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Long-rumored Amazon Fire TV Cube finally announced

Discussion in 'Source Components II' started by Flint, Jun 7, 2018.

  1. Flint

    Flint "Do you know who I am?" Superstar

    Amazon claims they are taking pre-orders at a huge discount for Prime members, but I cannot order it, yet.

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01NBTFNVA/ref_=fs_ods_fs_smp_sk

    I am excited by this as it would combine my fire TV with my Echo Dot in my family room system reducing that system to two source components: Fire TV and Turntable.

    It also claims to support other remote controls, but I don't think I need that.
     
  2. Haywood

    Haywood Well-Known Member Famous

    That thing looks pretty amazing. If I were not so invested in the Google ecosystem, I would buy one.
     
  3. Flint

    Flint "Do you know who I am?" Superstar

    HA! Sucker!!!

    But seriously, I play music over about six synchronized Echoes all the time, so if I want to watch TV via the Fire TV in my Family Room I have to switch the input on my preamp from the Echo Dot to the output from my TV. I get frustrated as I often just walk away after I am finished watching TV, so when I ask Alexa to play music throughout the house again, the Family Room system is silent until I walk over and switch the input again. With this new Fire TV Cube I can just leave the input always on the TV output and will only need to switch the input for my turntable, which is pretty rare.
     
  4. Towen7

    Towen7 Well-Known Member Staff Member Moderator

    That’s odd. I was able to place a pre-order without problems.
     
  5. Flint

    Flint "Do you know who I am?" Superstar

    After you posted I checked again and I was able to order.
     
  6. Flint

    Flint "Do you know who I am?" Superstar

    Now I am questioning as to whether this device can be added to a multiroom audio group. If it can, what happens if a TV show is streaming and someone activates the multiroom audio group?
     
  7. Towen7

    Towen7 Well-Known Member Staff Member Moderator

    Im not sure if this addresses the question but … I use Alexa to activate multiroom audio through Sonos. If anyone uses an Alexa command anywhere in the house the volume on ALL Sonos devices is reduced for around 5 seconds. I find that rather annoying.
     
  8. Flint

    Flint "Do you know who I am?" Superstar

    That's interesting. When I use my Echoes for multiroom audio and speak a command to Alexa, only the devices which heard my voice soften the volume level. So, if I am in my breakfast nook while playing music and say, "Alexa", my kitchen, family room, and sometimes living room (front room) Echoes get quieter for a few seconds even though only one Echo is formally listening - they all heard me say Alexa and determined which Echo was the closest (sometimes they are wrong as to which is closest). Meanwhile the echoes in my bedroom, master bath, and porch continue playing music at the same level.

    Since I live alone, I don't need multiple listening zones.
     

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