THE Amazon renewed its line of speakers Echo this Wednesday (25th) with three main models: the basic Echo Dot, now with integrated clock; O Third generation echo, with new color and improved sound; and the powerful Echo Studio, which supports three-dimensional audio using Dolby Atmos technology.
The new Echo Dot it is a kind of smart clock radio: it continues with the compact format and fabric covering, but it has a small LCD screen on the front that can show the hours, the alarm, a timer or the outside temperature. At $ 59.99, it is ten dollars more expensive than the traditional Echo Dot, which will continue to be marketed in the United States.
The Third generation echo focuses on sound quality. Amazon took the Echo Plus neodymium drivers and added a 3-inch woofer to play deeper bass and clearer mids, while keeping the price at $ 99.99. The novelties in the design, which have not appeared since 2017, are a new bluish color and a shape with more rounded corners.
Echo Studio supports Amazon Music HD with lossless music
The trio is completed by Echo Studio, the new premium smart speaker from Amazon. Costing $ 199.99, it’s not as expensive as the $ 349 Apple HomePod or the $ 499 Google Home Max, but it also wants to offer better sound through its five speakers: a 5.25 woofer inches, a 1-inch tweeter and three 2-inch speakers for midrange.
In addition to having more powerful sound than the other Echo, Echo Studio supports Dolby Atmos to reproduce three-dimensional audio. Amazon entered into partnerships with the record companies Sony, Universal and Warner to provide 3D sound and took the opportunity to launch a new modality of the music service Amazon Music: o Amazon Music HD, sold for $ 14.99 a month.
Available only in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany and Japan, Amazon Music HD is a version of Amazon’s streaming service with lossless audio quality. The catalog consists of more than 50 million “HD” songs, which for Amazon represents the quality of the CD: 16 bits and 44.1 kHz. The “millions of songs in Ultra HD” are 24-bit files with sampling up to 192 kHz.
The third generation Echo, the Echo Dot with clock and Echo Studio have already entered pre-orders in the United States. Amazon did not say when the Alexa speakers will be available in Brazil. The personal assistant is being tested with a group of users in the country and its official launch should occur in 2019.