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Both of the units you mention support digital audio over Bluetooth. My secondary system has an Echo Dot that connects via Bluetooth to a Belkin Songstream HD, which then outputs via glass TOSLINK to my DAC. Works well. Once initially paired, I can tell the Echo Dot to connect or disconnect from the Bluetooth device via voice command.Note that at the current sale prices, both the gen 2 and gen3 Echo Dots are less expensive than the Echo Input.
Is Chromecast Audio being completely discontinued or is there a new version? Even though the Chromecast Audio offers optical out so I can use a DAC for the best SQ I prefer the voice interface of the Echo. I have a Dot connected to my basement work area system streaming Pandora. With the Chromecast it required me to use phone or tablet to change a song/station. With the Echo Dot all I need when I hear a song I don't like is tell Alexa to change it. Chromecast Audio for $15 is a steal, but I bought two 3rd gen Echo Dots for $20 ea. and I think they are a better value.
Finally got around to trying to hook up my Echo Dot 3 to my JBL LSR305s and I can't get analog out to work. I thought I saw a setting for it in Alexa but I can't find it now. Amazon's online support says to plug in the Echo, turn on speakers, connect the two and the Echo should automatically switch to analog out which it did notAny ideas as to what to try before I reset the device and start over?
I am using the Echo Dot 3 with my basement boom box that's powered by a class D amp. I just plugged in an 1/8" IC between the Dot and amp, turned it on, told Alexa to start Pandora. Works great. Do you have to switch something on the JBL's to connect to analog in? Do other analog sources work with the speakers? Where is the volume set on the Dot, and it is actually turned on? Another thing is the 1/8" connector barrel has to be very narrow or it wont seat fully into the jack on the Dot. The little yellow one that came with the Chromecast fits although it's pretty short.
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