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Amazon Echo Studio (2022)

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A couple of tweaks haven’t (for higher or worse) modified the general sonic character of the Echo Studio, which stays a enjoyable, energetic hear, and the best-sounding Echo speaker obtainable. The brand new spatial audio function doesn’t all the time have one of the best impact on music although, whereas the hike in worth to over £200 could cool folks’s curiosity regardless of its help for 3D audio.


  • 3D and Hello-res audio help
  • Speedy Alexa efficiency
  • Massive, spacious sound
  • Highly effective bass


  • Costlier after worth hike
  • Excessive frequency efficiency could possibly be brighter
  • Works greatest within the Amazon ecosystem
  • Spatial processing can skinny out music


  • UKRRP: £219.99
  • USARRP: $199.99
  • EuropeRRP: €239.99
  • CanadaRRP: CA$259.99
  • Australiaunavailable

  • Stereo Spatial EnhancementProduces a hi-fi like sound with spatial processing

  • 3D audioHelps Dolby Atmos, MPEH-H and 360 Actuality Audio


The unique Echo Studio launched in 2019 as Amazon’s option to spearhead its assault on the wi-fi speaker market.

Its Echo vary of wi-fi audio system positioned an emphasis on smarts over constancy, however the Echo Studio noticed Amazon construct a powerhouse of a speaker with help for Dolby Atmos and Hello-res audio at a comparatively reasonably priced worth.

And because it’s linked to the Web, the Echo Studio will be up to date at any time, so in 2022, Amazon tweaked the speaker’s spatial audio processing and frequency vary.

Somewhat than ‘replace’ our earlier overview, we’ve written a brand new one because the modifications and new worth appear substantial sufficient to warrant one other take. Is Amazon’s premier wi-fi speaker higher or worse with these modifications?


  • No change in total look
  • New Glacier White variant
  • No ethernet port

Nothing has been altered with the speaker’s exterior look other than being obtainable in a Glacial White end. The Echo Studio has all the time resembled the look of Iron Man’s head in its Mk I go well with, and this makes it even clearer.

Amazon Echo Studio 2022 black and white models
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It’s the identical measurement at 206mm tall and 175mm huge, and weight at 3.5kg. The Echo Studio is a heavy speaker with a footprint larger than both the unique HomePod or the HomePod 2 so it’ll want agency help to take a seat on.

The aperture in direction of the bottom of the speaker maximises the bass output, and for those who peek via on the proper angle, you’ll see the woofer vibrating. The speaker is roofed in a scratch-resistant material wanting (secure from prying family pets), and the white model brings with it the choice of putting the speaker in a room with extra impartial or brighter colors.

Amazon Echo Studio 2022 onboard buttons
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Across the high of the speaker are 4 buttons, one for turning the built-in microphones off for privateness causes, plus buttons for quantity, and an ‘Motion’ button to name up Alexa and encircling the speaker’s interior part is the ever-present Alexa mild ring. There’s no distant offered however in case you have a Hearth TV system the speaker will be paired for operation and the Alexa distant used for management.

There’s the capability to hook the Echo Studio to a different supply via the three.5mm/mini optical line-in however there isn’t an ethernet port, so that you’re reliant on Wi-Fi for an web connection.


  • Auto room calibration
  • Zigbee sensible hub built-in
  • Extensive audio help

Like Sonos’ Auto Trueplay or Apple’s HomePod, the Echo Studio can routinely calibrate its efficiency by analysing the world it’s in. Not like the HomePod, it’ll solely run this process when it’s turned on and off on the plug, the Alexa mild ring pulses at start-up for thirty seconds to a minute because it optimises.

Amazon Echo Studio 2022 alexa light ring
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Preliminary set-up is thru the Alexa app which takes a couple of minutes to get the speaker up to the mark. The app contains Alexa routines, connecting to different Amazon units and providers, in addition to linking to music streaming providers, although within the UK this solely extends to Amazon Music, Apple Music, Deezer and Spotify (and solely Spotify Premium helps Alexa voice).

As a sensible speaker the Echo Studio options Zigbee built-in and might talk and management different units via Alexa. Provision for the Matter residence sensible normal has additionally been added.

Amazon Echo Studio 2022 Alexa app

Buy a pair of Echo Studios they usually can be utilized in a stereo set-up, whereas an Echo Sub takes care of the bass. If in case you have a Hearth TV Dice, there’s additionally the choice of making a Dolby Atmos-compatible residence cinema system.

In addition to Wi-Fi connectivity there’s Bluetooth help, although Amazon’s by no means acknowledged which model, and there’s no room for Tidal Join or Chromecast. File help contains FLAC, MP3, AAC, Opus, Vorbis for music streaming, Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus and Dolby Atmos, whereas Sony 360 Actuality Audio and MPEG-H for 3D audio.

The Echo Studio can, in keeping with Amazon, play tracks as much as 24-bit/44.1kHz, however the Music app will be imprecise in informing the decision you’re listening at, with no info obtainable when casting over Wi-Fi, although extra information is offered over a Bluetooth connection. It’s a puzzling state of affairs.

Sound High quality

  • Weighty bass efficiency
  • Treble may benefit from extra sparkle
  • Dolby Atmos efficiency

In 2022 Amazon launched an OTA (over-the-air) replace that added new spatial audio processing know-how and prolonged the frequency vary. The previous is claimed to assist improve stereo sound with “higher width, readability and presence” to reflect the efficiency of a hi-fi system.

With the latter Amazon claims to have improved mid-range readability and bass extension. Because it’s an replace, it’s freely obtainable throughout all Echo Studios, so no matter whether or not to procure one in 2019 or 2023, all of them sound the identical.

That makes it more durable to match the sound of the 2019 mannequin to the 2022, although wanting via my notes, the variations are minor moderately than main.

Amazon Echo Studio 2022 bass aperture
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Bass appears to have been tempered considerably however can nonetheless go very deep, midrange readability stays good, particularly with voices and treble is handled with readability in GoGo Penguin’s Erased by Daylight although it may benefit from extra brightness and tonal variation.

With Amazon’s spatial audio know-how, I’ll say that it’s each fascinating and a bit of odd. There’s an elevated sense of depth and width that expands stereo music past the speaker’s type, however with that enlargement comes a thinner presentation and lesser sense of definition. Greater frequencies appear most affected by turning on the Stereo Spatial Engagement function, giving them a hole ring. I ought to point out it’s not activated for tracks that already help 3D audio.

Amazon Echo Studio 2022 next to books
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Vocals are offered entrance and centre, and there are appropriate quantities of readability and element to deliver out the inflections of Faye Webster’s I Know I’m Humorous Haha or Chris Cornell’s Black Gap Solar. Tonally the speaker errs in direction of a extra even tonal steadiness however hasn’t misplaced its sense of vitality, momentum, or dynamism for what stays a vigorous efficiency.

Bass is highly effective – there isn’t any speaker in its worth bracket that may rival it in these phrases, and the low frequency efficiency feels much less hyperactive in comparison with the ‘unique’ sound. There’s a correct thud to Faye Webster’s Higher Distractions, whereas Sza’s Shirt in Atmos has bass that explodes from the speaker and rumbles via the floor it’s on. I believe some will nonetheless discover the bass efficiency too highly effective, however with Rihanna’s S&M it doesn’t dominate as a lot as I keep in mind.

With Atmos the efficiency is dependent upon how the monitor was combined, and presumably a difficulty with the Echo Studio is that its ranges of definition aren’t sufficient to deliver out one of the best of most songs however with the correct monitor it may be spectacular. Pink Floyd’s Cash exhibits a tremendous attain by way of peak, the sound of the money register is nicely above the speaker. Just like the Period 300, Dolby Atmos music is notable by sounding larger, wider and that includes extra depth.

Amazon Echo Studio 2022 music app tracks

The Echo Studio doesn’t carry the identical ranges of readability because the costlier Sonos Period 300; the Sonos delivers higher depth and definition with Atmos tracks – the guitar in the beginning of Blondie’s Name Me is healthier outlined on the Period 300 – and with tracks comparable to Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On and Gregory Porter’s Mona Lisa there’s clearer separation between the assorted components of the monitor than the Echo Studio can muster.

Change to Bluetooth and the amount should be pumped to get the same stage of vitality and scale, however element and definition ranges aren’t nearly as good as casting over Wi-Fi.

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Do you have to purchase it?

It’s nonetheless probably the most reasonably priced Atmos speaker: Regardless of the worth hike, the Echo Studio is cheaper than the competitors, and places out a assured 3D audio efficiency.

It’s nonetheless not fairly probably the most fidelious speaker: Some will discover the bass overwrought, however I discover the upper finish a bit of missing in sparkle. 3D audio differentiates this speaker from the remainder of its worth options, however the competitors is healthier in some respects.

Remaining Ideas

Whereas it’s onerous to be definitive about how a lot of an impact these tweaks have had in comparison with the unique Echo Studio’s sound, it stays the best-sounding Echo speaker in the marketplace.

Its help for 3D audio differentiates it from different audio system in its orbit, and for those who like bass you’ll benefit from the Echo Studio’s propensity for giving tracks loads of welly, although your neighbours might not be as forgiving. There are areas for enchancment: excessive frequencies may benefit from extra brightness whereas the addition of the Stereo Spatial Enhancement function has its plusses and minuses.

The Echo Studio has additionally gone up in worth. When you’re not keen on 3D audio and the surcharge that comes with gaining access to it, there are many options such because the Sonos One, Period 100 and Denon House 150.

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How do I take heed to Dolby Atmos music on the Echo Studio?

To take heed to Atmos music on the Echo Studio, you’ll want entry to the Amazon Music Limitless service and the you’ll be able to play any music with the Dolby Atmos badge on it.







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Dolby Atmos

Dolby Atmos is an object-based audio format. It expands on 5.1 and seven.1 soundtracks by including overhead channels. Sounds are known as “audio objects”, of which there will be as much as 128 audio channels, and these ‘objects’ will be precisely positioned inside a 3D soundscape. This enables soundtracks that help the know-how to position sounds above and across the listener with appropriate package.

Hello-Res Audio


Hello-Res audio is known as a typical in addition to a advertising time period that describes digital audio information of better-than-CD high quality (16-bit/44.1kHz).

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