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  1. Alternatives to Harmony Hub app?

    Remote Control Area
    hi folks, I'm having a little trouble disentangling the various threads about Harmony vs other IR blasters and hoping someone can help me make sense of my options. I got a Harmony Hub as a way of controlling my various IR-only devices (TV, soundbar, HDMI matrix, projector screen) via Alexa...
  2. Receiver + Amazon Alexa options?

    Receivers, Amps, and Processors
    I have a confession to make... I never listen to lossless "audiophile" formats anymore. It's not that my appreciation for high fidelity audio has gone away, but rather a reality that amazon alexa has transformed my listening experience. I get access to all my songs without ever getting off the...
  3. Guidance/Help needed WHA controlled via Alexa

    Home A/V Distribution
    Hi Everyone, I’ve read many of your posts over the years and learnt a lot during the process – so big thx to all you. I’ve recently finished building a house., (multi-year project and depleted more costs than anticipated or I could have ever imagined) living in it for 1 year (love it) and...
  4. Yamaha RX-V777 and Alexa support

    Home Automation
    Trying to find out if someone has figured out how allow Alexa to operate my receiver. I don't know if MusicCast will support this unit as it came out later. Any suggestions? Thx Fro
  5. Riva Debuts Voice Series Alexa-Enabled Wireless Speakers at IFA 2018

    Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming
    Riva is a company that manufactures wireless speaker products offering multi-room playback and now supports the full Alexa voice suite, including the tens of thousands of skills Amazon's virtual assistant possesses. At IFA 2018 it unveiled new wireless smart speakers. Riva says it is the first...
  6. The Best Prime Day AV Deals on Amazon.com Today

    AVS Forum® Articles
    The only way to score some killer deals on Amazon Prime Day is to join Amazon Prime . So what are you waiting for? Amazon Prime members know how valuable it can be. You get free two-day delivery (or faster) on virtually all orders, free access to tons of audio and video content, unlimited...
  7. "OFFICIAL" 2018 Marantz "NR-Series"/"SR-Series" AVR Owner's Thread + FAQ (Posts 1-7)

    Receivers, Amps, and Processors
    When space is tight, but you simply refuse to settle for a soundbar, a low-profile AV receiver is the answer. Two new models, the $749, 7.2-channel, Dolby Atmos-capable NR1609 and the $549, 5.2-channel NR1509 , are only 4.1” tall, so you can squeeze them into smaller spaces than regular AVRs...
  8. "OFFICIAL" 2018 Denon "S-Series" / "X-Series" AVR Owner's Thread + FAQ (Posts 1-8)

    Receivers, Amps, and Processors
    Several new firmware updates from Denon and Marantz that were released last week bring various new features to select models. From IMAX Enhanced support on the Denon AVR-X8500H and Marantz AV8805 AVRs, to adding a web UI for those models, and the addition of eARC support on a variety of...
  9. Vizio Unveils 2018 E-Series, M-Series and P-Series 4K HDR Smart TVs

    LCD Flat Panel Displays
    Vizio has charted it own path to success, emerging from the TV aisle at wholesale clubs to establish a cachet as an affordable way to get premium picture quality. It was the first major TV brand to adopt Dolby Vision as well as to fully embrace FALD. The company recently unveiled its 2018 lineup...
  10. Echo Dot DAC vs using Chromecast Audio

    2-Channel Audio
    Yeah I'm new(bie on avsforum), but been lurking and gaining lots of good info from here for over 200 years. I'll get that out of the way, so nobody needs to point it out. So start off, I'm currently running echo dots all over my house (use it for multiroom at times, not perfect, but...
  11. Vizio Adds Alexa Voice Control to 2016 & 2017 SmartCast 4K Displays

    LCD Flat Panel Displays
    Amazon's Alexa is a very talented voice assistant. Thanks to its "skills" it is able to control a wide variety of connected devices using far-field voice recognition technology. Today Vizio has announced the Vizio SmartCast skill for Amazon Alexa, which brings voice control capability to  2016...
  12. Official Amazon Alexa and Echo, and other Alexa based systems

    Speakers
    It had to happen. Voice control of music is here. So, I searched in Speakers (the only logical location as of now) and could not find any thread on this subject. This thread should focus on Alexa and all the AV devices it works on. That would be all the Amazon Echo speakers, Sonos and other...
  13. Phorus PS10: First DTS Play-Fi & Alexa Voice Control Speaker

    Speakers
    2017 is surely the year of Amazon Alexa. The instantly recognizable voice assistant achieved ubiquity, at least in terms of media presence. Now we're seeing the first speakers from manufacturers other than Amazon that feature Alexa Voice Control. Among these is the Phorus PS10, which has the...
  14. Sonos launches Sonos One Smart Speaker with Multiple Virtual Assistants

    Speakers
    Sonos , the leader in wireless multiroom lifestyle audio systems, today announced its all new smart speaker, the Sonos One ($199). This is the first speaker of its kind to not only support Amazon's Alexa (when it ships on October 24) but also Google Assistant in an update coming next year...
  15. Elite and Alexa setup

    Remote Control Area
    Elite and Amazon Alexa - I want to use the Elite with a hub to control my TV/Denon/Hopper3. Am I right in assuming that if I use the Harmony App to engage with Alexa, I don't need to enable the Dish Skill in the Alexa setup..... I'm thinking if both are setup there could be a conflict...
  16. Amazon Alexa and Echo Dot at CEDIA 2017

    Receivers, Amps, and Processors
    The various articles that I have written about CEDIA 2017 in San Diego collectively do not capture what was surely the biggest news at the show: The complete embrace of Amazon Alexa as the voice assistant of choice, and the Echo Dot as the physical device of choice, for controlling anything and...
  17. Amazon Echo and Echo Dot Show Up in Whole Foods

    Speakers
    Yesterday was the first day that Amazon's influence on Whole Foods was felt across the country. And while I had expected to find the discounted avocados I read about, what really struck me was the first thing I saw as I walked through the door of my local store: A pile of Amazon Echo and...
  18. Amazon Echo Dot Networked Bluetooth Audio Player Hands-On

    Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming
    In what may be one of the most significant disruptions in the lifestyle audio segment of the AV universe, Amazon has announced a new feature for its Alexa powered echo devices: multi-room audio. Now, users can play their tunes on the device or group of devices they choose including the Echo...
  19. DISH Incorporates Amazon Alexa & Adds Fire TV App

    Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming
    Today TV provider DISH announced two significant pieces of Amazon related news. Customers using DISH's Hopper DVR or Wally HD Satellite receiver can enjoy hands-free control thanks to direct compatibility with Amazon Alexa. All you have to do is add an Amazon Echo , Echo Dot, or Tap device...
  20. "OFFICIAL" 2017 Denon "S-Series" / "X-Series" AVR Owner's Thread + FAQ (Posts 1-8)

    Receivers, Amps, and Processors
    "OFFICIAL" 2017 Denon "S-Series" / "X-Series" AVR Owner's Thread + FAQ (Posts 1-8) 2017 Denon AVR models ---> S530BT/S730H/S930H/X1400H/X2400H/X3400H/X4400H/X6400H The Denon + Marantz Group (ie. D+M Group) USA has started to release information on the new 2017 Denon models starting with...
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