Amazon Echo Studio speaker embraces Dolby Atmos Music and Sony 360 Reality Audio

posted on Wednesday, 25th September 2019 by Steve May

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Amazon has introduced its first high resolution Echo smart speaker with Dolby Atmos support. The Echo Studio utilises five directional speakers to create immersive sound, and uses adaptive room technology to fine tune its output. It’ll retail for £190.

The introduction follows the launch of Amazon Music HD, its higher-res streaming service. A High Resolution Audio Echo was expcted, however the inclusion of Dolby Atmos is a surprise. Amazon has confirmed that it’ll be including Dolby Atmos Music mixes in its library, as well as tracks using Sony’s 360 Reality Audio format.

The Echo Studio can also pair with Fire TV devices to offer an entirely new and self contained home cinema-style viewing experience with Dolby Atmos sound.

Inside the Echo Studio is a 133mm woofer, 25mm tweeter and three 50mm midrange speakers, all driven by a 330W amplifier. The speaker uses a 24-bit DAC and is able to automatically sense the acoustics of your listening space to fine tune its output.

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By offering 24-bit audio, along with Dolby Atmos and Sony 360 Reality Audio, the Echo Studio is unlike any other proposition on the market. Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group, and Sony Music Entertainment have all committed to these immersive formats.

Alicia Keys, 15-time Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, and producer says she was stunned when she first heard Dolby Atmos Music. “I’ve never heard music sound like that before! This is the ideal way to listen to music. It’s like hearing my music for the first time.”

Native 3D music is only available on Echo Studio with an optional Amazon Music HD subscription.

Echo Studio also has a built-in Zigbee smart home hub, which can be used to control compatible smart home devices.

Other new Echo devices announced include a new Amazon Echo with updated fabric designs: Twilight Blue, Charcoal, Heather Grey, and Sandstone; the Echo Flex plug-in wireless smart speaker (only £25), which allows you to have an Echo smart-speaker in any spare power point; Echo Dot with clock (an Echo Dot with bright LED display that shows the time, outdoor temperature, timers, and alarms); the Echo Show 8 with an 8-inch HD display and Echo Buds with Bose Active Noise Reduction Technology (for £120).

Amazon also announced new Alexa features as well as new devices and services from eero and Ring.

Steve May

Inside CI Editor Steve May is a freelance technology journalist, who also writes for T3, TechRadar, Home Cinema Choice and Ideal Home (amongst others).

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