Thinking of purchasing an Amazon Echo Dot to use with your home A/V stereo system? That’s a super idea as it’s an inexpensive way to play streaming music on your existing speaker system, especially if you have an AV receiver and excellent sounding speakers already in use or thinking of creating a home audio system from scratch.
The Echo Dot will run you about $50, but during Black Friday and Holidays season, you can buy it for around $25-$30. With the Echo Dot, or any of the Echo devices, you can use the 3.5mm line out analog jack to connect to your AV receiver. You’ll need to find a 3.5mm to RCA audio adapter and plug it into any of the RCA inputs available on your receiver, like DVD, Tape or AUX. It really doesn’t matter what the label says, just as long as you know which input you’ve plugged it into. When you’re ready to stream Echo audio through your home stereo speakers, just switch your AV receiver to the appropriate input.
For a better or shall we say lazier experience, use an analog input that’s the same one as your digital optical input, like DVD. Set the input to auto and when you’re TV is off, then your receiver will automatically play from the Echo device analog input. Of course this only works if you are either using an older receiver or non HDMI audio connection to your TV and have the both digital and analog options for DVD-in options. This is a great bedroom option as we all have some older receiver laying around that still rocks.
If you have a bluetooth receiver, you can also set up your Echo device to connect to your receiver through bluetooth to your receiver. Set up is through the Alexa app. Once you have it set up, just say “Connect” and Echo will connect to the last bluetooth device. To disconnect, say “Disconnect”. How easy is that?
There you have it. Your music from any of the Amazon supported streaming services will sound way better than connecting your Echo devices to a bluetooth speaker.