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DGT Echo Talking Chess Clock

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The ECHO is a talking digital chess clock made by Digital Gaming Technologies. It is identical to the ubiquitous DGT 3000 clock except that the time is spoken through an earpiece for those who cannot see the display. Like the DGT 3000, this clock is officially endorsed by FIDE (the world chess federation) and suitable for international events.

The clock is easy to program for visually impaired players and a sighted person familiar with the DGT 3000 needs no additional training. These clocks also enable visually impaired players to use incremental time controls which is impossible with a tactile clock.

The cost is £100 to BCA members. This is only available to members purchasing their first digital clock and is not available to those who received a subsidy on a different model of clock.

The Echo is very easy to program and use, although there are some things a visually impaired user needs to know. We recommend visually impaired users read our DGT Echo guide.

The DGT Echo is essentially a DGT 3000 clock with the added feature that messages are spoken through earpieces. Sighted players and arbiters experienced with the 3000 clock can use the Echo without further reading. For those with no experience, we recommend reading the DGT 3000 manual.