Published: Fri, September 21, 2018
Tech | By Constance Martin

Amazon Announces New Echo Dot Speaker, Subwoofer, Audio Adapter, Receiver and Amplifier

Amazon Announces New Echo Dot Speaker, Subwoofer, Audio Adapter, Receiver and Amplifier

The Echo Link is made to work with stereos, receivers, and amplifiers like the new Echo Link Amp ($300), a 60W two-channel amplifier that also plays nice with existing sound systems but naturally has all the Alexa perks baked-on. Details of the device called the Google Home Hub have surfaced.

Amazon's hugely popular Echo Dot has got a refresh the update announced at the company's big September keynote in Seattle. It will only be available with an invite at first and those getting an invite can expect to pay $24.99.

'We want you to have access to Alexa everywhere-in your kitchen, in your living room, in your office, and more, ' said Jorrit Van der Meulen, vice president of Amazon devices global. Your phone's cell signal will allow the Alexa on the Go to connect with Amazon's cloud service, thereby bringing that functionality to your vehicle. To put things into perspective, the Amazon Echo Dot and Google Home Mini collectively accounted for 17 percent of smart speaker revenues.

"We know that hands-free, far-field voice control is a major win for those of you who live in an Alexa household".

That's right, Amazon is turning your house into its own echo chamber. All fine and dandy, I'm sure - but the product that most intrigues me is probably also the most innocuous: An Alexa-integrated Echo Wall Clock.

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Amazon Smart Plug. This $25 device plugs into a power receptacle and ... is a smart plug. It will be rolling out related some software updates to Echo users over the next few weeks. The Wall Clock will set you back by $29.99. Additionally, users can ask Alexa to turn on the air conditioning or heating automatically when the room reaches a set temperature.

The Echo Sub: The Amazon Alexa subwoofer is here and it will cost $129.99. This is something that has previously been impossible to do with Echo devices.

Other companies have tried to imitate Amazon's success. Google Home Hub may not be as large as the Google Home Max, however it does harbor the same square-ish shape and design philosophy.

Already have a speaker you love? According to research from Strategy Analytics, 2.3 million Google Home Mini smart speakers were sold between April and June this year, accounting for 20% of total smart speaker sales. Apple, which should have had an advantage given its existing investments into Siri, released its higher-end HomePod in early 2018 to tepid reviews.

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