With the Echo Studio Amazon has – as previously speculated – presented a larger, more powerful echo speaker, which should meet higher sound requirements. It offers 3D audio with Dolby Atmos and the microphones automatically calibrate the sound steadily according to the sound conditions in the room, promises Amazon.
10 seconds are necessary for the initial setup and tuning of the playback via the microphones. The new speaker is designed for the new Music HD offer from Amazon for lossless music. For sound, the Echo Studio uses five drivers – a 5.25-inch subwoofer, a 1-inch tweeter, and three 2-inch midrange speakers, one facing up and the other two facing in the opposite direction. The integrated amplifier provides up to 330 watts, a 100 kHz bandwidth and a 24-bit digital-to-analog converter (DAC). Directly below the subwoofer, the Echo Studio offers a bass reflex opening at the front and back. Further technical data are not yet available.
One or two Echo Studio units can be paired with selected Fire TV models, so audio is output with multi-channel sound and support for Dolby Atmos, Dolby Digital 5.1 and stereo audio formats.
The Echo Studio is also a Zigbee hub
The design of the Echo Studio is reminiscent of a cross between last year's Echo Sub and the Echo Plus. The size of the Echo Studio is located between these two models. Also the well-known, blue light ring and the controls on the top of the echo speakers for the volume, Alexa and mute are retained at the Echo Studio. The seven microphones are placed at the top. Like the Echo Plus, the Echo Studio also offers a Zigbee hub to connect smart home devices directly to the speaker as the control center.
Amazon claims to work with music studios such as Sony, Universal and Warner to design more pieces of music on 3D audio. Amazon currently offers around 1,000 tracks with 3D audio. In addition to Dolby Atmos, Sony's 360-reality audio codecs are also supported.
Echo Studio costs 199.99 euros
The new Amazon Echo Studio can be pre-ordered from today in Germany for 199.99 euros, but the delivery is planned later in the year – a price of observers for surprisingly low price, as far as the Echo Studio can convince sonic, which Amazon the strongest competitors in this area, Sonos and Apple could put pressure on the HomePod. For comparison: Apple's HomePod still costs 329 euros in Germany.