For those of you who want better audio quality out of your streaming music, the Amazon Echo Link Amp is now available for purchase. The device was announced last year, along with the Amazon Echo Link, as a solution for audiophiles that want more than the existing Echo line of products have to offer.
Both the Echo Link and Echo Link Amp serve as a bridge between your music and premium audio equipment. While most people are probably fine using the analog 3.5mm audio out of an Echo Dot or Echo Input to drive external speakers, the Echo Link and Link Amp’s digital audio ports provide a superior connection. The difference between the two devices is that the Echo Link Amp has a built-in 60-watt, two-channel amplifier. So, if your speakers are already connected to a receiver, the Echo Link should serve you well enough, but if you want to skip the receiver, the Echo Link Amp allows you to connect premium speakers directly to it.
Both the Echo Link and the Echo Link Amp still require an external Alexa device to control music playback by voice. Neither has a built-in speaker or microphone. The commands given to any of your Alexa devices can be relayed to the Echo Links. The Amazon Echo Link is $199.99 and the Amazon Echo Link Amp is $299.99. For $20 more, you can bundle either device with an Amazon Echo Dot.