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How to turn any speaker into an Alexa speaker

With Echo Input, any speaker can be an Alex-enabled speaker.

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Introduced at Amazon's hardware event, the $35 Echo Input is the first Echo device without a speaker.

This is great news if you've always thought that Echo is awesome, but the sound quality is lacking. Now you can bring Amazon's voice assistant to your favorite speakers and combine great sound with convenience of Alexa commands. 

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Echo Input works with just about any speaker, so long as it has a 3.5mm audio cable input or Bluetooth connectivity. Connect it to your speaker and the Echo Input's four-microphone array allows you to talk to Alexa from across the room. 

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The Echo Input will be available later this year in the US, UK and Germany. 

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