Which Amazon Echo has the best sound
Amazon Echo: which Alexa speaker to buy?
With its echoes, Amazon is a leader in the field of smart speakers. No wonder, after all, the Americans offer their hardware very cheaply. There are also regular promotional prices. This is of course not unselfish: The aim is to implement the voice assistant Alexa in as many households as possible. Because with Alexa you can comfortably use services that Amazon earns from. If you don't mind, the Amazon ecosystem is a mature solution.
With or without a screen
There are basically two types of echo speakers: without a display and with a display. With or without: Communication with Alexa is voice. You can ask the assistant questions (such as the weather, the time, etc.), call up information (news, sports results, etc.), have a joke told you, order food from delivery services, play music, audio books or the radio, and much more. So you don't need a screen for the basic functions. In addition, you can make group calls with up to seven participants via the pure audio speakers. With the display, this works accordingly via video telephony.
With or without a smart home hub
Compatible smart home devices can also be controlled via Alexa using voice commands. A distinction must be made here: more complex components need a hub or a bridge. The Echo, the Echo Studio and the soon-to-be-released Echo Show 10 have a built-in Zigbee hub; they can control compatible smart home systems independently.
Echo speaker without display
The Echo (4th generation) recommended as All-rounder. While the predecessor towered upwards in a cylinder, the current version is presented as a chic ball. The price is as usual at 99.99 euros. But the Echo 4 is better equipped than its predecessor with a 76 mm woofer and two 20 mm tweeters. The sound is good and radiates into the room, so that there is even a small stereo effect. In addition, the echo adapts the sound to the spatial conditions. If you want more, you can also couple two echoes to form a pair.
The new Echo has a temperature sensor so that it can open or close smart blinds based on the room temperature.
The Echo is recommended for everyone who is looking for decent sound at an affordable price. They also get a Zigbee hub. In the connect test in issue 1/2021, it achieved an overall rating of "very good".
It rises one size smaller Base model Echo Dot (4th generation) for 59.99 euros a. This recently also relies on the spherical shape (Amazon also has the predecessor Echo Dot 3 in the look of an ice hockey puck in its range). The Echo Dot does not have a Zigbee hub and the weaker sound with only one 41 mm loudspeaker radiating to the front. But he also does it for information and listening to the radio, for example while cooking. In the test in connect test (issue 1/2021) it got the grade "good".
The Echo Dot (4th generation) is also available for 69.99 euros with an LED display that shows the time, alarm clock or timer.
Who on good sound Value is with Echo Studioright for 199.99 euros. It offers by far the best sound in the Amazon universe. The weight of 3.5 kilos already shows that a lot of technology is built in here: three 51 mm mid-range speakers, a 25 mm tweeter and a 133 mm woofer with bass opening deliver a fairly balanced, deep sound at normal volume , rich bass. Hi-Fi enthusiasts may complain about a somewhat occupied sound, but for "normal" ears the idea is absolutely fine. If you turn up, the bass becomes quieter, which prevents distortion.
According to the manufacturer, the Echo Studio also continuously analyzes the room in order to optimize the sound image. If you have subscribed to the Amazon Music HD streaming service, you can also enjoy 3D sound thanks to Dolby Atmos and Sony's 360 degree Reality Audio. The Echo also has a built-in Zigbee hub. Read our review here.
Echo speaker with display
In addition to the pure smart speakers, Amazon also offers models with screens, also known as smart displays. These are appropriately called Echo Show and can, for example, play videos from YouTube as well as films and series from Amazon Prime Video, show photos, display information such as cooking recipes or shopping lists and much more. Images from compatible IP cameras can also be shown on the display. You can also make video calls using the Echo Show models, even in groups of up to seven people. There are currently three Echo Shows named after the display size.
The Echo Show 5 is the cheapest and accordingly weaker at 89.99 euros: The 5.5-inch display has a resolution of 960 x 480 pixels, the camera with 1 megapixel. The speaker measures 43 mm, which is enough for occasional listening to the radio and communicating with Alexa, but is not much fun in the long run. The Show 5 is a great solution for the kitchen, bedside table or desk. If you want to know more, click here for the detailed practical test of the Echo Show 5.
The Echo Show 8 for 129.99 euros shows information and videos on its 8-inch screen in a significantly larger area, and the resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels is clearly better than that of the Show 5. The camera, on the other hand, is also content with 1 MP; it's nothing more than a gimmick. A 50 mm loudspeaker takes care of the sound and has more power than the Show 5. But here, too, the following applies: This is not enough for really demanding musical enjoyment.
If you like to make video calls via Alexa and want to watch series or the news while cooking, you will find more comfort here than with Show 5.
The offers significantly more Symbiosis of smart speaker and smart display: the Echo Show 10 for 249.99 euros. Visually, you can see the dual talent right away: A 10.1-inch display with a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels is attached to a round loudspeaker. So the Echo Show 10 promises to combine the best of both worlds.
The camera makes a huge leap to 13 megapixels here. The loudspeaker also plays in a different league: a 76 mm woofer, supported by two 25 mm tweeters, takes care of the bass. The sound automatically adapts to the spatial conditions and always radiates forward towards the user.
Always? Exactly, because the Echo Show 10 follows the movements of the user and also rotates the display so that one remains in the field of vision. Practically, you don't have to sit in front of the device during a video call, but can do housework at the same time. According to Amazon, the 13 MP camera always puts the user in the right picture by panning and zooming. And when you cook, you always have the recipe in mind. A test will follow if available.
Specialists: plug-in and passenger
The Echo FlexFor 29.99 euros, it is plugged directly into a socket and brings Alexa into every room with a power supply. The Flex contains a mini loudspeaker, which is good for communication and short announcements, but is of course not designed for listening to music. If you want, you can connect an external loudspeaker to the 3.5 mm socket.
At the Echo carFor 59.99 euros the name says it all: the small adapter is connected to the car system via Bluetooth or AUX and makes it fit for voice control. The conclusion of our test: Those who like to use Alexa at home will be happy about the eloquent co-driver. The price is steep, however.
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