Alexa isn't really usable unless I stand right next to the Dot and bellow into it! :D
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