Voice Control with Origin Acoustics


Voice Control with Origin Acoustics

New Valet Amplifier by Origin Acoustics Links to Popular Music Sources through Alexa voice control to create a simple, interactive four-zone system.


Origin Acoustics, a world leader in architectural audio products is proud to announce its foray into the world of voice controlled audio systems. The Valet amplifier integrates seamlessly with the Amazon Echo Dot to create a simple, interactive four-zone system. Featuring eight, 75w channels, the Valet amp can be connected to a broad range of speakers and provide the power necessary to drive them to substantial volume levels.

Each of the four stereo zones sports an RJ45 connection that sends power to the Dot over a standard CAT5 cable and also returns the audio signal to the amplifier via a proprietary balun. Taking advantage of the Dot’s audio output allows both music and Alexa’s voice to play through the room’s loudspeakers. This is a huge upgrade in audio quality from the Dot’s internal speaker or even the original Echo’s larger transducer.

Amazon Music, Spotify®, Pandora®, iHeartRadio and TuneIn libraries can all be accessed and played through the system directly from the Dot. External sources can also be played through the system and the Valet’s Patent Pending muting circuit will mute the source when Alexa is addressed and unmute when the appropriate action is completed. There is also a twelve-volt trigger for each zone that will allow for additional activation of third party devices upon Alexa being addressed.

Aesthetically blending the Dot into the room is made easy utilizing Origin’s patented Tool-less mounting system. The Dot can be ceiling mounted behind a perforated 6-inch speaker grille making it virtually invisible in the room but easily voice activated. Up to four Dot’s can be incorporated and since the Dots communicate with each other the entire home becomes an interactive playground.

The new Valet Amplifier is the joint Brainchild of Origin Acoustics Founder Jeremy Burkhardt and Joe Whitaker of The Thoughtful Home and CEDIA Board Member. 

We have seen voice activation take center stage as the technology has rapidly improved in recent years”, remarked Jeremy Burkhardt, Origins founder and CEO. “The Valet amplifier will make integrating this technology into even modest homes a reality for millions of homeowners across the nation“. 

One of the most requested devices in our market today is the Echo Dot. While it sits inside the consumer market segment there will finally be a product that allows The Echo and other devices to be treated “custom” and create profit potential to the industry“, says Joe Whitaker. “Finally a product has been made that can make these devices a part of the custom home, but also be a book to the builder market with a cost effective multiroom audio solution“.