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Old 30-12-2018, 11:55 AM
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Need some help as Iím going round in circles.

I own a Sonos One which is great, couldnít be without it but it would be great to get an Echo. I donít know which to get, the Echo or Echo dot. I plan on getting Dots for the bedrooms but Iím sure I read somewhere that if I already have a Sonos then all I really need is the Dot in the lounge but will just having Dots restrict me to being unable to use smart bulbs/lights etc.
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Old 30-12-2018, 12:50 PM
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Echo Dots can control smart lighting using voice. I use mine with a Hue setup.
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Don't have Sonos but i have dots around the house and use them to control all the Hue lighting
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What benefit does the echo have over the Dot?
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Better sound. That's it really. I have a Sonos Play so went for a Dot.
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What benefit does the echo have over the Dot?
I have a Gen 2 echo and its better than the gen 3 dots I have by a fair margin but you pay up to double for the echo. While its good as a bedroom or kitchen speaker its still far from hifi in my view.

If you just want dots for control rather than sound then bear in mind the dots up to Gen2 are powered by USB but the Gen3 has a dedicated mains supply meaning it takes up a mains outlet where as the earlier version can be run off USB ports and battery banks.

Any echo can control lights but Philips Hue lights require a bridge as an interface between the Echo/dots and the lights. The more expensive Echo Plus has this bridge built in. Bulbs from makers such as TP Link don't require a bridge but each light bulb becomes an individual connection via the router which isn't always ideal in a large setup.

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Amazon get to listen more clearly to everything going on in your household.
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GCHQ are finding the Amazon Echo and Alexa a great source of intel. Developed by the CIA don't you know

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