Well, I have just purchased an Amazon Echo Dot (the new smaller version that isn't as loud) for £49.... and I'm sharing this fact here to say how impressed I am. As a basic "radio" type of thing it's plenty loud enough, but I can also say "Alexa, connect to my speaker" and she switches the sound straight over to my Sony bluetooth party speaker - hence the decision not to spend the extra £100 on the full sized Echo. I've signed up to "Amazon Music Unlimited" at £3.99 a month (a special price if you only want to use it on one Echo device) which gives instant access to 40 million songs, and so far I've not managed to throw anything at her that she couldn't play. I even have an older friend that loves the 50's and even he found that she could play anything he wanted. The speech recognition is brilliant and eventually I hope to buy a few sockets so that I can ask her to turn the bedroom and living room lights on and off and the bedroom fan etc. In short.... if anyone has been considering buying one of these things JUST DO IT. You won't regret it. Now I just need to encourage the missus to use it to create shopping lists.