This article will guide you through setting up an Alexa Group and selecting one of your Sonos products as a Preferred Speaker. With Alexa's Preferred Speaker feature, you can put multiple Sonos products together in one Alexa Group, like “downstairs” or “outside,” then play music to all of them with a single voice command.
Note: If your Alexa-enabled device is not in a group, the volume will not lower on any Sonos speakers. Choose the Alexa-enabled devices and Sonos speakers you want to have in this group, then tap Save at the bottom.
First this is not a request to support grouping Sonos with Sonos speakers for particular rooms, rather this is a request or an inquiry to find out if there are any plans (or rather that there should be plans) to support “grouping” of Alexa Echo Speakers with Sonos Speakers. In my opinion, if the desire is to be truly agnostic of AI (Alexa, Google Home, Siri, etc.) Then supporting other speakers (third parties or by Amazon, Google, or Apple) in unison is a must.
If I am Sonos owner it is obvious I want to use more Sonos products together because they are truly sound (no pun intended) and quality speakers, however if I want an AI in my house (Alexei for instance) I want it to be supported everywhere even if I invested in an Alexa Echo Plus (for instance). OK Sorry, our virus scanner detected that this file isn't safe to download.
Can one add a Sonos speaker, or two, to Amazon Echo's “Everywhere” group ? Disappointed. Can one add a Sonos speaker, or two, to Amazon Echo's “Everywhere” group ? Disappointed.
Yep, I've got a nice sound system, great speakers and receiver. My interest in Echo, and Sonos, is to fill the house, and my deck, patio with sound.
The messenger, “I’ll return my Sonos till I can do the everywhere group.” . That, to me, is definitely cutting off your nose to spite your face. You are giving up a far superior sound system, just because the two companies (Amazon & Sonos) don’t currently allow their different speakers to operate together and in sync.
The echo devices are not only poor sounding by comparison, but they can ’t be paired together into left and right stereo channels, nor bonded as TV surrounds. Yes, the Alexa voice control is ahead of Apple's Siri, but it’s still a long way behind 'Google Home' for answering questions, user account control and even the Google Speakers sound much better.
Sonos will eventually 'likely' use Alexa, Google Home and Siri. So it seems crazy to me to return your Sonos system, simply because you bought the wrong speakers to start with.
I get what you say, But for where I am now, while I see the features you mention, we are up against my main entertainment system, not Echo devices. I have a decent Demon receiver with wired Kitsch speakers, I'm not spending the cost for multiple Sonos speakers PLUS Sonos connect, I'm not convinced it would be better than what I have anyway. Filling the house and my outdoor areas with sound is justification for me.
As you point out the Sonos is much better sound quality than an echo but that's not enough by itself to justify the cost and I lose the other Alexa features. I'd like to see Sonos move quickly past this grouping thing and build some outdoor speakers, maybe a portable one to replace Bluetooth speakers.
The Messenger, I’m not so sure Sonos will ever work with Amazon Multi-Music Groups, not when the two companies each have their own agendas and the one thing that seems to put a stop to that for me, is the simple fact that the echo devices all have line-out ports... effectively a cheap 'dot' could become a line in source for other speaker brands and receivers. The messenger, “I’ll return my Sonos till I can do the everywhere group.” . That, to me, is definitely cutting off your nose to spite your face.
You are giving up a far superior sound system, just because the two companies (Amazon & Sonos) don’t currently allow their different speakers to operate together and in sync. The whole point of multiroom Alexa use is to create an immersive total home experience.
After I found out that Sonos would not work with multiroom, I bought an amazing pair of bookshelf speakers and plugged them into an echo dot. (6 rooms) And there is absolutely no lag because I used a wired connection.
If they did incorporate better I would replace all of my echo dots with Sonos speakers. They tried to enter the world of Alexa with a second rate product.
After I found out that Sonos would not work with multiroom, I bought an amazing pair of bookshelf speakers and plugged them into an echo dot. If they did incorporate better I would replace all of my echo dots with Sonos speakers.
They tried to enter the world of Alexa with a second rate product. But now I'm just aggravated, so yeah, probably not...... Marketing 101: make it easy or lose the sales.
Danny is correct, the two ‘entirely different' audio systems still operate independently of each other. The Amazon Alexa App has different types of groups, one for Amazon's own Multi-Room Music (for their echo speakers only) and another for Sonos and other 3rd party smart-home devices.
There are numerous reasons to have multiple Amazon Echo smart speakers in your home. As we recently wrote about on Gear Brain, they can be used to create a home intercom system, a stereo or surround sound system, or for simply being able to talk to Alexa no matter what room you are in.
A major benefit of connecting multiple Echos to your home network is multi-room audio. Once set up, toucan ask Alexa to play music in a certain room, across a whole floor, or throughout the entire home, with just one voice command.
It is important to note that this is slightly different to setting up a group, but still takes just a few taps of the Alexa app. You will then be shown a list of requirements, such as how all the speakers must be powered up, connected to the same WIF- network, and be associated with the same Amazon account.
The speakers can be located in the same or different rooms; all that matters is that they're within Wi-Fi reach of your router. Now, tap Continue and wait a moment while the app searches for all compatible Echo devices on your network.
This means the Sonos One and other speakers with Alexa from different companies are not supported, which is a real shame. Toucan tell Alexa to play different music from different streaming services on different speaker groups.
Therefore, if you use Spotify or Sirius to listen to music, you ’ll now be able to target specific groups of Echo speakers while using either of those two services. With this update, we see Amazon playing a little of catch up with Sonos, which also supports multi-room listening through Alexa.
At the end of November, Sonos rolled out support for multi-room playback through Alexa for Spotify, so for the past few weeks, Amazon’s own Echo line has lagged a bit behind the competition. In addition to Spotify and Sirius, Alexa also supports multi-room playback for Amazon Music Unlimited, Tune In, iHeartRadio, and Pandora, so we’ve got quite a few different services capable of taking advantage of this feature.
Nicolas (Nicolas) August 23, 2016, 2:20am #1I’ve tried connecting my Sonos play 1 to my SmartThings hub, so I can control my Sonos with my Amazon Echo. My echo says it found one connected home device.
At the present time, echo only recognizes lights and switches. That’s how people control things like door locks or Harmony, for example.
I was able to get it to start and stop mine without a virtual switch but it was intermittent. Sonos is still in SmartThings lab which basically is a proof of concept project.
Basically uses Joshi's node- Sonos -http-api and merges those commands into a new Alexa skill. When you ask Alexa to turn it OFF, it stops playing music.