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Smart Speakers with 3D Audio Are Awesome! Amazon Echo Studio Review

Smart speakers are awesome, The ability to yell out to a computer to tell it to play your favorite music or turn the lights on is pretty cool. But for so long they really weren’t all that good of a speaker for listening to music, they have never sounded bad but never all that great…until now. Amazon have released their Echo Studio which is full Dolby Atmos Certified!

Big thanks to Amazon Australia for sending this out for review!

What’s in the Box?

Amazon Echo Studio in bag

Upon opening the box, you will find the Echo Studio nicely wrapped up in a dust bag, keep this for when the speaker is not in use, you will also find an AC power cable on some documentation.

Design and Features

Amazon Echo Studio top

The Amazon Echo Studio looks really nice, It has a really modern look to it with it being completely covered in a grey mesh, hiding the 5 in-built speakers! There is 1 1″ tweeter, three 2″ mid-range speakers. There is also a big cutout towards the base of the unit which houses the 5.25” downwards firing subwoofer. 

At the base of the unit is where you will find the AC power in, a Micro USB port and a 3.5mm jack which is also a mini-optical Toslink to connect the speaker to your TV or console to use it as a Dolby Atmos speaker to watch movies. Which unless you have a really small room, is not really recommended.

On the top of the speaker is the ring light and controls. The ring light built into the speaker is a good way to know the current mode of the speaker whether it’s ready to setup, muted or listening. The controls from left to right are the Mute button to electronically disconnect the microphone, a volume down button, a volume up button as well as an Alexa trigger button so you don’t have to yell out here name. Also on the top you will have probably noticed all the little holes, these are all the microphones so that Alexa can pick up your voice from all areas.

Amazon Echo Studio ports

Features

Immersive sound 

5 speakers produce powerful bass, dynamic midrange, and crisp highs. Dolby Atmos technology adds space, clarity, and depth.

Ready to help 

Ask Alexa to play music, read the news, and answer questions.

Voice control your music 

Stream songs from Amazon Music, Apple Music, Spotify, Pandora, Tidal, and more. With Amazon Music HD, play 50 million songs in HD plus a growing library of music mastered in 3D.

Built-in smart home hub

Ask Alexa to control Zigbee-compatible devices.

Keep your family in sync

Use your Alexa devices like an intercom and talk to any room in the house with Drop In and Announcements.

Designed to protect your privacy 

Built with multiple layers of privacy controls, including a microphone off button that electronically disconnects the mics.

Adapts to any room

Amazon Echo Studio featured image

This feature of the Echo Studio is really cool, the Echo Studio is actually able to analyze the room that it is in and tune the audio accordingly giving you the best possible sound that it can produce in the room. And there is no app or software setup to do this, just set the speaker up in whatever room you want and it will automatically tune itself-no need to walk around with your phone like with other smart speakers out there.

Setup

Setting up the Amazon Echo Studio is just like setting up any other Alexa device, Go into the Alexa app and click on Add Device (make sure your Bluetooth is on) connect it to your WiFi and go through another few easy steps and away you go. The app is really simple and intuitive, It’s easy to use and easy to connect your favorite services like Spotify.

Performance

Performance wise, the Echo Studio performs like no other smart speaker out there. It outputs crispy, clear audio with plenty of bass. The bass could do with a bit more ‘oomph’ to it, it does sound good but nothing overly impressive. Though Amazon does make a subwoofer which I have not tested. Overall the speaker sounds pretty impressive for a smart speaker.

3D Audio

Amazon Echo Studio Inside

One of the main features of the Echo Studio is the fact that it offers 3D audio using Dolby Atmos and firing audio out it’s 5 speakers to give a more ‘multidimensional’ experience meaning that you can move around and the audio more or less sounds like it’s coming from all angles of the room. But to be able to use this, you need to find 3D audio or music. 

Amazon does include this sort of music in their Amazon Music service for an extra few dollars a month. Unfortunately as of the time of writing, Amazon Music HD, the service needed to play 3D audio is not available in Australia.

It would be nice to see 3D, Dolby Atmos music on Spotify or Apple Music as these are the big two music services and the only ones that the people I know use.

Alexa Skills

Of course, being an Alexa enabled speaker you are able to do a wide range of things just by talking to it. Alexa has a HUGE skill range, being able to do about 100,000 things now with over 100,000 Alexa compatible devices. The things I like to do with mine are turning on lights and controlling things like Smart Cameras. Click here to find out more about what Alexa can do.

Specs

Amazon Echo Studio Specs

Pricing

The Amazon Echo Studio is available from Amazon for $200 USD and $330 AUD.

Conclusion

The Amazon Echo studio is the best sounding smart speaker, I would even go as far as to say it’s better than the Sonos One, which I did a review of previously. It sounds great, Looks incredible and would easily blend into anyone’s space.

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Disclosure: The Amazon Echo Studio review sample was supplied for reviewing but all opinions are of my own and not paid.

Disclosure: The above Amazon Australia link is an affiliate link, meaning i get a small percentage of the purchase at no extra cost to you.

Amazon Echo Studio $330 AUD
  • Design
  • Features
  • Performance
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4.5

Summary

The Amazon Echo studio is the best sounding smart speaker, I would even go as far as to say it’s better than the Sonos One, which I did a review of previously. It sounds great, Looks incredible and would easily blend into anyone’s space.

Caleb Terawskyj
Answering questions, writing reviews and playing with tech is what i do best. Love myself some pizza and a good game to play, after i finish my work of course. My #1 skill would have to be procrastination, but once i get stuck into my work i can do it for hours. I love what i do and hope you all love reading it and interacting with me!
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