Denon HEOS to get Amazon Alexa voice integration
Denon US has announced a collaboration with Amazon to integrate Amazon Alexa hands-free voice service with their HEOS wireless multi-room sound platform.
What this means to HEOS users is that they will be able to control their HEOS products by using the Alexa voice service using natural speech instead of the HEOS app on an iOS, Android or Amazon Fire device. Users will be able to ask to play music, answer questions, get news and local information, control smart home products and more. The new music skill is expected to be available on all HEOS enabled devices by Q1 2017, although we’re still awaiting confirmation from Denon UK that the skill will land here.
“Denon has a 100-year history of performance, innovation and design, we have always been driven to provide the best possible audio experience to our customers—and we’re doing that with Amazon Alexa,” said Brendon Stead, SVP product development at Denon. “We see the recent shift towards voice as the preferred interface for searching, retrieving, and controlling music as a tremendously compelling arena where we can focus that heritage of technical excellence and innovation to deliver completely new experiences.”
“Amazon shares with Denon a passion for innovation and design,” said Steve Rabuchin, Vice President, Amazon Alexa. “We are excited to collaborate with them to bring hands-free voice control to premium audio products early next year. Soon HEOS and Amazon Alexa customers will be able to enjoy the convenience of the Alexa voice service plus high-quality home audio—getting us one step closer to our goal of enabling Alexa voice control on every device within customer’s homes.”
HEOS already delivers music from the just about all the world’s leading cloud sources like Amazon Music, Spotify, Pandora, TuneIn Internet Radio, iHeart Radio, TIDAL, Napster, Deezer and Soundcloud so Alexa style integration sounds like a very cool addition.
We’ll update once we’ve heard back from Denon UK.
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