The sound output on Amazon’s Echo is okay for informal background music, but it surely’s not price a lot for any essential listening. But now that each Google and Apple have speakers that can pump out some serious tunes, it seems Amazon is starting to take sound seriously.
Pocket-Lint caught an Amazon UK itemizing displaying off an unannounced Echo Sub – it appears somebody posted it too early – listed at £75 (~ 99 USD, however gadget costs don’t often observe change charges tightly). The cloth-covered speaker options a 6-inch woofer being fed 100W of energy, which ought to translate to signficantly deeper bass than what any of the prevailing Echos are able to, particularly contemplating the woofer is devoted solely to the low finish.
But wait, there’s extra: The itemizing additionally factors out that the Sub is suitable with a stereo pair of Echos. That’s notable as a result of, properly, you can’t truly pair two Echos in stereo mode proper now. You can group units in numerous units for simultaneous playback, however that’s not stereo.
Stereo alone ought to present a notable enchancment in sound, as you may get a actual sense of house and extra outlined sound from two audio system working in tandem. Presumably, that characteristic will arrive by the point Amazon launches the Sub.
Combined, you’re getting a 2.1 sound system which may truly pump out some respectable tunes. We don’t know what it’ll price in different areas, however going by UK Prices, two Echos (£90) and a Sub (£75) would add as much as £255, considerably cheaper than Google’s Home Max (£399) or Apple’s HomePod (£319).
Of course, we don’t know what this setup will truly sound like, however I believe many would favor respectable stereo sound to at least one good mono speaker.
It’s an attention-grabbing implementation we haven’t seen earlier than from the large voice assistant gamers, though you possibly can add a sub to the Alexa-powered Sonos devices. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Google or Apple follow suit somewhere down the road.
The Echo Sub wasn’t the only leak though: Pocket-Lint also spotted an Amazon Smart Plug that will can help you turn off your electronics along with your voice, and the itemizing says “no smart home hub is required.” You’ll additionally have the ability to arrange routines within the Alexa app in order that units can turn on and off mechanically.
The plug is listed at £95, which appears slightly overpriced. But hey, it’s a leak; for all we all know somebody at Amazon was simply urgent buttons or Alexa had a little an excessive amount of to drink.
Published September 20, 2018 — 00:26 UTC