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I am just starting to bench test my Elk M1 Gold. I would like to have some ability to annouce things throughout the house (like called ID information). At first I thought I would do this via the whole house audio system, but recently thought about using the ELK and it's independant speakers instead.

So I guess my first question is if it is possible. I have to assume I would be limited to the words available in the ELK library, so that may be my first problem. I'm not sure if I can get it to speak things like caller ID information since it is unique to each phone call.

So is anyone doing this or tried this? If it is possible, I think this solution is better than trying to integrate the whole house a/v system because that is comprised of three different devices (B&K CT600, and two Integra receivers). Having the Elk do this would be far easier to accomplish IMHO.
have a read here for a starter.

http://www.charmedquark.com/vb_forum//sh...php?t=6516

You will have better results using the TTS driver for CQC and your whole house audio.

Mick
Or You Could Buy a Nabaztag and It is very easy to use there TTS engine and Send Commands over the net reletivly easy

http://www.nabaztag.com

The Camper
No, you can't speak TTS or stuff like CID direct from the M1. You will have much better luck from CQC. I use the M1 to detect hook status though to know when the phone has been answered. I do pass the info to CQC and use its TTS and pipe it to my Nuvo whole house paging.

You could however still use CQC for TTS and use the M1's speakers if you have a bunch of them setup you want to use. The only problem is if the M1 and CQC tries to speak at the same time you can't get both. You can either take the M1's output and CQC output and throw them into a mixer and then to the Elk speaker, or you can get a little more elaborate with relays. You can have say the Elk as default but when CQC wants to speak, turn an ouput on that will toggle a relay and switch to CQC, then turn it back of to default.

Or, you can use something like the AB8SS.
Steve Wrote:No, you can't speak TTS or stuff like CID direct from the M1. You will have much better luck from CQC. I use the M1 to detect hook status though to know when the phone has been answered. I do pass the info to CQC and use its TTS and pipe it to my Nuvo whole house paging.

You could however still use CQC for TTS and use the M1's speakers if you have a bunch of them setup you want to use. The only problem is if the M1 and CQC tries to speak at the same time you can't get both. You can either take the M1's output and CQC output and throw them into a mixer and then to the Elk speaker, or you can get a little more elaborate with relays. You can have say the Elk as default but when CQC wants to speak, turn an ouput on that will toggle a relay and switch to CQC, then turn it back of to default.

Or, you can use something like the AB8SS.


That is some great information. Especially about using the ELK to monitor hook status. That way I can stop annoucing the CID information when the phone is answered.

I also like the idea of using the ELK speakers with both the ELK and TTS from the computer. But using the computer to do TTS is going to open up another bag of worms. Does anyone know if it is possible to send TTS out from the computer on it's own lineout? I use a Delta 410 audio card which has multiple channels out. But I also listen to Pandora Radio and I'm not sure that I can separate the TTS and the Pandora feed into two different outputs.

Can anyone confirm if you can/cannot put TTS or Pandora Radio on it's own line out?
The Camper Wrote:Or You Could Buy a Nabaztag and It is very easy to use there TTS engine and Send Commands over the net reletivly easy

www.nabaztag.com

The Camper

This looks great - the kids would love it and tying it to cqc (ie the house) would allow them to interact without the need for a (boring) touchscreen.