With its echo devices, Amazon has built a robust ecosystem of smart, networked audio playback devices. Of course, many are familiar with the Echo Dot, which brought Alexa into so many homes and is now in its fourth generation. But, the Echo line encompasses so much more than the dot.

Amazon's Echo devices are great all by themselves, to be used as speakers when not answer questions or controlling your home. With wireless speaker options covering the gamut from the puck-sized Dot to the surprisingly high-fidelity Echo Studio, you can put a compact but good-sounding speaker anywhere you want some music.

There's more to Echo speakers than standalone use. They work together in various ways, so you can put together a decent stereo system, even adding a wireless Echo sub to the mix is entirely possible. Or you can have music in every room, thanks to the multi-room capabilities.

Music lovers can look to the Echo Studio for an "elevated" listening experience that incorporates 3D immersive sound like Dolby Atmos music. Even though it's a single speaker, the Echo studio creates a soundfield that is evocative of a multi-speaker stereo system.

Let's say you like having some small, lifestyle speakers here and there for background tunes, but also like to listen to a larger, higher-quality "audiophile" system that let's you appreciate the fidelity of the recording. Echo still has you covered since you do not have to rely exclusively on Echo speakers: Amazon has the Echo Link. It's a device that makes it easy to convert your existing Hi-Fi system into something a bit "smarter" by adding streaming and even Alexa voice recognition.

Or, if you want Echo/Alexa capability combined with an amplifier, there is the Echo Link Amp. All you have to do is add your own speakers to this 60 W per channel smart integrated amplifier, and even offers a subwoofer output.

The fourth generation of Echo includes the Echo Dot, but also the Echo. Both have a spherical form factor, the main difference between them being size. The larger Echo is the more capable device, and for anyone looking for a super compact, lifestyle and wallet-firendly system that is truly surprising in capability, the larger Echo is sold as part of a 2.1 system that includes two speakers and Echo sub.

With Alexa support built into these speakers, you can have easy access to your music library, especially if you use Amazon Music HD.

Another form of Echo is the Echo Show, which incorporates a screen and acts as a "smart display" with functionality that includes video calling.

Check out our list of Amazon devices to help you integrate your system into the ever-expanding world of Alexa.

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1. Amazon Echo Gen 4 with Premium Sound

With four generations of refinement, the Echo is a pure expression of Amazon's pursuit of a smart speaker that is at once compact, affordable, functional and sounds good.


This speaker is shaped like a sphere, which makes it an attractive addition to any room. This speaker features a 3" woofer and dual 0.8" tweeters, which is how it achieves such crisp and detailed sound. It even has a 3.5mm input/output port, in case you need a wired connection. Of course it being an Echo, you get the full Alexa experience including home automation and home security, as well as music surgeon playback through multiple services including Amazon music, Apple music, Spotify, Pandora, and others.the


2. Echo Link

This is the "glue" of the Echo ecosystem. Want to add a turntable or CD player to your wireless audio system? The Echo Link is the answer with its multiple inputs & outputs (optical digital, coaxial digital, RCA analog, a dedicated subwoofer out, and Ethernet support (in addition to Wi-Fi).

  • The Echo Link allows you to create voice-controlled music groups and stream music throughout your entire house. The Link also allows you to plug in components like a CD player or turntable and stream them to an Echo device.
  • The Link supports hi-fi audio from streaming services like Amazon Music HD, and provides multiple digital and analog inputs and outputs for compatibility with your existing stereo equipment.
  • Alexa is able to respond through all your connected speakers.
  • The Link is rack-mountable.


3. Echo Studio

The "top of the line" Echo speaker from Amazon. Offers Dolby Atmos and 360 sound, one speaker creates an expansive soundfield. You can also create a stereo pair with two of these speakers, for an even higher-fidelity experience.

  • The Echo Studio not only employs five speakers for powerful bass, dynamic midrange, and crisp highs, but also brings Dolby Atmos to the table for added space, clarity, and depth.
  • The Studio automatically senses the size and acoustics of your listening space and automatically adjusts itself for optimal sound.
  • Use your Alexa devices like an intercom and talk to any room in the house with Drop In and Announcements, and control any Zigbee-compatible devices.
  • Stream songs from Amazon Music, Apple Music, Spotify, Pandora, Tidal, and more.


4. Echo Sub

Although Amazon's Echo speakers perform well on their own, physics limits the amount of bass that they can create. Fortunately there is a simple solution, the Echo Sub. It's a compact wireless subwoofer that works with Amazon's Echo speakers. Combine the Echo sub with a pair of Echo Studio speakers to create a surprisingly capable 2.1 system.

  • The Echo Sub delivers 100 watts of power through a 6" down-firing speaker to accurately fill your room with some serious low end.
  • Pair with one Echo or Echo Plus (sold separately) to enjoy dynamic music that fills the room, or pair with two of the same Echo devices for surround sound.
  • The Echo Sub is simple to set up and use! Just plug in, open the Alexa app, and wirelessly connect to your Echo device(s) to control music with your voice.


5. Echo Show 10 3rd Gen

You'll get a futuristic smart speaker and display experience with the Echo Show 10. This device has the ability to keep its screen pointed toward you, and is ready to serve as a handy assistant with visual as well as audio feedback to your requests. Control your home automation, make video calls, use it is a security camera, and of course as a portal for your entertainment.


The Echo show 10 is also an excellent addition to a kitchen, where it can both provide music and recipes. And with not doing anything else, the Echo show 10 serves as a picture frame, all you have to do is load up your favorite photos (using Amazon photos) and it will take care of the slideshows.


6. Echo Show 8

This surprisingly affordable 8" multimedia display lets you navigate the world of content offered by Amazon and much more. You can take advantage of its built-in Alexa support, plus it has built-in speakers that play louder than a typical tablet or smartphone. And thanks to its aux. output, it can even serve as a source for a more capable sound system.

  • The Echo Show 8 offers an 8" HD screen and stereo sound, allowing Alexa to help manage your day at a glance.
  • Voice control compatible devices or manage them on the easy-to-use display. Ask Alexa to show you security cameras, control lights, and adjust thermostats.
  • Show off your albums from Amazon Photos, customize your home screen, create morning routines to start your day, and even cook along to recipes.
  • Connect with video calling and messaging. Call friends and family who have the Alexa app or an Echo device with a screen, or make announcements to other devices in your home.
  • Also available in a 5" size