How to crank the bass on your Echo speakers with Alexa's equalizer

Make use of the Echo's new equalizer feature

How to use Alexa EQ
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Amazon recently announced a new equalizer feature that gives you more control over the sound coming out of your Echo speakers.

Now, we know: Amazon's Echo speakers aren't known for their sound quality. Sonos, this is not. But the new Alexa EQ feature means you'll be able to fine tune the sound, whether that's for music or podcasts, so you can be sure you're listening at optimum quality – or however you like it best. Prefer your bass to be as bassy as possible? You've got it.

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The new feature is live across all Echo speakers in the US – the UK has some of the new features but not all; we'll explain later – including the screen-toting Echo Show and Echo Spot. They're automatically enabled, so there's no need to update or install anything.

While the new EQ feature is currently limited to Amazon's homemade devices, it's also opened it up to third-party developers who will be able to make use of it in the future. In fact, the Alexa-powered Polk Audio Command Bar is already making use of the new sound controls.

How to use Alexa's EQ feature with voice

At the time of writing, the equalizer is still rolling out to Amazon devices, so don't be alarmed if you don't yet have it available. If it's not, asking Alexa to make a sound adjustment will be met with a "I can't control EQ on this device". In that case, you'll just have to wait. Also, if you're in the UK you'll need to skip to the next section; only US users can adjust the EQ with voice, while everyone else (for now) must do it through the Alexa app.

If you are in the US and the feature is live, there are several ways you can adjust the sound. Alexa recognizes different band names: bass, midrange and treble. You can fine tune these by asking, say, "Alexa, turn up the bass". Or you can even be more specific as Alexa can set the decibels anywhere between 6bB and -6dB, so you could say, "Alexa, set the treble to three".

Alexa also has different 'modes', which are sound profiles similar to the ones you might find in your TV settings. Right now these consist of "Movie", "Music", "Night", "Sport" and "TV". Each one is obviously meant to suit a specific type of audio. Try saying, "Alexa, set night mode".

Here are some more examples of commands you can try:

“Alexa, increase bass.”
"Alexa, decrease treble.”
“Alexa, increase bass in living room.”
"Alexa, set night mode on bedroom TV.”
“Alexa, set movie mode.”
"Alexa, set bass to two on sound bar.”

How to crank the bass with Alexa EQ

How to use Alexa's EQ feature in the app, Echo Show and Spot

If you'd prefer to (or you're not in the US and therefore don't have a choice), your Echo's EQ can also be adjusted in the Alexa smartphone app. To get there, open the Alexa app:

1. From the home screen, open the Options menu by tapping the three lines in the top right corner.
2. Hit Alexa Devices.
3. Choose the Alexa device you wish to adjust the EQ on.
4. Tap on Sounds.

If the feature has rolled out to your Echo speaker, you should see the EQ.

Similarly, if you're using an Echo with a screen on it – so the Echo Show or Echo Spot – you can access the EQ directly from the device. Swipe down, hit the Settings button, and then scroll to Sounds.

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