Voice control and smart home
The place to discuss and get tips on voice control and smart home devices on Sonos. Which voice commands can I use? How does it work? Get your integration and Sonos related answers here.
I am almost giving up with this Sonos & Alexa integration. I have a Play:1 device which I am trying to link up with Alexa. The Alexa app on Android is the most recent, the Sonos app on Android and the Windows desktop are the most recent. Also the software on the Play:1 is up-to-date (checked on the Android app and Desktop app). I can add the Skill on either the App or through a web browser (Chrome) on the desktop - I have signed into my Sonos account, authorised, then signed into the Amazon account (goes to Amazon.com not .co.uk??). This seems to work without a hitch every single time I have tried it (I have lost count now...). The problem comes when I try to discover devices the message "There was an error discovering your devices" flashes up and has done so every single time I have re-added the Skill which is now driving me insane!! I have even reset the Play:1 and re-installed all the apps numerous times but still cannot get Alexa to discover the Play:1. Stuck!
In the wake of the Alexa integration, release of Sonos One, and really, the new Amazon products (and Google, Apple), what are your plans on adjusting your home audio setup? I'm curious, because my house is pretty 'full' already, but I want to try out some of these new products. And, it's just interesting to me. The only zone I know I will adjust is the backyard, and only in a minor way. That's some outdoor speakers powered by a CONNECT:AMP. I have a dot with attached battery I bring outside from time to time, but it's a lousy environment for voice control. Therefore, I'm going to get an Alexa remote so that I can effectively do voice control outside. My master bathroom zone is just a play:1 right now. I've thought about upgrading that to a Sonos One, but it's not the highest use area, and isn't really the place I want to put the latest and greatest. The master bedroom is a pair of P:1s and an echo dot. The P:1s are less than a year old. Hard to justify a replacement
So I got my new Sonos with Alexa yesterday and was super excited. Followed the instructions and linked my amazon prime music account and spotify account to both alexa and sonos. When I try playing it basically tells me that you need Spotify premium or Amazon Prime to use those music services respectively (of which I have both) Someone tell me what I am doing wrong? Is this an alexa issue or a sonos issue?
Unfortunately I never received the discount code from Sonos for the Amazon Alexa. I've asked Sonos but they won't help which is very poor of them given they never sent me one and the amount I have spent on their products. Does anyone have a spare code they won't be using that I could have?
The first few reviews of the Sonos One are emerging. https://www.engadget.com/2017/10/18/sonos-one-review/ [i]Unfortunately, there were a few times I ran into some strange and frustrating bugs -- the speaker wasn't recognizing that it was playing music, so "pause" or "next track" requests didn't work. Amazon Music also occasionally got confused and told me it was playing on another device so it couldn't play on the speaker I asked for.[/i] https://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2017/10/18/16490866/sonos-one-speaker-review-alexa [i]The process of enabling Alexa was a different matter and left me, a tech reviewer, feeling pretty stupid. Alexa could answer general questions and control my smart lights just fine within minutes, but would give me a “Something went wrong” error when I asked for music (or podcasts) with voice commands.[/i] https://www.wired.com/story/review-sonos-one/ [i]Once you get things humming, the limitations of the voice controls become clear pret
If your Echo devices are named the same as your Sonos devices then you won't be able to use the Sonos devices. For example I had a Doc called "Bedroom", and the app would not discover my Sonos speaker called "Bedroom". I think the Alexa App should provide some indication of this, or maybe a warning during discovery
I have connected Sonos & Echo Dot, but when I ask Alexa to play through Sonos1, as this morning I asked Alexa to play Radio Lancashire, It came back with playing Radio Lancashire from Caths Tunein and plays on tinny-sounding DOT ! I Can I only listen to the radio by my Sonos app on my phone app? I do not have a Sonos to dot cable could this be the reason it plays on Alexa? yet it is picking up the radio from the DOT....Do I need to connect a cable?
I have three zones in my house. Kitchen, den, and living room. When we listen to music which is 80% of our use, the 3 zones are always in a group. The only time they are not grouped is when we watch TV in the living room. When grouped I have the volume of each zone balanced for constant sound throughout the house. Reading through the Alexa commands it appears that when a I want raise or lower the volume of my whole house music group I will have to command each zone individually.? I believe that you cannot group or ungroup zones via Alexa, but not having a master volume control for a group seems like a major oversight.
Hi, I have a number of play 1 speakers in 5 rooms and in each one I also have an echo dot. I have linked the account successfully and can discover the Sonos speakers in Alexa app. The speakers are named with the room and the dots named [room name] echo dot. However when I say "Alexa play radio 1 in [room name]" it always plays via the echo dot, not sonos. How can I make it always play via Sonos?
Hi all, just got my new Sonos One. Never owned any Sonos product before. Loving the sound quality. Setup was pretty straightforward, including linking with Alexa. I understand full Spotify support (i.e. voice control to let's say ask for specific tune) is not yet available but I thought some commands such as 'skip track' or 'pause' should be already available. Also, every skills that involve streaming content (for example the news flash brief or TED talks) don't seem to be working. Alexa finds the content quickly and appropriately, but once the streaming of the content is supposed to start, it goes silent. I tried the usual basic troubleshooting but no joy. Is it related to the One specifically? any suggestions? thanks!
My new Sonos One with Alexa arrived today, what can I say other than I’m greatly disappointed. I can’t get Alexa to play anything off either my Spotify or Deezer accounts, I wanted to create a stereo pair with an existing play one..... it won’t do that either, apparently I can only do it with another Sonos One. So why would I want 2 speakers, both with Alexa in the same room. I’ve always held Sonos in high regard but I feel as if I’ve been conned into buying a product that doesn’t do what I was led to believe it would. Very disappointed ?
This is a serious question and I ask it for this reason. I have been collecting music for the last 40 years, so my library is pretty extensive. I cannot begin to remember a fraction of titles from my music collection without scrolling through the folders in my digital library. If then I'm using the Sonos app on my phone to scroll through the library, why would I need/want to use something like Alexa to play the tracks I select. Surely at this point it would be much easier to select the tracks and play them straight from the Sonos app. Perhaps I'm missing something?
After a bit of playing around, I managed to setup my new Sonos One to be part of both my current Sonos system as well as Alexa (I already have several Amazon Alexa devices). Much of the setup needs to be done in the Amazon Alexa App for things like TimeZone, Location, Metric Units etc. There are still a couple of things that it'd be good to see if it's possible to fix... 1) All the other Alexa-enabled devices have the same British accented voice. The Sonos One has a North American accent. Can this be changed ? 2) Asking Alexa to play things (and other requests) is noticeably slower on the Sonos One than my other Echo and Echo Dots. Is there a difference in how or where the speech is processed ?
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