In this Amazon Echo Sub Review, Hooke Audio will look at the remarkable characteristics of this device, about the design, setup, performance, and price. Besides, we also mention its shortcomings. Let’s get started.
Amazon Echo smart speaker produces a solid sound for their price. However, they don’t have the deep bass to match their price and won’t reach sub-bass. The Echo Sub is a wireless subwoofer that can be used with either one or two Echo speakers to produce low-end rumble speakers. It’s an inexpensive wireless subwoofer with a solid sub-bass output at $129.99. It can’t shake walls like subwoofers for home theaters and is limited by Bluetooth streaming incompatibility.
- It is small and affordable.
- Use an Echo or Echo Plus to round out the low-frequency response successfully.
- It is not particularly strong or booming.
- Only compatible with Echo speakers
- It won’t work with Bluetooth connections for Echo speakers
Amazon Echo Sub Review
The Echo Sub is a tiny subwoofer compared to most others. It measures 7.9 by 8.2 inches (HW), about half the size of wireless subwoofers. It is also lighter than most home theater subwoofers, which can weigh in excess of 15 pounds. It is a wider version of the Echo Plus with the same curved edges as the grille and fabric around the sides. It is available only in black and not in Echo Dot or Echo Show.
The Echo Sub is not like the Echo Plus or other Echo speakers. It does not have buttons and the Alexa light ring. Without at least one Echo speaker, this subwoofer won’t be able to hear your voice or work properly. The bottom holds the power connector, and the A disc-shaped base supports the subwoofer. This keeps the cylinder slightly elevated to allow the 6-inch driver to move air.
The Echo Sub was a breakthrough device that connected to the Alexa app. After trying three Wi-Fi networks and troubleshooting every possible solution, the Echo Sub finally decided it was time. The Alexa app opened, and we clicked on the Sub to add it. It was done in a matter of minutes.
Stereo pairing, speaker groups, multi-room music, and stereo pairing only work over Wi-Fi networks. They don’t support Bluetooth or 3.5mm Aux-in. Our research also revealed that different Echo devices could support extra subwoofer and stereo configurations. Amazon’s claim that Echo Sub is easy to set up and use seems absurd.
All that being said, when we got the Echo ecosystem up and running, we were able to see that the hardware was actually quite good.
We weren’t expecting much after the hard work of getting our Echo Sub to work. Surprisingly the Echo Sub produces powerful bass with good clarity and articulation. Our Echo Sub and Echo Plus speakers were tested with various music, video, podcasts, and other media.
Echo Sub is loud enough. It can sometimes be too loud at times. There’s also no volume control. The Sub’s sound quality was amazing and it wasn’t delightful to see the Sub without any inline or on-device controls. It is easy to become too loud with bass-heavy music. Alexa can only “turn down the Bass,” and this is a major flaw.
This problem was highlighted when the Echo Sub was paired with the Echo Dot (3rd generation). This pairing is impossible because the Echo Dot, a small smart speaker, doesn’t have any controls. We decided that the Echo Sub didn’t work for our needs. It was a distraction until Amazon added more control options.
We found out from other consumers that Amazon had released the possible adding addingiring in the everywhere group. The software update corrected that problem, and Amazon should continue to add features quickly. This Sub is incompatible with your other Echo speakers so that you won’t get a balanced, good sound.
The Echo Sub is not the only device that exposes Amazon’s software issues. Except for the Echo Show 5, which can be set up on the device, we had problems frustrating all Echo products. We think Amazon needs to overhaul the Alexa mobile app. Based on the negative reviews, it’s obvious.
After setting up our smart hub speakers, Alexa was a great voice assistant. However, the Echo Sub lacks that functionality. The Echo Sub may not be a complete loss volume, volume, crossover, and EQ features. Because the Sub isn’t bad, we’d love to hear that feature in the future.
Amazon Echo Sub is highly affordable at $130 Although there are many other subs with 100W power available in this price range, we could not find any that would work with Amazon’s Echo devices. We couldn’t find any other option that would work with the Amazon Echo intelligent hub speaker. The Echo Sub seems to be your only choice for the moment.
The Echo Plus already boasts a remarkable bass and two Echo Plus speakers paired together to provide enough low-end for most people. If Amazon makes significant improvements, we don’t see the point in adding a subwoofer for your Echo speaker.
Amazon hopes its newest smart speaker will appeal to those with love for deep, resonant bass. And we also hope this review can help you decide if this is the right product for you.