Amazon is helping users dial in their own taste in sound by adding a new equalizer (EQ) feature to its Echo devices.
EQ will be rolled out to Echo devices via a software update in the coming days, Amazon says. The new feature will be available on the following devices:
- Echo (1st and 2nd generations)
- Echo Dot (1st and 2nd generations)
- Echo Plus
- Echo Show
- Echo Spot
Users can control the simple three-band (bass, mid-range, and treble) EQ through voice commands (“Alexa, turn up the bass”), via the Alexa app, or via the on-screen controls of the Echo Show or Echo Spot.
Developers of third-party smart speakers or other devices using Alexa will also be able to build EQ into their products.
Amazon has yet to release a high-end audio smart speaker like Apple’s HomePod and Google’s Home Max, so the EQ controls might help keep music-loving Echo owners satisfied. The HomePod offers no EQ controls at the moment, while Google added the controls to the Home Max in an update last year.