What's happening in the world of music and digital media? What are you listening to this week? #NowPlaying
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Amazon Alexa amplifier, receiver, subwoofer
This is getting very interesting. With the addition of Alexa Cast, which IME works better than Chromecast, and certainly better than AirPlay, Amazon is building quite a system. Obviously they don’t have SonosNet, but with lots of mesh WiFi systems on the market now, they may not need it. https://www.cnbc.com/2018/09/17/amazon-planning-8-new-alexa-devices-microwave-amplifier.html
Hey guys, I was on Facebook today and came across a pretty cool gizmo name Darlite. They have a Kickstarter page. In a nutshell, it's a little device that allows you to play any type of music .https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/darlite/darlite-the-limitless-sonos-experience?ref=3n1r7h That is their Kickstarter page. My question is do you think Sonos will be coming out with this feature anytime soon. I could do without the lights that Darlight has. I just want to be able to play anything that is on my phone via my Sonos Speakers.
Thoughts after the WWDC Keynote? (AIrPlay 2.0, HomePod, etc.)
1. HomePod: I think after Apple's announcement today, Sonos might feel more pressure to push the Alexa integration for release. I hope Sonos figures this out soon. 2. AirPlay 2.0 AirPlay 2.0 is a direct Sonos competitor, although I am not sure how well it will work, at least right off the bat. For example, without a 'bridge' or 'boost', I am not sure how smooth AirPlay 2.0 would work in big houses. and would AirPlay transmit whatever sound from my phone (ringtone, youtube video, etc.)? Overall I don't think most potential Sonos customers would go for HomePod instead. It doesn't offer a full home theater solution, and it's expensive (for the price of one, you can get two Play 1s right now with the promotion, and stereo sounds so much better). If Sonos can announce Alexa support soon, it would be a no-brainer for anybody in the market (an echo dot is only $40).
New Sonos Blog
Hello everyone... My name is Alan Graham and I'm a writer/Sonos enthusiast. I've started a blog over at [url]http://worldofsonos.com[/url] so that I could get a Sonos user community going. I hope to see the site develop into a place where not only I, but many of you can share everything Sonos...from great ideas, problems solved, and even profiles of other solutions. So bookmark the site. Big news coming tomorrow...btw. Alan
Apple AirPlay 2: Does it change things for multi-room audio?
From what I've read on airplay 2, it is believe that apple will have the ability to send audio from your iPhone/ipad to multiple speakers and have them play in sync. Now, this could be just a feature of the homepod, as clearly Apple wants multiple Homepods to play in sync. However, does this also mean that other airplay 2 compatable speakers will be able to play in sync? For example, your Homepod, Bose speaker, and Sonos can all play in sync. I've read some things suggesting that's the case. This does somewhat make sense. Airplay 2 apparently requires compatible speakers to have a lot of memory available for buffering. If you want lots of unlike speakers to play in sync, having a big buffer would likely make that more easily accomplished, as I understand it. I don't have the right equipment to test this out personally, not even sure if there are enough airplay 2 compatible speakers that have been released to test it out. Going on the assumption that this is true, how does
As a Jazz fan, I frequently listen to records, because of the sometimes excellent liner notes, which were intelligently written by some great critics. TunesMap is trying to bring back that experience, and more, to Sonos. Requires an Apple TV, but that's a minor hurdle if it delivers as promised. This could well be Sonos' answer to Roon. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/29/business/media/tunesmap-liner-notes.html
What exactly does integration of Google Assistant mean?
A question or two/three to Sonos: Today, anyone that wants to use the Google Mini with ANY third party speaker has to also buy the CCA puck from Google. But since Sonos users have been given a way to not need the puck if they have Android devices, not allowing them the same benefit while using Google Home/ Mini is more likely a Google decision, not Sonos? Hopefully, that will be revisited soon by one/both and is part of the announced integration of Google Assistant? My next question: In this "enabling Google Assistant" that Sonos says it will do soon, is this allowing of Google Home/Mini to work with Sonos without a CCA puck all that needs to be done? And if so or otherwise, since "play to Sonos" works automatically, immediately and very well in any place in the world where GPM service is available, will Google Assistant do so just as soon and as well? Because this last bit seems to be a major challenge for Sonos where the Alexa integration is concerned; Alexa is also releas
Why haven't SONOS been acquired by Apple?
I don't have any particular insight to offer hence my question. If you understand the dynamics at play, please post up. The people I polled replied with arguments ranging from SONOS are not interested in being acquired to Apple don't need SONOS. The recent WWDC obviously revived this curiosity of mine.
Was I the Only One Waiting to Hear a Sonos Announcement Today?
I've seen a lot of web articles from the normal tech sites talking annot Sonos Event that should have happened today. Everyone thought Sonos would be announcing new speakers during this 2 day even but I haven't heard or seen anything at all.
Amazon Echo 2
There are rumours of an Amazon Echo 2 being released soon, It'll be a very interesting time with all of these new 'Smart Speakers' being launched. The Apple Homepod, the new Sonos speaker with built-in voice mics and the Echo 2 will all be competing to become the speaker of choice for those customers looking for a great sounding smart speaker. Pricing will be critical, as although there are millions of people who are prepared to pay a premium for Apple products, mainly to keep everything within the Apple ecosystem, I'd imagine Amazon will have to undercut them significantly and Sonos will probably be somewhere in the middle if they release a new Play 1 style speaker with built-in mics. The only issue that Sonos have is that they don't have their own voice control system, but will rely on Alexa, and Alexa already has a huge userbase, helped by Amazon using their affordable Echo dots as a trojan horse and 'converting' them to Alexa users before either Apple or Sonos have their o
Sonos is bankrupt!
ok, not really. But no company has eternal life. Sonos doesn't have it neither. So, let's use our imagination and imagine that Sonos goes bankrupt (doesn't matter if it is likely or not). [b]Q[/b]: What will happen to our speakers? I presume we won't see any software updates coming (assuming Sonos won't open source it). But what else will happen? [u]Background[/u]: reason I'm asking is that I strongly dislike the risk of being reliant on a company to have my speakers to work and I'm not sure whether this is the case with Sonos. I don't want to buy a "Revolv smart home hub" when I could have bought a pair of speakers that could last decades, barring technical failures. What's your take on whether Sonos speakers need Sonos-the-company to exist or not? Gijs p.s. I realise that if the company disappears and new services emerge afterwards that they probably won't be supported either
Sonos Sues Lenbrook for Bluesound and BluOS, Alleging Patent Infringement
This will be interesting, especially after Denon. Sonos invented wireless multi room audio, and owns all the patents. Hard to imagine they won’t win this one, too. [url=https://www.cepro.com/article/sonos_sues_lenbrook_for_bluesound_bluos_alleged_patent_infringement]https://www.cepro.com/article/sonos_sues_lenbrook_for_bluesound_bluos_alleged_patent_infringement[/url]
New Sonos speaker with built-in Alexa mics?
http://www.whathifi.com/news/sonos-plans-new-speaker-amazons-alexa-voice-control-tech Dunno, i read the Variety article and did not come to the same conclusion. Maybe i missed something. Looks like new CEO may be open to an IPO, though. He's a sales and marketing type, so I'm afaid Sonos' long run of great engineering and support may be ending. Too bad, if true.
Anyone else experiencing delivery issues?
ordered a playbase from sonos last week. got an email on the 7th to say it had shipped. No sign of it by the 11th, checked with the courier (DHL) who said they hadn't received it from the supplier yet. contacted sonos, who said it must be a problem at the courier end, they well check and get back to me. heard nothing back by today (12th), so rung them again. This time they tell me they are struggling with demand, mine has not been shipped, and they have no idea when it will be shipped. I asked them why they had emailed me 5 days ago saying it had been shipped, they say that just means it has completed a certain stage at the warehouse, not that it has actually been shipped! I asked to cancel my order, and was told this is not possible as it has "technically" shipped. Not a happy bunny to put it mildly.
Introducing Sonos Voice?
I believe that Sonos will be introducing their own voice assistant accompanying gadget that will permit them to work with the other assistants like Alexa, Google, Cortana, Siri et. al. Saw this in the Privacy Statement Voice control works by your [b][/b]voice enabled Sonos Product “listening” for a specific wake word[b][/b]. Please note that [b][/b]not all Sonos Products are voice enabled.[b][/b] ...and this... Sonos does not retain a copy of your voice recording. Concurrent with the voice recording, your Product will collect data (for example, decibel level at each frequency) about the ambient noise in the room. It is not possible to extract any speech from this type of data. We collect this data to help us improve our speech recognition technology. For example, if you are trying to state a voice command while music is playing, [b][/b]Sonos may improve the technology by lowering the music so that your voice command can be properly understood.[b][/b] Its not about integrat
Amazon Echo integration w/ third party app
After previously posting about a streaming solution to enable Amazon Alexa voice control for my Sonos speakers I've discovered a much simpler solution that works. It requires a Mac, an Echo and an App! It literally takes two minutes to setup and you can play any Amazon Echo compatible music source to your Sonos speakers using your voice. Hope this helps others wanting to control their Sonos speakers with their Amazon Echo :)
Currently the Sonos can be integrated with Alexa. There are plans for including Google Home an I even seen plans for integration with Siri. Are there any plans to integrate with Mycroft (https://mycroft.ai/) as well? I would be greatly interested in this integration as my recorded data will not be stored on a server and it is not used/sold for marketing purposes. In addition their new speaker with a display would be a great addition to the Sonos line as well. Anyone who would support these features here on the community? Kind regards, Frank
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