Hybrid Wireless Zone Kit
New! Kit includes:
- PLA-240ADS amplifier with Auto Detect and Switch (ADS)TM. Provides 40 watts X 2 into 8 ohms, or 70 watts X 2 into 4 ohms which means you can connect one or two pairs of 8 ohm speakers. Use the auto-on feature to automatically power up the amplifier when an input source is detected and then return the amplifier to stand-by mode when no source is in use.
- Ceiling/Wall mount bracket with custom gasket that securely holds an Amazon Echo Dot (Gen 1&2).
- UL listed POE (long distance) power supply, power injector, and custom power/audio splitter with micro usb adapter
- Stereo 3.5mm audio adapter for the Echo Dot; stereo RCA audio adapter for the PLA-240ADS amplifier
- 2 grille cover options (one with modest trim similar to canned lighting; one "trimless" grille that covers the entire mount- same as our HDX and SDX speaker lines)
We have sold out of our most recent production of the Dot Kit brackets. We expect to be back in stock and ready to ship on May 3, 2019.
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Our innovative Hybrid Wireless Zone Kit provides all you need to custom install your Amazon Echo Dot (generation 1 and 2, sold separately at Amazon) into the ceiling or wall of any room and extend Alexa's audio output into our compact PLA-240ADS stereo amplifier. The PLA-240 includes ADS (Auto-Detect and Switch) which allows the amplifier to automatically switch between Alexa and any other audio source, giving Alexa priority.
Connect the Dot's audio signal into Input 1 on the PLA-240ADS and connect any other source with a variable analog output (TV, media player/streamer, gaming system, Zone output on a WHA system, etc.) into Input 2. Whenever you speak to Alexa or stream audio through the Dot, that signal takes over and is heard through your speakers.
The amp is compact and easily hides in your room - on a bookshelf, under a bed, behind the TV - and has enough power for one or two pairs of 8 ohm speakers.
Works great for one room, and even better when combined with multiple kits spread throughout your home. This is because multiple Echo Devices like the Dot can be grouped to play the same source at the same time.
Buy 4 or more Hybrid Wireless Zone Kits and get the 10-pair price on all of our in-ceiling, in-wall, and outdoor speakers for life (we will manually adjust your first order).
- 2 stereo RCA inputs; Input 1 is PRIMARY, Input 2 is SECONDARY
- 40 Watts per Channel at 8 ohms, both channels driven
- 70 Watts per Channel at 4 ohms, both channels driven
- Total Harmonic Distortion (THD) .07% at rated power
- Frequency response 10 Hz - 40 kHz (-3dB, 1 watt)
- Dimensions (HXWXD): 2 1/4" X 8 3/4" X 7 3/4" (please allow a minimum 1" of space behind amplifier for cables)
- Auto-on stand-by power: 5 watts
Unlike the Dot, the Google Home Mini does not include an audio output. It is possible to pair the Home Mini with a Chromecast Audio and then connect the Chromecast Audio’s output into your home stereo, whole-house system, or amplifier. In this way, you can issue a “Hey Google” command to the Home Mini to stream music out of the Chromecast Audio. However, if you ask a simple question like “Hey Google, what’s the weather forecast?”, the answer will come out of the Home Mini, not the Chromecast Audio. Maybe at some point in the future Google will provide a software option to fix this, but until then we will continue to recommend the Dot.
The Home Mini is also larger than the Dot and will not fit this particular bracket. If Google were to provide a patch that allows all of the audio output to stream through Chromecast or Bluetooth, we will likely create another bracket that works with it.
No, this kit is only compatible with Gen 1 and Gen 2. We are considering a similar solution for Gen 3 which requires a larger power supply and is too wide for our existing bracket. That said, there is no reason to pay for the more expensive Gen 3 while Gen 2 is still available. Compared to the Gen 2, Gen 3 provides improved sound quality, but since this mounting solution uses the 3.5mm audio output from the Dot and disables the built-in speaker, there is no performance benefit of using Gen 3 vs Gen 2 which is slightly smaller and less expensive.
The "Echo Input" is essentially the Dot without the built-in speaker. That is, it is exactly what you need for this application and nothing you don't. The Echo Input will fit in our existing mounting bracket but it requires a slight modification to the custom rubber gasket - you need to punch holes in it to allow the micro-USB power adapter and 3.5mm audio connector to insert properly. The "fit" with the gasket is not as perfect as it is with the Echo Dot (Gen 1&2) but with careful attention, it does work. We are considering a unique solution for the Echo Input but this would not be released until mid-2019, if ever.
The Amazon Echo Dot is extraordinarily stable compared to many devices that connect to your WiFi network. But should the Dot ever need to be power cycled, simply unplug the power supply from the wall, wait a few seconds, and plug it back in.
You can adjust the output volume of the Dot using your voice ("Alexa, volume up", "Alexa, volume 8", etc.) or from within the Alexa app. There is also a volume knob on the amplifier, but it is intended to be "set and forget". That is, in most cases, you will set that knob to the maximum volume you'd ever want for your room. The volume you hear is then determined by the volume setting on either your Dot or the secondary source.
The device you connect to Input 2 on the amplifier must have its own analog variable output. You then use the volume control for that device to control its volume. Some examples: TV with analog out- use the remote control that came with the TV; media player or audio streamer- use the app for the device or the app for the service you are streaming.
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