Alexa Amazon Echo

Using Alexa’s Built-in EQ Feature

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Written by SmartSpeaker

While the Amazon Echo speakers may not have the sound quality of a Sonos speaker, it is being improved with each new version of the hardware. But even if you don’t want to upgrade your current Echo speaker, there are ways you can improve how it sounds. The easiest way is to change bass, mid and treble levels of the speaker using the Alexa EQ feature.


Using the Alexa EQ with Voice Commands

Just like with almost every other setting on your Echo speaker, you can control the EQ settings with voice commands. Unfortunately, this doesn’t apply (yet) if you are outside of the US.

If you are in the UK or elsewhere that has Alexa, you will need to control the EQ settings in the Alexa app.¬†You can quickly test this by saying “Alexa, turn up the bass”. If Alexa replies with “I can’t control EQ on this device” you will be forced to use your boring old fingers to adjust the settings.

The simplest way to control the EQ settings on your Echo speaker is to use commands similar to the volume commands:

Alexa, turn up the bass

Or

Alexa, reduce the treble

The EQ settings range from 6bB to -6dB, so you can also be a bit more specific with your commands:

Alexa, change the bass to 3

Or

Alexa, reduce the mid to zero

You can also reset the EQ by saying “Alexa, reset the EQ”.

Alexa also features preset sound modes (again, US only so far) that you can switch to with a voice command. The currently available sound modes are: Music, Movie, Sport, Night and TV. Each is designed to suit a particular type of audio playback.

To change to one of the sound modes, say:

Alexa, change to Music mode

Or

Alexa, set Night mode

Alexa may ask you which device to do this for (if you have multiple devices set up in the Alexa app), so you just need to say the name of the device. This also applies to the EQ commands. Alternatively, you can specify the device in the original command:

Alexa, set Movie mode on the soundbar

Or

Alexa, increase the bass on the living room speaker


Using the EQ Feature in the Alexa App

If you prefer, or if you simply don’t yet have access to EQ voice commands, you can change the EQ settings manually in the Alexa app.

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Open the app and tap the menu button at the top-left of the screen. From the menu, choose Settings, and then choose Device Settings.

Tap the name of the device you want to adjust the EQ on, and then scroll down to the Audio Controls section. You will then see the sliding bars of a standard equaliser.

You can change the setting for Bass, Mid and Treble. It is best to do this while a song is playing on the speaker, so you cna immediately hear the difference each change makes to the output.

When you have the sound as you like it, simply tap the back button to return to the Alexa app homescreen (no need to save the EQ settings).

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