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Amazon’s new Echo Dot speakers promise the best sound yet

There was no new Amazon Echo smart speaker on display at the online megaretailer’s annual hardware and services event this Wednesday, but Amazon has revealed an all-new line of smaller-sized Echo Dot speakers, as well as a new Echo Dot with Clock and new Echo Dot Kids speakers.

“This is our most powerful lineup yet,” said Nedim Fresko, Amazon’s vice president for Alexa devices and developer technologies. “We redesigned the audio architecture with a full-range speaker and the highest excursion speaker of any Echo Dot.”

According to Fresko, this high-excursion design means the new Echo Dot speakers pump out up to twice as much bass as previous generations, all from the same spherical form factor and familiar choice of colors ( anthracite, glacier white or deep sea blue). Available for pre-order starting today and set to ship in October, prices are also the same – $50 for the new fifth-gen Echo Dot, or $60 for the new Echo Dot with clock or the new Echo Dot Kids.

A mockup shows the inner workings of the 5th Gen Echo Dot smart speaker, which delivers better bass thanks to a new high-excursion design.

The new Echo Dot speakers feature high-excursion designs, which essentially means the speaker cone can move and vibrate more than before to produce up to twice as much bass as previous generations.

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In addition to better sound quality, the new Echo Dot devices include new sensors that enable tapping gestures for the top of the device, which could be a faster way to turn off that morning alarm or sleep timer. cooking. The new Echo Dot with Clock, available in Cloud Blue or Ice White, also brings slight improvements to clock reading, namely the ability to show upcoming calendar events, artists and song titles during music playback or weather information with icons. whenever you ask Alexa for today’s forecast.

The new Amazon Echo Dot Kids smart speakers, one designed to look like a purple dragon, the other designed to look like a turquoise owl.  Both are spherical in shape with a ring-shaped blue indicator light around the bottom.

The new Echo Dot Kids speakers come in dragon and owl designs, with custom Alexa voices to match.

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Meanwhile, the Echo Dot Kids have had a facelift, with new purple dragon and teal owl themed designs. Each device offers parental controls in the Alexa app, a two-year warranty, and a one-year subscription to Amazon Kids Plus for kid-friendly content options. Soon, the speakers will also offer Kids Plus subscribers exclusive personalized owl and dragon-themed Alexa voices.

“Ambient intelligence has been our North Star since the early days of Echo and Alexa, and a true ambient experience is personalized, proactive and intuitive enough to adapt to you and your environment,” Fresko told CNET. “All of our Echo devices and services are designed to push this idea forward for our customers, whether they’re at home or on the go.”


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The three new Echo Dot speakers are available for pre-order starting today and are expected to ship in October.

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