VAUX Wireless Home Speaker for Amazon Echo Dot Charcoal Black £39.99 @ Maplin
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VAUX Wireless Home Speaker for Amazon Echo Dot Charcoal Black £39.99 @ Maplin

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Found 6th Dec
My Echo Dot just got an upgrade with the vaux wireless home speaker at a great price!
Love it when upgrade tech deals means I can get a better product for cheaper than the current tech!

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RRP of £50 btw

Fatso6662 m ago

RRP of £50 btw


RRP means nowt.

Cheap for a semi integrated solution, but I don't think I've ever paid more than 5 or 6 quid for a BT speaker.

tek-monkey3 m ago

Cheap for a semi integrated solution, but I don't think I've ever paid …Cheap for a semi integrated solution, but I don't think I've ever paid more than 5 or 6 quid for a BT speaker.


It's not even a Bluetooth speaker, connects to the Echo Dot via 3.5mm jack
Edited by: "destix" 6th Dec

Bilbo196815 m ago

RRP means nowt.


More specifically its £49.99 on amazon right now

Heat added. It's the cheapest about now. It's a dock for the echo dot that makes it portable as well as louder and better sounding.

I had, and then subsequently sold, one of these - as you'd expect for the money it's not amazing as a speaker, and certainly came second by a fair margin in volume, bass and just general sound quality when side by side with our first generation Echo (which in itself is adequate but not amazing). However you probably buying it not for sound quality but because it makes it portable, and it does that part well, so it's a hot vote from me.

If you just want it portable this 10k battery dock is £16 with carrying strap:

vipon.com/pro…x_0

I've got one without the carrying malarkey, works a treat. Only paid £8 for it too, but its not avaialable on its own at that price anymore.

I had been eyeing its little sister the ‘dox’ at £35 from Amazon.

DOX | Portable Speaker for Amazon Echo Dot 2nd Generation
dox

A little frustrated the dot has gone up to £50 now as well.
Edited by: "cartzuk" 6th Dec

Seems like a cool idea but to be honest the dot sounds find to me. I just have it in bedrooms where I wouldn't want much more volume anyways

cartzuk3 h, 52 m ago

I had been eyeing its little sister the ‘dox’ at £35 from Amazon. DOX | Por …I had been eyeing its little sister the ‘dox’ at £35 from Amazon. DOX | Portable Speaker for Amazon Echo Dot 2nd Generation doxA little frustrated the dot has gone up to £50 now as well.


Note the product you linked isn't the dox by the same company that make the vaux (ninety7). It is a different product made by a different company. I don't believe that the dox that you are thinking of is available outside the US atm.
Edited by: "susdev" 6th Dec

I think this is a decent price as I was interested in getting one myself. However, I decided not to as it only has a 5000mAh battery (and you can find cheaper alternatives on Amazon with double this). One attractive feature of the vaux is its speaker, however after reading reviews a lot of people complain that the lowest volume setting is still very loud, which is a no go for me.
Edited by: "susdev" 6th Dec

tek-monkey4 h, 28 m ago

If you just want it portable this 10k battery dock is £16 with carrying …If you just want it portable this 10k battery dock is £16 with carrying strap:https://www.vipon.com/product/4629626?from=index_0I've got one without the carrying malarkey, works a treat. Only paid £8 for it too, but its not avaialable on its own at that price anymore.



Thanks, that is a good deal.

Can you charge these "speakers" whilst they are connected to the echo dot, which is still running?

fulous1 h, 1 m ago

Can you charge these "speakers" whilst they are connected to the echo dot, …Can you charge these "speakers" whilst they are connected to the echo dot, which is still running?


I don't own the speakers but the answer is yes.

susdev1 h, 22 m ago

I don't own the speakers but the answer is yes.


The how do you know? What I am asking for is the pass-through charging feature, which is very rare with most power bank or battery packs. Is this listed somewhere as an available feature? documentation available to me does not suggest that...

May be okay for someone who bought an Echo Dot and wish they'd gone for a bigger version. Otheriwse, this being an extra £40 spend, shouldn't you have just started with the 2nd gen Echo anyway

fulous1 h, 8 m ago

The how do you know? What I am asking for is the pass-through charging …The how do you know? What I am asking for is the pass-through charging feature, which is very rare with most power bank or battery packs. Is this listed somewhere as an available feature? documentation available to me does not suggest that...



I'm not sure why you'd second guess the charging capability. The video on the Maplin page shows it will charge with the Dot charger. To be honest, if you had to disconnect the Dot everytime you charge it, that's pretty darn stupid; not to mention that that would also take the Dot offline, since the only power plug will be going into the speakers to charge it.

Regarding power banks, I agree most instructions say that you should not use while charging, but I've always ignored that, and I can use them just fine.

bankbandit15 m ago

May be okay for someone who bought an Echo Dot and wish they'd gone for a …May be okay for someone who bought an Echo Dot and wish they'd gone for a bigger version. Otheriwse, this being an extra £40 spend, shouldn't you have just started with the 2nd gen Echo anyway


No, this has a battery pack, which means its portable, you can place it anywhere you like without having to connect it to the electrical socket. The 2nd Gen Echo is not wireless, it has to be connected to mains all the time...

fulous1 h, 21 m ago

No, this has a battery pack, which means its portable, you can place it …No, this has a battery pack, which means its portable, you can place it anywhere you like without having to connect it to the electrical socket. The 2nd Gen Echo is not wireless, it has to be connected to mains all the time...



Gotta say, in the two years I've owned my Echo, I've never once wondered to myself "oh, wish I could take my Echo with me around the house."

The battery is only 6 hours? I reckon it only takes someone couple of times of their Echo running out of power while they forgot about pluggin it back in, to learn the best way to use it is to have it plugged in all the time - the way it was always designed and intended.

Remember, the whole purpose of a voice assistant device is that it's always powered up, and ready for any impromtu request. 6 hours simply doesn't cut it.
Edited by: "bankbandit" 7th Dec

razorwire11 h, 19 m ago

I had, and then subsequently sold, one of these - as you'd expect for the …I had, and then subsequently sold, one of these - as you'd expect for the money it's not amazing as a speaker, and certainly came second by a fair margin in volume, bass and just general sound quality when side by side with our first generation Echo (which in itself is adequate but not amazing). However you probably buying it not for sound quality but because it makes it portable, and it does that part well, so it's a hot vote from me.


Same experience here. Sound quality is pretty poor, but if you want to take you echo into the garden or wherever it is OK, or perhaps if you just want to easily relocate your echo in the house during the day.

Probably better just buying a decent bluetooth speaker though.

bankbandit10 h, 38 m ago

Gotta say, in the two years I've owned my Echo, I've never once wondered …Gotta say, in the two years I've owned my Echo, I've never once wondered to myself "oh, wish I could take my Echo with me around the house."The battery is only 6 hours? I reckon it only takes someone couple of times of their Echo running out of power while they forgot about pluggin it back in, to learn the best way to use it is to have it plugged in all the time - the way it was always designed and intended.Remember, the whole purpose of a voice assistant device is that it's always powered up, and ready for any impromtu request. 6 hours simply doesn't cut it.




I totally agree, but I think this would be appropriate for special circumstances, e.g. if one does not have an echo for the kitchen, they may want to take the living room echo dot into the kitchen for the duration of their cooking, so that they may use the "recipes" skills or play music etc. Once they are done in the kitchen, they can then take the echo dot back into the living room and plug it. That way, one is able to move the dot between the two rooms without have to power it down.
Thats a special case though,...
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