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Echo Studio vs. HomePod Which is better?

The Amazon Echo original was launched in 2014 with a quality of sound that could be considered “acceptable” and at a price of $ 179 dollars.; the first foray of Apple in the world of speakers connected with a virtual assistant, for its part, was addressed directly to the world of premium audio with your HomePod and a starting price of $ 349. Amazon wants to cut distances with the Echo Studio, a competitor that promises to deliver high fidelity audio to $199. Echo Studio vs. HomePod Which is better?

 Amazon Echo Studio

Apple HomePod

Price

Echo Studio

The HomePod Apple currently has a price of $ 299 dollars on the Apple website, a cut of $ 50 us dollars since the device was launched for the first time in 2018. Echo Studio Amazon part of the $ 199, $ 100 cheaper than the alternative of Apple. Also offers some accessories such as the Echo Sub, which adds bass through a wireless subwoofer for $ 129 extra.

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

Winner: Amazon Echo Studio

Design

HomePod

On the outside, the Apple HomePod features a mesh fabric without seams that Apple promotes for its performance, aesthetic and acoustic. We are not sure of the real effect on the sound of this design, but we love its minimalist design. Looking at the inside of the HomePod, you will find a generous audio technology, that includes a woofer high-excursion and seven tweeters ; in addition, each tweeter, as well as the woofer has its own amplifier.

Echo Studio Amazon uses a cylindrical design similar with a fabric cover, but in this case, the design part with a slot in the lower half of the unit that serves as a port for the woofer internal. Another differentiator is the user interface: the HomePod opt for a glass touch screen and the Echo Studio for physical buttons are more traditional. Within the Echo Studio is a woofer, three drivers, a midrange and a single tweeter. Although both designs are spectacular, Apple wins this category with a design that is more elegant and seamless and the use of the touch screen.

Winner: Apple HomePod

Sound quality

Interior HomePod

The HomePod is possible to be surprised by the amount of sound that can produce that little cylindrical design. Not only is a speaker, but also sounds wonderful. The sound of the HomePod can be attributed to an excellent selection of internal drivers, as well as the audio technology of Apple, that we’ll see a bit more in detail in the following section. The HomePod offers a bass response set that fans of hip-hop and rock to worship, as well as a clarity of sound breathtaking.

That said, Echo Studio Amazon also offers a sound that is so impressive: while it does not present a bass response as tight as the HomePod Apple, the result is excellent. As we move towards the mid-range and higher frequencies, we discover that details are missing in specific areas, but not enough to take away the enjoyment to the horn. While both teams offered an impressive performance for its size, we must give the HomePod Apple the additional respect that it deserves for its level of clarity and detail.

Winner: Apple HomePod

Benefits

Echo Studio en sala

Before getting into what can make the virtual assistant of each device, let’s take a look at what base technology provides each product to enhance the user experience. HomePod uses Apple audio computer to deliver sound based on the environment around you; if you move the computer, the HomePod will re-calibrate automatically for optimal sound. Users within the Apple ecosystem will enjoy the integration with AirPlay, which allows most of the Apple devices to transmit audio to the device with ease. To invoke Siri, six built-in microphones on the HomePod can hear you no matter where in the room you are in.

Echo Studio Amazon also analyzes your environment to provide optimal audio based on the acoustics of your room. Echo Studio has the functionality to Zigbee built-in, which means that the device can be paired with a plethora of smart devices for the home for easy control. While Echo Studio does not have AirPlay, the computer has Bluetooth connectivity, as well as the ability to stream audio from the Fire TV without problems. Arguably the most prominent feature of Echo Studio is the integration of the technology of audio 3D Dolby Atmos; however, we find that the sound is a bit low and distant, but promises of the future.

If you’ve been a user of Siri, or Alexa in the past, the experience is the same when you use the horn intelligent each wizard question. The HomePod Apple included its voice assistant Siri, with which you can easily play music, ask questions, or control devices HomeKit without complications. On the other hand, the Amazon Echo offers similar capabilities to Alexa.

What will not be so subjective are the services that a device supports. Apple remains completely blocked with Apple Music as the only native form of playing music at this time. However, Alexa supports a wide range of services to music in streaming, including Amazon Music, Apple Music, Spotify, Pandora, Tidal, and more. In addition, HomePod does not provide an Aux connection while Apple continues with its plans to completely remove the connector of 3.5 mm For this reason, we find that Echo Studio Amazon offers a better selection of features.

Winner: Amazon Echo Studio

Conclusion

HomePod desde arriba
Jeremy Kaplan / Digital Trends

If you want a horn intelligent, more aesthetic, and with a better sound and the price is not a concern, the HomePod Apple is an excellent option for those who are already inside the Apple ecosystem. However, Amazon offers a great sound at a price significantly lower with greater flexibility in regard to the music services. If you’re subscribed to a music service that is not Apple Music, Echo Studio is really the only option if you have the intention of using the voice assistant built-in to play music.

Amazon Echo Studio

Apple HomePod

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