Smart speakers, for those that don’t know, are speakers that can be operated by the voice. A virtual assistant – in this case Alexa – listens for the wake word, and will follow the instructions that follow, be that playing an album, telling you the weather or giving you a news update.
The Echo Dot is confusingly both Amazon’s entry-level device in this space and the pick for audiophiles everywhere. The reason for this seemingly contradictory statement is that although the original Echo Dot didn’t have much of a speaker at all, it had a 3.5mm audio jack in the back, letting owners connect it to any other sound system, whether it cost £10 or £10,000.
The Echo Dot maintains that raison d'etre, but improves things along the way for people who don’t want to connect it to another sound system. Not only does it look more stylish, but on a technical level it now boasts a 1.6in speaker inside, compared to the original’s 0.6in tweeter.
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