I tried Amazon's best-sounding Echo speaker yet, and it seems like a promising Sonos rival
- Amazon's Echo Studio offers high quality audio at a price that's less expensive than rivals like the Google Home Max and Apple HomePod.
- Among its most unique features is support for 3D audio, although the selection of songs that support the standard still seems a bit thin.
- The launch of the Echo Studio is a big push by the company to break into the premium audio space and rival firms like Sonos and Bose.
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Amazon's Echo devices can do many things the average home speaker can't. They can, for example, tell you what the weather will be like tomorrow, switch off the kitchen lights for you, and even help you order a pizza. And although music may be one of the Echo's most commonly used functions, it's Alexa's intelligence that has made them so popular - not their audio quality.
Amazon is looking to change that in a big way with the launch of the Echo Studio, a premium speaker packed with bigger and more capable tweeters and woofers than your standard Echo and the ability to adapt to the room it's in. The Echo Studio can also play songs in 3D audio, which is driven by its support for technologies such as Dolby Atmos and Sony 360 Reality Audio.
It's a product that puts Amazon squarely at competition with veteran speaker brands like Sonos and Bose as well as fellow tech titans Apple and Google.
After spending some time with the new Echo Studio, which launches on November 7 for $200, I've found that it offers a promising audio experience for the price. Here's a closer look at what it's been like to use it.
It's much thicker and heavier than your standard Echo, but that's to be expected.
The audio quality is excellent for the price, and 3D audio represents a noticeable upgrade. But the number of songs available in 3D is still pretty limited.
It's a great choice for anyone looking for a smart speaker that doesn't want to compromise on audio — or pay a high price.
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