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Spitfire
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Spitfire posted on Tue, Jan 10 2017 1:50 PM

Hello!

I am currently upgrading my beosound 3200 to be able to listen through services such as spotify, wirelessly.

I have bought cables from steve at sounsdheavenly (an aux splitter and aux to 3.5mm, because i also have a beolink passive).

Now, I was planning to buy an airport express of course to be able to stream spotify via airplay. But I recently came across the echo dot and I wonder if it could serve the same purpose of the airport express? It would surely be nice to be able to tell alexa to play spotify, although I would also like to be able to control it via my iphone. I read that Spotify Connect works with the echo, but im not sure if it will work with the beosound set up.

So mainly, can i replace the airport express with the echo dot and if so, what am I compromising?

Thanks!

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moxxey replied on Tue, Jan 10 2017 2:31 PM

Spitfire:

So mainly, can i replace the airport express with the echo dot and if so, what am I compromising?

The Express is supposed to extend your wi-fi across your home, so you'd lose that functionality. But you can have both? Just remove the cable from the Express and use it for extending your network.

It's true you can connect an Echo direct to your speakers and use it to control your music. For Spotify, you'd link it to Echo and then use voice control to play your music direct to the speakers via your cable.

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Peter replied on Tue, Jan 10 2017 6:54 PM

I use an echo dot with Beolab 4000s - it works both with Amazon music and spotify as well as also playing radio channels and a myriad of other functions. Quite frankly brilliant. You can use your phone to control it but you won't.

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Peter:

I use an echo dot with Beolab 4000s - it works both with Amazon music and spotify as well as also playing radio channels and a myriad of other functions. Quite frankly brilliant. You can use your phone to control it but you won't.

Im waiting patiently for the google equivalent to come to the uk. I'm happy enough to just play my own music without paying subscriptions and so currently have uploaded my ipod contents to google play music (50 thousand songs allowed, upto 320kbps, for free). Of course while I'm waiting I can play them via TV chromecast or audio chromecast into my 80's BM5000, controlled by either Chrome browser, phone or tablet. Maybe worth bearing in mind now that the last few products b&o have released have inbuilt chromecast facilities! 

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