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  Reply # 2157927 11-Jan-2019 09:21
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Got my Echo Wall Clock yesterday after ordering it from Amazon.com when it became available and then getting it trans-shipped by YouShop.

 

 

 


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  Reply # 2158397 11-Jan-2019 16:10
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Is it good and was shipping expensive?

 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 2159515 11-Jan-2019 21:56
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nurcopolics: Is it good and was shipping expensive?

 

Question: is it good??

 

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Smaller than I expected

 

Incredibly easy to set-up - just insert batteries (supplied) and then ask the Alexa device to setup bluetooth device.

 

Ask Alexa to setup new bluetooth

 

 

 

Question: was shipping expensive??

 

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$41 Kiwi dollars on top of the original $30 Yankee dollars to pay Amazon.com .   


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  Reply # 2159531 11-Jan-2019 23:15
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Is there a work around to allow shuffling playlists from Spotify?

 

Also, is there a way to play to the echo as a bluetooth/network speaker from spotify on my phone?

 

 


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  Reply # 2159538 12-Jan-2019 02:27
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Playing directly to the Amazon Echo: Just set up pairing with your phone, and you can use it as a regular bluetooth speaker.

 

From Amazon.com documentation:

 

 

Before you begin

 

     

  • Set your mobile device to Bluetooth pairing mode.
  • Make sure your mobile device is in range of your Echo.

     

  1. Say, "Pair." Alexa lets you know that Echo is ready to pair.

     

    Note: To exit Bluetooth pairing mode, say, "Cancel."

     

  2. Open the Bluetooth settings menu on your mobile device, and select your Echo. Alexa tells you if the connection is successful.

 

To pair in the future, you can say, "Connect." If paired with multiple devices, your Echo connects to the most recently paired device.

 

You can disconnect your mobile device from Echo. Say, "Disconnect."

 

 

It isn't mentioned in the documentation, but you can actually connect to your device by your device name (so the name you have set for your device) in the future, and also ask to disconnect it by name if you want.

 

So for instance: If your device is called "Gizmo", you just ask it to "Connect Gizmo", and then "Disconnect Gizmo" when you are done.





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  Reply # 2160100 13-Jan-2019 12:24
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You cant bluetooth to the echo and have it send the audio to a group. It seems to drop the bluetooth connection when taking part in a group playback as well. Ive not played much with them as bluetooth devices since the phone only seems to connect with SBC to them so as a result it sounds like complete trash.





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  Reply # 2161037 14-Jan-2019 16:31
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If this is about what I think it is:

 

 

 

Can't use Bluetooth to an external speaker when playing to a group I believe because of the lag vs being hardwired would then put music out of sync between devices.

 

 

 

I couldn't get my Dot with Bose speaker on BT to allow group play with my Echo Plus, fixed it by plugging Dot into the Bose speaker and all good.

 

 

 

richms:

 

You cant bluetooth to the echo and have it send the audio to a group. It seems to drop the bluetooth connection when taking part in a group playback as well. Ive not played much with them as bluetooth devices since the phone only seems to connect with SBC to them so as a result it sounds like complete trash.

 


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  Reply # 2161772 15-Jan-2019 21:09
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rogercruse:

 

Question: is it good??

 

Answers:

 

Smaller than I expected

 

Incredibly easy to set-up - just insert batteries (supplied) and then ask the Alexa device to setup bluetooth device.

 

Ask Alexa to setup new bluetooth

 

 

 

Question: was shipping expensive??

 

Answers:

 

$41 Kiwi dollars on top of the original $30 Yankee dollars to pay Amazon.com .   

 

 

Does it work with your device set to NZ/AU or do you need to be set to US? Tempted to get one, if I can use on NZ/AU. 


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  Reply # 2161785 15-Jan-2019 21:48
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tracpants:...Does it work with your device set to NZ/AU or do you need to be set to US? Tempted to get one, if I can use on NZ/AU. 

 

 

 

Just checked the echo device that the wall clock is connected to.... there're aren't country settings apart from the device language.

 

So, to check if this made any difference, I changed the device language from UK to NZ/AU and the wall clock carried on working without issue.

 

Personally, I feel the Australian voice on the echo sounds awful, so I changed in back to UK... My bad for being born in England.   

 

 

 

 

 

 


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  Reply # 2161801 15-Jan-2019 23:04
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Cheers, rogercruse. Thanks for having a look! 


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  Reply # 2162349 16-Jan-2019 23:15
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hardsell:

 

 

 

If this is about what I think it is:

 

 

 

Can't use Bluetooth to an external speaker when playing to a group I believe because of the lag vs being hardwired would then put music out of sync between devices.

 

 

 

I couldn't get my Dot with Bose speaker on BT to allow group play with my Echo Plus, fixed it by plugging Dot into the Bose speaker and all good.

 

 

There is correction for latency in the alexa app when doing group playback. Many speakers will DSP the 3.5mm input so have lag that needs to be corrected.

 

I suspect that the bluetooth radio is used to keep the echos in sync with each other, since when they are in different buildings they show as offline when I try to group them.





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