The Eko core really is what makes the device amazing. One of the concerns that I had with a digital scope was the power supply issue. What if you have a busy clinic day and you forget to charge your device? In this instance, the unique Eko core will allow you to use either analog or digital. Using a convenient toggle, labelled “on” and “off”, you can switch between analog and digital modes. This switch occurs very quickly and is very noticeable. You can increase or decrease the sound level by using the sound up/down buttons. The device has a dynamic sound driver which provides quality audio to each of the ear pieces and can provide up to 40x amplification.
With white noise reduction, background noises are reduced and not just amplified like hearing aids. Having tested other stethoscopes, this device is clearly a winner in overall sound quality. According to the website, it is the “largest self contained audio driver of any stethoscope on the market.” The best part about this technology is that it really can be quite universal. You can buy just the core for $199 and attach it to your precious cardiology grade scope (cardiology III/WelchAllyn Elite) or you can opt to purchase the entire package for $299. I love that the inline tubing provides clear, unchanged, unaltered, natural heart and lung sounds. The head of the scope is a normal stethoscope diaphragm/bell and will work completely without power. This is different than other digital devices that have digital style heads. This feature makes the Eko stethoscope so much more versatile."