does anyone know if there is a sound output on the alexa or other similar devices for external speakers? i want mine to go to my b&o speakers. m.

Lenovo’s Smart Assistant Houses Amazon’s Alexa brains in Harman Kardon Speaker Hardware.

Voice-activated speakers like Amazon Echo and Google Home have become indispensable as smart assistants. As speakers, though? Not so much. Lenovo’s first foray into the field aims to remedy that shortcoming. Its Smart Assistant houses Amazon’s Alexa brains in hardware with Harman Kardon’s audio-expert approval.

What you gain over Amazon’s hardware offering, though, is an upgraded design and presumably hardier soundscapes. The Smart Assistant still goes the “tall cylinder” route, but looks less like a monolith and more like a thoughtfully engineered Thermos. It’s an improvement. And while it doesn’t offer quite the rainbow of color options as Google Home, it does come in pleasant light gray, green, orange. It comes with eight 360-degree far-field microphones (the Echo has seven, for what it’s worth), with noise suppression and acoustic echo cancellation to help your commands ring true.

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