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4.7 out of 5 stars

Facts About Echo (4th Gen) | Spherical design with rich sound, smart home hub, and Alexa | Charcoal

Could this devise have possibly been uglier? Asking for a friend…

I’m laughing so hard I’m crying. I’m not sure I can “devise” a rational answer about “device” in question.

I have the 2nd Generation Echo RED, and I LOVE it. I’ve sought out other REDs over the years, but I haven’t seen one that I’ve liked as much. The sound is excellent. It’s actually better than both of my sound… I’m laughing so hard I’m crying. I’m not sure I can “devise” a rational answer about “device” in question.

I have the 2nd Generation Echo RED, and I LOVE it. I’ve sought out other REDs over the years, but I haven’t seen one that I’ve liked as much. The sound is excellent. It’s actually better than both of my sound bars in some respects. I have two Dots that I’m looking to upgrade, as well as an original Show. However, I’m VERY unhappy that Alexa/Amazon doesn’t “like” the 5GHz setting that is STANDARD in ALL of today’s wifi routers – and 2.4 GHz is almost IMPOSSIBLE to “add” or find. So… in my new apartment, I can’t add the automated setting of my lights – turning them on/off, etc… using Alexa. just a warning for those looking to do this.

Now… carry on with your levity and laughter… I LOVE IT… oh… and… Actually. They could devise a plan to change the spelling of device. But you beat them to it.

Will it have a clock? Not all pics how a clock

The dot with the clock does not come in charcoal (black), which is very disappointing!!!

How will this interact with my fire cube in the same room? am i going to get two answers whenever i say "alexa" (the alternate names are unacceptable)

YES! 100% unless you use different wake words for the various devices in your house. I say this having a 10" Show & Fire TV Cube in my living room, 1st gen Echos in Kitchen and bathroom, plus an Echo Studio in the bedroom (and before this I also had several Echo Dots). Do yourself a favor and if the layout of your h… YES! 100% unless you use different wake words for the various devices in your house. I say this having a 10" Show & Fire TV Cube in my living room, 1st gen Echos in Kitchen and bathroom, plus an Echo Studio in the bedroom (and before this I also had several Echo Dots). Do yourself a favor and if the layout of your house/apartment means that some/all of the Echos are responding then use different wake words to avoid this issue. Once you do this, you’ll be fine (and happy to enjoy each of your individual echos fully).

Can it be paired with another identical Echo for true stereo?

Yes. I just set up a system with a show or dot in every room for my elderly mother less than a week ago. You can either create a group of just the couple/few that you want to work together, or if you want the music to play on all the echos, dots, and shows simultaneously just say "Alexa, play (name your music) everywhe… Yes. I just set up a system with a show or dot in every room for my elderly mother less than a week ago. You can either create a group of just the couple/few that you want to work together, or if you want the music to play on all the echos, dots, and shows simultaneously just say "Alexa, play (name your music) everywhere." "Everywhere" is the key command, and that works without defining or setting up a group.

Does this replace the Echo Plus?

Yep. This Echo completely replaces the Echo Plus.
Out with the old, in with the new.

Tiene español ?

Si, tiene españo

Is the bass woofer the only difference between this 99 dollar version and the 49 dollar version?

No! Read the description between the dot and this one. You will find that there are more differences then the woofer. The full size echo’s will sound better then the dot of the same generation all the time. I had the 2nd generation dot along with the 2nd generation echo, 3rd generation dot and the 3rd generation echo … No! Read the description between the dot and this one. You will find that there are more differences then the woofer. The full size echo’s will sound better then the dot of the same generation all the time. I had the 2nd generation dot along with the 2nd generation echo, 3rd generation dot and the 3rd generation echo and the full size Echo always sound better. Acception is the 2nd Generation Echo Plus that is different then the 2nd Generation echo. Keep in mind, the 2nd generation Echo Plus has a hub like this one. The dots don’t have an hub.

Is the sound of echo 4th gen much better than the echo 3rd gen?

No the sound isn’t any better. The full size 3rd gen and the 4th gen sound the same. Same for the Echo 2nd gen plus.

Does the smart hub replace a Wink hub?

If you are asking does the Echo 4th generation with hub replace a WINK hub? I would say NO. The hub in the Echo 4th generation is a very basic hub and doesn’t have advanced functionality. It is just a very basic Zigbee hub only.

Is there much difference between gen 1, gen 2, gen 3, and gen 4, other than shape with gen 4?

I call our Gen. 1 hard-of-hearing after mostly using the Gen. 2 and 3’s in our main rooms. They respond quicker, you don’t have to talk as loud and I believe the sound quality is much better. I am actually going to be replacing our Gen. 1 with a 4.

Is this Alexa hub portable?

The hub is built into the Echo 4th generation. It requires power to work. So if you have an battery for it, then yes you can move it. It needs Wi-Fi and the like to do things.

Is this the all seeing eye? Asking for my friend Gandalf the grey.

yes

Can this orb predict the future?

It’s just like a Magic Eight Ball. Shake it and hear your future. Don’t shake it too hard or it might break.

Can Alexa turn on and off my Visio tv

There’s a skill with name "Vizio SmartCast" that is supposed to do that. I guess you only need to make sure your TV supports SmartCast feature.

Where is the best placement for good base?

This has front facing speakers and the base is determined by where you want the sound aimed at. There are many YouTube videos available to watch about this

Info About Echo (4th Gen) | Spherical design with rich sound, smart home hub, and Alexa | Charcoal (Reviews From Amazon)

New Shape, New Processor, Better Sound

The new Echo 4th Gen is a big change in aesthetics and design for the Echo line. The new spherical shape is wider and shorter than previous Echo versions, and now focus sound in one primary direction instead of 360 degrees. It adds an extra tweeter, and seems to produce more sound than previous versions. Here are my early thoughts so far, after using it for about 24 hours:

THE GOOD:

Setup was incredibly simple. I just powered the device on, and the Echo announced that it was ready for setup. I opened the Alexa app on my phone, and the new Echo was automatically detected and set up instantly. I didn’t have to enter any information at all. It can’t get any easier than this.
BETTER SOUND. This new Echo has an extra tweeter, for a total of two 0.8 inch tweeters, and the same 3.0 inch Sub from the Gen 3 Echo. This new Echo is designed with the tweeters pointed forward, and the speaker placement seems to generate more bass also somehow, even with the same Sub as the Gen 3. All in all I think it sounds much better than Gen 3, with a little more bass and louder max volume. This could also be do to the sound-mapping feature that allows Echo to maximize the sound by detecting the acoustics and shape of the room. You can also pair two of these in stereo; and you are supposed to be able to use it as a speaker for your FireTV device, though I haven’t tested that out yet.
Temperature sensor included. Yes, you can ask Alexa what the temperature is, and it seems very accurate so far. This is a nice touch, and I look forward to doing more testing, to see if I can set up routines based on temperature.
AZ1 Processor. This new Amazon processor promises better voice recognition and faster Alexa responses. In my testing so far, I have barely noticed a slight speed improvement (for example turning on certain room lights) but there are supposed to be upcoming updates that will make an even bigger difference in speed.
Zigbee + Sidewalk Bridge. This comes with a Zigbee hub, just like previous versions of the Echo Plus. It also contains the new Sidewalk Bridge, which allows the Echo to use bluetooth and radio connections to connect to some smart devices at long range, and push data to the internet.

THE BAD:

No 360 degree speakers. While I personally prefer the sound of this new version, some people might miss the 360 degree speaker setup of previous Echo generations. It certainly might lead to a situation where the ideal placement of the Echo in your room could be different.
White power cord. This is minor, but a strange choice. No matter what color Echo you get, the power cord is white. Some people might find that annoying.
Voice detection is not great while loud music is playing. This surprised me, as previous generations haven;t really struggled with this in my experience. I’m not sure if it is because this speaker is much louder, but Alexa hasn’t heard me a few times when I talked while the music was playing at max volume. This could be annoying if you often listen to very loud music.

NEUTRAL:

-Aesthetics. I think I preferred the look of the cylinder design, instead of this new sphere shape. This is totally personal preference of course. I also wish the entire sphere was fabric, instead of being plastic on the back side. Some people might prefer the ball shape though, so that is up to you.

All in all, I’m keeping this new Echo because of the better sound and faster responsiveness, but it is not really a massive upgrade. Pretty decent so far, I’ll update this review and try to answer any questions in the future!

Effortless everything. I’m living in the future and that Future is here NOW!

I have 8 Echos in various rooms and from several generations. Yep, I have a big house… What attracted me to this generation was that onboard voice capabilities that makes response faster and sure, who doesn’t want even better sound quality? I also liked the design better than the looks of the previous generations and that I could see the activity ‘light ring’ when I was sitting down. The spherical designed has some real advantages and it’s apparent in the improved sound. And improved it is. Music is easily better, more complex and effortless. This is NOT supposed to be a blast the neighborhood out speaker, but it did fill a larger room with quality sounding music that is noticeably improved to past generations. Voice commands and responses are practically instant and tigger happy quickly improved… Me likes so much that I replaced 2 of my 8 for in the areas where I am most using them. I even returned my first gen to amazon to get 25$ off then new one. Understand, my old ones are in pristine condition with all the original packaging and boxes, but how great to be able to do this!

My whole house is voice controlled, lighting, fireplaces (ceramic logs with LED ‘fake fire lights’), thermostat and as an early adopter of the Echo Voice Assistant, I’ve never looked back. Being able to ask any question, to ask about a stores hours before even driving there to make sure it’s open and then being given the option to phone DIRECTLY from the device, is sweet. And how about NEVER having to touch your alarm clock to hit snooze or turn it off again? Yes please. Get quick and accurate local weather reports instantly, air quality too! Need to be reminded, multiple timers or announcements and intercom functions. Just say the word. I have every news channel I want set in my flash briefing and LOVE these, hearing them most days. Here’s my line up: Daily scripture, this day in history, Fox news, BBC news, Management tip of the day and a few more. You can easily add what YOU want to hear and it’s a treat. I LOVE podcasts and there’s a series called “Hardcore History” with hundred of episodes. Some of which are 6 hours long! What’s cool is I can start one of these while I’m cooking in the kitchen, tell the device to stop when I’m finished and when I later (day, month, weeks or whatever) tell it to “Play Hardcore History” it will name the episode I left off on and pick it up for exactly the same spot! How sweet that??

And guys, knock yourselves out because there are thousands of podcasts on virtually any subjects to enjoy and learn from. I love having this ability!!! LOVE, Love, love the ability to always be learning new things from this device while still doing what I do do in the background. There’s so much more and I could literally go on for hours with what a great enhancement this has been in so many ways, learning, security, information, entertainment, news, communications, etc. Being able to have my arms full, walk though my house and just TEll a light to turn on along the way without having to touch or find a switch is sublime! Yep, you need the right lights, but boy, talk about convenience and living in the future now. NEVER going back! Even my landscaping lights and sprinkler control system, my security cameras works with it. And if I want to make an announcement to the whole house, I just say, “Echo, repeat EVERYWHERE” and then tell it what I want to say. And all 8, in every room will go off: “Dinner is in 5 minutes!” So sweet!

I also have 2 of the Echo Clocks that work with the device and they are awesome. The LED ring and countdown before the alarm going off is sweet.

But guys, I even LOVE just telling the Echo to play rain/storm sound effects and it’s calming, deep and healing. What a wonderful, effortless device with so many capabilities. Even during one of my personal bible studies, I can ask Echo for some background on virtually anyone I reading about and background is forthcoming.

Yes, I was an early adopter and man, these are a purchase I’ve never regretted making. I use them EVERY day and they have enhanced my life in ways that are special, rich and convenient. Like something out of a Dick Tracy comic from the 1930’s, this system is here, ripe, mature and developed. I’m such a fan!

The only suggestion I have for Amazon would be to give me the option in a metal package. Who wants to dust fabric? Lastly, IF you built in even great Biblical knowledge capability, you’d sell even millions more. Give me a teaching assistant that has a data base to field just about anything biblical I could ask of it.

LOVING this product and the direction it’s going. The future IS now and ECHO is the best, most supported, device with thousands and thousands of functions. Thank you Amazon and keep enhancing this baby because I’m upgrading all along the way. I returned on for a discount and the other 1st gen is going to a charity raffle. And heck, it’s in perfect condition with all the original packaging and boxes.

Hot Dog!

-G

Amazon-ing! Wow!

The media could not be loaded.  I have been an early adopter of Amazon technology for the better part of a decade. This is my first full-size echo although, I have had the show, show 2, show 5, show 8 and every other generation of dot including this new fourth GEN. This is amazing. The sound is unparalleled, even by a wonderful Harmon Karmen speaker that has a ALEXA built-in. I can’t wait to get deeper into its capabilities but, just the first few hours have left me in awe. Happily, I support Product (RED).

Great sound, super easy setup

I ordered a pair of the Echo gen 4 and had them both set up within 10 minutes after opening the boxes! I was able to set them up in a stereo arrangement very easily and they work in my existing Everywhere group , too! The sphere is a nice change and the light on the bottom is just fine. The controls on the top are incredibly well integrated into the surface and function incredibly easy!

Nice Echo Upgrade

The media could not be loaded.  We have purchased almost every single Amazon echo/dot product except for the third generation echo. We finally broke down and dropped $70 for the 4th generation echo and couldn’t be more pleased. We appreciate the sphere design, the white power cord and decision to place the light on the bottom. Also the raised control buttons on top are a nice addition.

By placing the device up high and unobstructed, we have not experienced any problems with the sound or the microphone hearing our commands. For the price, we have no complaints about the sound quality. It is plenty loud and has more bass than previous echos. It should satisfy most folks.

However, if you are an audiophile, keep moving cause there is nothing to see here. You will not be satisfied with the clarity. It is not as clear as a Bose or Sonos speaker system but it is also way below their price range.

If you want a quality smart speaker for playing music in the background or while hanging out, grab one while on sale.

They changed the one thing I always thought they should…

I have a pair of 3rd generation Echos, and remember being very impressed with the sound quality when I first go them. I also remember thinking “Why do I care about 360 sound, unless this speaker is going to sit in the dead center of the room?” Maybe a half-moon shape or something that projects sound at all angles against a flat surface. The full-size Echo has good Bass, so I didn’t really want that bouncing off the walls- I live in an apartment. I was one of the first pre-orders for the newest 4th gen Echo and assumed it would arrive on or near 10/22/2020, but I later learned it would not arrive for nearly a month. The Best Buy near me had 2 in stock, so I bought both and transferred my old Echo to the kitchen.

I read some of the earliest reviews, saying the voice recognition wasn’t on par with the previous model- and I think I imagined that being true at first. It seems to detect a very soft wake word 5-10-15 feet away.

Appearance wise- I like it. When viewed from the front, it appears to be a perfect sphere.

I think the biggest improvement in sound quality will be for the smaller Dot. The previous version isn’t good for much beyond a satellite auxillary speaker to round out your multi-room music playing.

Exhilarating

I received this in the mail less than one hour ago. After a simple set up, I cannot stop using it. This is the most climate friendly, impressive speaker system I have ever had. Long are the days of extra woofers, tweeters and standing speakers. This orb packs a punch with incredible sound. You need not spend another dime on expensive sound equipment. Buy this, set it up in 2 minutes and play your favorite songs. You will feel like you are in front of the artist. The sound is like the Maxell commercial but better

Microphones still need improvement

My biggest and pretty much only complaint with Alexa devices is me having to repeat myself when giving commands either because it did not wake when i said the keyword or it got what i said wrong. It’s mostly an issue when there is background noise such as the TV playing but it could use some improvement even when there is not background noise. The ONLY reason i bought this device is because an Amazon employee told me that there were improvements to the microphones in this device compared to the Echo Dot 3rd generation but I am questioning whether that is trued because I see absolutely zero improvement.

Update 10.29.2020: Now that I’ve had this for a week or two I’ve determined that the microphones are actually even worse than they were on my echo dot 3rd gen. I will be returning this product and going back to using my echo dot 3rd gen.

I know most people would not be buying this device for the same reason I did and would be getting it for the better speakers or the smart hub functionality but just in case there was anyone out there wondering if the microphones/voice recognition was any better on this device the answer would be no.

No idea why people say it doesn’t work

I already have the Echo Gen 3 but wanted to upgrade to the Echo Gen 4. What so many people don’t mention is, if you’re starting off to make your home a smart home, you’ll maybe need a Bridge or Hub that can utilize Zigbee, Z-Power or Thread. Google Hub isn’t actually a hub that can support those radios and the hubs can be about $50-$100 on their own. So Echo 4 comes with a hub to use for smart locks, bulbs, cameras, doorbells etc and it has Airplay!!
Sound of the device is pretty amaze considering the price. Deep rich bass, nice highs and mids. No distortion. I had to put a grip to the bottom of the 4 because it would vibrate off the shelf if I didn’t, but I was listening to VERY bass heavy music (Bassnectar)
Set up was as easy as plugging it in and opening the app. I think that was it. Once it was set up the app let me know the 4 wanted to set up my lights and with a click, it set both of them up!
Alexa routines are amazing for automation Alexa, Good night turns my lights off, activates my alarms, schedules my lights to gradually come on to a specific brightness gradually over a set time, tells me my appointments for tomorrow and the weather, tells me sweet Dreams, and plays sounds of rain.
I haven’t had to use the buttons on it yet. Voice works too well for me to need to press buttons yet.
Drop in works very well and both the caller and I can hear one another near perfectly
Echo 4 and 3 aren’t able to be paired together to make a stereo set, but you can use the 3 and 4 in the same house, group, room and they work like they should.
Still reading up on the tons of things I can get automated now that I have a hub, smart speaker with airplay. Set up is darn close to being as if it was ready the moment I opened its box and plugged it in

HONEST REVIEW/COMPARISON FOR ALL INTELLIGENT LIFE FORMS.

This is an honest review and comparison of the new 4th Generation Echo (not Dot) vs. the 2nd Generation Echo Plus (the last Echo Plus that was launched with the 3td Generation Echo).

I actually purchased two 4th Gen Echoes to create a Home Theater Group with the FireTV Stick 4k latest variant. I’ll include notes about that as well.

Sound Quality Pros: I really enjoy music from different genres and I like to tinker with equalizer settings so that I get the fullest sound out of even a cheap speaker. I also like when a speaker(s) can pull double duty as a surround sound system for my television as well. That’s what attracted me to the new Echoes.

Regarding music streaming from Amazon Music HD, I must say the sound is really smooth and crisp. I adjusted the equalizer settings for the individual devices in the Alexa app to boost the mid most, followed closely by the treble and a moderate bass setting (if they are paired in a stereo pair or Home Theater, adjusting one device automatically adjusts the other). I have my Echoes placed about 12 feet away in front of my primary seating spot on the sofa and the are spaced about 8 feet apart flanking the television. They are situated about 4 feet off the ground on book shelves. This positioning has been perfect for the accoustics in my 15×18 living room with tall ceilings. The speakers really fill up the space. And I am most impressed with how the sound bounces off of the walls and truly feel as if it surrounds me and immerses my eardrums into it.

This holds even more true for when I watch a movie with the Dolby Atmos setting on. I can hear the channels fairly well and it really seems like I own my own private movie theater in my living room. There’s been times that there’s a sound affect so specific to one channel and reproduced so clearly that I’ve actually muted the show thinking that I was hearing some noise from outside or in the hallway of my apartment building.

These two devices together get pretty loud without any noticeable distortion. Now I haven’t played much bass heavy music but I do love action and sci-fi movies that are sound effect laden and peppered with bass booming explosions etc. The new 4th Gen Echoes keep up very nicely.

In contrast, though I thought I really loved the Echo Plus 2nd Gen, I now find that I really can’t enjoy music or movies as much on it. I think that this is because the main speaker fires downward and the rest of the sound is omni directional. This sounds good on paper but in practice, at least for my uses, that type of speaker just seems muffled and really a waste of sound waves. Let me explain. How often to you place the Echo device in the center of a room to benefit from an omni-directional speaker? Most people don’t have floor outlets under their coffee tables so it sits on an end table or bookshelf. It’s usual home in a bedroom is on the end table. Even in a kitchen, unless placed on the island, the Echo rests with it’s back to a wall. So, why then, would you want (let’s say) 40% of the sound waves to be directed to a big slab with no ears to appreciate it?

The directional sound setup of the new Echo 4th Gen is ideal, really, for it’s positioning in most homes. Sound is really diminished if you are behind it or immediately to it’s side but comes barrelling at your ear drums when you are any angle in front of it. It’s louder, more clear, and much more advanced when it comes to being able to utilize Dolby Atmos playback. I definitely choose the 4th gen over the 2nd Gen Plus any day. I almost feel bad for unloading the Plus onto my parents when I bought the 4th Gen. I’ll upgrade them this Christmas. Lol.

The omni-directional speaker would be a benefit if it were placed in the center of a patio for a gathering or party, but again, where’s your outlets? Not in the middle of the concrete or deck floor. So chances are, even on the patio, it will be placed backing up to an exterior wall. So the myth of the omni-directional speaker advantage is busted in my book.

Voice Recognition:
At first, I felt there was a noticeable difference with the Plus having the upper hand when I comes to summoning Alexa. However, I believe there have been some fairly large software updates recently that included fine tuning adjustments to the mics on the 4th Gen devices. They now clearly pick up my questions or commands from across the room and quickly cancel out the other Echo Dot I have on the far side open floor plan nearest the kitchen. Before, with the Plus, it was a toss up as to which one would respond because I firmly believe the best mics are still on the Echo Dot 3rd Gen with clock variant. Hands down. If only the echo show 5 in my bedroom would be even half as good, I’d be happy ( that unit is by far the worst with just 2 lack luster mics vs the 4 on the Dot and Plus).

Alexa is also quicker to respond on the 4th Gen too. Now that’s a combination of the 450-ish gbps internet speed I am fortunate enough to have but I understand it’s also due to a better processor and improved software.

And let me just say one thing… I don’t know anyone who buys their smart home devices with Zigbee compatibility being the #1 consideration. Who cares? I have bought the best reviewed for the price smart bulbs, TV, and plugs etc not giving a thought to Zigbee because the latest generation smart devices don’t require a hub.

All of my smart home devices work just fine by enabling the skill on the Alexa app with that of the manufacturer’s chosen app and linking the accounts. The biggest issue I have is trying to remember what I named each lamp and group to turn on and off the lights. First world problems, I know.

For what it’s worth, the big 3 smart home apps which seems to be used by these el cheapo devices are Kasa, Govee, and Smart Life. I have devices on all three and the Alexa integration is seemless. Except the darn ceiling fan speed control. Still haven’t completely figured that one out entirely.

Setting up the devices and Grouping:
Both the Echo Plus and 4th Gens are very easy to set up initially. The Alexa app, though not entirely user friendly regarding the UI, does all the work and guides you through the process fairly quickly. The oddball thing that’s a bit more challenging is knowing what the difference is between a stereo pair, a home theater and a speaker group.

First, a stereo pair must be two identical models (I believe an Echo Sub woofer can be added as the one off) and the pairing is only for music streaming. Only one Echo will respond at a time when you are conversationally interacting with Alexa.

In a Home Theater grouping, one or more Echo devices of the same model can be joined with a FireTV device such as the Stick 4k. A sub can also be added. The crummy part at first, is that you can’t include your existing sound bar into this Home Theater Group. Amazon devices only, folks. So you must choose which you want to listen to.

Now, I’m not horribly disappointed because the sound quality of the two 4th Gens on each side of the TV is really great so the sound bar isn’t needed but I hate the thought of the wasted money sitting 32 inches wide in front of me producing no sound at all.

IF, you have a smart TV like a Vizio, there is a way to activate the sound bar and have the Amazon Home Theater working at the same time. And here it is: the sound bar must be hooked up to an optical cable and the audio setting on the TV must be set to PCM not automatic. Auto defaults to whatever device you are streaming on ie a FireTV Stick. Then, while playing your FireTV Stick, choose the Home Theater as your audio source on the Fire TV menu. So in essence, the TV thinks it must send sound to the sound bar only while the Stick thinks it should be using the Home Theater. Through whatever glitch, I now have all three speakers working in tandem. BUT ONLY while using the FireTV device. It does not work if I am using the smart TV streaming apps from the Vizio home screen. Which I don’t do anymore except for a couple things that are not found on the Amazon App store.

FYI, I don’t believe that the Fire Edition Insignia and Toshiba televisions sold here and at Best Buy have the capability to set up the Home Theater function with the Alexa app.

Finally, a speaker group is the best way to get unlike models to sync with each other to play music. However, there’s a catch… You must ask for that group’s every time at the end of your request to play music etc.

Meaning, with the stereo pair and home theater, music and movies are automatically played through those selected speakers by means of the Alexa app. You would simply make the standard request for Alexa to play a song or album with no extra added specification. But remember, you’re limited to only pairing the same models together for this to work like that.

Now, with a speaker group, you can include your Echoes, Dots, Shows, Spots, Inputs, FireTVs, Tablets etc etc into that group and have them all going at the same time through out your home, so long as you name this all-Echo inclusive group something like “Every where” or “all speakers” or “whole house”. Be creative 🙂 “Echo Symphonic Orchestra”, “Live from the Love Shack”, or “on all decks of the Enterprise” (you can even call your individual room groupings for lights and sounds things like ” the Bridge” -Living Room, “Ship’s Galley” -Kitchen, “Ten Forward” – dining or rec room, “Shuttle Bay Two”-garage, ” Engineering”-utility room/basement, and “Captain’s Quarters”-master bedroom, “Risa” -backyard patio). Lol. Alexa groups can be named whatever you want! I digress though….

The point is you have to tell Alexa to play music AND include the name of the speaker group everytime or else music will just play from the device you speak into. Ex: “Alexa play the song Starships on all decks of the Enterprise” or (boring) “Alexa, play Mr. Robot-o, everywhere” or “Play a lullaby in the dirty diaper factory (nursry)”. Get it?! I can sense your mind is starting to ignite like a solid rocket booster, now.

I really hope this helps someone. I know it’s been a learning curve for me. And not always a lot of fun. Just wait til you first start exploring how to build your own custom routines or then decide to relocate devices into different rooms as you upgrade with new ones. It can be a labor of love…or regret.

Bottom line, if you are looking to upgrade but aren’t entirely sure, try out the new Echo 4th Gen (especially in a pair for a Home Theater) and decide within 30 days if you really like them. Definitely explore the Alexa app and routines. And commit to replacing at least one bulb in each room with a color changing LED smart bulb to experience the fun you can have with this device. Also, I think you will be pleasantly surprised at what many people say is a drawback about being a directional speaker is really a benefit for most user’s needs, including yours.

Some people will find fault in anything and some will find that they can’t have everything to their exact liking. There’s not a perfect smart speaker out there, so figure out what you must have features are, your nice to haves, and your deal breakers are and make the choice.
Regardless, enjoy these little glimpses of the future. Heck, they’re even spherical shaped just like what the future devices and ships looked like in 2001: A Space Odyssey and Space Balls or a Borg scout ship, even. You gotta think that’s at least a nice nod for sci-fi fans everywhere. Or if you are a devotee of mod design or simply a believer in form following function, then this ball of joy is sure to please. So, enjoy your new Echo; It’s outta this world!
-Picard, out. Hailing frequencies closed.

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