In one of the long awaited updates for Amazon Alexa devices, it looks like Amazon will soon be releasing feature we’ve all been waiting for, the equalizer!
From Amazons press release on 23rd July 2018:
Today we are excited to announce equalizer (EQ) and sound mode controls for smart home entertainment devices, available today for customers in the US across the Amazon Echo family of devices, and on select Alexa-enabled devices built using the Alexa Voice Service (AVS). Now customers can personalize the tone of the audio playing on their speakers, AV receivers, and sound bars by simply saying, “Alexa, crank up the bass,” “Alexa, turn up treble,” or “Alexa, set TV mode.”
For developers working with entertainment devices and audio-visual playback, the equalizer and sound mode control features extend the capabilities of voice control with Alexa and are available today through the Smart Home Skill API and AVS API. Integrated equalizer control will be available soon through the AVS SDK, but select Alexa-enabled devices have already been introduced with these new capabilities: Sound United implemented band and mode control into the recently launched Polk Command Bar, and Sonos incorporated mode control into its newest soundbar, SonosBeam.
“Consumers want simplicity and performance from their audio products. By adding the EQ API and Alexa Voice Service (AVS) to the Polk Command Bar, our consumers can control sound bar functions like setting or changing sound modes (e.g. Movie, Music, Night and Sport), bass volume and volume levels with just their voice. It also simplifies the installation and setup process and makes the value proposition of the Polk Command Bar stronger than before.” Michael Greco, Brand Director for Polk Audio.
Some more examples of how customers might use these new capabilities include:
- “Alexa, increase bass.”
- “Alexa, increase bass in living room.”
- “Alexa, set movie mode.”
- “Alexa, set night mode on bedroom TV.”
- “Alexa, set bass to three on sound bar.”
- “Alexa, decrease treble.”
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