Cheap wifi speaker as tts player


#1

I am looking for a chep wifi, not bt speaker to use for tts. Any suggestions? Sonos amd likes are too pricey


#2

Google Home Mini


#3

I really dont need Google assistant. Only a local speaker


#4

Welll, you asked for a cheap WLAN speaker and the Google Home Mini is about 35€.


#5

I know. But allergic to all named google. I ordered a Jam Symphony.


#6

Does that speaker integrate easily with HA?


#7

I dont know yet. We jave to see when it arrive


#8

Im in the same boat, cannot get Google TTS to work with sonos, I have a google home mini, but my girlfriend does not like the idea of google home/alexa devices always listening. Can you disable the mic. on Google Home and just use it as a speaker?


#9

How about a build your own… https://www.home-assistant.io/components/media_player.snapcast/


#10

That device is based on the latest version of LinkPlay (latest verion simply adds Amazon Alexa feature).

There are many brands of speakers using the LinkPlay protocol (iEast, AudioCast, August, JAM, etc). It has been reverse-engineered and the speaker can be controlled using HTTP commands. There are a few existing threads in this forum discussing LinkPlay (and I believe at least one person has created a custom component):
https://community.home-assistant.io/search?q=linkplay

Be aware that these speakers can do things on your network without your knowledge. For example, I have an August speaker (also uses LinkPlay) and, after I installed pi-hole on my network, discovered the speaker was pinging a (Chinese) web-site every 2 seconds. No idea why it needed to do that so I redirected it to ping itself (and it has not affected its ability to play music).

One other thing, it needs your WiFi password to connect to your WiFi network … and stores it unencrypted. If I recall correctly, at least one of the HTTP commands returns general information about the speaker, including the WiFi password. Not the best approach for securing passwords …


#12

Hi Yuran,
very interested in the Jam Symphony as well.
Let us know if it works ok with HA

thank you


#13

Thanks for the info. Will keep it in mind