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Old 10-26-2016, 12:42 PM
 
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My situation:
no regular old-fashioned radio reception in my bldg.
Desktop is in living room; kitchen is where I want to hear.
I have wifi - the whole building was rigged for wifi by optimum.

I can of course livestream on my computer (when I get a new one anyway) bazillions of radio stations.
But if I make it loud enough to hear in the kitchen while i'm washing dishes etc, it may disturb neighbors.

so I went to best buy to look for wireless speakers.
the blue tooth ones they said only work within 3 feet of the source.

Then he showed me Echo.
wow.
I am not a high tech person at all, I still have a basic cell phone, a 10-yr old computer, and a 20 yr-old plain old tv.
And am fine with all that.

but echo, omg,
Hands-free I can command it to get radio, music, etc.
(particularly cool bec. my hands will be busy in the kitchen)
It is not bluetooth so is not limited to 3 feet range.

Is there any downside to Echo that I should know about?

Cuz I tell you - I am in love.

thanks.
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Old 10-26-2016, 12:57 PM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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No, there really is no downside. But, for the record, the range on a Bluetooth Speaker is more like 30 feet. 10 yards. Not 3 feet.
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Old 10-26-2016, 01:02 PM
 
Location: Sugarmill Woods , FL
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Echo is WIFI and Bluetooth, it has a really nice sounding speaker, and has the ability to voice command volume or even mute. I have mine controlling lighting in all the public areas of the house, and with a Harmony hub, my TV and sound system.
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Old 10-26-2016, 05:55 PM
 
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No, there really is no downside. But, for the record, the range on a Bluetooth Speaker is more like 30 feet. 10 yards. Not 3 feet.
I thot when the sales guy said 3 feet - that was a really small range.
thanks for the correction.
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Old 10-30-2016, 04:57 PM
 
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Sales force hass been ordered to push Echo.
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Old 10-30-2016, 06:01 PM
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Location: Ohio
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I think the downsides to the Echo will become clear when it's new competitor, Google Home, comes out next week.

I was an early adopter on the Echo and I've preordered Google Home because I want my talking device to be informative, as well as entertaining. Echo is a little too limited in its ability to produce information.
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Old 10-30-2016, 07:13 PM
 
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I keep looking at these things. Are they really worth it?
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Old 10-31-2016, 09:01 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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I think it really depends how connected you are.

I think Dude111 would find it totally worthless because he's not connected.

I was also thinking of asking Santa for Google Home, instead of Echo because I am connected and very into Google's world. We have Spotify and Hue lights and a Nest Themostat. So I will be able to play music from Spotify and adjust my lights and thermo by voice.
And Googles' is cheaper.
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Old 10-31-2016, 10:04 AM
 
Location: The sleepy part of New York City
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I have no comments on the Echo itself but more on Amazon.

Buyer beware. Check the serial number first to make sure it's not an old product. I bought an expensive cordless phone system from Amazon, not a 3rd party seller less than 2 years ago.. went to buy replacement batteries for the phones, couldn't find them so called Panasonic directly and found out the phones I purchased were discontinued in 2007. I can't even get a replacement phone. They don't make them anymore.
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