Sonos Users' Thread Page 31

  • PatrickEwing 8 Sep 2018 09:30:07 2,382 posts
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    AirPlay was a nice find this morning on my Sonos. How long has that been available? Feature has completed the product for me as I stil wanted Bluetooth or equivalent capability in my system.
    Hadnít opened up Sonos app in a year or so hence only just discovering
  • TheSaint 8 Sep 2018 10:41:12 18,151 posts
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    Itís fairy recent. It was probably only added a couple of months back.
  • askew 8 Sep 2018 11:17:58 18,021 posts
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    Only on selected speakers though.

    /shakes fist
  • nickthegun 20 Sep 2018 09:08:55 75,873 posts
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    Uhm... there's probably a better place for this but yay search...

    https://www.pocket-lint.com/speakers/news/amazon/145786-amazon-echo-sub-subwoofer-details-price

    A cheap sub to beef up all the echos you bought because you were too cheap to put a play1/one there.

    Insta-buy for me if it is 75 quid.
  • Dougs 20 Sep 2018 10:37:00 87,394 posts
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    Nice. I've only got a Dot for the bedroom and can live with the poorish sound for the once or twice a week that I use it. 75 quid is a bargain if you've got a couple of the Echos.
  • whatfruitlivesagain 20 Sep 2018 11:07:34 1,437 posts
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    I will not let Alexa into my house.

    Not after she shit in the bread bin while I was at work.
  • smoothpete 23 Sep 2018 11:02:36 35,164 posts
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    I took the plunge yesterday, got a Play 3 and a couple of Play 1s. Fucking great arenít they! Loving a lazy Sunday with tunes throughout the house. I feel bad retiring my old hi fi but sheís had a good innings. My Arcam amp must be 20 years old now.
  • GuybrushFreepwood 23 Sep 2018 12:34:31 399 posts
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    Not sure this is the right place, but amazon are selling three echo dots for £100 at the moment
  • TheSaint 23 Sep 2018 15:45:18 18,151 posts
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    Shifting stock before the new ones come out in a couple of weeks.

    Edited by TheSaint at 15:45:35 23-09-2018
  • GuybrushFreepwood 23 Sep 2018 18:01:04 399 posts
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    Thanks. I missed the version 3 reveal. I decided to go for the version 2 'deal' anyway as two are going to be plugged into external speakers and the third is for my parents and they don't need to pay an extra £20 for better sound.
  • Dougs 23 Sep 2018 21:50:58 87,394 posts
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    nickthegun wrote:
    Uhm... there's probably a better place for this but yay search...

    https://www.pocket-lint.com/speakers/news/amazon/145786-amazon-echo-sub-subwoofer-details-price

    A cheap sub to beef up all the echos you bought because you were too cheap to put a play1/one there.

    Insta-buy for me if it is 75 quid.
    Seems its £120 on its own and £240 with 2 echos. Good deal that.
  • nickthegun 23 Sep 2018 22:14:14 75,873 posts
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    Yeah, it's a bit rich for my blood. There's issues with the echos that even a big dose of bass can't fix and I can't really see the point in making a stereo pair of them.

    I mean, they are fine for occasional use and I leave one on for most of the day in the kitchen, just playing radio but you definitely wouldn't want to make any flavour of echo part of your main system. I reckon you'd be better off with a single Sonos one.

    EDIT: Ive got a dot, echo and echo plus. A cheap sub would be nice but for 120 quid, I'd rather flog them and get a Sonos one.... maybe not the plus as that's a ZigBee hub, but you get the point,

    Edited by nickthegun at 22:16:41 23-09-2018
  • GuybrushFreepwood 23 Sep 2018 22:25:35 399 posts
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    I've got two dots and a plus. The dots are used as alarm clocks that also read books to us and play the radio and the odd thing like meditation or relaxing sounds. The plus is in the kitchen dinner and is for music, a timer, shopping lists and smart devices. The new dots will go in the living room (plugged into an amp) and dance / exercise room (plugged into some speakers).

    I realise they're a bit limited and a bit naff on the audio front, but they work for what I want from them and are quite useful. Turning off the lights by saying 'Alexa goodnight' still hasn't got old.
  • nickthegun 23 Sep 2018 22:38:07 75,873 posts
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    This is it, they are literally fine and they are great for all the voice skills and whatnot but that pack pushes the sound expectation level up to a place it probably shouldn't try to occupy.
  • Dougs 24 Sep 2018 10:33:12 87,394 posts
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    Yeah, fair point. It's the same price as a Play:3, which will sound much much better.

    I like the idea of putting either a Dot or an Echo in the kids rooms though. Both had CD players for stories/music but the youngest's broke, so toying with the idea of letting the eldest have a Dot for his room and she can have his CD player. She listens almost exclusively to one story. I am very bored hearing about Why Knights don't save Princesses from Tall Towers Any More.
  • GuybrushFreepwood 24 Sep 2018 16:39:46 399 posts
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    The Dot in the kids room is handy. They use it as an alarm, as a radio, they're listening to a book I got them on my Audible trial ( and I suspect I'll be getting more) and they like the listening to the various sounds like Spa, crackling fire etc. It's also handy to call them down for a break. They like some of the games too.

    I think as long you consider it as a radio alarm with extras, they're good.
  • monkman76 24 Sep 2018 16:51:01 13,767 posts
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    Guys this is like reading about pan-cooked rice in a rice cooker thread.
  • Dougs 22 Nov 2018 10:55:52 87,394 posts
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    https://www.sonos.com/en-gb/shop

    Black Firday mini-sale. And no Play 3, I notice
  • askew 22 Nov 2018 11:09:09 18,021 posts
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    Tempted with the Beam, though it's the same price on Amazon.
  • nickthegun 22 Nov 2018 11:09:49 75,873 posts
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    I can't imagine they sold many after the play 1 dropped in price to the point you could buy a stereo pair of them for the price of a play 3.
  • CosmicFuzz 22 Nov 2018 11:17:00 32,483 posts
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    I can confirm that the beam plus a couple of play:1s is amazing for hassle-free surround sound, along with built in alexa gubbins, music sharing etc.

    And nick you were right - I used the wife's iphone to calibrate the speakers and they sound brilliant now.

    Definitely don't see any need for the £600 sub.
  • UncleLou Moderator 22 Nov 2018 12:48:12 39,864 posts
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    Oh, I have the Beam and way toying with the idea of a pair of Play 1s.

    Silly question, do you need to position them carefully or is there an electronic correction depending on the distance to the listening position, etc.?

    I also don't need a sub. Ignorance might be bliss, but the typical star destroyer scene makes my walls tremble as it is.
  • CosmicFuzz 22 Nov 2018 13:36:49 32,483 posts
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    You can use your iphone microphone to calibrate them - you walk round the room as the speakers ping so you should be fine. I think the first step is sitting where you would normally to watch TV and it calibrates it from that position too.
  • MrFlay 6 Dec 2018 23:31:45 3,866 posts
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    I'm think of getting a Beam. I've been using my decent Bluetooth speaker plugged into my TV and it's a huge improvement over the TV speakers. I'll probably add two Play: 1s later and maybe the Sub too at some point. Just a bit concerned the unit will block my TV's IR receiver. I got my (small) Christmas bonus this week so that will cover it.
  • RedPanda87 7 Dec 2018 07:47:56 1,849 posts
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    MrFlay wrote:
    I'm think of getting a Beam. I've been using my decent Bluetooth speaker plugged into my TV and it's a huge improvement over the TV speakers. I'll probably add two Play: 1s later and maybe the Sub too at some point. Just a bit concerned the unit will block my TV's IR receiver. I got my (small) Christmas bonus this week so that will cover it.
    Yeah I just got myself one of them. It's great. But yeah, covers my TV's IR receiver so now my TV is sat on some books until I can find a better solution. Not ideal, but an easy temporary fix.
  • monkman76 7 Dec 2018 08:15:10 13,767 posts
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    Does it not pass the IR signal through? The Playbar does.
  • monkman76 7 Dec 2018 08:16:14 13,767 posts
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    Actually now I say that I'm doubting myself. My Playbar doesn't actually block the TV. But I'm sure I remember that being one of the features.
  • nickthegun 7 Dec 2018 08:48:41 75,873 posts
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    monkman76 wrote:
    Does it not pass the IR signal through? The Playbar does.
    It passes signals over HDMI ARC so only volume and power works. It's not an IR repeater so smart TV stuff won't work.

    Hence mine also being semi-permanently jacked up on books.
  • monkman76 7 Dec 2018 08:56:42 13,767 posts
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    Ah right. That seems like a backward step (again assuming I'm right about the Playbar - the phrase IR repeater certainly rings a bell).
  • nickthegun 7 Dec 2018 09:12:40 75,873 posts
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    It does seem a bit regressive. The ARC passthrough facilitates the voice commands which is it's USP but was it really an either/or choice?

    I dunno. If you look at the form factor, you can see why they got rid of it and there probably was an assumption that it would be below a chunky TV with a higher IR receiver but it is a shame.
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