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Amazon's Prime Deals Day

Dane Trethowan <grtdane@...>
 

Hi,

This started in Australia Yesterday and continues today so it's a great time
to catch up on some Echo deals.

If you're starting out with Echo for the first time then perhaps you might
wish to grab yourself an Echo Dot 3rd generation for $45, that's what
they're being offered for here which is a bargain so you can make yourself a
nice pair of little stereo speakers for under a hundred dollars.

The Dot 3rd Generation sounds absolutely amazing for its size and even
better if you have two in a pair.

If you wish to move up the line and want something feature packed then the
Echo Plus 2nd Generation is $114 Australian at the moment so I took the
opportunity to buy me a second so now I have a pair.

The Echo Plus 2nd Generation has a built-in internal temperature sensor
along with a bridge so devices such as Philips Hue lights are automatically
discovered and thus can be controlled straight from Alexa itself.

Steve Jacobson
 

Dane,

I probably should know this, but which of the Echos can function as one of a pair of stereo speakers? Is this new with a particular generation? Does one unit act as the main control unit and the other link to the first similar to a Bluetooth speaker or how does this work?

Best regards,

Steve Jacobson

-----Original Message-----
From: all-audio@groups.io <all-audio@groups.io> On Behalf Of Dane Trethowan
Sent: Monday, July 15, 2019 11:39 PM
To: all-audio@groups.io
Subject: [all-audio] Amazon's Prime Deals Day

Hi,

This started in Australia Yesterday and continues today so it's a great time
to catch up on some Echo deals.

If you're starting out with Echo for the first time then perhaps you might
wish to grab yourself an Echo Dot 3rd generation for $45, that's what
they're being offered for here which is a bargain so you can make yourself a
nice pair of little stereo speakers for under a hundred dollars.

The Dot 3rd Generation sounds absolutely amazing for its size and even
better if you have two in a pair.

If you wish to move up the line and want something feature packed then the
Echo Plus 2nd Generation is $114 Australian at the moment so I took the
opportunity to buy me a second so now I have a pair.

The Echo Plus 2nd Generation has a built-in internal temperature sensor
along with a bridge so devices such as Philips Hue lights are automatically
discovered and thus can be controlled straight from Alexa itself.

Dane Trethowan <grtdane@...>
 

As far as I know all the generations of Echo speakers can function as a stereo pair but you need two of the same that is you need two of the same type of Echo speaker for your pair so you can’t have an Echo Plus for the left speaker and an Echo dot for the right, it must be either dots or plus,.
As I understand it the feature was gradually introduced over time for all speakers.
Perhaps the Echo Tap doesn’t support this function and if the Tap doesn’t support pairing then I’m not at all surprised given the Tap has been out of development for a number of years now and I don’t use mine mine any longer given there are quite a number of functions I use that the Tap doesn’t support.
One thing that does annoy me about Echo is its lack of support for associated devices from Echo devices itself, take the Ring Doorbell for example.
The Doorbell can be controlled by use of a Skill however only certain Echo devices are compatible with this skill, those devices as far as I know are the Echo Show and Echo Spot Smart Alarm Clock so if you’re going to invest in security options for your Echo system which may include the Ring Doorbell then you’re going to have to look hard at which echo devices support what.
Why the standard echo audio devices don’t support the Ring Doorbell is beyond me.
I know the Doorbell has a video camera but it also does have an audio microphone.
People at your door can’t see you - the doorbell doesn’t have a scree - so what’s the whole problem with support then.
Does anyone on this list use Echo for security in there home or other uses.
I bought a tutorial some time ago along with another Raspberry Pi . The tutorial amongst other things go through building a Google and Echo Smart Home Assistant with a Raspberry Pi at the core so I must get down to having a shot at that when I get some time.

On 16 Jul 2019, at 11:38 pm, Steve Jacobson <steve.jacobson@...> wrote:

Dane,

I probably should know this, but which of the Echos can function as one of a pair of stereo speakers? Is this new with a particular generation? Does one unit act as the main control unit and the other link to the first similar to a Bluetooth speaker or how does this work?

Best regards,

Steve Jacobson


-----Original Message-----
From: all-audio@groups.io <all-audio@groups.io> On Behalf Of Dane Trethowan
Sent: Monday, July 15, 2019 11:39 PM
To: all-audio@groups.io
Subject: [all-audio] Amazon's Prime Deals Day

Hi,

This started in Australia Yesterday and continues today so it's a great time
to catch up on some Echo deals.

If you're starting out with Echo for the first time then perhaps you might
wish to grab yourself an Echo Dot 3rd generation for $45, that's what
they're being offered for here which is a bargain so you can make yourself a
nice pair of little stereo speakers for under a hundred dollars.

The Dot 3rd Generation sounds absolutely amazing for its size and even
better if you have two in a pair.

If you wish to move up the line and want something feature packed then the
Echo Plus 2nd Generation is $114 Australian at the moment so I took the
opportunity to buy me a second so now I have a pair.

The Echo Plus 2nd Generation has a built-in internal temperature sensor
along with a bridge so devices such as Philips Hue lights are automatically
discovered and thus can be controlled straight from Alexa itself.