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Amazon Echo Studio Review

Any Amazon aficionado looking to upgrade their sound system should not miss this wireless speaker
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Amazon Echo Studio Review
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Price:  $200 List
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Manufacturer:   Amazon
By Michelle Powell and Conrad Salonites  ⋅  Aug 2, 2021
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RANKED
#6 of 7
  • Sound Quality - 40% 8.3
  • User Friendliness - 20% 6.0
  • Volume - 20% 6.9
  • Connectivity - 20% 8.0

Our Verdict

Combining Amazon's proprietary smart home technology with immersive audio formatting (dubbed 3D Audio), the Amazon Echo Studio is a great speaker. A limited amount of tracks remixed for the heavily marketed 3D Audio also kept this speaker from really blowing us away. This model is an obvious choice for the avid Alexa or Amazon Music user. If this is not you, you might not appreciate this device's Amazon focus that makes using other music streaming services more cumbersome. Unless the smart home connectivity is a driving force in your speaker search, we'd recommend considering other comparably priced speakers.
REASONS TO BUY
Very impressive sound
Smart home convenience
Pairs with other Echos
REASONS TO AVOID
Alexa app required
Confusing app interface
Unreliable WiFi streaming

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Bottom Line If Amazon brand products are your go-to, this speaker would be ideal for your smart homeThe best-sounding speaker we've tested, but asks a high priceOur top choice for those looking for the best-sounding focal point for a multi-speaker systemA compelling, battery-powered addition to an already impressive lineupRaising the standards for portable audio, this speaker provides crisp highs and robust bass in a small package with a handle
Rating Categories Amazon Echo Studio Bose Home Speaker 500 Sonos Five Sonos Move Bose SoundLink Revo...
Sound Quality (40%)
8.3
8.7
9.0
7.7
8.0
User Friendliness (20%)
6.0
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Volume (20%)
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9.6
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7.3
Connectivity (20%)
8.0
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Specs Amazon Echo Studio Bose Home Speaker 500 Sonos Five Sonos Move Bose SoundLink Revo...
Smart Home Compatability Alexa Alexa, Google Home Alexa, Google Home Alexa, Google Home Siri, Google Assistant
Bluetooth Yes Yes No Yes Yes
Inputs Bluetooth, Wifi, 3.5mm Aux, Micro-USB Bluetooth, 3.5mm Aux, WiFi, AirPlay WiFi, Ethernet, 3.5mm Aux, AirPlay Bluetooth, WiFi, AirPlay Bluetooth, Micro-USB, 3.5 mm Aux
Dimensions 8.1" x 6.9" x 6.9" 4.3" x 6.7" x 8" 14.3" x 8" x 6" 9.4" x 4.9" x 6.2" 4.13" x 4.13" x 7.25"
Weight (lb) 7.7 4.7 14 6.61 2

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Amazon Echo Studio makes a name for itself by combining the convenience of an Alexa with a high-quality speaker system, now accompanied by the innovative "3D Audio"—aimed at creating multidimensional sound by adding space, clarity, and depth. Although it doesn't quite meet the standards set by some of our high scorers, this wireless speaker nonetheless offers the casual music listener an excellent music experience for a reasonable price, and this speaker should not be missed by any avid Amazon purveyor.

Performance Comparison


amazon echo studio - the amazon echo studio provides amazon's best combination of alexa...
The Amazon Echo Studio provides Amazon's best combination of Alexa and speaker system to date.
Credit: Laura Casner

Sound Quality


The Amazon Echo Studio really shined in our sound quality metric, outperforming many of our tested speakers.

The Amazon Echo Studio provides a high-quality audio experience. We found the bass to be a fantastic combination of strong and smooth, but never at the cost of overpowering the treble or mid-range audio outputs. The treble that the Amazon Echo Studio puts out is enviable, and its clear sound is comparable to our favorite speakers overall. Our testing of the speaker's dynamic range also placed the Echo Studio in the company of our top scorers, as this speaker handled exceedingly loud bursts and the gentle whispers of live music with ease. Moreover, we found that the dynamic range tested at 42 decibels below full scale. Apart from a relative lack of audio crispness, the Amazon Echo Studio provided a plethora of excellent audio.

amazon echo studio - with innovative 3d audio and impressive sound design, the amazon...
With innovative 3D Audio and impressive sound design, the Amazon Echo Studio has incredible audio functionality.
Credit: Laura Casner

One of the primary selling points of the Echo Studio is its innovative 3D Audio experience. Our testing found the 3D Audio tracks to be truly impressive to listen to, but the number of songs that have been mixed for this function is very limited when compared to the vast quantity of music available on Amazon Music. Therefore, we would not recommend that the 3D Audio functionality be your make-or-break choice when you find yourself on the market for a new speaker system, because the songs you want to enjoy in “3D” are likely to be unavailable.

User Friendliness


While the Amazon Echo Studio is not lacking in sound quality, the device left much to be desired in our testing of the device's ease of use. Although equipped with Bluetooth and voice controls typical of Amazon products, the primary means of controlling this speaker is with the Alexa app. Throughout our testing, we found the Alexa app to be a major source of frustration, with a convoluted interface and difficult navigation. The Amazon Echo Studio places a high prioritization on Amazon Music, which works excellently on the device, but at the cost of other music streaming services. We should mention, that we repeatedly had a difficult time getting this speaker to play music from other available services, including Spotify, both through the Alexa app and the device's verbal functions.

The tactile interface of the Amazon Echo Studio provides slight circumvention of the Alexa app. Of the three operations capable of being performed on the speaker's interface, only the volume control has nothing to do with the voice features. For those who do not want their Amazon Echo Studio to constantly be listening in, there is an on/off button for the device's microphone, but this feature has little to do with speaker functions. The action button we found to be rather arbitrary, as its use merely activates the device's spoken Alexa function, something which could also be achieved by just saying, “Alexa.”

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Despite most settings being relegated to the Alexa app, the Amazon Echo Studio still provides some tactile input.
Credit: Laura Casner

Volume


The Amazon Echo Studio, despite not providing the power of some other, nonetheless provides a strong showing of volume. We found that this speaker easily filled the room with its clear sound. Moreover, we were comfortably able to listen to the device from outside the room as well, as the device provides a good travel range. As we noted in our audio quality testing, the bass really shines here, filling the room with a nice rumble and giving each song a unique feel.

A great feature of the Amazon Echo Studio is its ability to sonically orient itself in the room to maximize audio quality from any location. This feature allows this device to work great anywhere, as we found its bulky size made it kind of awkward for middle-of-the-room placement.

amazon echo studio - this speaker fills any room with clear and crisp audio.
This speaker fills any room with clear and crisp audio.
Credit: Laura Casner

Connectivity


If the Amazon Echo Studio is your first home Amazon device, this device's connectivity will provide a good experience, by no means poor, but not as excellent as some of our higher scoring speakers. However, should you own a smart home with full Amazon integration, we would highly recommend this speaker for its connectivity. This speaker has been designed for maximum pairing with other Amazon devices, and all music playing Amazon devices on your network will be able to play music simultaneously, a truly symphonic experience for smart homes.

The Amazon Echo Studio does not come with a remote, but rather all device control is done by way of either voice commands or through the Alexa app on your phone. The device can play music directly from a Bluetooth source, but our testing really showed that manner of performance caused a noticeable drop in audio quality. However, for the old school music listener, the Amazon Echo Studio does come equipped with an AUX port, a less convenient but a guaranteed source of high-quality audio.

amazon echo studio - those seeking to skip the alexa app may be disappointed by a limited...
Those seeking to skip the Alexa app may be disappointed by a limited amount of ports.
Credit: Laura Casner

Value


We would say that this speaker is definitely worth its price, as it provides a great auditory experience for about half the price of our top scorers. That does not mean that the Amazon Echo Studio is perfect, and we recognize that it is a polarizing product; its user-friendliness and connectivity are indisputably oriented towards an Amazon-prone crowd. Nevertheless, if you can power through this speaker's shortcomings, you'd be hard-pressed to find such a high-quality sound system for this price.

Conclusion


After all our testing, the Amazon Echo Studio, while not being our highest performing speaker, nonetheless provides an all-around quality experience. While it may not please the most ardent audiophiles, we can say without hesitation that the Amazon Echo Studio will provide no disappointment for the casual user looking for a speaker and Alexa device for their home. Moreover, if you are an active purveyor of Amazon electronics, this speaker would make an excellent inclusion into your smart home.

Michelle Powell and Conrad Salonites