Amazon adds Alexa Companion devices – Echo Link and Echo Amp
You can now add Amazon music streaming to existing audio systems.
Echo Link $299 includes analog, optical, coax, 3.5mm amplified headphone, and subwoofer line-outs; and analog, optical, and coax line-ins to connect and play music directly from another audio component like an amplified turntable or MP3 player. It has a volume knob for granular control, an Ethernet port for reliable connectivity, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi dual-band, and can be added to a Multi-Room Music Group for whole-home audio streaming through Alexa.
Echo Link Amp $459 adds a 2.0, 60W per channel amplifier along with left and right speaker binding posts to support wiring directly to passive/non-powered speakers.
Both units support 2.1 decoding by adding a powered sub-woofer. The amp’s claimed volume is 94dB at .008% THD.
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