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Amazon Echo Input is an excellent idea that modernises sound system but a bit expensive
I have been a Google Home user for some time and recently joined the Amazon Alexa camp as well. Echo Input is the cheapest in the Amazon Alexa range which doesn't even sport a speaker. It completely relies on you plugging it into an external speaker over stereo cable or bluetooth. That said, there is no equivalent Google Home device hence no like-for-like comparison.
Expanding my smart home ecosystem to Amazon wasn't the reason to buy the Echo Input. Thank God, both Google Home and Amazon Alexa ecosystems can co-exist without fighting with on...e another. Google Home definitely has better capabilities when it comes to audio commands. One example, I had a lot of problems playing some radio stations with TuneIn, no such problem in the TuneIn app itself or using Google Home. The reason I bought the Echo Input is that I use it to drive my sound system. Google Home has a really annoying problem where one gets static / crackling noise, like a really dusty record on a record player. I love classical and jazz music where notes are often long. Apparently music like these are more prone to the problem. Mind you this is a known problem for quite some time, like a year to date. Still Google has yet to fix it. In fact, Echo Dot was also known for the same problem but Amazon has since fixed it! And, even if Amazon's fix somehow doesn't work or problem regressed back in the future, there is a 3.5mm stereo jack on the Echo Input, like all other Alexa devices so I don't need to depend on bluetooth. Totally awesome! Such a cheap feature Google could have added, but doesn't, to address this problem for Google Home Hub, Google Home Max, Google Home or Google Home Mini. Why?! Echo Input even comes with a stereo to stereo cable so you could plug it in your car's AUX input and Alexa enable your car, using your phone as a hotspot. I haven't done that yet but it is tempting since the Echo Input is so small and it plugs into USB! In fact, given Echo Input's tiny footprint, I wonder why Amazon doesn't call it Echo Pebble. OK, I get it, with the name Input, it is 100% clear what it exists for and I guess there can't be anything smaller than a Dot. LOL. All Echo Input has is a multi-colour LED and 2 buttons - microphone and action. So simple. I actually really like it. Whilst there is a white version, I prefers the matt or satin black finish which makes it so discrete. A must for any serious music listener.
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