Amazon Echo multi room audio (like Sonos) COMING SOON


( Cosmo) #1

Check it out.
Some users are reporting the controls in the Alexa app are available but the various Echo hardware is yet to receive update. This will be a fantastic feature upgrade when it is fully unlocked for use. (Finally Amazon! :wink:)

Don’t forget to like the post :wink:


#2

Back in March. Nothing came from it.


(Dan P Parker) #3

Probably because it was a story based on a Reddit post that turned out to be a false claim, complete with a faked screen shot of the Alexa app.


(Bobby) #4

I believe it when I see it on one of the fake news outlets…


(Bobby) #5

I have seen with my own eyes routines appearing in the Alexa app in December 2015, still waiting for Amazon to release…


(93 Halsey) #6

The singularity is upon us. An Alexa can finally control another Alexa (at least for music). And they can be grouped together in different groups for whole home audio. Wha? Check the app! And name your Alexas simple single-word names under settings in the app for easier invocation. “Alexa play Rolling Stones in/on the kitchen”

Unfortunately Amazon allows “on” or “in” but who cares both work!


(Ron Talley) #7

I Just tested this and it works…

Big issue for me is out of the 14 Alexa devices I have capable of playing music, 10 of them are connected to Bluetooth speakers. When engaging the MRA feature, it disables the Bluetooth. I’m left with the audio coming from the tiny Dot speakers.

Could use the aux jack but then that forces a speaker to be on in order to hear the Dot if just asking the weather…

We typically only turn on the Bluetooth unless we are playing music from a selected Dot.

Yeesh


(93 Halsey) #8

Wow that sounds like a Bluetooth transmitter (connected to the echo dot aux
jack) is in order. I suspect the reason Alexa WHA doesn’t support
Bluetooth is the widely variable Bluetooth latency. Maybe Amazon will
support aptx-LL (low latency) Bluetooth at some point and then allow it for
WHA. But the Show doesn’t even have an audio jack…in a world where we
need OPTICAL out (which works to 30m now).


(Michael) #9

I don’t see any settings for this in the Alexa app. Is there anything I need to do? What do I say to play the same music on multiple devices?


(Ricci Hoffer) #10

Make sure you have the newest Alexa app. In settings there is a multi-room music selection underneath your list of devices. The next page will allow you to create a group and name it what you would like. 3 of my devices need a firmware update yet, so I was only able to group the others.


(Dan P Parker) #11

Assuming you have the latest release of the app…go to “Settings”->“Multi-Room Music” and create a named group. This will enable the feature.


(Bill S.) #12

Well, that’s it for my Google Homes. This was the nail in the proverbial coffin for them. I was only keeping them around for music and now that’s been covered by Amazon.


(Michael) #13

That was it. Thank you for that, my iPhone is supposed to automatically download updates but for whatever reason it hasn’t in the last week and I just updated it and its there. Thank you and sorry for the silly question.

This is awesome and something I have been wanting for years.


(Bill S.) #14

Also, just to make sure everyone knows, this doesn’t work with the Tap and I haven’t seen anything (so far) from Amazon that they plan to enable it to work with the Taps.

Hopefully, they extend it to them sometime soon.


(Ron Talley) #15

Have anything in mind? I was hoping that since you could toggle between Bluetooth and Aux that you could also toggle between internal speaker and Aux.

I guess it would be easy enough to just keep the cable unplugged until you wanted to listen on the Bluetooth speaker but my goal is to be as hands off as possible.

A couple of my sound bars can wake up from optical…Maybe an analog to optical device could work.

The last thing I want to do is have something on, using unecessay energy, if I don’t need to. All of my sound bars have Bluetooth standby.


(ActionTiles.com co-founder Terry @ActionTiles; GitHub: @cosmicpuppy) #16

I sure hope so too!

I hope there isn’t a technical hardware limitation…

Keeping audio synchronized on multiple playback devices is a technical challenge that, perhap (?) Amazon has solved using the far-field recognition built into the Echo’s and Dot’s, but doesn’t exist in the Tap.

Then again, who knows what other hardware differences there are in the Tap … maybe someone has done a teardown?

Edit: So Multi-Room Audio seems to make use Bluetooth, eh?
Tap was designed from the start to be more of a “bluetooth player” than an Echo, so maybe that’s the technical challenge … different Bluetooth chipset?


(Bill S.) #17

Honestly, I don’t think there really is much different in the Tap from the actual Echo aside from a battery and perhaps fewer microphones. As for a tear down:


(Don) #18

Well crap, I was all excited for this and now I’m not. I have my Echo’s connected to Bluetooth and use it for music like you, Otherwise they are disconnected and sound comes out of the built in speakers. Effectively no gain for me. Still in the same boat.

Hopefully some affordable Alexa enabled speakers with this capability baked in will come soon.

Possibly I can relocate some things and plug my speakers in directly? Hmmmmmm


(Bill S.) #19

Not into the Echos. Only the Dots have an AUX out. :frowning:


(Dan P Parker) #20

I don’t think the fact that BT is disabled while this feature is being used is adequate evidence for the conclusion that BT is the means by which the feature is implemented.