Fire TV Stick 4K Max: Alexa brings home theater PlayStation to Echo speakers

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Amazon expands the audio capabilities of the Fire TV Stick 4K Max by expanding the ability to use the Echo speaker as a standalone speaker. It can broadcast not only the sound of streaming apps running on it to an Echo, but also from devices connected to the television.

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Fire TV Stick 4K Max via eARC

The final aspect of the Alexa home theater function is the real innovation, as Fire TV devices can already output their sound to compatible Echo devices — even in Dolby Atmos in connection with one or more Echo Studios — with the new Fire TV Stick 4K Max. with. Now being expanded to play audio from other HDMI sources. The prerequisite for this is that the Fire TV Stick 4K Max operates in the TV’s HDMI-EARC connection, which can transmit an audio signal in both directions. The sound of a game console or cable receiver can also be output through an Echo loudspeaker. Amazon explains step by step how to connect Echo speakers to Fire TV devices via Alexa Home Theater in a manual,

The update is rolling out in waves and will be completed in the next few weeks.

Fire TV Smart Home Dashboard

Amazon has already released a new smart home dashboard for Fire TV devices only in the United States and Canada that looks similar to the dashboard on Fire tablets and Echo Show devices. Alexa-connected devices can be quickly turned on or off via controllers through the dashboard and integrated cameras with a preview image. The user only gets a live image when he selects the camera. Amazon is looking to add groups and support for smart thermostats to the Dashboard next year.

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Ultra HD and Dolby Atmos on Sonos

In addition to your own devices, music can now also be played on Sonos speakers in Ultra HD with 24bit and 48kHz and Dolby Atmos via Amazon Music. For this purpose, Sonos provides an update of the Sonos S2 app. Dolby Atmos is available on Sonos Arc and Beam (Gen 2). Sonos also offers Finished S2 Products ListWho can play music in Ultra HD on Amazon Music. On the “Now Playing” screen, users can view the audio quality in which music is streamed to the speaker.

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