As technology continues to evolve, so do our methods of entertainment. One reader, John Healy, reached out to Independent.ie seeking advice on whether he could replace his trusty portable radio with an Amazon Echo smart speaker.
Healy’s radio had been experiencing issues with the electric lead, and he was considering using batteries to power it. However, this can be an expensive and inefficient method of running a device.
The good news is that Amazon Echo smart speakers can indeed replace a radio. Users can set up multiple smart speakers in their home and have them all play the same thing at the same time. Additionally, almost all British radio stations can be accessed on the Echo, with the exception of some broadcasts that may be restricted for rights reasons.
For those who primarily use their radio to listen to stations, a smart speaker may be a more efficient and cost-effective alternative. Smart speakers also offer additional features, such as serving as an alarm clock.
When it comes to choosing a smart speaker, the Amazon Echo is a solid choice. The Echo Show 5, which costs around €90, is a popular option due to its touchscreen display that dims at night. The Echo Dot, which costs between €50 to €75 depending on the generation, is another good option. It’s recommended to get the version that displays the time, which costs an additional €10 to €15.
In summary, for those experiencing issues with their portable radio, Amazon Echo smart speakers offer a viable alternative. Not only can multiple speakers be set up in the home, but almost all British radio stations can be accessed through them. Additionally, smart speakers offer additional features beyond just playing music, making them a versatile and efficient choice.