You can create a simple, yet powerful multi-zone audio system with in-wall and in-ceiling speakers centered around Amazon's Alexa. An Alexa device called the Echo Dot (purchased from Amazon) is used as both the source and volume control for each zone.
A single zone can consist of multiple rooms and/or multiple speakers. The concept works best for 4 or more zones. You can put together a similar setup for 1 to 3 zones by utilizing 1 to 3 of our PLA-240ADS stereo amplifiers in place of one of our 12-channel amplifiers.
When cables cannot be run to a central location, please consider Hybrid Wireless
To create an Alexa-centric whole-house audio system you will need:
- An Echo Dot (gen 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5) - discretely installed in the ceiling or wall of every room using one of our proprietary Voice Assistant Kits and connected via a single Cat 5 or higher cable run to a central location
- Speakers - installed in the ceiling or wall of every room, with speaker cable run back to the central location
- A specialized multi-channel amplifier - located at the central location (model DMA-1240, DMA-1275, or DMA-1240ADS)
The end result will allow you to:
- Listen to a unique or shared audio stream of music, podcasts, or Fire TV in every zone. Take advantage of all of the streaming service content available through Alexa, including Spotify, Pandora, Prime Music, Apple Music and more.
- Use Amazon's Fire TV to listen to TV audio, in sync with the video, through the speakers in a room or any combination of rooms
- Issue commands and questions to Alexa and have her responses heard through the same speakers
- Control each room independently or in groups using voice commands or apps on your smart phones and tablets
- Take advantage of all of Alexa’s smart home and control features, including the ability to intercom between zones using “drop in”
- Unique to amplifier model DMA-1240ADS: Add a second audio source to individual zones or combination of zones, but always give priority to Alexa’s voice responses and audio streaming. Note that these audio sources must have their own way to control volume, either manually, via an app, remote control, etc.
- Unique to amplifier model DMA-1240ADS: Connect an Echo Dot to the master Override input and then pair it with your Ring video doorbell. Use the 6-pin dip switch to determine which zones hear the doorbell and other announcements. Then use the other Dots spread throughout the home to communicate back and forth with the front door.
How to prepare your home:
- Identify a central location for the amplifier. We recommend adding a power tree with surge protection with an outlet for the amplifier plus one outlet for each Echo Dot that will be installed throughout the home.
- Run Cat 5 or higher cable from the central location to each Echo Dot. This will be used to power the Echo Dot and simultaneously return its audio to the amplifier.
- Run 2-conductor speaker cable that is UL approved for behind-the-wall installation (14 gauge or 16 gauge) from the central location to each speaker