The Amazon Echo Studio Alexa smart speaker features several buttons on its front top, and a light ring around its entire top, similar to other Echo speakers. Here though, we explore the Echo Studio buttons and input and output ports. We show where to find each one on the speaker, and discuss what each button / plug is for, and when to press them to access the many features of this popular Amazon speaker. Finally, we touch a bit on some of the light ring patterns you’ll see when pressing these buttons, and that come up during other speaker functions.
Echo Studio Buttons Functions, Descriptions, and Locations
Volume Down and Up Buttons
The Alexa Echo Studio has two push-button volume controls at the top front. These round depressions, with raised minus and plus symbols inside, decrease and increase the speaker volume. See the volume buttons, pointed at by the green arrows in the next picture.
Press the minus button to lower speaker volume. Press the plus button to raise the volume. Note that adjusting volume on one speaker in this way does not affect the loudness of any other Echo speaker on the network or in the same group, except when this speaker is participating in a stereo or sub woofer pair. Each Echo Studio remembers its own volume setting.
The light ring briefly glows white when you press either UP or DOWN button. It also shows where the volume is currently set. The less of the ring that glows, the lower the volume setting. The more of it that glows, the higher. See the following picture show how the light ring lights depending on volume setting.
The Light Ring During Volume Adjustments
The next picture shows the volume set to approximately sixty percent.
The next picture shows the volume set to approximately fifty percent as the Volume Down button is pressed.
Each press of either volume key illuminates the light ring in white.
The next picture shows the volume set to about eight-five percent, as the Volume UP button is pressed.
The ring goes out a couple seconds after the last volume button press.
Mic Mute / Mic OFF Button
The Amazon Echo Studio also has a Microphone OFF / ON button. This circular button, with a raised STOP symbol inside, mutes and un mutes the built in far field mics. When the mics are muted, the speaker does not hear anything, and so, does not respond to the wake word.
See the Mic Mute button, pointed at by the green arrow in the next picture.
The light ring as well as the Mic ON / OFF button also glow red to show that the unit will not hear you at the present time, as pictured next.
When muted, press this button to un mute / turn on the mics again. Once you turn on the mics again, the red light ring goes dark as shown next, and the speaker once again responds to voice commands.
Action and Reset Button
The round Action button has a raised, white dot in its recessed center. We find this button at four o’clock on the Echo Studio top panel, as pointed at by the green arrow we drew in, in the next picture.
Quickly press and release the Action button to get Alexa’s attention instead of calling out to her with your voice. Raise her in this way when you need her to be quiet, or in loud places where she might have trouble hearing you speak her wake word.
You can also reset the Echo Studio to factory default settings and state by pressing and gently holding in the Action button until the hard reset happens. Reset usually begins in five to seven seconds.
Finally, there is a light sensor beneath the white dot on this triple duty button. This “electric eye” senses the ambient light shining on the Studio, and adjusts the brightness of its light ring accordingly. The brighter the surrounding light, the brighter the ring glows whenever it lights. The darker the area, the dimmer the light ring glow.
Amazon Alexa Echo Studio Connection Ports
The Echo Studio also sports a three-hole panel, found on the back side. Herein, are the only connection ports; the AUX In, AC Power In, and apparently, some sort of micro USB service port, as pictured next.
The hole on the left is the service port. Presumably, Amazon techs plug equipment into this port when testing or repairing the speaker. In the middle, we find the AC power input plug. And finally, a 3.5mm line level audio input port on the right rounds out the port compliment on this speaker. This supports connecting your Echo Studio to a phone or other low audio power output device, to get louder sound from it. The AUX port is also a digital optical port as well.
Now that wraps up this summary of all the buttons on the Amazon Alexa Echo Studio speaker. With these, you can access most of the speaker’s commands. Also, the light ring lets you see speaker status as well.
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References for Echo Studio Buttons
- 2020-09-05: First published.