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  1. Mark Kaplan's Avatar
    I ordered the silver model. I know a lot of people (including my wife) will ask why? Well, very simply, I love Cortana and I'm looking forward to comparing her with Alexa. The Skype integration is a big plus however Alexa has this now with her own messaging and calling capabilities. As Dan mentioned in his article, there really is no compelling reason to lay down $200 for this device. I just decided I want to try it out. I will update this thread once I receive the device. ETA 10/25.
    Harman Kardon Invoke – Voice Activated Speaker with Cortana
    10-22-2017 07:23 PM
  2. Scienceguy Labs's Avatar
    Awesome. I was really anticipating the Invoke, but as soon as I heard the price, I decided to hold off. Its build quality, Cortana functionality, and sound quality are probably worth the $199, but I just couldn't pull the trigger on it. Let us know that you think.
    Guytronic, Kavu2 and fatclue_98 like this.
    10-22-2017 08:35 PM
  3. bellyer's Avatar
    I bought a black Invoke at Best Buy today. A few hours in and I'm quite enjoying it. I've been a huge fan of Cortana since launch and love the recent improvements to the service, especially on the home automation front. There are a few things that take some work to figure out when it comes to figuring out the right way to ask/command certain tasks, like setting restaurant reservations through OpenTable. Overall though, the build quality and the sound and responsiveness to voice are terrific. Having used Cortana on our phones (Win10Mobile and Android) and on Surface Pro 4s and our Surface Studio, the Invoke seems to be the best implementation so far when it comes to the responsiveness to voice commands from me, my wife and my young kid. I'm looking forward to future improvements, but for now, I think I'll be pretty happy with it.
    10-22-2017 08:45 PM
  4. Mark Kaplan's Avatar
    In addition the two (Cortana & Alexa) will soon be able to access each other by voice command. I'm looking forward to seeing what owning both brings.
    10-22-2017 08:58 PM
  5. lmoritz's Avatar
    I bought one at Best Buy yesterday, and actually am quite impressed. The sound is excellent (at least as good overall as my Sonos Play:1 speakers). The build quality is exceptional. The Cortana functionality is as expected, with some nice touches, such as a continuing to play music in the background at a lower volume while engaging with you. The coming Alexa skills will push it even further.

    I was surprised when I heard the price was $199, considering the cost of the Echo's and Google Home's out there, but considering the hardware, the price is fair.
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    10-23-2017 10:35 AM
  6. gamo62's Avatar
    I bought the Graphite version at the MS store. Turns out they started selling them on the 20th. After the 10% student discount, I got it for $180 plus tax. I love it. Sounds great, and it was easy to set up. It looks gorgeous, and the build quality is solid.
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    10-23-2017 11:06 AM
  7. fdruid's Avatar
    I would, even I'd get it as an import. But I think it doesn't support Spanish, or my country. It sounds like a great device and most things that don't convince about it are flaws in the system (ie, Cortana, Windows).

    For example, how would this handle multiple users talking to it, using their calendar, playing their music?
    10-23-2017 11:07 AM
  8. lmoritz's Avatar
    @fdruid Unfortunately, it doesn't handle multiple users yet. I hope they get it because I could really use that capability.
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    10-23-2017 11:15 AM
  9. MirthRock's Avatar
    I ordered the silver model. I know a lot of people (including my wife) will ask why? Well, very simply, I love Cortana and I'm looking forward to comparing her with Alexa. The Skype integration is a big plus however Alexa has this now with her own messaging and calling capabilities. As Dan mentioned in his article, there really is no compelling reason to lay down $200 for this device. I just decided I want to try it out. I will update this thread once I receive the device. ETA 10/25.
    Harman Kardon Invoke – Voice Activated Speaker with Cortana
    I wish that the Poll associated with this post had an option for "No, I won't be burned by another product that Microsoft abandons in less than a year."
    10-23-2017 11:16 AM
  10. gregsedwards's Avatar
    I ordered mine online this morning for pick up at my local Microsoft store this afternoon. I cashed in $100 worth of Microsoft Rewards points on the purchase, so maybe my wife will only half-murder me. ;)

    I'm interested to see how it performs in the living room alongside my Xbox One. Hoping they don't compete over every request, but I'm not holding my breath.
    10-23-2017 11:17 AM
  11. ashram's Avatar
    If I got it with a HUGE discount, then sure.... but after the Band and now Windows Phone "dumping" I'd rather wait to see where it it in 2 years. Now if someone made a small, echo dot sized unit, in the $40-70 price range, then sure, I'd try it.
    10-23-2017 11:27 AM
  12. RonSouther's Avatar
    Picked one up at Best Buy yesterday. Quality Speaker. Great sound. Hoping for Xbox integration and multi user soon.
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    10-23-2017 11:37 AM
  13. tgp's Avatar
    I cashed in $100 worth of Microsoft Rewards points on the purchase, so maybe my wife will only half-murder me. ;)
    Or you'll only have to sleep on the couch one week instead of two weeks!
    10-23-2017 11:42 AM
  14. th34monk3ys's Avatar
    Wish this was in England.......
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    10-23-2017 11:48 AM
  15. Type_Grey's Avatar
    I ordered the silver model yesterday from Harmon Kardon, and received a shipping confirmation this morning - ETA 10/26.

    I'm bought it as I'm looking for a good quality speaker first, and Cortana integration for my 950XL as an added bonus.
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    10-23-2017 11:54 AM
  16. Kros's Avatar
    ashram
    I'd rather wait to see where it in 2 years.
    This is the flaw in many people's logic. You can use it and be a happy customer for 2 years or wait for 2 years. If it's a good product today, it will continue to function at least as good as it does today. My Windows Phone still works perfect. The fact that they don't sell anymore has no impact on my personal usage. Who cares if they kill it off in 2 years? It will continue to work. The only way it stops working is if MS kills all the Cortana APIs. Barring that, this device will continue to be a smart speaker for many years to come even if they stop selling them and even if they stop developing new features.
    10-23-2017 11:59 AM
  17. kevon skat pedersen's Avatar
    I don't really have a problem with the price.
    You pay the same for a quality speaker without Cortana. I haven't seen or tried the invoke, so I can't compare to a regular speaker.

    But the thing that annoys me about so many products. They aren't available in my country. I can't even buy them from the US, and use them in my country.

    Even though my country probably have a higher percentage that speaks English, than the US does.

    But for it to work, you have to spoof you region to be US. But then you suddenly can't use the store, or some other ****.

    But otherwise, I like that Cortana is cross platform. As far as I know, neither Alexa, Google Assistant or Siri is available on windows.

    I do think that MS should make a Cortana software for windows 7 and 8.1.

    The syncing of notifications etc. Is an awesome feature!
    fdruid likes this.
    10-23-2017 12:31 PM
  18. blazewon22's Avatar
    Can't say that I have seen a huge need for Cortana, Alexa, Google AI in my home yet. My Sonos speakers work just fine.
    10-23-2017 12:37 PM
  19. DiesIrae512's Avatar
    I bought one from Best Buy yesterday. So far, I'm happy with it. Great sound as a basic Bluetooth speaker and using the streaming services. Skype calls were clear and problem free. Probably the biggest reason I pulled the trigger against my better judgment was for use with my Insteon home automation deployment, and it works very well with that, too. The main thing stopping me completely loving it currently is that I can't just play my own OneDrive music collection (no Groove support unlike Windows 10 Cortana, which I knew before buying). I'd love it if that were a capability it supported.
    10-23-2017 12:47 PM
  20. JimStrav's Avatar
    Can it play music from your OneDrive or a NAS? I know multi-room audio and multi-user will come later. All of this is a big factor vs. Echo or Sonos. Sonos can play off a NAS and I was hoping they would add Cortana support since they said they want to work with many digital assistants. SO I'm afraid to pull the trigger.
    10-23-2017 12:52 PM
  21. Paul Gorski's Avatar
    The way Microsoft abandons their products i.e. Zune, Windows Phone, Streets and Trips, Money, etc., gives me no faith in their commitment to do anything that is not already done better by others. In this case it would be Amazon that is better and trustworthy.
    techiez likes this.
    10-23-2017 01:00 PM
  22. sudoKode's Avatar
    Can it play music from your OneDrive or a NAS? I know multi-room audio and multi-user will come later. All of this is a big factor vs. Echo or Sonos. Sonos can play off a NAS and I was hoping they would add Cortana support since they said they want to work with many digital assistants. SO I'm afraid to pull the trigger.
    Currently, no. It's just the 3 streaming providers.

    I picked one up yesterday, and I am moderatly pleased with it. I do not own an Alexa or Google Home device to compare it to, but unlike reviewers I don't think the Invoke as just a speaker is anything overly exceptional. I'm sure it's great for it's size and all, but it certainly lacks the bass that I am used to.

    I was hoping that Cortana on the invoke could do more than what it can do on my Windows 10 PC, but really the only two extra things that I could find is that she can play music and make skype calls. To me, the process of using 3rd party skills can be a bit clumsy. First, you attempt to use the service on the speaker "Hey Cortana, open xyz". Then Cortana says that she needs your approval via the cortana app on one of your devices. So, she sends you a notification, and you tap approve. Then, you can try using the service again via the speaker.

    I was also hoping beyond hopes that more people would be interested in this speaker. Sadly, at my Best Buy the employee had to go to the back of the store to find one for me. Additionally, my store only had two. Just two. To me, this speaks to their sales expectations.

    Don't get me wrong, I'm rooting for Microsoft and Harman/Kardon and I'll definitly be keeping the device. Holding or touching the Invoke screams Quality. But, like many of you I've also been rooting for the Band, Windows Phone, and more over the years. I see my purchase as an investment into what could someday be an excellent device on the perfect platform. I just hope that this time it pays off.
    graple likes this.
    10-23-2017 01:37 PM
  23. realwarder's Avatar
    Until it supports multiple users, I won't be buying one.
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    10-23-2017 01:38 PM
  24. Kros's Avatar
    JimStrav

    Can it play music from your OneDrive or a NAS
    No. Currently it only supports 3 music sources; Spotify, iHeart, TuneIn.
    10-23-2017 01:39 PM
  25. Kros's Avatar
    JimStrav

    Can it play music from your OneDrive or a NAS
    No. Currently it only supports 3 music sources; Spotify, iHeart, TuneIn.
    10-23-2017 01:39 PM
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