Originally Posted by EAS
That's interesting. Pretty inexpensive if it works and sounds good.
So its just ducking the audio for the Alexa responses? You still have to run the Alexa audio back to the amp using their kit, right? Would be interesting if it ducked the audio when you said the wake word so your Alexa statements were not impacted by the listening level audio.
What's the ultimate goal for the whole house audio? Lots of options these days for audio matrix.
So, basically to use my Nuvo system, I need to turn on the Nuvo wall controller, then select the Sonos station with my phone. While they isn't hard, 99% of the time the family (myself included) just tells the Alexa in the room to plan the channel, or the news, etc. and it plays through the not very good Echo speakers. So, I figured we are mostly going to use Alexa anyway, being able to use the ceiling speakers would be a huge improvement. My goal is most of the music will actually be selected via the Echo (generally either Amazon music or Sirius XM), which will trigger the amp on. For example, I can be in the kitchen and tell Alexa to play Sirius XM, and the amp will trigger on and the in ceiling speakers will start playing. It will be a bit harder to have multiple rooms play the same source, so my solution there is that source #1
for the main level will be a Sonos, for when we are entertaining. In that case, the Sonos will be playing the music through multiple sets of speakers, but I can still give Alexa a command and it will respond through the speakers and pause the music. In theory, it should work for my purposes for both single room use (using Echos as source) or as multi-room use (Sonos as source). I guess I probably need to check if the Voice Assistant input will work with occasional periods of silence (like for commercial breaks) and not switch off. I know some other amps have struggled with that.
Yes, I do need to run each of the Alexa echos back to the amp (which will be in the basement) using their kit. But that should be easy. My Nuvo wall controllers are powered by 2 cat 5 cables, so I only need 1 of the cat5 to use their balun kit. The only issue is the in wall mounts for the echo dots are round, and I think they will look odd. I wish HTD made a more square controller looking in wall bracket. But I couldn't find one. So, I researched it and I think the HTD kit will also power an Echo Show 5, which is small and rectangular and will look more like a conventional wall controller. I think that will look much better in wall mounted. HTD wasn't sure if their balun kit will work with that, so hopefully my research is right if I decide to purchase.