Amazon Echo Plus (2nd Gen) review

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  • Amazon Echo Plus (2nd Gen)
  • Amazon Echo Plus (2nd Gen)
  • Amazon Echo Plus (2nd Gen)
  • Amazon Echo Plus (2nd Gen)
  • Amazon Echo Plus (2nd Gen)
  • Amazon Echo Plus (2nd Gen)
  • Amazon Echo Plus (2nd Gen)
  • Amazon Echo Plus (2nd Gen)

Specs / Features


Echo Plus has a built-in Zigbee hub to easily setup and control your compatible smart home devices, and an improved sound for streaming music. | New premium speakers powered by Dolby play 360° audio with crisp vocals and dynamic bass response. You can also use your voice to adjust equalizer settings. | Ask Alexa to play music, answer questions, read the news, check the weather, set alarms, control compatible smart home devices, call almost anyone, and more. | Set up your smart home without a separate hub. Ask Alexa to control compatible smart lights, switches, sensors, door locks, and more. Ec... More

Echo Plus has a built-in Zigbee hub to easily setup and control your compatible smart home devices, and an improved sound for streaming music. | New premium speakers powered by Dolby play 360° audio with crisp vocals and dynamic bass response. You can also use your voice to adjust equalizer settings. | Ask Alexa to play music, answer questions, read the news, check the weather, set alarms, control compatible smart home devices, call almost anyone, and more. | Set up your smart home without a separate hub. Ask Alexa to control compatible smart lights, switches, sensors, door locks, and more. Echo Plus also includes a built-in temperature sensor. | Ask Alexa for a song, artist, or genre from Amazon Music, Spotify, Pandora, and more. With multi-room music, play music on compatible Echo devices in different rooms. | Call or message almost anyone hands-free. Instantly drop in on other rooms in your home or make an announcement to every room with a compatible Echo device. | With seven microphones, beamforming technology, and noise cancellation, Echo Plus hears you from any direction-even while music is playing.

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Specification

Wireless
Wireless Inputs Bluetooth
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile), AVRCP (Audio/Video Remote Control Profile)
Brand Amazon
Model L9D29R
Release date 11-October-2018
Size 14.7 x 9.9 x 9.9 cm (5.8 x 3.9 x 3.9 in)

Critic Reviews


Engadget

Best-sounding Echo Amazon has made yet

from Engadget

The Echo Plus is Amazon's flagship Alexa speaker, and it finally has audio quality to live up to that billing. Audiophiles will continue to look elsewhere for streaming music speakers, but for everyone else, the Echo Plus is a good-sounding speaker with full access to Alexa's many capabilities.

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The Echo Plus is Amazon's flagship Alexa speaker, and it finally has audio quality to live up to that billing. Audiophiles will continue to look elsewhere for streaming music speakers, but for everyone else, the Echo Plus is a good-sounding speaker with full access to Alexa's many capabilities.

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Tech Advisor

Smaller, louder and just as smart

from Tech Advisor

The new Echo Plus offers a radical redesign compared to the original, ditching the plastic body for a fabric mesh housing that helps the speaker blend into the home environment. It’s not only better-looking either, as a larger speaker and tweeter provide improved audio quality and Dolby Play 36...More

The new Echo Plus offers a radical redesign compared to the original, ditching the plastic body for a fabric mesh housing that helps the speaker blend into the home environment. It’s not only better-looking either, as a larger speaker and tweeter provide improved audio quality and Dolby Play 360 audio support helps fills the room with music.

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What Hi-Fi

Less a smart speaker, now more a speaker with smarts

Amazon has long offered one of the best smart feature sets in its speakers, but the Echo Plus backs that up with a splendid sonic performance

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Amazon has long offered one of the best smart feature sets in its speakers, but the Echo Plus backs that up with a splendid sonic performance

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Fone Arena

A pretty good way to start your smart home experience

from Fone Arena

The built-in hub offsets the cost of having to get an external unit and the speaker goes loud enough to fill up a medium-sized room. It is not the best sounding smart speaker out there but at a price of Rs. 14,999, there’s hardly any competition.

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The built-in hub offsets the cost of having to get an external unit and the speaker goes loud enough to fill up a medium-sized room. It is not the best sounding smart speaker out there but at a price of Rs. 14,999, there’s hardly any competition.

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TechRadar

Same name, different face

from TechRadar

The new Amazon Echo Plus ditches its original two-tier build for a design much like the mainline Amazon Echo, with improved audio components and a far more attractive design. As a smart home hub, however, it no longer has the edge.

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The new Amazon Echo Plus ditches its original two-tier build for a design much like the mainline Amazon Echo, with improved audio components and a far more attractive design. As a smart home hub, however, it no longer has the edge.

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Tom's Guide

Smart speaker, big sound

from Tom's Guide

The Echo Plus delivers a smart-home hub and robust smart speaker in one device, offering significantly better sound than its predecessor.

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The Echo Plus delivers a smart-home hub and robust smart speaker in one device, offering significantly better sound than its predecessor.

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Stuff

Full-on stereo sound, wirelessly and with voice control

from Stuff

Absolute convenience and flexibility, a really pleasing interface and, broadly speaking, very agreeable sound, for £299. It’s not perfect, of course - but the Echo Plus 2.1 system is impressive nevertheless.

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Absolute convenience and flexibility, a really pleasing interface and, broadly speaking, very agreeable sound, for £299. It’s not perfect, of course - but the Echo Plus 2.1 system is impressive nevertheless.

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Digit

An excellent first smart speaker

from Digit

If you’re buying a smart speaker for the first time, consider the Echo Plus. It’s got a responsive set of ears (seven of them to be exact), is capable of talking to ZigBee-enabled devices, and can sing quite well. The newly added line-in feature also makes it double up as a decent powered speaker for your calls and movies.

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If you’re buying a smart speaker for the first time, consider the Echo Plus. It’s got a responsive set of ears (seven of them to be exact), is capable of talking to ZigBee-enabled devices, and can sing quite well. The newly added line-in feature also makes it double up as a decent powered speaker for your calls and movies.

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India Today

A good buy if you are looking for a bass-heavy smart speaker

from India Today

The 2nd generation Echo Plus speaker looks aesthetically balanced and it blends in its environment swiftly. With Alexa getting smarter and more intuitive everyday and its upbeat audio quality, the new Echo Plus can be great new addition to your drawing room.

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The 2nd generation Echo Plus speaker looks aesthetically balanced and it blends in its environment swiftly. With Alexa getting smarter and more intuitive everyday and its upbeat audio quality, the new Echo Plus can be great new addition to your drawing room.

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ZDNet

A refined upgrade

from ZDNet

The second-generation Echo Plus is a solid upgrade from last year's effort. Its appearance alone makes a big difference, combine that with upgraded audio and a small touch like the temperature sensor, and the new Echo Plus is an appealing smart speaker. For those who already have a few Echo devic...More

The second-generation Echo Plus is a solid upgrade from last year's effort. Its appearance alone makes a big difference, combine that with upgraded audio and a small touch like the temperature sensor, and the new Echo Plus is an appealing smart speaker. For those who already have a few Echo devices spread throughout rooms, the Echo Plus is the logical addition. For everyone else, you'll need to figure out how much you care about sound quality and go from there.

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