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  • TheSaint 2 Sep 2016 16:18:03 18,904 posts
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    Coming to the UK on September 14th apparently:

    http://www.theverge.com/2016/9/2/12770242/amazon-echo-uk-release-date-launch-rumors
  • Technoishmatt 2 Sep 2016 16:22:49 3,602 posts
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    Nice. I already bought Echoes for my dad and a couple friends - but some of the functionality is a bit broke right now outside of the US.

    I have the Echo in my bedroom, an Echo Dot in the dining room/kitchen, and an Echo Tap for traveling!!!

    Just waiting for them to improve the operation when you have multiple in one house and to add simultaneous music playing (like Sonos and chromecast).

    Edited by Technoishmatt at 16:23:27 02-09-2016
  • Decks Best Forumite, 2016 2 Sep 2016 16:28:26 21,355 posts
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    ECHO

  • Zyrr 2 Sep 2016 16:32:27 397 posts
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    I've been keeping my eye on the Echo for ages, but I'm probably now going to wait until October and see what the deal is with Google Home before making any final decisions either way. I do like the fact that the Echo comes in different sizes, though.
  • greg_wha 2 Sep 2016 16:52:11 1,349 posts
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    Does it sound good?
  • neilka 2 Sep 2016 16:55:11 22,780 posts
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    eeeeeeeECHO
    eeeeeeeECHO
    eeeeeeeECHO

    #justliverpoolthings
  • Tonka 2 Sep 2016 17:10:22 29,903 posts
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    Zyrr wrote:
    I've been keeping my eye on the Echo for ages, but I'm probably now going to wait until October and see what the deal is with Google Home before making any final decisions either way. I do like the fact that the Echo comes in different sizes, though.
    Me too. Seeing as I'm neck deep in Google their home send like the better deal. My friend lives his echo though.
  • CrispyXUKTurbo 2 Sep 2016 17:13:22 2,187 posts
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    What does it do?
  • gamecat 2 Sep 2016 17:45:52 890 posts
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    Always on Google Now/ Siri type thing with speaker.
  • Technoishmatt 2 Sep 2016 19:18:05 3,602 posts
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    I use it for weather reports, random questions, converitn metric/imperial in the kitchen, setting timers, but most of all music (voice control for spotify). I want to add home automation though - lights and thermostat.

    Watching the google home stuff will be interesting.
  • Deleted user 2 September 2016 19:32:03
    Had it since the US beta. Only thing I really use it for that's not just playing music (which I could do with any old BT speaker) is ask it how old celebrities are when no-one can remember.
  • BinaryBob101 2 Sep 2016 20:39:04 27,083 posts
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    @Gremmoo How does the sound hold up, any good from that speaker?
  • Peew971 3 Sep 2016 14:19:48 7,257 posts
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    Mr Ecko in the Amazon was awesome.

  • Technoishmatt 3 Sep 2016 16:22:38 3,602 posts
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    The main Amazon Echo speaker is pretty good. It's not got huge amount of bass, but it holds up very well for playing in my bedroom where I don't go get loud anyway. The omnidirectional aspect works quite well. I don't think I'd use it as a main source for music in living room or similar, but then we'll it's only a small speaker.
  • TheSaint 14 Sep 2016 13:12:05 18,904 posts
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    Out on the 29th:

    http://www.theverge.com/2016/9/14/12912690/amazon-echo-european-release-date-features

    Prime users get a 50 discount if they order in the next couple of days.
  • boo 14 Sep 2016 13:23:00 13,530 posts
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    I'm sorely tempted from a curiosity point of view.
    I've got around a hundred albums on Amazon Music, which is a tiny percentage of my iTunes library, but I could see me getting some smart light switches etc.

    And 50 off is making my 'Buy' finger twitch.

    Anyone know what the sound quality is like?
  • TheSaint 14 Sep 2016 13:25:04 18,904 posts
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    Ok but not great by all accounts, down the line it will allow voice control of Sonos speakers though which is what I'm interested in.
  • boo 14 Sep 2016 13:41:05 13,530 posts
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    Hmm... ok. Thanks. Think I'll probably pass then. Don't think I'll be going down the Sonos route. Certainly not in this house. When we move I can see me wanting to network the place.
  • Tonka 14 Sep 2016 13:55:40 29,903 posts
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    My friend who has an Echo says it shouldn't be bought if you wan't good sounding music. It's the always on voice assistant feature that's the thing.

    Then again, I have another friend who says Sonos shouldn't be bought if you want good sounding music.

    There's always someone with more refined tastes. As in a larger expendable income.
  • Humperfunk 14 Sep 2016 13:56:39 8,017 posts
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    I'm very tempted, the 50 off is making me feel like I should grab it now too...
  • frightlever 14 Sep 2016 14:05:53 1,450 posts
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    If it played Google Music I'd be all over this.

    And it looks like Google are making something similar which will be out next year.

    Prevarication wins the day!
  • RedPanda87 14 Sep 2016 16:51:50 1,961 posts
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    frightlever wrote:
    If it played Google Music I'd be all over this.

    And it looks like Google are making something similar which will be out next year.

    Prevarication wins the day!
    Where'd you get next year from? Most of the speculation I've seen points to a release this year - possibly soon after the announcement of the new Pixel phones (rumoured to be happening on October 4th).

    It'll probably be better than Amazon Echo too, so it's worth waiting. I say, having just ordered Echo. I'll probably end up getting both.
  • CrispyXUKTurbo 14 Sep 2016 17:11:13 2,187 posts
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    So it's a speaker you can talk to, er, why would anyone want that?
  • Technoishmatt 14 Sep 2016 17:16:46 3,602 posts
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    The sound quality on the Echo itself is pretty decent. Definitely for the size and price.

    If you want better quality - just get the cheaper Echo Dot and attach your own speakers! (either powered, or an amp + passive speakers, which I have done).

    I also have an Echo Tap for portability :p. It's pretty good too.
  • Carlo 17 Sep 2016 22:35:23 20,668 posts
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    boo wrote:
    I'm sorely tempted from a curiosity point of view.
    I've got around a hundred albums on Amazon Music, which is a tiny percentage of my iTunes library, but I could see me getting some smart light switches etc.

    And 50 off is making my 'Buy' finger twitch.

    Anyone know what the sound quality is like?
    I just caved and pre-ordered it. I heard the speaker is 'ok'. Lacks in the low-ranges, but perfectly fine for the bedroom, office, etc. Probably not good enough for the living room.
  • PatrickEwing 28 Sep 2016 14:35:41 2,423 posts
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    Just been delivered, looking forward to having a play later.
    I got it more out of intrigue than anything else, I reckon me and the kids will have a laugh with it, I wonder how it copes with different voices though.
  • Humperfunk 28 Sep 2016 14:54:26 8,017 posts
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    Yeah mine should be waiting for me at home later. Downloaded the app to start working on it if it doesn't understand what I'm saying (I have a really neutral type accent though so should be fine), Northern Irish girlfriend should provide it a challenge though!
  • Humperfunk 28 Sep 2016 18:54:48 8,017 posts
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    So far seems really cool, except it won't connect to my Spotify account, just goes to a white screen on my phone after logging into both Spotify and my amazon account.

    Anything on the net for it? Is there fuck.
  • PatrickEwing 28 Sep 2016 20:10:43 2,423 posts
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    Mine did that, went backwards and forwards a few times pressing the x on the white screen and it did it in the end.
    Now to make it actually find songs on Spotify without having to say 'from Spotify'. by default it seems to search amazon prime music library which appears to have 6 songs in total.
  • Humperfunk 28 Sep 2016 20:22:21 8,017 posts
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    Ah cool, glad to hear you got it sorted.

    You can change the default player in the settings once you have linked it so it will automatically play Spotify!

    Edit: hmm can't see an X on the white screen...

    Edited by Humperfunk at 20:38:37 28-09-2016
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