Amazon calculates a product’s star ratings using a machine learned model instead of a raw data average. The machine learned model takes into account factors including: the age of a review, helpfulness votes by customers and whether the reviews are from verified purchases.
Echo link is connected to my Denton Hi-Fi system. Set up is fast and can be completed within 3 minutes.Prior to it , Just make sure you have the cable connected from Echo Link to your amplifier and have downloaded the Alexa App. Plug in the power adapter and turn on the volume of the Echlo l,ink and the Amplifier.. Log on to my Spotify account and set music quality as high and stream Benjamin Britten Piano concerto OP 13 , performed by Elizabeth Joy Roe with The London Symphony orchestra on a Decca Recording. Very much impressed by the music quality ,the sound is clear and crisp. The sound quality is comparable to my Denon HEOS 5 speaker and the Yamaha digital radio tuner which broadcast music in CD like quality. When you oonsider the price of Echo link which is half the price of reputable brand like Denon HEOS HS2 link . It gives value for money
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.
Echo link is powering our living room sound system via a Yamaha amp. This thing works pretty much flawlessly, with no noticeable impact on sound quality. The only reason it doesn’t get 5-stars is the pairing with Spotify occasionally goes haywire, and you need to reconnect to get it working again.