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[The Source] Amazon Echo PLUS (ZigBee hub) -1st Gen. - $60

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[The Source] Amazon Echo PLUS (ZigBee hub) -1st Gen. - $60

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Any reason to get this over the 2nd gen for $50 @ amazon.ca?
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Psykopathik wrote: Any reason to get this over the 2nd gen for $50 @ amazon.ca?
This is the echo plus, has a built in hub and sounds better than the echo
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Could be a price error for this silver one - the White one is $159. And Amazon is still $169
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While you guys are debating, I bought it and will decide later.
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I'm sure it's a price error. They just dropped the 1 in the price.
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This is a FIRST gen Echo plus not the second gen Echo Plus which is $169. The PLUS versions have a Zigbee hub integrated so you do not need something like SmartThings or a Wink to use your smart devices
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Thanks op. Replacing a dot. Already have house full of 3 echo 2nd Gen's, 2 dot, 2 show 5's.

Add this to the mix
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This is the 1st gen, might be on clearance. The hub part isn’t really useful either (no zwave, no shared accounts, very limited controls in app..)
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I believe the main differences between the first and second Gen versions is a speaker upgrade and fabric exterior.
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MichaelSun wrote: oos
Too bad, I would have bought one in a heartbeat at that price. I have one already along with a newer gen Echo and some dots. This one sounds the best by quite a big margin IMO.
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This is 1st Gen. Amazon are about to launch 3rd gens. So it could be stock clearout. Also the included hub functionality is pretty much useless for anyone looking into seriously getting into home automation. The included hub supports Zigbee, but not Zwave, so you will be very limited to the the type of devices you could use.
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Seems like a good deal, but with so many compatibility issues between Zigbee devices and hubs, I wonder how compatible it is with the current array of Zigbee devices. Does anyone have one who can comment?
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Scote64 wrote: Seems like a good deal, but with so many compatibility issues between Zigbee devices and hubs, I wonder how compatible it is with the current array of Zigbee devices. Does anyone have one who can comment?
I have been using echo plus as hub with Phillips Hue(8) and Samsung smart things(6) for more than 1 year, everything is fine for now. No issues.
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Oomani wrote: I believe the main differences between the first and second Gen versions is a speaker upgrade and fabric exterior.
Downgrade actually, same 2.5" woofer, 0.7" tweeter vs 2" on 1st gen Echo/Echo Plus.
Shorter and fabric look yes.

They added Dolby processing, sounds warmer/bassy but less highs/clarity, sounds muddier.

3rd gen Echo/2nd gen Echo Plus may address that, haven't heard them side by side yet.
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Sweet. Got shipping notification this morning!
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I will return mine next week.
If anyone wants to buy it at cost from me, meet this Tuesday in downtown Montreal, send me a PM.

Box is new and unopened and will be returned next week if no one wants.

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