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If you have a Fire TV Cube or are thinking about buying one, you might be wondering what devices are compatible with it. You might be surprised to know you already own several devices that can be used with the Fire TV Cube. There are also some you might want to add to your buying list.
The first- and second-generation Fire TV Cubes are compatible with many different televisions and A/V receivers. The second-generation Fire TV Cube is also compatible with many different soundbars and cable boxes, unlike the first generation.
You might be wondering exactly which devices, and which brands you can use with your Fire TV Cube. This guide will go over all the exact details. We will also answer some questions but the technology needed to use a device with the Fire TV Cube.
First Generation Vs Second Generation
There are two different generations of Fire TV Cubes. The first generation came out in 2017 and the second generation came out in 2019. They are compatible with different devices and controls. So, make sure you are looking at the correct list when trying to see what device your Fire Cube will support.
If you aren’t sure which Fire TV Cube you own, check the user manual or the box that it came in.
All devices can be controlled with the cloud, infrared (IR), and HDMI-CEC with Alexa on the Fire Cube.
IR controlled simply means that a wireless device can be used to operate audio, video, and other electronic equipment. Most TVs, especially the newest ones, are infrared-controlled. DVD players and A/V receivers are also IR controlled.
HDMI-CEC means that the TV or other device has an HDMI port and can operate devices using the HDMI cords. You will need to have this function enabled on your TV for it to work.
First Generation Fire TV Cube Compatibility
If you have the first generation and bought your Fire TV cube between 2017-2019, use this list to see what you can use your Fire TV Cube with.
In general, the first generation can control most popular TV brands and A/V receivers.
Fire TV Cubes are compatible with many TVs from the following brands:
Now, let’s look at some of the Alexa commands you can use with this device.
Alexa Commands for Your TV
Since the Fire TV Cube also acts as an Alexa speaker, you can also use it to control Alexa and ask her questions including:
- Alexa, turn on the TV.
- Alexa, turn off the TV.
- Alexa plays The Handmaid’s Tale.
- Alexa, turn on Fire TV.
You can virtually tell Alexa to do anything concerning the TV and the Fire Cube. This makes streaming and watching your favorite shows effortless.
Tips for Controlling Your TV With the Fire TV Cube
When using your TV to control the Fire TV Cube, keep the following things in mind:
- Your TV has to be IR-enabled to support voice control. Over 90% of the TVs from the brand listed above are.
- Alexa will automatically switch the input to Fire TV Cube on the majority of the TVs unless you own an older model. In this case, just change the input from your TV’s remote.
- The Fire TV Cube has to be on for voice commands to work from the remote. You also need to have the cube plugged into a power outlet. Keep in mind that the Cube has to be plugged into the TV and into the power outlet.
- Bang and Olufsen TVs are not compatible with voice control.
Now, let’s look at A/V Receivers.
You can control the power and volume on all compatible A/V receivers. Most new receivers are compatible with the Fire TV Cube including popular brands:
- Audio Source
- Harman Kardon
There are some other brands that have A/V receivers that are compatible, but the brands listed above have many options to choose from when it comes to finding an A/V receiver that you can use with the Fire TV Cube.
Alexa Commands for A/V Receivers
With the TV Fire Cube and the A/V receiver, you can use commands like:
- Alexa, mute.
- Alexa, turn up the volume.
- Alexa, turn down the volume.
Now, let’s look at some tips.
Tips for Controlling Your A/V Receiver With Fire TV Cube
Some things to keep in mind when it comes to the Fire TV Cube:
- Just like with televisions, Bang and Olufsen A/V receivers are not compatible with voice control.
- Alexa can switch the input to the Fire TV Cube automatically if you own a newer TV model.
- You can only use the A/V receiver or the soundbar to use Alexa at one time. You need to run the other one-off so they don’t interfere with one another and so that Alexa can detect which one is on.
- Use the power adaptor and cable that comes with the Fire TV Cube to make sure it works efficiently.
- Your A/V receiver has to be IR enabled. Most A/V receivers are, but make sure yours is before choosing to buy one.
Now, let’s look at the second generation Fire TV Cuve compatibility.
Second Generation Fire TV Cube Compatibility
The second-generation Fire TV Cube is compatible with all the same televisions and A/V Receivers have the first generation. So, you can refer to the lists and tips above when trying to see if your television and A/V are compatible with the Fire TV Cube.
However, the second-generation Fire Tv Cube is also compatible with many different soundbars.
You can control the power and volume on soundbars from many popular brands including:
- Some Sonos soundbars, refer to their webpage to see the exact ones
- Polk JBL
Now, let’s look at some tips.
Tips for Controlling your Soundbar with Fire TV Cube
You can use Alexa to give the soundbar certain commands like:
- Alexa, turn the volume down.
- Alexa, turn the volume up.
- Alexa, mute.
You can also use the Alexa Voice Remote since you have the 2nd generation Fire TV Cube.
Make sure to keep these tips in mind when using a soundbar with the second-generation Fire TV Cube:
- The soundbar, like all the other devices, has to be IR enabled. Most soundbars are.
- Bang and Olufsen soundbars are not compatible with voice control.
- You can only use the A/V receiver or the soundbar at one time, if you try to use both, they will interfere with one another.
Cable and Satellite Boxes
The second-generation Fire TV Cube can also be used with cable and satellite boxes from the following different companies:
- DIRECTV/AT&T U-Verse
Cable support is not currently offered in any other country except the United States.
You can use the Alexa speaker to say things like:
- Alexa, switch to cable.
- Alexa, turn on ESPN on cable.
You can still use the Alexa Voice Remote since you have the second-generation Fire TV Cube.
Frequently Asked Questions
While the above list should tell you what devices you can and cannot use, here are some most asked questions when it comes to compatibility.
Can I Use an HDMI Switch or Hub with the Fire TV Cube?
No. There are not any HDMI switches or hubs that can be used with either generation of the Fire TV Cube.
Can the Fire TV Cube be Compatible with Projectors?
There are currently not any projectors by any brand that is compatible with either generation of the Fire TV Cube.
Can I Control Other Devices with Alexa on the Fire TV Cube?
You can control all compatible smart home devices if you have them like lights, locks, and thermostats. You will need to set them up before they will work.
Both the first- and second-generation Fire Tv Cubes are compatible with many different devices ranging from televisions and A/V receivers to soundbars and cable boxes. This makes the Fire TV Cube extremely versatile and easy to use.