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Onkyo vc-gx30 Google Assisted Speaker £49.95 @ Richer Sounds
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Onkyo vc-gx30 Google Assisted Speaker £49.95 @ Richer Sounds

£49.95£69.9529%Richer Sounds Deals
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Posted 19th Nov 2018
Looking for a google speaker.Seen these advertised in Richer Sounds @£69.95 a couple days . Scan in-store at £49.95...on their website now at this price now. wow! Maybe I am a VIP member. Easy to sign up to.. Great Google assisted speaker.. way better sound that google home and comparable to JBL link20, but cost a fraction of the price..
RRP £ 145
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Manufacturer's page for full details: nl.onkyo.com/en/…tml

"Let the Onkyo VC-GX30 speaker be the hub of your home entertainment – with Google Assistant on hand to serve all your requests.

Google Assistant built-in
With Google Assistant built-in, the Onkyo VC-GX30 is one of the smartest speakers around. Just talk to the speaker to stream music, find answers on Google Search (the world’s most popular search engine), manage everyday tasks and control other smart devices. Just say ‘OK Google’ and let the fun begin.

Chromecast built-in
Chromecast lets you stream music, podcasts and audio apps, including Google Play. Having it built-in saves the battery life on your phone as the phone's Bluetooth transmission system isn't used for this purpose. Being able to stream straight from the cloud also gives the best audio quality.

Home automation
Compatible with other smart appliances, the VC-GX30 is the hub of your home automation. Control products such as Philips Hue lighting and SmartThings, simply by speaking to the Onkyo.

One app controls it all
Download the Google Home app and you’ve got effortless control of your home entertainment. Integrate all your favourite streaming music services for voice activation. You can also cast audio from supported mobile devices, laptops and PCs.

Onkyo sound quality
Tuned for crystal-clear clarity, the VC-GX30 uses a non-resonant, wooden cabinet rather than an inferior-sounding plastic one. Custom two-way speakers offer a genuine taste of Hi-Fi with excellent resolution from bass to the highest treble notes. One listen and you’ll soon appreciate Onkyo’s 70 years of audio heritage.

Stylish good looks
Compact enough to place almost anywhere but stylish enough to stand out, the VC-GX30 is an eye-catcher. Rounded edges and a perforated grille reduce the speaker’s visual bulk for a neat-looking speaker. Simply choose between black or white – whichever suits your home best.

With access to a whole host of functions, the Onkyo VG-GX30 is at your command."
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FEATURES LIST
  • With the Google Assistant built-in
  • Comes with Chromecast built-in for voice-automated media streaming to Chromecast-enabled speakers and other audio and A/V systems
  • Voice control for home automation with compliant devices
  • Crafted for premium high-fidelity sound by expert Onkyo engineers
  • Non-resonant computer-modeled wood enclosure with gloss finish
  • Robust and stylish baffle grille for protection
  • Custom woofer with massive magnet and soft-dome tweeter for deep bass, rich mid-range, and clear high-frequency sound
  • Efficient and powerful switching amplification system with noise reduction technology
  • 5 GHz/2.4 GHz Wi-Fi® for stable audio streaming
  • Plays music from popular music-on-demand network services
  • Simple setup with the Google Home app for iPhone, iPad, Android™ devices and Chromebook, Mac, and Windows® PC
  • Plug-and-play connection

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28 Comments
Magnificent deal. This has the same Google ability as the Google home?
Looks like an excellent deal - thanks for posting
All the abilities except the CALLING features... can do Philips Hue, Nest and also chromecast abilities.. just not portable like JBL link series but the Sound from this device is Amazing especially at this price considering a Google Mini is £29. Better speaker than Google Home if Google Assisted is what you want.
Wow. Stonking deal! I've picked another up for my living room. Crazy not to at this price.
Great price
Ssslllllll30 m ago

All the abilities except the CALLING features... can do Philips Hue, Nest …All the abilities except the CALLING features... can do Philips Hue, Nest and also chromecast abilities.. just not portable like JBL link series but the Sound from this device is Amazing especially at this price considering a Google Mini is £29. Better speaker than Google Home if Google Assisted is what you want.


You should include that important info in the deal description.
Can I stream music from youtube and free Spotify or does it only work with subscription services
charlie18200819/11/2018 17:40

Can I stream music from youtube and free Spotify or does it only work with …Can I stream music from youtube and free Spotify or does it only work with subscription services


support.google.com/goo…-GB

Only subscription based one. And it has to be registered within your Google Home App. Free music like YouTube and Spotify cannot be streamed to any google assisted speaker. However if you have *music* in your library, you can upload it to Google Music to stream to this device.
Bear in mind, it will allow you to say ( Hey Google, play playlist *my album* ) and not choose an artist or song name ,unless paid for subscription. However ,in time, Google will *learn* your music choice and sometimes play your popular songs.

A link above to what google assistant can do except as said the CALLING features which only GOOGLE branded speakers can.

Hope the link helps..
Ssslllllll19/11/2018 18:09

https://support.google.com/googlehome/answer/7130274?hl=en-GBOnly …https://support.google.com/googlehome/answer/7130274?hl=en-GBOnly subscription based one. And it has to be registered within your Google Home App. Free music like YouTube and Spotify cannot be streamed to any google assisted speaker. However if you have *music* in your library, you can upload it to Google Music to stream to this device.Bear in mind, it will allow you to say ( Hey Google, play playlist *my album* ) and not choose an artist or song name ,unless paid for subscription. However ,in time, Google will *learn* your music choice and sometimes play your popular songs.A link above to what google assistant can do except as said the CALLING features which only GOOGLE branded speakers can. Hope the link helps..


Nice one thanks for the reply. Is there a way I can stream youtube/ free Spotify from my phone over Bluetooth.
charlie18200819/11/2018 18:12

Nice one thanks for the reply. Is there a way I can stream youtube/ free … Nice one thanks for the reply. Is there a way I can stream youtube/ free Spotify from my phone over Bluetooth.


That would be perfectly fine..👌
charlie18200819/11/2018 18:12

Nice one thanks for the reply. Is there a way I can stream youtube/ free …Nice one thanks for the reply. Is there a way I can stream youtube/ free Spotify from my phone over Bluetooth.


Yep, you can connect via Bluetooth.
creepyg2 m ago

Yep, you can connect via Bluetooth.


Cheers
Is Onkyo any good? Never heard of it before.

The name sounds a bit like a yogurt!!
From this Review and others it seems a fantastic deal. Better sound than the home and only beaten by the Home Max and Sonos. At the time of these reviews, only a few months ago, this was £150. At £50 it’s a steal.

Does odd anyone know if you can link more than one together at all? Make a fantastic 2.1 setup
jonnypb5 m ago

Is Onkyo any good? Never heard of it before.The name sounds a bit like a …Is Onkyo any good? Never heard of it before.The name sounds a bit like a yogurt!!


No it is rubbish, equal to Bush or Techniks
jonnypb23 m ago

Is Onkyo any good? Never heard of it before.The name sounds a bit like a …Is Onkyo any good? Never heard of it before.The name sounds a bit like a yogurt!!


Is Apple any good? Sounds like a fruit to me!!!


Onkyo is quality BRAND .

eu.onkyo.com/en/…tml

With plenty awards given: onkyo.com/awa…st/

I have had a few bluetooth/ google assisted/ speakers ...and the Sound produced on this is quite amazing. Try it out @Richer Sounds.. you won't be disappointed especially at this price..

Thought I'll share a good deal with you guys!!! 😁
Ordered just what I was looking for, thanks for posting.
I brought this few months ago for £99 (down from £149) and was happy with sound quality compared with the regular Google home. It of course beats the mini but also the home hub. Defo worth £49.99. Shame it doesn't seem possible to setup in stereo otherwise I'd pick up another.
jonnypb3 h, 5 m ago

Is Onkyo any good? Never heard of it before.The name sounds a bit like a …Is Onkyo any good? Never heard of it before.The name sounds a bit like a yogurt!!


Onkyo is one of the best brands in audio. It is a well established Japanese brand and you have not heard of it as it is expensive and you do not find it in typical shops. This is a premium brand, got my first Onkyo speakers 20 years ago and are still better than most new speakers. Onkyo is in the same category with Denon, Bose, Yamaha in my opinion.
Edited by: "sheffield788" 19th Nov 2018
scottyb19th Nov

I brought this few months ago for £99 (down from £149) and was happy with s …I brought this few months ago for £99 (down from £149) and was happy with sound quality compared with the regular Google home. It of course beats the mini but also the home hub. Defo worth £49.99. Shame it doesn't seem possible to setup in stereo otherwise I'd pick up another.


No way to set up as stereo BUT can still cast it on multiple speakers as in a GROUP.. support.google.com/goo…-GB 😄
Been looking for a wireless speaker for my sister, she has iPhone and ipod, should this be fine for her to use with those? Would the similar onkyo alexa one be better?
Drago_MkII23/11/2018 00:45

Been looking for a wireless speaker for my sister, she has iPhone and …Been looking for a wireless speaker for my sister, she has iPhone and ipod, should this be fine for her to use with those? Would the similar onkyo alexa one be better?


Hiya. That is a really down to which route she prefers to go.
If it is just Bluetooth then there are alternatives available.. but the question between Google v Alexa depends in what echo system u wanna head down... trustedreviews.com/opi…865

Hope this helps..
Ssslllllll23/11/2018 20:30

Hiya. That is a really down to which route she prefers to go.If it is just …Hiya. That is a really down to which route she prefers to go.If it is just Bluetooth then there are alternatives available.. but the question between Google v Alexa depends in what echo system u wanna head down... https://www.trustedreviews.com/opinion/google-assistant-vs-alexa-3370865Hope this helps..



Thanks very much. Its just wireless for music I think really, not sure how much the assistant stuff would get used. Im just struggling to find anything that seems better at this price point amid the black Friday deluge.
Drago_MkII13 h, 59 m ago

Thanks very much. Its just wireless for music I think really, not sure how …Thanks very much. Its just wireless for music I think really, not sure how much the assistant stuff would get used. Im just struggling to find anything that seems better at this price point amid the black Friday deluge.


You're welcome. Choosing a speaker is a minefield.. portability, battery life, sound, size, functions etc etc. Personally I have normal Bluetooth speaker old Gear 4, a G mini, Link 10 and now this. Google assisted is my personal preference. Out of all those Link is portable and can be use on hols near pool, but sound wise the Onkyo beats them all hands down...

I see they are advertising JBL link 20 ( bigger bro of Link 10) @ £89 @currys . Great sound, portable but bulky.
The JBL can be linked in stereo too. 😁

Its purely down to personal choice.
If you buy this once connected there is a firmware update that locks out Google for about twenty or so minutes. You will see a stream of blue lights across the front once it's accepted the firmware. I thought it had bricked but after a couple of power downs it came back on so bear with it as it takes a while. This is much better sounding speaker than the Google home
Edited by: "caverncity" 26th Nov 2018
I was initially very enthusiastic about this device/speaker, but that waned due to the speaker being a little too bass heavy - which can make it both uncomfortable to listen to and difficult to balance with spoken word.

I thought I wanted a good quality kitchen speaker with bluetooth and aux-in. We can't pick up radio at the back of our house (hill and valley) so the streamed radio sounded appealing.

Setting it up was a bit tricky for me, as it requires an Android or iOS device with the Google Home app, personally I don't have either. So had to lean on my partner. The setup was painless. But I think it's required before you can use it.

It's a small speaker that is fairly non-descript. Onkyo claims to have a wooden surround on this, but it looks like it has a vinyl/wrap - so I figure it's MDF. It has a beefy plastic grate - which I'd worry about obscuring the speaker/sound. Anyway it's small enough to not care about. It has one detachable power input so your limitation in placement is finding a socket nearby - this hasn't a battery.

When I first set it up, we had it sitting in our small front room (3mx4m) on a speaker stand, with a good foot or so around. I was really impressed with the amount of sound that came out of it. The speaker due to it's size can be discretely placed. It wants for something like a bookshelf but this can compound its boominess.

For those like me not used to the Google assistant, it's difficult at first trying to get to grips with what it is, and what it can do. And I'm still exploring the features. In the home app you can partner it with a default music provider (Google play, Deezer, Spotify - not Tidal yet), and then you can request music by voice. Which is pretty amazing if it works.

BBC radio and TuneIn are there for the radio 'Play BBC radio 4 on the BBC', or 'Play NPR on TuneIn'. The BBC streams are good, but I don't seem to be able to buffer/rewind/forward/pause the stream.

Podcasts are kind of magically available, but they are difficult to locate. Play 'XYZ podcast', will play the latest. It doesn't appear to bookmark where you get to which is frustrating.

Anyway, back to the speaker and the sound. This thing has some oomph. I set the volume level at about 50%, this is loud for music (apart from say Radio 3/Classics), but poor for voice based material it needs to be elevated for that. Radio 4 I have to turn up - but you'll find music segments/jingles/trailers become overpowering. Music is slightly too weighty, yet voice could be elevated. This wasn't so bad for me when I had the speaker initially placed in our front room on a stand. But in our smaller kitchen, I can't find placement that doesn't exaggerate the problem.

I haven't tested the bluetooth fully, but I tried it with an album and the sound didn't appear to be as nice as streamed BBC radio.

The chromecast element of the speaker is useful, in as much as I can push from Google Chrome Spotify, which is a little back to front.

I'm still in two minds about the speaker, there's part of me that wishes I'd just wired up a proper stereo in the kitchen, or found a good unit that suits voice better.

You can Google search with the speaker/assistant, and that's pretty neat. You can do that while listening to the radio too. I find I want to radio hop a lot (due to the amount of dirge on the BBC), and this is exhausting (Google do this, Google do that), I could do with some shortcuts. And I'd like a skip button on the radio, with pause and rewind. I also thought I might get access to most of BBC iPlayer, but the BBC support is limited (I can only hope they incorporate the BBC Sounds app later). I've gotten a little frustrated with live radio, and part of me thinks why even bother with access to streaming. If you could mix your own streams it would be great.

Back to the speaker. For £50, it's great value, especially with the Richer guarantee. But, do consider the alternative of perhaps an old Android device over Bluetooth/Cable (would this work or does the Assistant struggle?). Or a Raspberry Pi and small amp and speakers. If you like casting, you could always buy a cast device and connect up. A second hand amp and some cheap speakers could come in under £100.

It's a remarkable bit of technology in a small portable unit, slightly let down by the sound profile (but this is source and song dependent). Repetitive beats and strumming bass can be a headache for me and likely close neighbours. However some music is quite delightful and revealing on the speaker. Sometimes I'm very happy with its projection. Space and speaker spikes could help it.

In some ways I find listening to radio (with lots of spoken segments) easier on the ear from our bog standard TV. And our other stereo in the house is better for music. That said, neither are as handy as the Onkyo - and for the amount of technology crammed into the box, partnered with say a Spotify account there is not much to dislike here. If someone had demonstrated this beast in the 90s (working as today) I would have been blown away!
Edited by: "BucketMan" 29th Dec 2018
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