Echo Link – A Complete Review
The Echo Link is an enabler. It is an Amazon smart device that steps-up your stereo system so you can enjoy Bluetooth audio streaming in Hi-Fi sound. The gadget acts as a connecting link between your amp or receiver and popular streaming services like Amazon Music, Apple Music, Spotify and more. It lets you enjoy music throughout the house with multiple connected devices. It also brings in voice control so you don’t have to physically control your sound equipment.
A Deep-Dive Into Echo Link To Understand How It Works :
Features And Design :
The Echo Link is an Amazon smart device. It bridges the gap between your existing stereo system and Echo devices. It helps you upgrade your music system with high-fidelity wireless streaming and Alexa voice control. You can directly stream music to your receiver or amp from music platforms like Spotify, Amazon Music, Apple Music, Pandora, Tidal, SiriusXM, iHeartRadio, TuneIn, Deezer, etc. You can also select your music with your voice. All you have to do is ask Alexa and the app will play it for you.
With the Echo Link, you can control your playlist from anywhere around the house. From genre selection to volume adjustment to track change – everything can be taken care of with voice commands. You won’t have to physically walk up to the stereo system to play a track or lower the volume. Just say it and it’ll be done.
The Echo Link works seamlessly in a multi-room speaker group. It gives you the freedom to play music in multiple rooms of the house and even outside. With an Echo device and the Echo Link, you can create music groups and take the system anywhere you go. You can play it on the porch, in the living room or simply stream music on your headphone.
While pairing with a passive speaker, make sure you connect the Echo Link to a receiver or amplifier. The Echo Link fits rights into your stereo system. It has a number of input and output ports for linking up with digital and analog audio systems. It has one Analog audio input (1 x L/R RCA), two digital audio inputs (1 x Coaxial RCA, 1 x Optical Toslink). In audio outputs it has two Analog outputs (1 x L/R RCA, 1 x Subwoofer RCA) and two digital outputs (1 x Coaxial RCA, 1 x Optical Toslink). For headphone use, it has a 3.5mm output jack and TPA6120A2 High Fidelity Stereo Headphone Amplifier. For Ethernet connection, it has a RJ45 connector that supports 10/100 Mbps Ethernet. The jack only supports network connectivity.
Setting up the Echo Link is super easy. Just connect it to your amp or receiver, plug into the power source, go on the Alexa app, optionally connect the Echo Link to another sound equipment, and finally use a compatible Echo device on your network to ask Alexa to play you your favorite songs.
The Echo Link has a box-shaped body. It measures 4.5 inches by 5.3 inches by 2.7 inches and weighs 18 oz. It has a volume knob in front with tiny LED lights around it. A headphone jack is provided next to the knob on the left-hand corner. The back of the device has all the input and output ports along with the action button. The device has A2DP support for Bluetooth audio streaming from your mobile device to Echo or from Echo to your Bluetooth speaker. It has AVRCP for controlling your devices with your voice. PIN code-based Bluetooth sound equipment is not supported by the Echo Link. Also, hands-free voice control is not available for Mac OS X systems.
Frequency response of the device is 20Hz – 20kHz +0/-1dB and 5Hz – 22kHz +0/-3dB. Maximum total harmonic distortion is 0.008%, dynamic range is minimum 94 dB and channel separation is minimum 70 dB (measured un-weighted at 1kHz maximum output, 20 – 20kHz bandwidth AES17). The Echo Link has dual-band Wi-Fi that works with 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4 and 5 GHz) networks. It is not compatible with ad-hoc (or peer-to-peer) Wi-Fi networks. The Alexa app works with Fire OS, iOS and Android gadgets. The Echo Link comes with a 12-watt power adapter and a user manual. It has a limited warranty of one year. Optional one-year, two-year and three-year extended warranties can be purchased separately.
Please note that the Echo Link does not support video connections with the TV or other visual device. It does not support casting to multi-room music from a 3.5mm AUX line-in jack or Bluetooth input. It also does not have the Amazon Music Unlimited Single Device Plan.
We have come to the end of our review. Let us quickly summarize the most important features of the Echo Link.
Key Features Of Echo Link :
- Integrates your existing stereo system with Alexa.
- Upgrades your sound equipment with Hi-Fi music streaming.
- Multi-room voice-controlled music groups.
- Multiple digital and analog inputs and outputs, Ethernet port.
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