Voice control and smart home
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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
Is the music quality the same when requesting music through an Amazon Echo to Sonos as it is playing directly from the Sonos App? I assume that the Echo simply passes off the instruction and gets out of the way when the Sonos speakers start playing. The sound seems the same but ive only tried for a few minutes. (It's pretty cool!)
I have two Alexa's which are directly linked to Sonos players, One is a Play:5 and another a connect, in both cases the Echo is connected via a 3.5 mm audio cable. After today's update sounds intrinsic to Alexa, such as "What time is is" no longer play through the sonos speakers. If it disconnect the patch cord the sounds play just fine on the echo itself and other audio such as audiobooks/Spotify/SiriusXM stream as well as alarm and timer tones play just fine (and yes it's by patch cable not the new method, if I unplug the cable the echo plays the music via it's speakers). The sounds which are missing are the ones using the "Alexa" voice. I've tried disabling the app, forgetting all the speakers and then setting it all up again which didn't correct the issue. Any ideas this is a rather annoying bug.
It seems to me the wholealexa integration has been deliberately compromised to ensure the full feature set works only with streaming services and not with any purchased or owned media storage. What is sonos plan here? I did not purchase sonos to only be able to use Alexa for digital steaming services. It is already documented that amateur code has been out there before sonos spent nearly a year developing this version that has a far greater feature set than current. Including being able to use Alexa with local media. Why are sonos not making this feature available?
Having some issue enabling the skill. It asks me to link accounts... So I do. Log into sonos, then I log into Amazon and when it asks to link them I hit continue. Then nothing. No success or fail screen, it just takes me directly back to the alexa app home screen. I'm hoping I'm doing seething wrong. (worth noting my controller app and sonos speakers are up to date). Any ideas? I'm in the UK if that makes any difference.
So, I have Sonos pretty much all over my house, how do I get Alexa? I assume this isn't going to be an upgrade to my current hardware that I have significant investment in. I haven't really used Alexa so I don't know how well it even works. I've been fairly underwhelmed with voice recognition so far i.e. siri. I do love my Sonos system but have been worried over the last year that it is going to be outdated and very expensive outdated. I am however considering getting a full Sonos surround system for my cinema, playbar, sub and two one's or maybe three's. I guess I could use the one's I already have for the cinema and get new one's with alexa. I've looked over the website and I don't really see any answers for a path for current Sonos customers forward. Any thoughts on this would be appreciated.
Hi, I'm been waiting for this features for the pass year. And I've see 3rd party websites selling Echo dot in singapore. But with the launch of this service from SONOS, I've too notice is only supported in UK,US and Germany, could you advice will it work in asia country such as Singapore, Australia and etc where I'm using the current Playbar and Play 1?
I've been waiting for a long time for the Alexa enabled Sonos. What I didn't know was going to happen isnthat I would have to buy all new Sonos Ones to get that feature. What I have loved about Sonos that you buy the speaker and it is supposed to get better through software updates...it's part of their marketing literature. What I don't understand is why is Somos deviating from this? I'm now required to buy more speakers to get the feature I want, making my old speakers obsolete? I don't want to have to drop another $1000 to update my home system...I'm only 3 years into building my Sonos system across my house. Please tell me there is a software update that will work with my Alexa Dots in the very near future. Very frustrated loyal customer, Ryan C
What can I do with clashing names for Alexa devices and Sonos devices ? For example I have an Alexa dot called kitchen and a sonos device called kitchen. When I ask alexa to play it defaults to music coming from the dot rather than sonos. I don't want to rename everything strangely as it doesn't make it user friendly... any ideas ?
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