Amazon is reportedly trying to provide an Echo that extra straight competes with high-end audio system just like the Sonos line of gadget of Apple’s HomePod, in keeping with a brand new report from Bloomberg. The speaker ought to be launched someday subsequent yr, in keeping with the sources cited within the report, and will probably be considerably wider than the present Echo fashions (maybe extra akin to the Echo Sub, pictured above), packing in 4 separate tweeters to assist increase the music high quality.
It’s going to, in fact, additionally provide entry to the corporate’s Alexa voice assistant, which is what has propelled Echo to its present stage of success. Bloomberg notes that it’s additionally more likely to work higher for the high-fidelity audio model of Amazon’s music streaming service that has beforehand been reported to be within the works.
This might make for an fascinating working relationship with a few of Amazon’s present companions, together with Sonos, because it feels like this will probably be a direct competitor. Newer Sonos audio system, together with the Sonos One and Sonos Beam, help Alexa voice instructions out of the field. Whereas each Echo gadgets and Sonos help multi-room streaming and speaker grouping, Sonos has all the time had far superior audio high quality when in comparison with the Echo hardware – albeit at a premium value.
Sonos, in the meantime, is gearing as much as launch audio system powered by its expertise with Ikea, with the Symfonisk line that’s set for launch in August. Sensible audio system are a busy house with some huge cash and curiosity from many firms massive and small, however Amazon has rather a lot working in its favor if it may additionally produce one thing that wins on high-quality audio at an inexpensive value.
If top quality sound isn’t all that vital to you, Amazon can be apparently engaged on a house robotic outfitted with Alexa on board.