Onkyo unveiled the game-changing Smart Speaker G3 (VC-GX30) combining intelligence of the Google Assistant and Chromecast built-in multi-room music streaming with Onkyo’s acclaimed high-fidelity sound.
Smart Speaker G3 is Onkyo’s first speaker to leverage the Google Assistant in providing voice-controlled information, audio entertainment distribution, and home automation in a hands-free package capable of serving immersive hi-fi sound.
Smart Speaker G3 can answer questions, provide weather and traffic updates, read out recipes, set reminders, provide travel information, and enable online shopping just by voice. The Google Assistant offers compatibility with leading home automation apps for smart device control, allowing users to perform a variety of tasks such as adjusting room temperature and controlling lights by voice.
As well as requesting any music for playback on Smart Speaker G3, users can stream from integrated services including Google Play Music and TuneIn to Chromecast built-in speakers, AV systems, and hi-fi components in any room. Just say “Ok Google” and request a song. Operations such as volume control and song selection can be performed by voice via Smart Speaker G3.
Audio entertainment from apps supporting Chromecast built-in for iPad, iPhone, Android phones and tablets, Windows PC, Mac, and Chromebook can also be streamed to wireless speakers, soundbars, AVRs, and hi-fi systems by tapping the “cast” icon. With a variety of products supporting Chromecast built-in, including popular models from Onkyo and Pioneer, families can enjoy seamless voice-activated multi-room audio over 5GHz/2.4GHz Wi-Fi on their choice of device.
With millions embracing AI in connected homes, Onkyo anticipates Smart Speaker G3 will appeal to people seeking a solution with authentic hi-fi credentials earned over a 70-year history. Those with AVRs, soundbars, and wireless speakers featuring Chromecast built-in also gain an affordable upgrade path to voice-controlled multi-room playback.