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What is the smart speaker


Called yet connected it's first, a high tech product, then it's a speaker connected directly to the internet through the Wi-Fi. High Tech product - smart speaker - cheap   This connection allows you to benefit from an integrated voice assistant.

Initially, the original main function was music streaming but it was not interesting. Today several functions have been added to give a plus and leave a simple speaker.

Several manufacturers make sound quality their first goal, while for these qualities come last.

An intelligent speaker (often portable speaker) will allow you to listen to music in two ways:

- By Bluetooth from a smartphone or tablet,
- By streaming from apps.

Several forms and models exist, the wireless or portable speaker, the compact speaker, the multiroom speaker, the small speaker or the large speaker.

How it works ?

Speakers use applications called skills. And by adding these skills to Amazon Alexa parent apps for Amazon Echo, etc., Google Assistant for Google, etc. and Siri for Apple, previously downloaded, you can access the desired functions.

Thanks to these skills, we will be able to add interactive features to the speaker: radio, games, traffic, newspapers, etc..

For the field of home automation, it is necessary to activate the skill on the speaker and the appropriate application on a smartphone.

What to expect ?

The possibilities of use are numerous. The most common are:

- listen to music in multiroom,
- make calls,
- listen to the news,
- ask questions,
- schedule alarms and timers,
- check weather and sports results,
- manage lists of things to do,
- schedule your purchases or make a reservation,
- pilot the house by having the necessary kit,
- lock the doors,
- centralize control of home systems,
- etc.

The driving is usually done by voice.

Range of Amazon


The Amazon company, a pioneer in this field, presents several models of High Tech articles:

- The Amazon Echo "classic" aka Alexa, ideal for homes,
- the Amazon Tap, easier to transport,
- the Echo Dot, very small.

Amazon Echo (2nd generation)

Caracteristics :

- it measures 148 mm in height and 88 mm in diameter,
- it weighs 0.821 kg,
- it has a double bandwidth,
- it uses Wi-Fi comptible with 802.11a/b/g/n,
- it does not use ad-hoc (or peer-to-peer),
- it has a built-in Bluetooth chip.

Application :

Once set correctly, it automatically connects to Wi-Fi in the home.

To control the device, the user must go through a dedicated application compatible with Android, iOS and Fire iOS (Amazon's own system).

Audio, it owns:

- seven microphones that capture the voice of the user while reducing noise,
- a baffle of 5 centimeters,
- a speaker reproducing high-pitched sounds,
- Dolby sound, immersive and omnidirectional with clear vocals, clear highs and deep bass.

The Alexa app is compatible with almost any device.

New Echo Plus (2nd generation)

Caracteristics :

- it measures: 148 mm of height and 99 mm of diameter,
- it weighs 0.954 kg,
- it has a double bandwidth,
- it uses Wi-Fi compatible with 802.11a/b/g/n,
- it does not use ad-hoc (or peer-to-peer),
- it has a built-in Bluetooth chip.

Application :

Audio, it owns:

- seven microphones that capture the user's voice while reducing noise,
- a baffle of 5 centimeters,
- premium speakers with 360 ° Dolby sound.

Echo Dot (2nd et 3rd generations)

Caracteristics :

- measures 32 mm in height and 84 mm in diameter for the 2,
- measures 43 mm in height and 99 mm in diameter for the 3,
- they weigh less than 200 g,

Audio:

   It owns :
- an integrated loudspeaker operating as a connected alarm clock,
- seven far field microphones,

Application :

- These are hands-free devices, controlled by voice and use Alexa for several possibilities, etc.,

- Object control can be done (home automation).
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Giant's range


The giant has also launched three High Tech products called "Home" :

- the Home,
- the Max,
- the Mini.

He has integrated all his armada, Gmail, Google Photos, Google Drive and others to make the most of it.

He has integrated several features into his devices. Those not listed require the use of other tools and services.

The Home

Caracteristics :

- it has no buttons, its upper part is touch,
- it is equipped with a loudspeaker and several multidirectional microphones.

Home is a voice-activated speaker. It uses the Google Assistant. It perceives the questions and he is able to do a lot of things.


The Max

It's a premium, smart and connected speaker. Personalization is the focus of Google in this device. Thus, in a home of several people, it distinguishes voices and is not mistaken when someone asks her to do something for him.

The Mini

This is the little brother of the first Google Home. It comes in the form of a small pebble running Google Assistant, Google's artificial intelligence. 

It is a system of entertainment, assistance and control of connected objects, able to respond to the voice requests of the user. It can also access all services offered by Google.

Audio:

- two omnidirectional pickups,
- a 40 mm speaker,
- volume control is done by tapping on the sides of the device to increase or decrease the sound.
The only physical touch of the device is at the back of the speaker. It is used to activate or deactivate the microphone of the assistant.


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Apple's range


Apple has already launched its product in 2018: The HomePod who wants to be the rival of Google and Amazon. For this, he bets on the quality of his product.

Caracteristics :

- it measures 170 mm in height and 142 mm in diameter,
- it weighs 2.5 kg,
- it is wireless and has Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

Audio :

- seven horn tweeters, each with its own specific amplifier,
- six microphones and deep bass,
- dynamic treatment worthy of a professional studio.

It has been presented as a "Home Assistant", to which it is possible to assign a lot of requests (weather, internet search, news) that it will deal with the Assistant Siri.


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Other speakers


Here are some of the smart speakers that are currently on the market:

- Sony LF-S50G,
- Onkyo smart speaker P3 et V3,
- Panasonic SC-GA10,
- JBL Link20,
- Libratone Zipp,
- Harman Kardon Allure & Invoke,
- LG ThinQ.

And then there is a speaker that emerges from all the others. This is the Sonos one. It is certainly one of the best models on the market. It has sound power with impeccable sound quality and stereo sound.

This compact Wi-Fi speaker Sonos is sold in France but does not yet have all the news: Alexa, Google Assistant, AirPlay 2 for the French language.

Sonos One

- Uses Amazon's Alexa technology
- Equipped with multiple microphones.

Harman Kardon

- Dimensions 193 mm high and 166 mm wide,
- Uses Alexa from Amazon,
- Built around 4 microphones.

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Comparison


The factors that drive you to buy this or that speaker are:

- The quality of voice assistants and compatible applications,
- Sound quality, sound and amplification of the speaker or loudspeakers,
- The design, the hands-free kit,
- Cheap speakers at the lowest price.

Cheap: Smart speaker  In 2017, Amazon's Alexa ranked first in sales with 70% of the market, while Google Home ranked second with 23% Sales.

Since the beginning of 2018, another speaker is talking about it, it is the Sony LF-S50G which has an irreproachable quality of sound and other new functions.
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