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Amazon Echo Studio Speaker Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8
Review updated Feb 20, 2024 at 05:45 pm
Amazon Echo Studio Picture
7.1
Music
6.1
Videos/Movies
6.3
Podcasts
7.9
Voice Assistant
5.4
Outdoors

The Amazon Echo Studio is a wired smart speaker. It has a built-in Zigbee hub, allowing you to connect other compatible smart home devices like light bulbs or thermostats to the speaker and control them using the built-in Alexa voice assistant. This speaker can also get loud, offers bass and treble sliders if you prefer a different sound profile, and supports 3D audio. However, you need a subscription to Amazon's music streaming app to get the full experience of this feature.

Our Verdict

7.1 Music

The Amazon Echo Studio is decent for music. It has a neutral and balanced sound profile but lacks low bass, so genres like EDM and hip-hop sound less thumpy. That said, its companion app has bass and treble sliders, so you can tweak its sound to your liking. It can also play stereo content and get loud with minimal compression artifacts at max volume. While it supports 3D audio, you need a subscription to Amazon Music HD to access this feature.

Pros
  • Can get loud with few compression artifacts.
  • Bass and treble sliders available via companion app.
Cons
  • Can only be used wired.
  • Lacks low bass.
6.1 Videos/Movies

The Amazon Echo Studio is mediocre for videos and movies. Although it lacks low bass, which makes sound effects in action movies lack thump and rumble, it has a fairly neutral sound profile suitable for clear dialogue. It can also play stereo content and get loud with minimal compression at max volume, so your audio sounds clear. It's also advertised as compatible with the Fire TV Cube (2nd gen) or Fire TV Stick 4K if you want Dolby Digital 5.1 or Dolby Atmos content.

Pros
  • Can get loud with few compression artifacts.
  • Bass and treble sliders available via companion app.
Cons
  • High AV Synchronization error on iOS and Android.
  • Lacks low bass.
6.3 Podcasts

The Amazon Echo Studio is passable for podcasts. It has a neutral sound profile that's suitable for vocal-centric content, although a slight underemphasis in the treble range makes sibilants like S and T sounds a bit dull. That said, it isn't very portable as you can only use it wired and doesn't support multi-device pairing. It also has a narrow soundstage, so your audio won't sound consistent from all angles.

Pros
  • Can get loud with few compression artifacts.
  • Bass and treble sliders available via companion app.
Cons
  • Can only be used wired.
  • No multi-device pairing.
7.9 Voice Assistant

The Amazon Echo Studio is very good for voice assistants. It has Alexa built-in, and it can register your commands, even if you're far away. However, it has more of a problem understanding you in a noisy environment. That said, you can use Alexa to connect your speaker to other smart devices that use Zigbee in your home, and it has a dedicated mic mute button if you don't always want the speaker to be listening to you.

Pros
  • Can get loud with few compression artifacts.
  • Excellent voice assistant performance.
Cons
  • Alexa struggles to understand you in noisy environments.
5.4 Outdoors

The Amazon Echo Studio is a wired speaker unsuitable for outdoor use.

  • 7.1 Music
  • 6.1 Videos/Movies
  • 6.3 Podcasts
  • 7.9 Voice Assistant
  • 5.4 Outdoors
  1. Updated Feb 20, 2024: We've updated this review to ensure it remains consistent with other product reviews and added relevant comparisons.
  2. Updated Dec 05, 2022: Added a market comparison to the Devialet Mania in the Voice Assistant box.
  3. Updated Feb 09, 2021: Review published.
  4. Updated Feb 04, 2021: Early access published.
  5. Updated Jan 21, 2021: Our testers have started testing this product.
  6. Updated Jan 21, 2021: The product has arrived in our lab, and our testers will start evaluating it soon.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Amazon Echo Studio comes in two color variants: 'Charcoal' and 'Glacier'. We tested the 'Charcoal' variant but expect all variants to perform similarly. You can see the label of our model here.

If you encounter another variant, please let us know in the forums, and we'll update our review.

Compared To Other Speakers

The Amazon Echo Studio is a smart speaker designed for home use. It gets much louder than the Amazon Echo Gen 4 but doesn't do as good a job of registering voice commands in noisy environments. It also has a more balanced sound profile than the Google Nest Audio and doesn't have to downmix tracks to mono. However, the Google speaker has a better integration with Google Assistant.

Check out our recommendations for the best home speakers, the best Bluetooth speakers, and the best Bluetooth speakers under $100.

Apple HomePod (2nd generation)

Depending on your listening habits, you may prefer either the Amazon Echo Studio or the Apple HomePod (2nd generation). These speakers are designed for integration with products that are in their respective ecosystems, like Amazon's Zigbee hub or Apple's AirPlay. Apple's Siri does a bit better at hearing your commands in noisy environments, and it brings more rumble in the low bass. However, the Amazon speaker is more customizable thanks to its companion app's bass and treble adjustments.

Google Nest Audio

The Amazon Echo Studio is a better speaker for most uses than the Google Nest Audio. The Amazon has a better-balanced sound profile, can play stereo content, and gets louder with minimal compression artifacts. However, the Google speaker is a better speaker for voice assistants. It has better controls, its Google Assistant has better overall performance, and it supports Chromecast.

Google Home Max

The Google Home Max is a slightly better speaker than the Amazon Echo Studio. The Google has a better-balanced sound profile and can reproduce a bit more low bass. It has Google Assistant built-in, and it does a better job of understanding your voice in noisy environments. It can also be paired with up to two devices at the same time, and it supports Google Chromecast. However, the Amazon has fewer compression artifacts at max volume.

Sonos One Gen 2/One SL

The Amazon Echo Studio is a better speaker for most uses than the Sonos One Gen 2/One SL. The Amazon can play stereo content, can get louder with fewer compression artifacts, and supports Bluetooth. It also has a better voice assistant performance. However, the Sonos has better controls and can reproduce a bit more low bass. It also supports Apple AirPlay.

Sonos Move

The Sonos Move is a slightly better speaker than the Amazon Echo Studio. The Sonos has a sound profile that can produce a more extended low bass than the Amazon. It's also battery-powered, better built, and has a built-in carrying handle, making it more portable and better suited to use outdoors. That said the Amazon has less compression present at max volume, resulting in cleaner audio at louder volumes. It also has a built-in Zigbee hub, which allows you to connect it to compatible smart home devices like light bulbs or thermostats and control them using Alexa.

Bose Home Speaker 500

The Bose Home Speaker 500 is better than the Amazon Echo Studio. The Bose is better built, and it has a better soundstage performance. It supports Apple AirPlay and has lower latency when paired with iOS and Android devices over Bluetooth. Also, its voice assistant does a better job of understanding you in noisy settings. However, the Amazon gets louder with less compression at max volume.

Amazon Echo Gen 4

The Amazon Echo Studio and the Amazon Echo Gen 4 are similar speakers. These two smart speakers come with Alexa built-in. They also come with Zigbee hubs built-in to connect and control smart home devices like lightbulbs or thermostats via Alexa. However, the Studio can get louder with less compression at max volume, resulting in cleaner audio at louder volumes. It also supports Dolby Atmos content, which may please some movie fans. The Gen 4 does a significantly better job of registering your commands in noisier environments.

Sonos Era 100

The Sonos Era 100 is a better all-around speaker than the Amazon Echo Studio. While they're both wired speakers with similar build qualities, the Sonos has a more balanced default sound profile and has better directivity, meaning it sounds more consistent across all listening angles. It's also compatible with Apple Airplay and has a more intuitive control scheme. That said, the Amazon can get louder and has less compression present at maximum volume than the Sonos.

JBL Flip 6

The Amazon Echo Studio and the JBL Flip 6 are designed for different purposes. While the Amazon has a wired design that limits its portability, the JBL is battery-powered, and you can use it on the go. The Amazon can get louder with fewer compression artifacts present at max volume, and it has better directivity thanks to its cylindrical design. It also has better voice assistant integration, thanks to its built-in Alexa compatibility, and you can use it to connect to Wi-FI. That said, the JBL has a higher build quality and supports Bluetooth multi-device pairing, making it a better choice for bringing the party with you.

Apple HomePod mini

The Amazon Echo Studio is a better speaker than the Apple HomePod mini. The Amazon can get louder with less compression at max volume, so your audio sounds mostly clean at louder volumes. It has Alexa built-in and can understand your commands from far away. You can connect your audio source to the speaker via Bluetooth, and the speaker also has a Zigbee hub built-in, so you can connect and control compatible smart home devices like lightbulbs or thermostats using Alexa. The Apple speaker has built-in Siri, which some iOS users may prefer.

Apple HomePod (1st generation)

The Apple HomePod (1st generation) is a better smart speaker than the Amazon Echo Studio. The Apple has Siri built-in, better controls, a more neutral sound profile, and a wider soundstage. It also has low latency on Apple AirPlay. However, it's been discontinued and may be harder to find in new condition. That said, the Amazon is a Bluetooth speaker with Alexa built-in. It has bass and treble sliders, meaning you can tweak its sound profile. It also gets louder with minimal compression.

Bose Home Speaker 300

The Bose Home Speaker 300 and the Amazon Echo Studio have different strengths, and depending on your usage, you may prefer one over the other. The Amazon can get louder and play stereo content. Its companion app also offers more features. However, the Bose supports Apple AirPlay, has a lower Bluetooth latency on iOS and Android, and has an outstanding voice assistant performance.

Sony SRS-RA3000

The Sony SRS-RA3000 and the Amazon Echo Studio have different strengths. The Amazon has excellent voice assistant performance, with Alexa built-in. It has a built-in Zigbee hub to control other smart home devices like lightbulbs or thermostats. The Sony has a much better soundstage performance and features a graphic EQ and presets, making it more customizable than the Amazon.

Yamaha MusicCast 50

The Amazon Echo Studio and the Yamaha MusicCast 50 are similar speakers. The Amazon speaker offers excellent voice assistant support with Alexa built-in and does an excellent job of understanding your commands from far away. It has better directivity, resulting in a wider-sounding soundstage. It also has a built-in Zigbee hub, so you can connect it to compatible smart home devices like lightbulbs or thermostats and control them using Alexa. You can connect the Yamaha to MusicCast-compatible devices like MusicCast soundbars. It can also get louder than the Amazon and is more customizable thanks to the graphic EQ and presets featured in its MusicCast app.

Devialet Mania

The Amazon Echo Studio is likely a better value for most in comparison with the Devialet Mania. They're both smart speakers with built-in Alexa, though the Amazon speaker adds a built-in Zigbee hub so you can control other smart home devices with the speaker. It's designed for home use, meaning you don't have to worry about a battery; however, it's not as suitable for outdoor use as the battery-powered Devialet. The Devialet's voice assistant performs better in noisy environments, too.

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Test Results

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Design
Design
Style
RGB Lights No

The Amazon Echo Studio is a cylindrical speaker with two openings near its bottom for its bass aperture. You can only place it vertically. There's also a light ring on its top side, which lights up for voice commands or mic mute. However, you can't customize its lighting as you can with the JBL Pulse 4.

4.1
Design
Portability
Volume
369 in³ (6,045 cm³)
Weight
7.7 lbs (3.5 kg)
Power Source
AC Only
One-Hand Carry
No

This speaker has poor portability. You can't carry it with only one hand, and it isn't battery-powered, so you need to connect it to a power source to work. It's designed to be a home speaker, so this won't be an issue if you have it set up in one room.

6.4
Design
Build Quality
Material Quality
Good
Water Resistance
Unspecified
Dust Resistance
Unspecified
Impact Resistance
Unspecified
Floats In Water
Unspecified

This speaker has an unremarkable build quality. A tight fabric covers most of the speaker, while a plastic ring houses the control buttons on the top side. Overall, the speaker feels sturdy and solid. However, it lacks an IP rating for dust and water resistance, so be careful if you plan to use it around water.

6.0
Design
Controls
Ease Of Use
Great
Feedback
Great
Music Play/Pause
No
Call Answer/End
No
Volume Up/Down
Yes (Physical)
Track Next/Previous
No
Microphone On/Off
Yes (Physical)
Additional Controls
Yes

The controls are mediocre. There are four physical buttons located on its top side. You can mute the microphone and control the volume. When you press the 'Mic Off' button, the light ring turns solid red, and if Alexa is listening to you, the light turns blue. There's also an 'Action' button that allows you to activate Alexa manually, or if you press and hold this button for 20 seconds, you can reset your device without losing your smart home connections. However, this speaker lacks music or call-related calls, which some users will find disappointing.

Design
In The Box

  • Amazon Echo Studio smart speaker
  • Power cable
  • Reusable bag
  • Quick Start Guide

Sound
6.8
Sound
Frequency Response Accuracy
Slope
0.03
Std. Err.
3.32 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
55.8 Hz
High-Frequency Extension
13.7 kHz

The Amazon Echo Studio has alright frequency response accuracy. It has a balanced and neutral sound profile that's suitable for a variety of audio content. However, it lacks low bass, so more bass-heavy genres like EDM and hip-hop lack thump and rumble. If you prefer a different sound, this speaker has bass and treble sliders.

We tested this speaker with the 'stereo spatial enhancement' feature on, which is also its default setting. The manufacturer advertises this feature to enable a more immersive listening experience by creating a 3D sound. Note that some users originally reported issues with this feature as it made their audio sound echo-y. Amazon later released firmware version 338972762, which may have improved its performance. We tested this speaker with firmware version 4463523716. If you prefer, you can also turn this feature off through the companion app. The manufacturer advertises this speaker to support both Dolby Atmos and Sony's 360 Reality Audio content. However, if you like Ultra HD audio, this speaker can only stream this content using Amazon's Music HD streaming service right now.

Sound
Raw Frequency Response
Binaural Recording @ 1m
Binaural Recording @ 2m
7.4
Sound
Soundstage
Directivity Index
4.91 dB
Stereo
Yes

The soundstage is decent. The speaker can play stereo audio without having to downmix to mono. However, its directivity is just okay, so audio won't sound the same from different angles around the speaker. For a speaker with better directivity, consider the JBL Pulse 4.

8.0
Sound
Dynamics
SPL @ Max Volume
91.1 dB SPL
DRC @ Max Volume
0.75 dB

This speaker has great dynamics. It can get louder than the Bose Home Speaker 300, and there are minimal compression artifacts at max volume, so your audio sounds clear, even at high volumes.

Active Features
0
Active Features
Battery
Battery Life
N/A
Charge Time
N/A
Power Saving
No
Charging Port
No Battery
Battery Powered
No

This speaker has no battery and only works when plugged into a wall socket.

8.6
Active Features
Voice Assistant
Alexa
Built-in (Wi-Fi Only)
Google Assistant
No
Speakerphone
Yes
Siri
No
Voice Assistant
Yes
Voice Activation
Yes
Microphone Mute
Yes
Far-Field Performance
Excellent
Ambient Noise Performance
Poor

This speaker has excellent voice assistant support. It has Alexa built-in, which you can activate with your voice. The speaker can understand your commands, even when you're far away. However, compared to other Alexa speakers like the Devialet Mania, it has a harder time hearing you if you're in a noisy environment. You can also mute the speaker's mic if you don't want the speaker to hear you.

9.3
Active Features
App
App Name
Amazon Alexa
iOS
Yes
Android
Yes
EQ
Bass/Treble
Stereo Pair Mode
Yes
Party Mode
Yes
Multi-Room
Yes

The Amazon Alexa app is outstanding. It has bass and treble sliders, so you can adjust its sound. You can also pair two Echo Studio speakers together to create a stereo pair, as well as connect several units to cover a large room or play audio in multiple rooms of your home. If you're looking for a speaker with a graphic EQ and presets, consider the Yamaha MusicCast 50.

Connectivity
Connectivity
Wired
Aux Input
Yes
USB Audio
No
Other Ports
Yes

This speaker has a 3.5mm AUX port, so you can wire your smartphone directly to the speaker to play audio. There's also a mini optical line-in as well as a micro-USB port. You can also use the micro-USB port with an Ethernet adapter to facilitate a wired network connection.

6.8
Connectivity
Bluetooth
Bluetooth
Yes
Bluetooth Version
Unspecified
Bluetooth iOS Latency
261 ms
Bluetooth Android Latency
214 ms
Bluetooth Range
331.4 ft (101.0 m)
Multi-Device Pairing
No

It has alright Bluetooth connectivity. You can only pair it with one device at a time, and it has high AV synchronization error on iOS and Android, so it's not a suitable choice for streaming videos. Some apps compensate for latency, so your real-world experience may vary. On the upside, it has an outstanding range, so you can still be connected to the speaker, even if you're far away.

6.5
Connectivity
Wi-Fi
Wi-Fi Version
Wi-Fi 5
Wi-Fi Frequency Band
2.4GHz & 5GHz
Wi-Fi
Yes
Apple AirPlay
No
AirPlay Latency
N/A
Google Chromecast
No
Chromecast Latency
N/A

This speaker is Wi-Fi compatible. However, it doesn't support Apple AirPlay or Google Chromecast connectivity. If you're looking for a speaker that supports Apple AirPlay, try the Sonos One Gen 2/One SL or the Bose Home Speaker 500.