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Bang Olufsen Beoplay A1 portable speaker bundle with Echo Input Black

Last Updated: 10 May 2019 (Refresh Now)
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Review Summary - 530 recent, verified reviews

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Device Compatibility
 224
echo input, echo, speaker, echo dot, connected
+80%
-20%
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" ...  The Echo Input immediately became a wonderful surprise ... I have over a dozen Alexa devices, every speaker option, but this thing offers a sense of independence to use alternative speakers. ... This is well worth the cost, even to just experiment with the device and connection options.  ...  "
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" ...  Bought a Bose stereo and it came with certificate to purchase the echo input it works great just like my echo dot  ...  "
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" ...  probably simpler to just buy echo speaker .  ...  "
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" ...  This echo input is wonderful.  ...  "
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" ...  I plugged this into some labtec desktop speakers I had laying around.  ...  "
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" ...  I can use my existing surround sound plugging the Echo Input to the Aux input on my receiver! ... Echo Input is now my favorite Alexa product.  ...  "
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" ...  An inexpensive addition to any room where Alexa or smart home control is necessary without audio feedback.  ...  "
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" ...  connects to my phone via Bluetooth if I want to switch music source.  ...  "
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Sound Quality
 174
bose, input, dot, stereo, echo input
+84%
-16%
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" ...  It plays back music OK and the sound is great (More a function of my computer Klipsch speakers than the Echo), it works as intended once you press the button but it's plugged in and sucking juice from the electrical outlet only to have to be pressed every time to get it to listen.  ...  "
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" ...  It has remarkable sound, but who wants to listen to the same music over and over?  ...  "
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" ...  I hooked it up to my old stereo.  ...  "
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" ...  I love the Alexa products and the best sound until now was on the Echo.  ...  "
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" ...  Sure, it may be overkill, but the sound quality is actually pretty good.  ...  "
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" ...  I plugged this into some labtec desktop speakers I had laying around.  ...  "
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" ...  All in all a well spent $20 for my favorite music on demand!  ...  "
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" ...  i use these on my stereo systems, where I don't need an internal speaker.  ...  "
Software Platform
 98
app, echo, echo dot, input, echo input
+77%
-23%
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" ...  I was a bit skeptical when I read up on all of the wonderful things Alexa can do .  ...  "
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" ...  And even though it is up and off to the corner, Alexa hears us well and follows almost all commands the first time. ... I also use Apple Music on my Alexa app. ... Smart phone with the Alexa app  ...  "
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" ...  When I saw that the Echo Input on a daily deal, I was excited to see if I could add another Alexa powered device to my home for just $19.99 by using my existing Harman Kardon Onyx speaker.  ...  "
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" ...  I pick this up to test out Alexa. ... I have 5 Google assistants in my home and I wanted to see the difference between the two and at a daily deal I picked this up for $20 and I just added it to my JBL's. ... I recommend this if your an Alexa user.  ...  "
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" ...  Echo Dot connected to my Bose to Alexa - delightFULL!  ...  "
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" ...  The very pleasant CSR helped me update the software in the Input (Alexa update your software) and now the Input is running smoothly as I hoped  ...  "
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" ...  It works just like everything else echo based.  ...  "
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" ...  I had no trouble at all setting up the input on the Alexa app.  ...  "
Bluetooth
 78
speaker, via bluetooth, bose, alexa, echo input
+73%
-27%
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" ...  You either connect using the enclosed 3.5mm cable or Bluetooth.  ...  "
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" ...  I use it connected with aux cable and you still stream from phone via Bluetooth.  ...  "
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" ...  I used to use the Onyx speaker often via bluetooth with my phone, but since the Echo came along, it had been gathering dust.  ...  "
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" ...  I must this great device that I been used just one day .The Echo Input connects to my current speaker via Bluetooth or AUX cable (either works), and after download the Amazon Alexa App ,it could to be controlled by voice, just calls :Alexa !The microphones heard as well as the mics in other Echo devices, even at a distance to say "Alexa" !  ...  "
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" ...  Need: Speaker with aux or blue tooth.  ...  "
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" ...  Brought new life to my old bluetooth speakers.  ...  "
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" ...  I paired my echo with a Bose Bluetooth speaker.  ...  "
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" ...  I plan to try it hooked up via AUX cable and test, but I wanted to use a Bluetooth speaker I had laying around not using.  ...  "
Volume
 66
volume, room, alexa, echo, bose
+67%
-33%
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" ...  It does hear you clearly from across the room.  ...  "
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" ...  It works fine for me probably just as good as the original speaker  ...  "
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" ...  I new I wanted another echo specifically for my family room soundbar speaker. ... Now when playing music everywhere my kitchen and family room sound bar each have their own sound and are 100% in sync.  ...  "
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" ...  Honestly, I just thought they would be nice at parties for background music, but I am really loving this.  ...  "
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" ...  It's an Echo Dot without a built-in speaker.  ...  "
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" ...  I have a portable speaker that I can take into any room, my Echo in my living room and the Echo input in my office area so there is some sound proofing in Alexa decides to join the conversation.  ...  "
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" ...  By purchasing the echo input (with no speaker) I was able to replace my Echo Dot and use it in another room.  ...  "
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" ...  Easily paired to my Bose speaker.  ...  "
Ease of Use
 43
set, easy to set, speaker, easy to use, setup
+93%
-7%
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" ...  Easy to pair with Samsung R5 speaker.  ...  "
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" ...  Yes the input was very easy to use.  ...  "
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" ...  Easy to install and works great with echo and echo dot  ...  "
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" ...  So easy and fast  ...  "
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" ...  I like it, easy setup.  ...  "
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" ...  Easy to install  ...  "
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" ...  Easy to use  ...  "
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" ...  Easy set up and adds a new dimension and flexibility to listening on your speaker.  ...  "
Price
 39
worth, sale, dot, 19, waste
+72%
-28%
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" ...  With some quality speakers you have a Sonos system or better for a fraction of the cost.  ...  "
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" ...  My only reservation and the reason I'm not giving five stars is the price. ... I picked up the Input when it was $20, which is a great price for all that you get.  ...  "
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" ...  I was lucky to get the Input at a low $19 price, but notice Amazon likes to play with costs and they have jumped now.  ...  "
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" ...  The difference is that at full price, the Input is less expensive. ... For my purposes, this is not a big deal.  ...  "
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" ...  Can’t beat this for the $19.99 sale price!  ...  "
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" ...  But using your own stereo or powered speaker system offers superior sound for a bargain price.  ...  "
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" ...  With this price range, it is a must have!  ...  "
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" ...  Still a lil quirky but the better DAC in my opinion is worth it.  ...  "
Capacity
 37
living room, house, echo, alexa, speaker
+95%
-5%
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" ...  I was in the apartment, the shipper had puted the package at the door of my house block, only 8 steps more they could put it in front of my house, it would be much safer.  ...  "
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" ...  I new I wanted another echo specifically for my family room soundbar speaker. ... Now when playing music everywhere my kitchen and family room sound bar each have their own sound and are 100% in sync.  ...  "
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" ...  Probably send it upstairs to the office and put the Echo Dot that I have on order in the TV room.  ...  "
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" ...  It was inexpensive and now I have the same Alexa that I have in two rooms in the house.  ...  "
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" ...  Mine sits on top of a bathroom cabinet and can hardly be seen.  ...  "
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" ...  You see the stereo upstairs which was also bought on Amazon runs my speakers in the ceilings of all rooms in the house.  ...  "
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" ...  Good addition to my Alexa enabled house.  ...  "
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" ...  Set up easy until I tried to “drop in” to another room.  ...  "
Setup
 35
easy, set, works great, instructions, easy to setup
+80%
-20%
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" ...  Easy setup with music in every room.  ...  "
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" ...  Worked perfectly and set up in minutes with no issue (and I am NOT tech savvy).  ...  "
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" ...  Took a few minutes to connect up initially, but now it works great!  ...  "
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" ...  The setup wasn't difficult but I'm used to using my other Amazon Echo which doesn't have to be "on" in order to hear a request.  ...  "
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" ...  It works as great, but the set up was very sketchy and more specific instructions would have helped a lot in the set it up.  ...  "
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" ...  Just completed a 900 mile trip and the setup was awesome.  ...  "
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" ...  Easy to setup  ...  "
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" ...  Setup was easy enough using a smart phone (wish my PC could be used instead of a smart phone!).  ...  "
Size
 31
size, speaker, portable, compact, pocket
+97%
-3%
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" ...  IT REALLY HELPS WITH THE SMALL THINGS I HAVE NEEDED , BUT I CAN TELL THAT I WILL WANT TO ADD TO THIS.  ...  "
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" ...  Perfect for travel or for use in the car  ...  "
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" ...  We have a bunch of echos (I don't know how many or where they are) but this unit is about half the size and easier to hide.  ...  "
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" ...  I like to have Echo with me wherever I go and this can fit in my pocket.  ...  "
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" ...  Nice and small for out of the way  ...  "
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" ...  Bought it to use with my my AmazonBasics Large Portable Bluetooth Speaker.  ...  "
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" ...  Small and powerful.  ...  "
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" ...  Small footprint good quality  ...  "
Call quality
 30
hear, call, alexa, echo, input
+70%
-30%
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" ...  So, like I said now I have to call again to set I up again. ... I like the echo better.  ...  "
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" ...  We weren’t really using it but now with voice activation it’s playing music again.  ...  "
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" ...  I can make calls and control music via my voice while driving and it hears me very well even when loud music is playing.  ...  "
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" ...  Now all I have to do is say two voice commands to Alexa, one for the amp and one for the music, and I have music streaming through the house with ease!  ...  "
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" ...  Especially since the Echo has decided to answer for my customers while I'm talking to them.  ...  "
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" ...  Now I can listen to tunes or NPR and control it with my voice, which is great when you are on your back under a car! ... all by voice.  ...  "
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" ...  I have many higher end audio systems where I desired to add Alexa voice control.  ...  "
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" ...  It works good when playing music, but spoken queries . ... I hear part of it, like, Alexa, what is the weather? ... Now I have 2 Alexa devices listening and answering my queries.  ...  "
Apps
 28
alexa, input, spotify, smart, unlimited
+68%
-32%
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" ...  I had no trouble at all setting up the input on the Alexa app.  ...  "
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" ...  Now I can listen to Spotify and talk to Alexa using my old radio.  ...  "
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" ...  Where this device really shines, though, is when you add Amazon Music Unlimited.  ...  "
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" ...  Software is incredible.  ...  "
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" ...  the group shows up in list of the "Connect" compatible devices within the Spotify App.  ...  "
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" ...  Later, smart phones came along, and so did the TuneIn app. ... when you go to reconnect it, the Alexa phone app acts as if it's never been connected and plays a long setup video that you CAN'T INTERRUPT.  ...  "
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" ...  It’s alerting us and I’ve got the latest version of the app.  ...  "
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" ...  You set it up using your phone's Alexa app.  ...  "
Controls
 24
volume, music, echo input, alexa, voice
+54%
-46%
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" ...  Also, for being close at hand, I like having the volume buttons on a dot, it's much faster than voice commands.  ...  "
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" ...  I have many higher end audio systems where I desired to add Alexa voice control.  ...  "
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" ...  Finally I'm able to just tell Alexa to open Pandora and play music for me.  ...  "
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" ...  I love this device it can play music control my home and lot more.  ...  "
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" ...  Use it with Amazon music unlimited and I have total control of my music.  ...  "
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" ...  I do wish there were controls for the default output levels or just default them much higher.  ...  "
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" ...  I don't have to touch anything since the boombox is now on a smart switch on a schedule (it is on when I am awake).  ...  "
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" ...  Add control routines for scene control in a media room.  ...  "
Cables
 21
rca, jack, input, 3 5mm, audio cable
+71%
-29%
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" ...  Set it to aux and used a decent aux cable I had on hand - perfect - no issues with basing out (I usually keep my amazon devices on volume 8 for dedicated listening and volume 4 if I want background music while socializing / talking etc.)  ...  "
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" ...  I use the supplied audio cable and it is very stable and the quality is excellent.  ...  "
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" ...  And that's directly connected with an audio cable.  ...  "
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" ...  Got an extra long aux cable to hide the speaker in the bookshelf so it seems like the room is talking to you.  ...  "
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" ...  I needed to purchase a AmazonBasics 3.5mm to 2-Male RCA Adapter Cable to play with my Wave radio as I have an early version of the Bose Wave Radio.  ...  "
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" ...  The USB charging cable made it easy to connect for power.  ...  "
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" ...  You either connect using the enclosed 3.5mm cable or Bluetooth.  ...  "
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" ...  Thankfully the Aux cord that the Echo Input came with works great, as I have both the Input and the speaker on my TV stand, but it's still something that I wish I could utilize more.  ...  "
Ports
 18
input, via, usb port, usb, jack
+78%
-22%
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" ...  I have used the cable connection mode which works very well.  ...  "
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" ...  It uses a USB micro power cable so you can use it in your car.  ...  "
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" ...  Comes with USB charger (my speaker had a USB charging port so make everything portable)  ...  "
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" ...  The USB charging cable made it easy to connect for power.  ...  "
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" ...  I do love using a speaker to connect to it with the adapter provided. ... with a few smart plugs.  ...  "
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" ...  The older Amazon Dots and this Amazon Input use a mini USB port for powering.  ...  "
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" ...  I bought an Input for $19.99 and connected it via the cable that came with the device.  ...  "
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" ...  will hook up to any speaker with an aux port.  ...  "
Product Reliability
 17
stopped, soon, defective, whether, waiting
+41%
-59%
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" ...  Stopped working after the first week  ...  "
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" ...  Haven't given up quite yet, but soon these will be going back.  ...  "
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" ...  Turns out my device is defective.  ...  "
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" ...  I’ve essentially had it a week and already have stopped attempting to use it at all.  ...  "
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" ...  Had this for about a week.  ...  "
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" ...  Maybe I got a defective one.  ...  "
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" ...  It seems like it should still be in testing as not all of the kinks are worked out.  ...  "
Marketplace
 17
works, sale, one, got, two
+88%
-12%
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" ...  Well done Amazon .  ...  "
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" ...  I got it on sale for $19.99.  ...  "
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" ...  Works as advertised.  ...  "
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" ...  Exactly as described.  ...  "
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" ...  I got a proactive call from Amazon!  ...  "
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" ...  But with help from an Amazon representative I was successful and it works well.  ...  "
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" ...  I bought this bc it was on sale.  ...  "
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" ...  $20 saved me $800 for a new one!  ...  "
Fit
 10
use, phone, mount, good, magnetic
+70%
-30%
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" ...  I may still get an Echo Dot for the bedroom because I enjoy falling asleep while listening to Audible and have still been using my phone for that, though the volume is not always good.  ...  "
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" ...  I like to have Echo with me wherever I go and this can fit in my pocket.  ...  "
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" ...  Hopefully this will help you purchase the best device to fit your specific needs.  ...  "
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" ...  The little disc clips to a magnetic phone car mount , I set it up to my phones hotspot (considering getting it a mobile hotspot of its own) , plugged it in the auxiliary an viola !  ...  "
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" ...  And the small, flat shape makes it easy to place on the dashboard.  ...  "
Features
 8
lights, features, small, like, blue
+88%
-13%
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" ...  small and light.  ...  "
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" ...  Small, light and work like the big ones cool  ...  "
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" ...  but the light is great.  ...  "
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" ...  This way I can still control lights, etc.  ...  "
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" ...  Have come to rely on the blue light and yellow notification light.  ...  "
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" ...  meaning it provides the same number and quality of features.  ...  "
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" ...  Dot features missing, such as announcements.  ...  "
Wifi
 7
network, hotspot, issues, input, car
+86%
-14%
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" ...  Used it in my car and connects fast with my car's WiFi or with my phones' mobile hotspot.  ...  "
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" ...  I have TMobile with free unlimited WiFi hotspot via my phone.  ...  "
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" ...  I have a cabin that has 12v and a 12v wifi hotspot.  ...  "
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" ...  I think I just need a wifi booster.  ...  "
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" ...  I love that it works with Dot & Spot network.  ...  "
FM
 7
xm radio, input, hooked, wave, old
+86%
-14%
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" ...  One is on my Sangean radio and works great with it.  ...  "
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" ...  Added to my Bose wave radio!  ...  "
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" ...  I've since hooked the Echo Input up to an FM microtransmitter instead of the speakers, so I can stream audio throughout our home.  ...  "
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" ...  This plugs into my old Wave radio.  ...  "
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" ...  However, I have a slightly different take: I like it as a very portable internet radio. ... The user interface was hinky, but the radio worked well, and still does.  ...  "
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" ...  This way I could listen to music from SiriusXM on my clock radio.  ...  "
Build Quality
 7
dropped, two, price, nice, bought
+86%
-14%
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" ...  Still happy though since it didn’t cost an arm and a leg.  ...  "
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" ...  When the price dropped to $20 I bought one and I'm pleased.  ...  "
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" ...  Then it dropped to $19, I ordered two and love them.  ...  "
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" ...  So when they dropped the price of this, I bought two.  ...  "
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" ...  Quality of casing is nice like the new dot.  ...  "
For Kids
 6
son, loves, rooms
+100%
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" ...  Bought these for the kids' rooms.  ...  "
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" ...  We loved it,specially my daughters  ...  "
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" ...  When I pull into our neighborhood but head away from the house to the school to pick up kids, the events are triggered.  ...  "
Returns
 6
return, thing, sale, returned, mine
-100%
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" ...  I ended up returning it and buying another dot.  ...  "
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" ...  Had to return  ...  "
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" ...  Returning mine and getting another dot  ...  "
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" ...  Not a good combo with sonos so I am returning it  ...  "
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" ...  I’m sending this thing back for sure.  ...  "
Lagging
 5
audio, 4
+20%
-80%
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" ...  4 second delay on audio. ... the options let you tweak the delay, but not 4 seconds worth.  ...  "
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" ...  tried reset etc.  ...  "
Product As Described
 5
exactly, described, advertised
+100%
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" ...  Works as described  ...  "
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" ...  Works as advertised.  ...  "
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" ...  It works perfectly as advertised.  ...  "
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" ...  Works exactly as expected  ...  "
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" ...  Exactly as described.  ...  "
Charging
 5
usb charging, power, charging, charger, bose
+100%
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" ...  It gets power from my car phone charger and connects via an aux cable to my vehicle stereo.  ...  "
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" ...  I have an older, but amazing, Bose speaker with charging dock for my iPhone.  ...  "
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" ...  Comes with USB charger (my speaker had a USB charging port so make everything portable)  ...  "
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" ...  The USB charging cable made it easy to connect for power.  ...  "
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" ...  I have an old Bose Soundock II, which was made to both play and charge an iPod (long before the advent of Bluetooth).  ...  "
For Running
 4
stereo, one
+100%
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" ...  took just a minute or two to get up and running.  ...  "
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" ...  I bought this one on a whim to try with the speakers in my basement gym and it has been excellent.  ...  "
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" ...  This was the perfect addition to a stereo in the garage when I workout.  ...  "
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" ...  Only reason I’m rating 5* is because of the sale they were running on these.  ...  "
Clock
 4
clock, timer, radio
+75%
-25%
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" ...  Great alarm clock as well.  ...  "
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" ...  Ecobee and even Dome alarm systems.  ...  "
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" ...  This way I could listen to music from SiriusXM on my clock radio.  ...  "
Cable Length
 4
input, connected, cable, audio cable, via
+75%
-25%
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" ...  Got an extra long aux cable to hide the speaker in the bookshelf so it seems like the room is talking to you.  ...  "
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" ...  I bought an Input for $19.99 and connected it via the cable that came with the device.  ...  "
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" ...  And that's directly connected with an audio cable.  ...  "
ISP
 4
+25%
-75%
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" ...  I am hard wired and checked all the connections  ...  "
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" ...  I'm experiencing some issue with the connection.  ...  "
Data reception
 4
hotspot, tmobile, phone, wifi, via
+100%
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" ...  I have TMobile with free unlimited WiFi hotspot via my phone.  ...  "
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" ...  Hotspot my phone, and bingo!  ...  "
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" ...  I have Tmobile with unlimited 3G hotspot which provides the internet access.  ...  "
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" ...  I knew that wouldn't cut it so months ago I went and go unlimited data.  ...  "
Network
 4
wifi, signal, works, good, dots
+75%
-25%
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" ...  Good addition to my Alexa enabled house.  ...  "
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" ...  I think I just need a wifi booster.  ...  "
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" ...  I love that it works with Dot & Spot network.  ...  "
Design
 4
like, size
+75%
-25%
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" ...  The size is the most appealing thing about it.  ...  "
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" ...  I like this more subdued look.  ...  "
For Travel
 3
setup
+100%
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" ...  We have several Bose speakers we use it with at home and camping.  ...  "
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" ...  Perfect for travel or for use in the car  ...  "
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" ...  Just completed a 900 mile trip and the setup was awesome.  ...  "
As Gift
 3
+100%
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" ...  My daughter had been given an Echo Dot as a present awhile back, and it had seemed more like a novelty to me than anything else.  ...  "
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" ...  Bought this as a present.  ...  "
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" ...  Got it as a gift and they love it.  ...  "

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Specifications

Body
Size:  0.14 meters
Connectivity
Bluetooth:  Yes 
0.14 meters
SIZE
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BLUETOOTH