Vaux speaker for Amazon Echo Dot – Review

 

Vaux speaker for Amazon Echo Dot
Manufacturer: Ninety7
Amazon price: $50

The Vaux is an accessory speaker for the Echo Dot -Amazon’s hockey puck-sized Alexa assistant that is currently being promoted at $30. Dots perform the same functions as their larger brother, the Amazon Echo. Their shortcoming is a small, tinny speaker. For improved sound, drop your Dot into into the top of the Vaux and connect it with two small plugs. The Dot’s original power cable plugs into the Vaux.

Try out a Dot to see if Alexa’s services are right for you and if they are, adding a Vaux will make it look better—and sound much better. The Dot and Vaux combo will cost the same as an Echo. The Vaux is available in Black and Ash Gray. It has an attractive fabric exterior that tames the techy look of the Dot.

While we’re not likening Vaux’s sound quality to an expensive speaker, the Vaux sounds good and does well with music. I am familiar with the Amazon Echo and I believe the Vaux sounds better. As a bonus, the Vaux contains a battery that is continuously charged because it is always connected to power. This allows you to unplug it and take it to another room or outside to the patio and keep your music and Alexa with you wirelessly. The poor sound quality in many of the current smart devices is spurring manufacturers to develop improved speakers. The Vaux is a good example of this innovation.

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About Curt Blanchard

I’m a Mac user from the beginning with a background in graphic design, product design, photography. I’m a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design with a degree in Illustration. I spent much of my professional career designing consumer products in ceramics, glass, and metals by working on-site with European and Asian manufacturers. I am currently an officer at Tucson Macintosh Users Group and a reviewer in the Amazon Vine program.

2 thoughts on “Vaux speaker for Amazon Echo Dot – Review

  1. Nice review Curt. I saw this product and wonder who was the target audience? People who bought a dot and then wanted the bigger speaker instead? The Amazon Echo (2nd Gen) is $79 and sounds very goo. But a Dot is typically $49, plus $50 (retail) here makes this more expensive. I guess with both on sale ($29 + $50) it’s the same price. Now, which one sounds better? And I do like the battery idea. Does that battery keep the Dot powered too?

  2. My feeling is that this is aimed at people who bought a Dot as an Alexa trial and find they like it but hate the cheapo speaker. If they got their Dot at the nearly permanent promo price of $29, adding $50 for the Vaux brings it up to the current promo price of the Echo ($79).
    The Vaux sounds good, not great – similar to many of the Bluetooth speakers around. MUCH better than the Dot and the same or maybe a bit better than the Echo. The Vaux is directional – sound comes from the front.
    I’m not convinced about the battery feature. I don’t find the need to move Alexa around the house with me but maybe outside on the patio in the summer? Yes, the battery runs the Dot and the speaker. Instructions say it will run for up to six hours.

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