Top critical review
Works, sounds good, but some issues
Reviewed in Australia on 24 July 2019
I needed this device to serve as a source for a set of large powered speakers in my home. I was intrigued by the promise of better sound than using an echo dot and connecting the headphone jack -> RCA plugs -> Speakers... It works and it gives you better sound, a nice volume dial, and *basic* compatibility with your Echo devices (an Echo Dot is required as this does not have its own microphones). Unfortunately that is about all it does well... it has a "line in" but if you attach a CD player to the line-in you would expect that to be sharable across your network, but it is not. Only streaming services can be made multi-room. You also can not control the volume using the Alexa app if using a line-in source. Also if you have a skill on your echo (say an internet radio app) it will not send its sound to the echo link - skills running on your echo device can not see the echo link, only the big streaming services seem to work as source content... I can not even get Amazon's own Audible books to play though the link! Also it has a cool light up volume dial that does not stay lit unless you are changing it - minor annoyance sure, but if your music is paused you cant look to get a sense of how loud it will be when you unpause. This should be a setting volume lights on/off... anyway, lots of little quirky issues that add up to it being a half-baked, first-try type product. I think Amazon needs a good software update or a next version. I just paid $299 AUD for - it is worth maybe $129 as is.