Amazon is reportedly seeking to supply an Echo that extra straight competes with high-end audio system just like the Sonos line of system of Apple’s HomePod, in line with a brand new report from Bloomberg. The speaker needs to be launched someday subsequent 12 months, in line with the sources cited within the report, and will likely be considerably wider than the prevailing Echo fashions (maybe extra akin to the Echo Sub, pictured above), packing in 4 separate tweeters to assist enhance the music high quality.
It’s going to, after all, 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 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 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 units and Sonos assist 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 worth.
Sonos, in the meantime, is gearing as much as launch audio system powered by its know-how 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 corporations huge and small, however Amazon has so much working in its favor if it might additionally produce one thing that wins on high-quality audio at an inexpensive worth.