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Amazon unveils a new, bigger, high-fidelity ‘Echo Studio’

The new speaker will sell for $199, significantly less than hi-fi smart speakers from Apple and Google.

Amazon unveils a new, bigger, high-fidelity ‘Echo Studio’
[Photo: courtesy of Amazon]
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Research has shown that playing music is still the biggest use of home smart speakers. That may be why Amazon decided to join Apple and Google in offering a smart speaker that’s focused on sounding good.

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The new Amazon speaker is the same general shape as Apple’s HomePod, but it’s larger. It has three mid-range speakers facing out from the sides and a large 5.25-inch driver facing down at the bottom.

[Photo: courtesy of Amazon]
The big difference between Amazon’s high-fidelity speaker and Apple’s and Google’s is the price. Amazon will sell the Studio for just $199. Apple’s Homepod now retails for $299, and so does Google’s Home Max. Amazon may be using a combination of high-fi and low price to tempt more households onto its Alexa platform this holiday season.

Amazon executive Dave Limp demonstrated the Studio in a large, open setting, and the sound was impressively loud and immersive. It would sound even better in a living room.

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Fast Company Senior Writer Mark Sullivan covers emerging technology, politics, artificial intelligence, large tech companies, and misinformation. An award-winning San Francisco-based journalist, Sullivan's work has appeared in Wired, Al Jazeera, CNN, ABC News, CNET, and many others.

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