Amazon unveils the $199 Echo Studio, its answer to the Apple HomePod and Google Home Max

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Amazon unveils the $199 Echo Studio, its answer to the Apple HomePod and Google Home Max

Today at a special event, Amazon unveiled a bevy of new Echo devices, including several aimed a bit upmarket. The Echo Studio is Amazon’s answer to the Google Nest Max and Apple HomePod. It’s larger than a normal Echo, and supports 3D audio and Dolby Atmos.

It has five device drivers: one downward-facing woofer, one front-firing, 1-inch tweeter and three mid-range, 2-inch speakers aimed at different directions. Inside are several microphones that allow the speaker to work like a standard Echo device.

“It is the most innovative speaker we have ever built and has unbelievable sound,” said David Limp, SVP of Devices at Amazon. “It has space, it has clarity, it has depth.”

Amazon entered this market last year with the Amazon Echo Link and Echo Link Amp. Both were clearly designed for consumers looking for a better way to bring voice services to existing home audio systems. The Echo Studio enters the same space but in a different way. Consumers looking for better sound with Alexa no longer have to lean on a traditional audio system.

The speaker is supposed to produce improved

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