That’s how well Amazon’s Echo suits the “Lord of the Rings” design – multimedia

Amazon has come up with something special for the Echo speaker: a design based on the new series “Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power”.

You’ve never seen Amazon’s smart speaker Echo like this! On the occasion of the start of the series “The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power”, Amazon shows a new design of the smart speaker. The limited special edition, which is not (yet?) commercially available, shines with completely new details. On the top of the sphere is the writing “The Lord of the Rings The Rings of Power” in white letters, surrounded by a yellow and gold circle of triangles and dots.

Around the center of the sphere are further colour-coordinated circles with thicker and thinner gauges, as well as a wide design band that is broken up by curves. Apart from the newly designed fabric, which largely covers the Amazon Echo, there are no changes to the plastic base, the controls and the hardware of the speaker – inside it is the Amazon Echo of the fourth generation from 2022.

New design for the newly launched series

The design is a beautiful homage to Amazon’s massive new range. The new “Lord of the Rings” series “The Rings of Power” has been on screens via Amazon’s Prime Video streaming service since September 2, 2022. The epic drama is set thousands of years before the events of the Peter Jackson films and JRR Tolkien’s fantasy bestsellers. The focus of the series is the Elf Galadriel, the series takes place in the Second Age in the history of Middle-earth.

At the start of the first season, Galadriel goes in search of the missing villain Sauron. But the action of the series takes place on several levels: while Galadriel is trying to uncover the secret of Sauron, the elf smith Celebrimbor wants to build the hottest forge of all time with the help of the dwarves and the hobbit ancestors of the hairy feet with the curious Nori in the center find a literally from Heaven fallen strangers.

This is how the speaker performed in the test

Back to the smart speaker that appeared in 2020. Spherically round instead of cylindrical: Amazon launched all three of its Echo speakers, the Echo, the Echo Dot and the new Echo Dot with a new look LED display. The large Echo is far lower than its predecessor, taking up more space in diameter. The first impression: beautiful! The sphere design looks more modern and high-quality, but fits in just as well in all apartments.

Most of the materials used have been recycled. The Echo is wrapped in fabric, and a plastic rail is used on the back. Anthracite, blue-grey (test device) and white are available as colors. The price was initially 100 euros, but it is now around 70 euros. Inside, there’s been a major upgrade, and you can hear it. There is a front-facing 20mm dual tweeter and a 76mm woofer.

Strong sound and with smart hub

On the one hand, this ensures distortion-free, clear and now warmer sound, and on the other hand more bass than the echoes were previously able to offer. Dolby Audio is also supported – this was previously reserved for the much more expensive Amazon devices. Incidentally, the user does not have to make any sound settings himself: If the Echo is attached to the power cable and connected to the WLAN, it analyzes the environment and automatically adjusts the sound. By voice command “Alexa, play music” you can control genre, station and all other music content.

Remarkable: The speaker now reacts faster to commands and also understands the user better when he speaks quietly. The LED light ring now shines blue downwards instead of upwards, which looks very elegant. The four action buttons now protrude slightly from the surface of the speaker – they can be used to mute the microphone, adjust the volume or set the alarm to snooze. Practical: In addition to Amazon Music, other services such as Spotify or Deezer can also be controlled.

Richer, warmer and more bass-heavy sound

Just as clever: there is a 3.5 millimeter jack on the back, which can be used to connect additional speakers. Alternatively, this can also be done wirelessly via the Alexa app. In addition to its function as a speaker, the Echo also acts as a smart home hub that can control lights, thermostats and cameras. This is a first for the standard Echo speakers. Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) and ZigBee connections are supported. The tested Philips Hue lights connected in a few moments and could then be switched on without any problems, great!

There is also a temperature sensor. Overall, the new version of the Echo offers the biggest leap of all previous Echo generations: Not only has the design changed fundamentally, but Amazon has also given the speaker new premium features. Previous generation owners can access without hesitation. Conclusion: Automatic room adjustment, spherical design and double tweeters ensure a richer, warmer and more bass-heavy sound, which only sounds a little dull at high volumes. The compact device gets a “very good”!

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