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  • - Hey, this is Dan from The Verge.

  • I'm here in Seattle at Amazon's annual

  • product showcase event, where they just announced

  • a ton of new products, like 15 new hardware devices,

  • countless other announcements on stage,

  • but in terms of like the new Echo line,

  • they kind of revamped a bunch of things,

  • introduced some new products, and kind of

  • upgraded some of their existing products.

  • So the big thing to know with the new Echo line

  • is probably the new Echo Studio,

  • which is Amazon's new high-end speaker.

  • This is a $199 speaker, it's the first smart speaker

  • to support 3D audio, which provides a really unique,

  • immersive type of experience.

  • It also supports the Dolby Atmos 3D audio,

  • it also supports standard stereo audio,

  • and it's meant to complement Amazon's

  • new Music HD service, which gives

  • high-res, lossless video tracks that you can stream.

  • So inside the Studio are actually five different drivers.

  • It's got three mid-range drivers at two inches apiece,

  • a tweeter that is a one inch sized tweeter,

  • and then a five and a quarter inch woofer

  • that fires down into this cavity

  • that allows the bass to escape from the speaker itself.

  • Two of the mid-range speakers fire sideways,

  • one of them fires up, which helps, gives it

  • that 3D placement of sound so it can put it

  • in different spots of the room.

  • It's all powered by a 330-watt peak amplifier,

  • and it really puts out a lot of volume.

  • It's surprising how loud and how spacial and engulfing

  • this speaker sounds in such a small compact size.

  • If you want more sound, you can actually

  • pair two of them together in stereo.

  • You can also connect it to your TV

  • and use it as a Dolby Atmos speaker

  • with a Fire TV for home theater stuff.

  • It's really quite a versatile speaker,

  • and it's really interesting that Amazon

  • was able to do that in such a small, compact package,

  • and for this price that they're selling it at.

  • The Echo Studio is really competitive with

  • something like Sonos, or an Apple Home Pod,

  • but at 199 bucks, it's very aggressively priced.

  • We got a demo of it, it sounds really cool,

  • we're eager to hear more of it

  • when we can get it into the real world.

  • Also in the Echo speaker line is a new standard Echo,

  • which is 99 bucks, it's a redesigned version

  • that borrows a lot of the things

  • from the Echo Plus last year.

  • So you've got a fabric design on the outside,

  • it's got a louder, more powerful speaker system

  • so it sounds a whole lot better,

  • but it's pretty much a basic Echo.

  • They've gone away with the wooden shells

  • and things like that, are going full on fabric,

  • and it looks basically just like the Echo Plus,

  • but it doesn't have the Zigbee home hub inside of it,

  • so it's got one fewer feature,

  • but it's only 99 bucks, so it's a really

  • inexpensive, entry-level product on the Echo speaker.

  • Also new is the Echo Dot Clock,

  • which is an Echo Dot with a clock in it.

  • It's basically like if you had a Echo Dot

  • that had a LED display on the front,

  • shows you the time, you can use it as a smart alarm clock,

  • you can just smack the top of the thing

  • to silence the alarm, it's pretty cool,

  • it's pretty convenient, especially if you want

  • a smart alarm clock, but you don't want a screen,

  • and you don't want a camera in your bedroom,

  • the Echo Dot Clock is a pretty clever little product.

  • Now outside of the speaker lineup,

  • there are some new products in the Echo brand.

  • There's the Echo Glow, which is a light

  • that's basically this glowing orb.

  • You can sync it up with an Echo,

  • and then when you play music, it'll flash lights

  • in syncopation with the music, you could tell it

  • to cycle through various lights,

  • you can make it look like a fireplace,

  • like a flickering candle kind of vibe,

  • or you can just kind of tap the top of it.

  • It's 25 bucks, it's pretty neat,

  • but it's kind of also a one-trick pony.

  • I don't know, we'll see how popular that is.

  • Also new is the Echo Show 8,

  • which is a mid-size Echo Show.

  • So we already have the Echo Show,

  • which is a ten inch screen smart display from Amazon.

  • It's got a big screen, loud speakers.

  • They came out with the Echo Show 5 earlier this year,

  • which is a smaller smart display,

  • and now they have the Echo Show 8,

  • which sits right in the middle.

  • It brings a lot of the things from the Echo Show 10,

  • or Echo Show, ten inch model, down, with like

  • the louder speakers, better sound quality,

  • a bigger, brighter screen, but it carries over

  • some of the design features of the Echo Show 5,

  • including the ability to use a shutter to block the camera.

  • The most attractive thing about this,

  • though, is probably its price.

  • It's 129 bucks, which is $100 less than an Echo Show.

  • That's a really aggressive price point,

  • it's a little bit smaller, maybe

  • you could put it in a few more places

  • than the big Echo Show, but it'll be

  • interesting to see how good that performs

  • in the real world, as well.

  • Finally, there's the brand new Echo Flex.

  • Now this is a kind of unique product.

  • What it is is basically a small Echo speaker

  • that plugs directly into a wall outlet.

  • It's not really designed to be a primary music speaker,

  • even though you could use it to listen to music,

  • but it's really meant to give you an access point

  • to Alexa in any room in your house really inexpensively,

  • and without having to run a wire or put a speaker in there.

  • On the bottom of it, it's got a USB port,

  • so you can charge your phone off of it,

  • and then you can also attach new add-on modules,

  • and they're coming out with two add-ons right away,

  • with a motion sensor, or a night light,

  • so you can add things to that as you need.

  • It's really inexpensive, the Echo Flex

  • is only $24.99, the add-on modules are only $14.99,

  • so it's a really cheap way to put Alexa

  • in basically every room of your house.

  • So that should cover basically everything

  • we've seen here at Amazon today.

  • Check out our other videos, there's the

  • Echo Buds, there's the Echo Frames,

  • check out theverge.com for all the other news

  • and details on all of these products,

  • and be sure to subscribe and like.

  • Like and subscribe, I don't know,

  • what do you want me to say?

  • (people talking in the distance)

  • Can you use that one?

  • - [Cameraman] Yeah, yeah. - All right.

- Hey, this is Dan from The Verge.

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