Amazon’s Echo smart speakers typically work better on the smart side, rather than the speaker quality front, but the new Echo Input promises to pair Alexa with your own choice of speakers. Part of the company’s wide-ranging gush of Alexa hardware this year, the $34.99 gadget is effectively an Echo Dot that can only talk back to you if it’s plugged into an external audio player.
In the process it addresses one of the more common requests from people who want simple voice control over their streaming music, but who would like to be able to use Alexa with their existing music system. If you’ve already invested in a decent amp and speakers, for example, the thought of sidelining those for the relatively tinny sound coming from an Echo or even an Echo Plus probably isn’t too appealing.
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