With the introduction of voice control via Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant or Siri in smart speakers and other devices, the general trend has been to use your hands as little as possible. This has gone even further for owners of certain Alexa powered devices, as they can use the Virtual Assistant to make EQ adjustments with a new feature.
Alexa was already able to control the volume, so with this new option, you can control most of your listening experience with just your voice, depending on which service you use to play music. You can lower and boost both bass and treble by up to 6 decibels in each direction for a total of 12 dB of adjustable range, so you can tailor the sound to your liking.
The commands themselves are as simple as you expect from Alexa. Just use phrases like "Alexa, turn the treble" or "Alexa, turn the bass." If you want to be more specific, you can use phrases like "Alexa, set the bass to minus three," or "Alexa set the treble to maximum." If you find that you've found a sound you do not like, you can Just start over by saying, "Alexa, reset the equalizer."
Currently this feature is only available in the US. Supported devices include First and Second Generation Amazon Echo, First and Second Generation Echo-Dot, Echo Plus, Echo Show, and Echo Spot. In the case of Echo Show and Echo Spot, you can also adjust the EQ using the device's on-screen control. For all these devices you can also make EQ adjustments via the Alexa app.
Amazon does not limit this feature to its own devices. The company has made it accessible to developers, and so far both the Sonos Beam and the Polk Audio Command Bar have made use of it. In the case of the command bar, both the band and mode controls are available, while only the mode controls are available in the Sonos Beam. Other devices will likely add support for the features available through this API in the future.
For more information on Amazon's Virtual Assistant, see our guide to everything Alexa can do.