Amazon Unveils New Echo Studio With 3D Audio, Plus More New Speakers

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The Amazon Echo Studio

Among a suite of new additions to its Echo smart speaker family, Amazon has unveiled the high-end Echo Studio, touted as its "best-sounding" of the bunch yet.

Once plugged in, the model's built-in Alexa microphones automatically sense the acoustics of the surrounding room and fine-tune playback accordingly. The system supports 3D audio, through both Dolby Atmos and Sony's 360 Reality Audio system, along with Amazon Music HD, the platform's brand-new tier of high-quality streaming audio.

For the techies, it's got five drivers: A 1-inch tweeter, three 2-inch midrange speakers, and a 5.25-inch woofer. The device is available for pre-order at $199.99, and will be released on Nov. 7. 

According to a release, Amazon is also working with the three major record labels to bring their libraries to the Echo Studio's 3D format "over time." Soon, the Studio's high-quality experience will also be available through Tidal HiFi. 

“We love hearing feedback from customers about how they use Alexa throughout their day -- whether that’s listening to music, dropping in on a loved one, trying out a new recipe, or playing a game with the family,” Amazon Alexa senior vp Tom Taylor explained in a release. “We hope these new Echo devices will give customers even more ways to access Alexa.”

At its fall 2019 hardware event, Amazon released seven other Echo additions, edging in on competitors like the Sonos One, Apple HomePod and Google Home. Those are the updated original Echo; the wireless Echo Flex; the Echo Dot with an LED clock; the Echo Show 8 with an 8-inch HD screen; Echo Buds wireless earbuds; and two Alexa-equipped products available by invite only: Echo Frames glasses and Echo Loop, a "smart ring."

The new products come as smart speakers continue to grow in popularity: According to the latest Smart Audio report by NPR and Edison Research, 21% of Americans -- or around 53 million people -- now own at least one smart speaker.

More about the Echo Studio in Amazon's promotional video below, where artists like Charlie Puth and Rick Ross test out the system.


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