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Amazon adds simple EQ control to Echo devices

The three-band EQ controls might help keep music-loving Echo owners satisfied.

Amazon adds simple EQ control to Echo devices
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Amazon is helping users dial in their own taste in sound by adding a new equalizer (EQ) feature to its Echo devices.

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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.

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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.

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