Alexa Has Spoken -- Amazon Echo Now at B&H

The Newest Smart Speaker Has A Lot to Say

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NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - October 17, 2015) - With today’s hectic, mile-a-minute lifestyles, the modern family can use any help it can get to stay organized and connected, while keeping things simple and straightforward. Amazon has presented one possible solution -- the Echo, a smart speaker that does much more than just play music. It’s an always-on, always-connected digital companion.

The Amazon Echo can be heard across a kitchen counter or across a room, and, by utilizing far-field voice recognition spread across a seven microphone internal array, it is able to respond to a variety of voice commands to inform, educate, and entertain. It uses on-device keyword spotting to detect the trigger word that activates it, then sends information to Amazon’s Alexa Voice Service for interpretation and response. Because the Cloud service learns commands, the more you use the Echo, the better it will get at adapting to your speech patterns and understanding future requests.

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Want to know the latest sports scores? Ask Alexa, the voice behind the echo. Want to know the airspeed of an unladen European swallow? Ask Alexa. Want your favorite music playlist from Amazon Music, Pandora, or iHeart Radio? Ask Alexa and you shall receive.

In addition to those features, Alexa and the Echo can set alarms for you, read your audible collection to you, or check local traffic as you rush out the door. The Echo can access your Google calendar, TuneIn news services, and more. As it continues to learn from the Cloud, it will automatically update with even better and more productive features. Want to add smart home control? The Echo is also compatible with Belkin WeMo, Philips Hue, SmartThings, INsteon, and Wink connected products to control lights and switches on your vocal commands.

With 360° of immersive sound, the circular, can-shaped Echo will deliver crisp sound with dynamic bass response in any room you place it. It’s only 9” high with a 3.27” diameter and contains a 2” tweeter and 2.5” woofer, with a reflex port to enhance the woofer’s output.

Amazon Echo Highlights

  • Far-Field Voice Recognition Technology
  • 360° Omni-Directional Audio
  • Wi-Fi & Bluetooth Wireless Connectivity
  • Supports Multiple Cloud Music Services
  • Multi-Platform Alexa Companion App
  • Works with Select Home Automation Brands

Available at B&H in October, the Echo may be the one voice of reason in your household during the celebratory rush of the season. Reserve yours now and speak your mind.

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Thanks to the Amazon Echo's top-mounted volume ring, you can easily control music playback levels. The volume ring also glows, allowing you to easily see the Echo's status. The Amazon Echo isn't your typical wireless speaker. Equipped with dual-band Wi-Fi and a 7-microphone array, the Echo connects to your home's wireless network and allows you to intuitively play music, check the weather, hear sports scores, and more. Using far-field voice recognition technology, the built-in microphones allow the Echo to recognize your voice from any direction in the room, even while music is playing. Thanks to its 360° omni-directional design, the speaker emits sound in all directions. Bluetooth is also on-board, enabling the Echo to wirelessly pair and play audio from a variety of audio sources, such as smartphones and tablets.