While both the full-sized Echo and Echo Dot have respectable sound for their given size, compared to much larger Bluetooth desktop speakers (or a full Bluetooth-enabled home theater system), they’re pretty anemic. Let’s see how you can pair them with bigger, more reliable speakers.

What you need for Bluetooth pairing

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This is not a tutorial on how to use bluetooth to send music on the your echo (e.g. to play music from your phone) is a tutorial on how to send sound With echo to larger speakers. If you’re interested in using your Echo as a Bluetooth speaker, please check out our guide here.

To achieve an Echo-to-Speaker configuration, you will need a few things. First, you’ll need an Echo device (obviously). Second, you’ll need some kind of Bluetooth speaker system to connect. While your choice of speakers can be as simple and compact as a bulky desktop Bluetooth device (like the Nyne Bass we showcased in our portable Bluetooth speaker buying guide), really anything that offers Bluetooth connectivity and good speakers is a potential candidate.

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For example, if you have a soundbar with Bluetooth connectivity — a feature we highlighted in our soundbar buying guide — you can link your echo to your soundbar. In fact, even if you have an old but still great floor standing speaker test, you can connect your echo to them via Bluetooth with a simple Bluetooth to analog adapter like the one we use in our guide to adding Bluetooth headphones to your HDTV. However, it’s worth noting that the Echo Dot has a physical audio output, whereas the full-sized Echo doesn’t — if you’re happy with the Echo Dots placed next to the speakers and want to skip the jump through the Bluetooth hoop, you can just use a 3.5mm headphone cable between men to connect Dot to the speakers. (This will also result in better quality, as Bluetooth unfortunately degrades sound quality somewhat.) Full-size Echo users should use Bluetooth.

How to Connect an Echo Device to Bluetooth Speakers

Once you’ve decided on your speaker setup (which is by far the most time-consuming part), you’re on to the easy part: Connect your Echo device to those speakers. Connect speakers and/or optional Bluetooth adapter if available. Connect an Echo device nearby (anywhere is generally fine, Bluetooth range is about 30 feet). Grab whatever device you normally use to access your Echo settings (such as your iPhone with the Alexa app installed, or your laptop with alexa.amazon.com loaded into a web browser).

First, put your Bluetooth speaker or adapter into pairing mode. This depends on your device, so check your user manual or Google model number for instructions.

Second, access the Alexa control panel through your phone or web browser. Click «Settings» and then select the echo device you want to connect from the «Devices» list.

In the first subsection labeled «Wireless», click «Bluetooth».

You’ll see all previously paired devices here, including any devices you’ve paired with echo to use echo as a Bluetooth speaker (such as the «iPhone» entry shown below). To pair a new device, press the blue Pair New Device button.

Now is the time to put your Bluetooth speaker into pairing mode. Your speaker should display a list of available devices as shown below — click on it. If your device doesn’t show up right away, make sure the device you previously paired your speaker with (like your iPhone) has turned off Bluetooth — many devices can immediately connect to any nearby previously paired device, skipping pairing mode altogether. ,

After selecting the speaker, you will see it in the list of Bluetooth devices.

Remember the name of the speaker or adapter. This way, if your Echo disconnects for any reason, you can always give it a verbal instruction to reconnect to a nearby and previously paired Bluetooth device by saying «Alexa, connect to Nyne Bass» (or whatever your speaker is called).

Setting up your echo device after pairing

Once the pairing process is complete, your actual echo block still acts as an input for all commands, but the output will come from the paired speakers. The nice thing about Bluetooth is that it allows you to place your Echo device just about anywhere within about 30 feet of Bluetooth. This means that if the speakers are in a den next to your kitchen, but 90% of the time you’re in the kitchen is issuing Alexa commands when you’re cooking or eating breakfast, you can easily place the Echo in the kitchen. where Alexa hears you clearly.

While Amazon recommends placing at least 3 feet between the speakers and the Echo device (since very close proximity can make it difficult for the microphone array to get sound out of the speakers to properly pick up your voice commands), we found their concern was a little overblown. As long as you don’t mount the Echo directly in front of a pair of crankshaft speakers, this won’t be a problem. Place the Echo where it makes the most sense for everyday use, and as long as it’s not positioned directly in front of the speakers or rattles around the top of your subwoofer, then everything should work just fine.

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