Amazon blows its rivals out of the water with high-end Echo Studio and Echo Show 8

Amazon blows its rivals out of the water with high-end Echo Studio and Echo Show 8
After refreshing the trend-setting "regular" Echo and expanding its crazy popular family of smart speakers with a clock-sporting new Echo Dot starting at a very reasonable price, Amazon just brought out the big guns at its highly anticipated hardware launch event in Seattle today.

The Echo Show 8 is pretty interesting, further broadening the company's smart display lineup to give Google's Nest Hub and Nest Hub Max a run for their money, but the Echo Studio is undoubtedly the star of the show, going directly for the Apple HomePod's jugular. 

This is the oft-rumored and long overdue high-end speaker with Alexa that also competes against the Google Home Max... at a virtually unbeatable price of $199.99. That's right, two measly Benjamins are enough to get you the best Amazon can do right now in terms of sound quality. The Echo Studio is up for pre-order today and its main claim to fame is Dolby Atmos 3D audio support, which no other smart speaker includes for the time being.

Amazon is promising "truly immersive sound" powered by that state-of-the-art technology, as well as an equally impressive internal design consisting of left, right, and top mid-range speakers that create directional sound, a directional tweeter, and a built-in 5.25-inch bass driver. Naturally, Amazon plans to push the premium Echo Studio hard alongside its new Music HD streaming service.


Circling back to the Echo Show 8, you probably won't be surprised to hear its name is pretty much as self-explanatory as the Echo Dot with Clock. Basically, you're looking at an Echo that can show you stuff on an 8-inch HD display, squeezing between the Echo Show 5 and Echo Show 10 as far as both size and retail pricing are concerned. Up for pre-order today, the Echo Show 8 costs $129.99, borrowing the "crisp, powerful audio" from the largest Echo Show variant while also sporting a camera shutter guaranteeing your privacy.

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10 Comments

1. surethom

Posts: 1712; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

Very nice can't wait to try out. Google & apple near to learn you can produce fantastic sound in a smaller package & reasonable price.

7. sgodsell

Posts: 7416; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

You do know that Google Assistant smart speakers, are not only from Google. There is smart speakers that have Google Assistant on them from JBL, Sony, Bose, and a number of other OEMs as well. There is even smart displays from other OEMs. Apple is the one that only has one smart speaker, and no smart displays, or support for any smart displays. This Echo Studio has put a nail in the HomePods coffin. Rip HomePod.

2. sirohunter

Posts: 204; Member since: Sep 23, 2017

Nice, would be interesting to compare it to HomePod

8. sgodsell

Posts: 7416; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Why would you want to compare the HomePod to this new Echo Studio? The HomePod doesn't do half of what the competition can do with their smart speakers. If you are only looking at sound, then there is a lot of other speakers that offer better sound then the HomePod, and those other speakers offer better connectivity to more devices. In other words this new Echo Studio has placed a sealed lid on the HomePod coffin. Rip HomePod.

10. godofbiscuits

Posts: 2; Member since: Sep 28, 2019

Yeah, why in god’s name would you care about sound when you’re buying a speaker?

3. AbhiD

Posts: 838; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

No matter what these smart speakers offer, getting them inside the house is equivalent to paying hundreds of dollars to have your house bugged. This is next level of intrusion being pushed by tech companies. After all that's been exposed of what Amazon, Google and Apple have been doing with their smart speaker recordings and recording stuff even when they are not supposed to, how come people think about even using them? Doesn't matter if it's Google Or Apple or Amazon. All are after your most private and intimate moments. They won't spare anything. Filthy buggers Simply get decent Bluetooth speakers for your home. Are cheaper, sound better(what they are primarily meant for), and most importantly, don't snoop on you.

5. sgodsell

Posts: 7416; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

They have mute buttons on them, so if you want to use them when you want to, then enable them again, when need be.

4. Cat97

Posts: 1920; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Unsolder the spying microphones and you got yourself a nice high-end speaker !

6. sgodsell

Posts: 7416; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

All these devices have mute buttons, so no need to desolder. Well the HomePod doesn't have a mute button, but that thing is junk anyway.

11. godofbiscuits

Posts: 2; Member since: Sep 28, 2019

I’m sure you’ve done extensive testing. I men’s, this I’d the internet. Who would make unsubstantiated claims here?
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