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by Marc Rushton

31st August, 2017


The voice control market is heating up right now with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and Apple Siri all vying for top spot. Our money's on Alexa if this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas was anything to go by. Alexa has been integrated into everything from washing machines, coffee machines, light bulbs and loads more.

While Amazon and Alexa have not yet officially launched in Australia, like me, you may have googled a few workarounds and have Dots and Echos scattered around your home already.

You know Amazon have done something right when your five-year-old daughter can stroll through the house commanding Alexa to turn lights on and off, or play the Sing movie soundtrack in one room or all.

But it’s a new product from Origin Acoustics and Valet Amplifiers that promises to integrate Alexa into the home, smarter and neater than ever before.

Valet Amplifiers combine the best of architectural speakers and voice controlled audio. Amazon Music, Spotify, and other streaming services can all be accessed and played through Valet's system directly from the Dot.

With a patent-pending ceiling flush mount system, the Amazon Echo Dot can be mounted behind a perforated speaker grill making it virtually invisible.

The Valet amplifiers delivers fifty watts per channel and are available in four or six zone configurations. Both models send power to and return audio from up to four Echo Dots, using exclusive ground-breaking technology and all via a single CAT5 cable.

External sources can also be played through the amplifier and Valet’s muting circuit will quiet the source when Alexa is addressed and unmute when the appropriate action is completed.

It’s no surprise that Origin Acoustics are behind this next generation of multi-room integration. After all, they did invent the in-wall speaker.

The exact features are still a little sketchy and Origin are only teasing this technology for the moment.

With over 30 million Alexa units already sold to date, we have no doubt Alexa will likely emerge as the voice control champion.

For more information visit Valet Amplifiers.


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Marc Rushton

StereoNET’s Founder & Publisher and still buried deep in the review room auditioning everything from docks to soundbars, amplifiers and headphones. Marc is also the founder of the annual International HiFi Show.

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Tags: amazon alexa  origin acoustics  valet amplifiers  synergy audio visual