During an event on Thursday in the press, Amazon unveiled a whole series of new Echo audio devices, particularly by entering the high-quality space for the first time.
Leading to this is the $ 299.99 Echo Link, which delivers 60 watts per channel and a mix of analog and digital inputs and outputs, including optical, coaxial and Ethernet connections. People who have aly an AV receiver can get the $ 199.99 Echo Link, which bridges with a receiver and speakers.
Both accessories – available soon – introduce Alexa voice control to existing audio systems, including support for multi-room listening. However, owners need a separate Echo speaker or the Alexa app to actually be able to issue commands.
The $ 129.99 Echo Sub can be ordered today, and is designed to pair with a second generation Echo or Echo Plus, and can actually create a 2.1 channel audio setting when two speakers are connected.
The Echo Input is an accessory of $ 34.99 that can be connected to an existing speaker via Bluetooth or 3.5 mm, allowing Alexa voice support to be added without a built-in speaker such as the Echo Dot.
Echo speakers in general will soon be able to form stereo pairs and users can choose a preferred loudspeaker or device group. Sometimes this autumn multi-room audio comes to Alexa third-party devices.
Amazon also updates some of its existing hardware, notably the Echo Show, which now has a 10-inch screen, a smart home hub and revised sound, including dual side-firing drivers, a passive bass radiator, and Dolby processing. Browsing options include Firefox and Amazon's Silk. Preorders start today for $ 229.99, with deliveries arriving next month.
The updated Echo Plus has a stronger bass and clearer sound, equalizer functions and a separate temperature sensor. In particular, the smart home functions still work if the internet does not work, something that other Echo speakers are not capable of. It can be pre-ordered for $ 149.99 and as the show is shipped in October.
The third generation Echo Dot has a new microphone array and a larger driver for louder sound with less distortion and better bass. Updated hardware will be shipped next month for $ 49.99.
Finally, the Echo Auto is mounted on the dashboard of a car and connected to Alexa via an iPhone or Android device, while the sound is pumped through a car's stereo. The device offers most voice commands from a regular Echo, but adds location-based routines (automations), as well as the ability to display Apple Maps, Google Maps or Waze on a phone when driving directions are requested. Preorders are only available on invitation for a 2018 shipping date, but people who now pay will receive the product for $ 24.99 instead of the normal $ 49.99.