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Technology Amazon's new Echo Studio promises immersive audio for $200

22:10  25 september  2019
22:10  25 september  2019 Source:   engadget.com

Amazon’s new Echo has better sound at the same price

  Amazon’s new Echo has better sound at the same price Amazon's new $99 mainline Echo is basically an Echo Plus in new clothes. Under the hood is the same core audio features -- neodymium drivers and a 3-inch woofer. It should have better frequency response, especially on the low end, but Amazon also claims the mids and highs are clearer. On the outside it's got a clean fabric cover that, not going to lie, looks a bit like a Homepod when slapped on the new design. But people will probably appreciate that the there's a new color option. In addition to charcoal, sandstone and heather gray, there's now twilight blue. We don't have all the details just yet about the new Echo.

Just as earlier reports suggested, Amazon revealed yet another updated version of its Echo smart speaker at a press conference in Seattle today. The big difference? Its focus on high-quality audio. Unlike earlier Echo models, which largely prioritized smarts over sound quality, Amazon's new Echo Studio aims to deliver immersive, 3D audio (with help fro Dolby Atmos), all meant to help it compete more capably with competitors like Sonos.

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"It is the most innovative speaker we've ever built," Amazon said in its self-referential live coverage.

The Echo Studio retains the same cloth-covered aesthetic seen in some older models, like last year's Echo Plus. The biggest visual difference is the wide slit cut across the speaker's "belly" — it looks sort of like a gutted HomePod. What really matters are its innards: Amazon says it packs three speakers mounted in the left, right and top of the Studio to create a more broader soundstage, plus a discrete tweeter and a 5.25-inch bass driver for meaty lows. It's meant to play nice with Amazon recently announced lossless audio streaming, which only makes sense since Amazon SVP of hardware David Limp noted early in the presentation that music is still a major use case for Echo owners.

Amazon Echo Studio: Pricing, features and how to order

  Amazon Echo Studio: Pricing, features and how to order Amazon just announced a new product to their smart device lineup, the Echo Studio. As described on stage, it's meant to deliver the most robust sound experience possible. The speaker also supports Dolby Atmos and comes on the heels of last week's release of Amazon's new lossless music streaming service, Amazon Music HD. © Provided by Cable News Network, Inc.Echo Studio is $199.99 and should be up later for pre-order later today.Similar to Sonos and Apple's HomePod speakers, Studio uses far-field microphones to map out the room and design the optimal audio experience. Amazon is calling it an immersive 3D sound experience.

Even so, people serious about trying to kit out their home theaters can splurge on a pair of Studios, since they can be linked together for even more immersive audio. It doesn't hurt that every one of Amazon's 4K-compatible Fire TVs can stream Dolby Atmos audio to the Studio without fuss, either.

Considering the number of products Amazon has to get through today, it's no surprise Amazon's Studio demo was pretty brief -- it didn't take long for the company to cut to videos of music industry notables praising the Studio's sound instead. What seems clear at this point, however, is that one of the Echo Studio's biggest assets is its price tag — it's $100 less than Apple's HomePod, and on par with Sono's second-generation One. Had Amazon been more ambitious, it may have found itself feeling the same sort of weak demand that has limited HomePod sales and potentially derailed Samsung's original Galaxy Home plans.

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Amazon lets you connect Fire TV and Echo devices to create a home theater .
You can now connect your Amazon Echo and Fire TV devices to create an Alexa home theater system. By linking your devices to the same network and accounts, you can get wireless audio via your Echo devices when you're watching favorite shows and movies. Amazon announced the change late last week. Amazon has been focussing more and more on audio quality lately, so using the Echo devices as a wireless audio solution for your TV seems like a smart move. Customers who have the current generation Echo and Echo Plus can stream Dolby audio wireless, and customers with Echo Studio can stream Dolby Atmos-quality sound.

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