Amazon is reportedly seeking to supply an Echo that extra straight competes with high-end audio system just like the Sonos line of machine of Apple’s HomePod, in accordance with a brand new report from Bloomberg. The speaker ought to be launched someday subsequent yr, in accordance with the sources cited within the report, and will likely be considerably wider than the present Echo fashions (maybe extra akin to the Echo Sub, pictured above), packing in 4 separate tweeters to assist enhance the track high quality.
It is going to, in fact, additionally supply entry to the corporate’s Alexa voice assistant, which is what has propelled Echo to its present degree of success. Bloomberg notes that it’s additionally prone 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 likely be a direct competitor. Newer Sonos audio system, together with the Sonos One and Sonos Beam, assist Alexa voice instructions out of the field. Whereas each Echo gadgets and Sonos assist multi-room streaming and speaker grouping, Sonos has at all times had far superior audio high quality when in comparison with the Echo – albeit at a premium worth.
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. Good audio system are a busy house with some huge cash and curiosity from many firms huge and small, however Amazon has loads working in its favor if it will possibly additionally produce one thing that wins on high-quality audio at an affordable worth.