First, the sound is a massive improvement over the 2nd Generation Dot. I would say volume level 5 is about as loud if not louder than volume 10 on the 2nd generation. That being said my there are some bugs that Amazon needs to work out. Alexa's speech is a bit 'choppy' compared to the Echo and 2nd generation dot. My biggest beef is the response lag with this new Dot. The 3rd generation dot is noticeably slower in responding to commands and questions when compared to my 2nd generations echo and dot.