Amazon just released an updated model of the budget voice-activated streamer called the Dot. Retail on the new version is now only $49. This is the only Echo variant that has an analog output, so connecting as a more traditional streaming solution (with stellar voice recognition) is possible with a little creative placement.
The new Dot comes in an additional color (white) which you can now get straight from the Amazon site, a much easier process to order than the previous iteration which could only be purchased directly through an existing Echo interface. As a bonus to the wired output, the little hockey puck also does bluetooth both ways for connecting a phone as a source or as output to separate speakers. The previous generation included a small speaker that has been compared to the sound quality you might hear from a mobile phone, but still would be considered suitable for alarms or simple feedback with the interface’s voice personality, Alexa.
Amazon is even making a push for a fully connected house by offering buy-5-get-one-free option at checkout. The roster of streaming services available for the Dot currently include Amazon’s own Prime Music (included with a Prime membership), Spotify, Pandora, and iHeartRadio. No word yet on any Tidal connectivity. You can check out our review of the older Echo and Tap [here].
Dot on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B015TJD0Y4/