With one device for every application and budget, Amazon has built one of the most robust smart speaker and display portfolios in recent years. High fidelity audio, however, was a notable exception. Enter the Amazon Echo Studio, a speaker designed for a more demanding audience looking for a better sound. The Echo Studio targets the Sonos One, the Google Home Max, and if the hardware and software are alright, it may outperform the competition.
Is the Amazon Echo Studio beating the smart speaker? We find it out in the Android Authority review.
About this review: I wrote this Amazon Echo Studio review after spending three weeks with my device. Amazon India supplied the Smart Speaker.
Amazon Echo Studio review: The big picture
Networked speakers are one of the fastest growing categories of audio devices. At the same time, the demand for intelligent loudspeakers with higher audio quality is increasing. While Sonos was the mainstay of the networked high-fidelity audio world, other device makers want a slice of the pie.
With a high-quality DAC / amplifier, even better drivers and a promise to deliver something With 3D audio Amazon positions the Echo Studio as a flagship for its HD music service. It also hopes to convince audiophiles and audio enthusiasts with its value proposition.
Design and Hardware
With their intelligent speakers, Amazon echoes are anything but aesthetic. The Echo Studio does not improve anything in this respect. This powerful, intelligent speaker looks more like an early design lab prototype than something you would like to be the centerpiece of your home audio system.
Like any other echo speaker, the Echo Studio has a wealth of hard-plastic gray plastic. A color-coordinated strip of fabric adds a splash of color that unfortunately absorbs dust easily. Meanwhile, a wide, yawning slit runs around the bottom half of the speaker to support the down-firing 5.2-inch woofer.