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Echo Studio vs. HomePod Which is better?

The original Amazon Echo was launched in 2014 with sound quality that could be considered "acceptable" and priced at $ 179 dollars .; Apple's first foray into the world of speakers connected with a virtual assistant, meanwhile, was aimed directly at the world of premium audio with its HomePod and a starting price of $ 349 dollars. Amazon wants to close the gap with the Echo Studio, a competitor that promises to offer high-fidelity audio for $ 199. Echo Studio vs. HomePod Which is better?

Amazon Echo Studio

Apple HomePod

Price

Echo Studio

Apple's HomePod is currently priced at $ 299 on Apple's website, a cut of $ 50 since the device first launched in 2018. Amazon's Echo Studio starts at $ 199, $ 100 cheaper than the Apple alternative. It also offers some accessories like the Echo Sub, which adds bass through a wireless subwoofer for an extra $ 129.

Both devices can be purchased in pairs to establish a true left and right stereo experience: the Echo Studios will cost $ 399 per pair, while the Apple HomePod combo will fetch $ 599. From a price perspective, Amazon Echo Studio wins in this section.

Winner: Amazon Echo Studio

Design

HomePod

Outside, the Apple HomePod features a seamless mesh fabric that Apple touts for its aesthetic and acoustic performance. We are not sure of the real effect on the sound of this design, but we love its minimalist design. Looking inside the HomePod, you will find generous audio technology, which includes a high excursion woofer and seven tweeters; In addition, each tweeter, as well as the woofer, has its own amplifier.

Amazon's Echo Studio uses a similar cylindrical design with a fabric cover, but in this case, the design is split with a slot in the bottom half of the unit that serves as the port for the internal woofer. Another differential element is the user interface: the HomePod opts for a glass touch screen and the Echo Studio for more traditional physical buttons. Inside the Echo Studio is a woofer, three mid-range drivers, and a single tweeter. While both designs are spectacular, Apple wins this category with a sleeker, seamless design and the use of the touch screen.

Winner: Apple HomePod

Sound quality

Interior HomePod

The HomePod may surprise you with the amount of sound that small cylindrical design can produce. Not only is it a speaker, but it also sounds wonderful. The sound of the HomePod can be attributed to an excellent selection of internal controllers, as well as Apple's audio technology, which we will see a little more in detail in the next section. The HomePod offers a tight bass response that hip-hop and rock fans will love, as well as impressive sound clarity.

That said, Amazon's Echo Studio also delivers impressive sound: while it doesn't deliver as tight a bass response as Apple's HomePod, the result is excellent. As we move into the midrange and higher frequencies, we find that detail is lacking in specific areas, but not enough to detract from the horn's enjoyment. While both teams offer impressive performance for their size, we must give Apple's HomePod the extra respect it deserves for its level of clarity and detail.

Winner: Apple HomePod

Benefits

Echo Studio in living room

Before we get into what each device's virtual assistant can do, let's take a look at what core technology each product offers to improve the user experience. Apple's HomePod uses computer audio to deliver sound based on the environment around you; If you move the equipment, the HomePod will automatically recalibrate for optimal sound. Users within the Apple ecosystem will enjoy integration with AirPlay, allowing most Apple devices to stream audio to the device with ease. To summon Siri, six built-in microphones in the HomePod can hear you no matter where you are in the room.

Amazon's Echo Studio also analyzes your environment to deliver optimal audio based on the acoustics of your room. Echo Studio has built-in Zigbee functionality, which means the device can be paired with a host of smart home devices for easy control. Although Echo Studio does not have AirPlay, the equipment has Bluetooth connectivity, as well as the ability to transmit audio from Fire TV without problems. Arguably the most prominent feature of Echo Studio is the integration of 3D Dolby Atmos audio technology; however, we found that the sound is somewhat sparse and distant, but promising for the future.

If you have been a Siri or Alexa user in the past, the experience is the same when you use the smart speaker of each respective assistant. Apple's HomePod includes its Siri voice assistant, so you can easily play music, ask questions, or control HomeKit devices without complications. On the other hand, the Amazon Echo offers similar capabilities with Alexa.

What is not so subjective are the services that each device supports. Apple remains completely locked in with Apple Music as the only native way to play music right now. However, Alexa supports a wide range of streaming music services, including Amazon Music, Apple Music, Spotify, Pandora, Tidal, and more. Also, HomePod doesn't offer an Aux connection while Apple continues with its plans to completely remove the 3.5mm jack. For this reason, we found that Amazon's Echo Studio offers a better selection of features.

Winner: Amazon Echo Studio

Conclusion

HomePod from aboveJeremy Kaplan / Digital Trends

If you want a smarter, better-sounding smart speaker and price is not a concern, Apple's HomePod is a great option for those already in the Apple ecosystem. However, Amazon offers great sound at a significantly lower price with greater flexibility when it comes to music services. If you're subscribed to a music service other than Apple Music, Echo Studio is really the only option if you intend to use the built-in voice assistant to play music.

Amazon Echo Studio

Apple HomePod

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