Amazon today announced an all-new Echo smart speaker as the succesor to the very popular original Amazon Echo that kicked off the recent wave of home voice assistants. The new speaker is about half the size of the original Echo and comes in a variety of stylish exterior finishes and colors.
The 2nd-generation Echo has a 2.5 inch downward-firing woofer and 0.6” tweeter that deliver 360° omnidirectional audio. The woofer is the same size as the original Echo’s speaker and the tweeter is just slightly smaller. With Dolby processing now onboard, it will hopefully sound as good, if not better, than the original Echo.
This time around, Amazon learned from the popularity of the Echo Dot and has included a 3.5mm audio-out port on the back which can be used to connect the new Echo to external speakers. You can, of course, also connect to Bluetooth speakers wirelessly, if you prefer.
The new Echo comes in 6 different finishes to choose from. There are 3 fabric finishes, which include Charcoal, Heather Gray, and Sandstone. Those can be pre-ordered today for $99 and will be released on October 31. There are also three premium finishes which include Silver (metal), Oak (wood), and Walnut (wood). Those will run you a little more at $119.99 and will be released a week later on November 8.