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Amazon adds an equalizer to its Echo speakers

Amazon adds an equalizer to its Echo speakers


‘Alexa, turn up the bass’

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Today, Amazon announced a new equalizer (EQ) feature for the Echo that will allow you to adjust the way your music sounds when it’s played.

As part of the new feature, you will be able to adjust the bass, midrange, and treble individually, within a range of plus or minus 6dB. After it rolls out, you’ll be able to adjust the EQ via voice commands for Alexa or manually through the Alexa app or on-screen controls with the Echo Show or Echo Spot. There are a variety of ways you can ask Alexa to change the EQ, like “Alexa, turn up the bass,” “Alexa, set treble to maximum,” and “Alexa, reset equalizer.”

“Alexa, turn up the bass”

Once the EQ is adjusted, those parameters will apply no matter what type of media is being played. So, if you like your music bass-heavy, be aware that your podcasts and audiobooks will be as well if you don’t remember to change your settings.

These EQ features are also being offered to developers and are being used with devices like the Sonos Beam and Sound United’s Polk Command Bar.

The ability to EQ music will be rolled out to all Echo devices in the coming days, though only those in the US will immediately have the ability to use voice commands. Voice commands in other English-speaking regions will be coming in the future.