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  Reply # 1812488 4-Jul-2017 12:08
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Well, not quite what I asked... Why would you *buy* one assumed you don't already have one. So they made a marketing decision to go one way and now changed they mind by the look of it.

 

 


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  Reply # 1812518 4-Jul-2017 13:02
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personally i have the amazon tap, amazone echos, and echo dots.  the tap is pretty cool, but microphones arent as good and not all functionality.   the echos are very good, i think the music the produce is good, but clearly not loud enough for an entire house party.    the echo dots are really good, i have some logitech speakers plugged into one in the office, and theyre nice and cheap.

 

 

 

waiting on the sonos integration some time this year, see how well that works.


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  Reply # 1817178 9-Jul-2017 12:02
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Am not sure if this is the right thread, or should start another one - refurb Amazon Echo's are $90US at the mo, which is about $128NZ, but would need to add Youshop postage to that.

 

Seeing as I'm only really after a bluetooth speaker to hopefully use with a phone and Emby, is it worth it ? Would it be better to just get a locally available bluetooth speaker and if so any recommendations value for money wise ? Am cheap so would prefer to spend less than 100 bucks.





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  Reply # 1817195 9-Jul-2017 12:26
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 If you just want a bluetooth speaker there are vastly better options than the echo. You buy it for the smarts, not because it sounds good, because it doesnt.





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  Reply # 1817200 9-Jul-2017 12:50
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Fair enough - any preferences for us cheapies in the 'wow that's good for $100' category ?

 

....or is it new thread time ?





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  Reply # 1817216 9-Jul-2017 13:19
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 That echo price is exceptional, if I didn't already have bluetooth speakers for my living room dot I'd get one. In my experience, refurb items are more or less indistinguishable from new, come in new packaging etc.

 

 

 

Re-furb UE Boom on amazon for $79, UE Wonderboom $79. To get better sound I think you have to pay $140 or more (all US$ plus shipping)

 

 

 

 


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  Reply # 1817219 9-Jul-2017 13:28
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refurbs are the result of all those people that buy things and are then too thick to work them so return them. So thankyou stupid people ;) I have my eyes on another couple of echo dots for other stereos in the house. Really wish they had optical out on them.

 

Brands on lo-fi speakers mean nothing. You can get equal sound out of a cheapie as one of those booms etc for considerably less money. But that really is another thread issue.





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  Reply # 1817242 9-Jul-2017 13:44
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Those UE models look good, thanks (and refurb sounds painless). Was also thinking maybe JBL Flip 3 locally. Am not exactly a hifi connoisseur but they seem to get pretty decent reviews.





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  Reply # 1819677 11-Jul-2017 17:02
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Lots of deals on Amazon Prime day - new Amazon Echo (not refurb) US$89.

 

I just picked up another Echo Dot bundled with a little Sony XB10 BT speaker for US$58.

 

 


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  Reply # 1819693 11-Jul-2017 17:10
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....and I thought, Oh bugger it, and got a refurb one like 2 days ago. Oh well, the guarantee seems to be the same...





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  Reply # 1819694 11-Jul-2017 17:11
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There's effectively no difference between refurb and new - you'll see what I mean when you get it.

 

 


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  Reply # 1819778 11-Jul-2017 18:31
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I've love a way to say "Play x from y from Spotify and cast it to my Home Theatre.

 

 

 

Anyone know of a addon or skill that allows you to send your music to another network enabled speaker?

 

 

 

 


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  Reply # 1819783 11-Jul-2017 18:45
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Just say "play x" or "play x from y". The source can be defaulted and you already have the bt connected. Or say "connect bluetooth" first.

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  Reply # 1819867 11-Jul-2017 20:29
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networkn:

 

I've love a way to say "Play x from y from Spotify and cast it to my Home Theatre.

 

 

 

Anyone know of a addon or skill that allows you to send your music to another network enabled speaker?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Denon's new receivers and Yamaha last 2-3 generations of AVR's will have this ability before the end of the year as they're both bringing Alexa integration to Heos and MusicCast respectively.

 

 

 

https://www.denon.co.uk/uk/news/news/430

 

Denon said it was coming by Q1 2017... clearly this hasn't happened.

 

 

 

https://usa.yamaha.com/news_events/2017/20170228_yamaha_to_add_amazon_alexa_voice_control_us.html

 

Yamaha are saying Fall (our spring) so it's more likely that all the players in the multi-room industry will get it around then too (Play-Fi / Sonos / MusicCast / Heos).


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  Reply # 1819870 11-Jul-2017 20:36
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Dunnersfella:

 

 

 

Denon's new receivers and Yamaha last 2-3 generations of AVR's will have this ability before the end of the year as they're both bringing Alexa integration to Heos and MusicCast respectively.

 

 

 

https://www.denon.co.uk/uk/news/news/430

 

Denon said it was coming by Q1 2017... clearly this hasn't happened.

 

 

 

https://usa.yamaha.com/news_events/2017/20170228_yamaha_to_add_amazon_alexa_voice_control_us.html

 

Yamaha are saying Fall (our spring) so it's more likely that all the players in the multi-room industry will get it around then too (Play-Fi / Sonos / MusicCast / Heos).

 

 

 

 

Wicked, Thanks, 

 

 


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