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07 Nov '15

Amazon Echo - What Reviews Don't Tell You (Part 1 of 5) - 131 Questions Answered

Posted by TeamDIG.com ➨ Reviews - Questions - Answers

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DOES AMAZON ECHO RECOGNIZE MORE THAN ONE VOICE? IF I'M USING THE AMAZON ECHO FOR BACKGROUND MUSIC, WILL THE AMAZON ECHO BE CONFUSED BY CONVERSATION OR SOMEONE TALKING ON THE PHONE?

● I use mine for background music in my office and it never "gets confused" when I am talking to someone in person or on the telephone. Also, it will respond to any voice that wakes it up by first saying, "Alexa" (or "Amazon", depending on which name you prefer to set it up with). For example, I will say "Alexa. Play Van Morrison music." It will then play Van Morrison music. My son will walk into my office a few minutes later and say "Alexa, tell me a joke." The music volume will go down and it will tell a joke. Then the music volume will go back up to the previous level. That said, it has gotten confused when the television is playing at moderate volume. It has happened a few times now and right out of the blue it will say, "I'm sorry. I don't understand the question." I don't like this glitch and it happens without waking it up with "Alexa" (or "Amazon"). Hopefully, they will work this bug out. It is a pretty cool and fun device. Good luck.

● Yes, it certainly recognizes more than one voice. Background noise can confuse it at times, but for the most part it will still accept my commands even with the tv or music on. If you are using the Echo to play music, the music volume automatically lowers when you say "Alexa" so it can hear your commands.

● It does respond to multiple voices, however you must say it's name first so it knows you are giving it a command, verses background noise. It comes with a remote that's also a microphone (put it close to your lips) that can be used if the room is very noisy.

● I am the only one in the house who uses the Echo. That being said, when a voice on the television says Alexa, "she" responds to me by saying she doesn't understand the question. It doesn't happen frequently but, when it does, it is quite amusing.

● It responds to any voice that says "Alexa" to start with. We use it for background music. It does not get confused because you have to say "Alexa" each time you talk to it.

● It responds to any voice as long as the request starts with Alexa. Unless you are talking with Alex or Alexa (on the phone) and speak their name, it will not be confused.

● As long as you're not talking to or about someone named Alexa, you should be fine. It responds to the name, not a particular voice.

● I am the main user in my household however I have had Dawnell and Christina both ask for music and it has worked fine.

● No, it will only be alerted when her name is used. Multiple people can alert her and request something.

IS ALEXA (AMAZON ECHO) ABLE TO WORK OUTSIDE AMERICA?

● I saw a video in YouTube that some one in South Korea or in Taiwan did connect it and it worked.

● I asked her if she speaks Spanish and she says for now she does not. Otherwise she needs an internet connection. asked her if she works in Central America and she did not know :).

HOW GOOD DOES MUSIC SOUND THROUGH IT? AS GOOD AS THE BOSE BLUETOOTH SPEAKER OR LIKE TINNY, LIKE A CLOCK RADIO?

● Music sounds amazing! Crystal clear, no cracking. I wouldn't go so far as to say it's as good as a Bose (Bose are MUCH more expensive without all the extra features of the Echo) but a million times better than my old clock radio. I have an old Bose wave and it gives the feel of surround sound and I think the Echo is very similar in that aspect since its a cylinder.

● Hello I do not have a bose bluetooth speaker, but I do have Bose headphones. The music coming for the Echo is phenomenal. It is one of the best audio devices that I have ever heard. I think it is spot on...I am thinking of buying another.

● Im not sure I want to do this, but I was wondering if I can connect Echo with external speakers or with my Bose radio or Bose free standing speakers. Id like the music to fill the room. Thanks much.

● The speakers are pretty good, certainly better than a clock radio for sure, the sound is a little quiet but you can increase the volume by turning it up yourself or asking alexa to do so itself

● I don't have any experience with Bose products in general, much less the Bluetooth speaker, but I CAN say that it most definitely sounds better than a clock radio!

● Way better than an alarm clock but not quite as good as the Bose Wave. Well worth the price for everything it can do while putting out some pretty decent sound.

● I have the Bluetooth Bose SoundLink Mini. The Echo's sound quality is comparable with a bit less drive to the bass. Great quality in my opinion!

● Much more like a Bose speaker, for sure. In fact, we have a Bose and we've only been using our Echo :-)

● I would say it is like the Bose Bluetooth Speaker.

● Maybe better than the bose bluetooth very clear.

DOES ECHO PLAY GOOGLE MUSIC?

● Amazon Echo currently supports the following music services: Amazon Music Prime Music TuneIn iHeartRadio Pandora Tip: If you'd like to play your personal music on Amazon Echo, add music from your computer to your Amazon Music library. You can import up to 250 songs for free. For more information, go to Import Your Music. To learn more about upgrading your import limit, go to About Amazon Music Subscriptions. After you register Amazon Echo to your Amazon account, you automatically have access to any music available in your Amazon Music library. Prime members can also enjoy playlists, stations, and over a million free songs with Prime Music. You can also play music immediately from some third-party services, but some features - such as creating custom radio stations in iHeartRadio or playing music from Pandora - require you to link an existing account from those providers in the Alexa app. Note: To listen to music from supported music services on your Amazon Echo, make sure the Alexa app is on the latest version. For more information go to Download the Amazon Alexa App.

● Not that I know of, but you can play it via Bluetooth from a device such as a laptop. It works very well as a standard Bluetooth speaker, and you are still able to use its other features in this mode. I use Pandora for a lot of our music. It is nice to be able to verbally ask for the station, skip songs, rate music, and find out information about the song that is playing. I could be wrong, but I don't think that Google Music is supported in this way at this time.

● Yes, and I love it. Have really enjoyed my Echo. Still exploring with how to use.

● Echo says no.

CAN I USE THIS AS A STAND ALONE PRODUCT, NO PHONE, COMPUTER OR APP LINKED?

● Hi there! Yes you can but... not in the first time :) After you have set up everything it can run without phone, computer or app linked. This is one solution I was looking for, trying to get away from touch screens and screens >> its quite simple in the quotidian live, I arrive home, switch her on (dont need to be always on/plugged in the electricity) and its amazing... "Alexa play this or that", "whats on my calendar tomorrow", "it will rain tomorrow" etc etc etc. Give it a try will change our world soon or later :) Take care!!!

● You need Wifi for access to internet music also must have access to a computer to set it up. I up loaded a lot of songs from my computer to the Echo cloud so that I can listen to what I want.

● You do need to have a phone/tablet which can download the Echo app. That is how you connect it to wifi. After that however, everything can else can be controlled by your voice.

● Yes... But the phone app helps to add skills to the speaker. There are other programs you can activate using the app. It doesn't need it however once it's up and running.

● No. Setup requires a smart phone and the Echo requires WiFi. In addition to setup, the phone app keeps track of Echo's responses, your shopping and to-do lists.

● I believe only wi-fi is needed once you set internet connection through phone.

● Requires network connectivity to configure and provide content.


DO FOLKS WHO OWN AN ECHO THINK THAT THE AMAZON ECHO COULD BE USED EFFECTIVELY AT A TRADE SHOW (TO DRAW PEOPLE TO OUR BOOTH) OR WOULD THE AMAZON ECHO BE TOO NOISY FOR "HER"?

● I really do think it might be too noisy for her.. in fact on occasion, she is too noisy for HERSELF. If she is playing music too loudly, she will not be able to hear you ask her to stop, so you end up having to walk right up to her and yell. I wonder if you could use the remote in order to override the background noise and speak directly to her in that way, so she can hear only you, and clearly... absent the remote, I think you might lose some "magic" by trying to get her to understand things with too much going on around you...

● Alexa (Echo) would certainly draw attention, I have bunches of kids around her all the time. But, once you demonstrate voice command with Alexa to satisfy their curiosity, they will want to ask her questions, get her to play their favorite song, etc. Give it a try, Alexa is certainly fun to have around and to entertain.

● WiFi will have to be available, though! I have actually had the commercial for Echo turn on my Echo while watching TV! So, noise has to be pretty loud to get her flummoxed!

● Not sure if that would be your only issue. Noise, wifi, volume of the Echo speaker, etc... would be the real issue.

● I never personally tried it in a public show, so not sure how it would respond.

● Not if the show is noisy.

WHAT ALL IS NEEDED TO PURCHASE TO MAKE THE AMAZON ECHO WORK. ? ANYTHING OTHER THAN THE ECHO ITSELF? CORDS ACCESSORIES ANY OTHER ITEMS?

● Echo comes with it's own power cord. The only two things you need are: 1) functional WiFi network to which Echo can connect. She (it) is worthless without the WiFi connection. 2) Either a smartphone/tablet to control Echo through the connection process.

● Echo operates by it's self, it plays music, answers questions and does timing and lists, but if you want to control lights or appliances you will have to buy a Wink Hub, and then either smart bulbs or a control module.

● All you need is the echo! It comes with the power cord that plugs into the wall. When it arrives, just follow the simple instructions for set up. You will need wifi and your Bluetooth on your phone.

● You will need an internet connection and wifi. If you already have that your set to go. Just plug it in to AC power (cord included) and configure it for your wifi. Setup is amazingly simple.

● All you need is the Echo. It comes with power cord. The Echo app on tablet or phone will help you set it up to your wireless network.

● No nothing else to buy to make it work. There is a remote you can purchase but not necessary

● As long as you have wireless internet, nothing else is needed.

● All cords come with it! You just need wifi and a smart phone!

● Just the Echo, everything needed is with it.

BEFORE BUYING, I WANT TO UNDERSTAND HOW ECHO WORKS. WHAT DO I NEED TO DO TO PLAY SONGS ON MY DESKTOP COMPUTER THROUGH ECHO? INSTALL A DRIVER?

● I don't think it's made for playing songs on the computer. For that you can get the Amazon Music Program and install it on your computer. The Echo is a stand alone device that will play music from several music services as well as your library of music on Amazon, it will give you answers to many different questions like Siri does for Apple("Alexa, What is the weather out"?). I suggest you read the ad for the Echo thoroughly to see what it does.

● I've never tried to play songs from my laptop, just using my phone (Spotify, iPod). Theoretically, you should be ale to do this if you connect your computer to the Echo via Bluetooth. https://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=201549700

● It can connect to most things through Bluetooth. Not a Roku box though. Which makes no sense. But plenty of people have provided feedback on that glitch so I'm sure it'll be fixed soon. Unless your computer is super old, it should connect just fine via Bluetooth. Mine does.

● You should be able to connect via Bluetooth but I've never needed to do so. I use Amazon Music and Pandora primarily and have loaded 14,000+ songs into Amazon Music for this purpose....

CAN THE AMAZON ECHO RECORD NOTES\MEMOS TO BE PLAYED BACK LATER OR EVEN SENT TO YOUR PHONE SIMILAR TO SHOPPING LISTS.

● It doesn't have the memo feature but it does have a "To do list" so you can put things on the to-do list (it has the To Do List and another Shopping list - which is different). But it will not send anything to your phone - it WILL send it to the Amazon Echo app on your phone. If you have that app and open it up you will be able to see both your "To Do" and "Shopping" lists and you can edit, add or delete from the app or via voice commands.

● I do not believe that is a feature yet, but it does have to do lists. You could record a note or memo and ask it to be added to your to do list. The best part about Echo is it is constantly evolving and adding new features.

● I have asked her to record a memo and also to record to be played back to me , what she will do it is to put it on my To Do list or Shopping List . Is she suppose to be able to have that function ? Thank You , Carol

● It can record to-do-lists and shopping lists, which can be brought up on your phone with the Alexa app. I don't think it can record other types of voice memos, at this time.

IS THE REMOTE CONTROL NEEDED, IF SO FOR WHAT PURPOSE?

● No, the remote control is not necessary. It comes with a very convenient magnetic holder, so we put it on our fridge. But we rarely use the remote control. It has volume controls, skip, play etc. The best feature is that the remote control has a microphone built into it. So you can hold the button down on the remote control and tell echo what you want (just as if you were standing next to the Echo).

● You don't really need the remote unless you plan on being in a different room when you use echo. I have my remote in the office and echo in the living room and have used the remote only once or twice since I purchased my echo in april. Placing echo in a good central location is all you need to do.

● We've never bothered with the remote as our echo is in a pretty central area of our kitchen/great room. I think it is useful, though, if you are at a distance and you want an application turned off or on... Maybe.

● "needed" no....but its convenient for controlling the volume of music without shouting commands over the top of the music playing.

● No not needed. Its basically for the instance where you are too far away for her to hear you. I've never used it.

● I like having the remote

● Never used it.

WILL THE AMAZON ECHO RECOGNIZE MORE THAN ONE VOICE?

● It responds to anyone that wakes it using the word you set up. So right now even the commercials on TV are getting my Echo to respond. Whenever the commercial comes on and they ask "Alexa, Do Aliens exist?" My Echo proudly comes on and gives me the same answer as the TV. Hahaha. So to answer your question yes it will respond to more then one voice along with any voice that uses the wake word

● Yes, absolutely! My husband even speaks to the Echo with weird accents (because he's silly) and it almost always understands just fine. We have to carefully pronounce some numbers - like fifteen and fifty or fourteen and forty - when setting timers.

● Yes, it will respond to anyone who addresses her by starting with "Alexa". This morning there was a tv commercial that asked "Alexa" to explain the stock market issue and she responded to the TV! It was hysterical!

● Yes, Its awesome aslong at the person says the wake word, it will respond. No programming, no reading a story for it to log your voice. Right out of the box its ready for your whole family and even friends (Anyone)

● Yes, it will respond to anyone show speaks to it, as long as they use the proper way to address it...

● Yes, but has limited capabilities at this time...I think SIRI is more robust.