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In this post, I happily compare my two favorite Amazon speakers: Echo Studio vs Echo Sub.
If you simply want to know the main differences between the two, here they are:
Echo Studio is a full-functioning Alexa speaker with Dolby Atmos and Spatial Audio. It includes a 350w amplifier, a 30mm tweeter, three 2.0″ mid-range speakers, and a 5.3″ downward-firing woofer. The Echo Sub does not have Alexa; you need to pair it with another Echo speaker as a subwoofer. It has a 100W Class D amplifier and 6” woofer.
There are some additional differences, which I will review in more detail below to see how they measure up in the following areas:
I’ll also cover similarities and differences, pros and cons, and review them side-by-side in a full-specs comparison table.
Make Multi-Room Music Great AgainOn Amazon Prime Day this year, I splurged big time. Yeah, I did. I ordered myself both the Echo Studio and the Echo Sub.
And now, since last week, Amazon announced a new version of Echo Studio with a new color choice and spatial audio, I thought it would be a great time to refresh this post.
I absolutely could not be happier that I bought these two speakers. I have them both in my home office. They sound awesome, and I listen to them daily with Amazon Music Unlimited, Pandora, and Apple Music as part of my multi-room music configuration.
Adding these speakers to my multi-music has upped the overall sound quality not just in my home office but throughout my entire apartment. If you love music and are “on the fence” about splurging like I was, I’m here to say, do it! You can thank me later.
I’ve enjoyed these speakers for almost a year now and have no regrets. I am now looking forward to the new version of Echo Studio. These are two of the best smart speakers that Amazon makes if you are looking to upgrade your sound systems. (Sorry, Google Assistant and Google Home Max.)
OK, that’s quite enough of a preamble. Let’s get under the hood and compare the full technical specifications of Echo Studio vs Echo Sub speakers side by side.
Echo Studio vs Echo Sub: Tech Specs Comparison
Following is a side-by-side comparison showcasing the major similarities and differences between the Echo Studio vs Echo Sub.
Last update on 01/28/2023 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API
Amazon Echo Studio
Amazon originally produced the Echo Studio to rival Apple’s HomePod (discontinued in 2021), delivering a bigger, better sound, more advanced sound optimization, and a truly “smart” device. It is the best-sounding Echo speaker, in my opinion. Its tweeter, mid-range speakers, and 5.25-inch downward-firing woofer deliver amazing sound.
Amazon also just announced an upgrade to the Echo Studio. While there are no hardware updates, there is a new color choice and a software update to Amazon’s premium-sounding spatial audio format. The new Glacier White model (pictured above) is available for pre-order at Amazon (link below) to ship in late October.
You can still get the original Charcoal color now (same link), and all Echo Studio owners will receive the software update when Amazon releases it. I’ve pre-ordered the Glacier White model and can’t wait to add it to my multi-room music configuration.
The Dolby Atmos-compatible directional audio makes the Echo Studio sound like a much larger speaker, with higher-than-average volume for its size and a superb sound balance. It’s also programmed to analyze the acoustics of whatever room it’s in and adjust the audio filters to optimize sound output.
Listening to grand, sweeping songs like Radiohead’s Fake Plastic Trees and Bruce Springsteen’s Terry’s Song shows off the Echo Studio’s above-average directionality, layered sound, and surprising subwoofer power for such a small device.
Digital Trends has a nice review of Echo Studio over on their YouTube Channel:
Where to Buy It
Amazon Echo Sub
Amazon’s Echo Sub is the go-to choice for anyone who wants a better bass experience with Alexa. It’s a compact 6” downward-firing sub-woofer that you can pair with compatible Echo devices such as the Echo Studio to max out the lows and deep tones of any song.
Whether you want to feel the walking bass line of your favorite jazz music (Herb Albert sounds awesome) or bump to some hardcore EDM, the Sub will deliver that thumping, pulsing feel you’re looking for.
It lacks “smart” capabilities—it’s an additional speaker that has to be connected to an Echo hub or another Alexa-enabled device. It doesn’t have the Alexa voice assistant built-in and doesn’t generate the largest sound field, but it’s all about that accurate, crystal-clear bass to make your music truly sizzle.
Echo Sub does not work without a compatible Echo device. It must be paired with one of the following:
Craig over at Craig’s Tech Talk does a great job putting Echo Sub through the paces in this video review.
Where to Buy It
When comparing the Echo Studio vs Echo Sub physically, the Echo Studio is taller. It is also thicker than the classic Echo and Echo Plus, with a fabric grille and sleekly curved shape that will make it instantly recognizable as an Amazon Echo product.
The top features the far-field microphone array and buttons to control the volume, mute the microphone, and activate Alexa. The plastic ring includes the signature LED light ring. Both speakers offer an excellent bass range and solid sound, but only Studio works with Amazon’s Alexa.
Along the body are cutouts (on the front and back) for the bass ports to optimize airflow. The Echo Studio delivers impressive bass either with or without the Sub. Beneath the rear bass aperture is the port for power and a 3.5mm optical/aux port.
My Echo Studio looks like on the table lamp beside my bed.
The Echo Sub is surprisingly small compared to the subwoofers that typically accompany soundbars, just 8.0” x 8.3”. It’s big enough to fit the 6” downward-facing subwoofer that generates the potent bass. Comparing Echo Studio vs Echo Sub, it is a little shorter and thicker (and heavier) than the Echo Studio, with Amazon’s classic fabric grille and curved edges.
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However, unlike other Echo products, the Echo Sub only comes in black and lacks top-mounted buttons and the Alexa light ring (which makes sense since it does not have Alexa aboard). Beneath the small notch on the bottom, you’ll find the power connector and a button to pair the Sub with your main Echo device.
Here is what my Echo Sub looks like on the floor of my bedroom/home office:
The Echo Studio vs Echo Sub audio quality is designed to generate a three-dimensional sound field similar to true surround sound. It delivers optimum sound when paired with other Studios, Echos, or Echo Subs. However, even on its own, the Studio’s upward, right, left, and downward-firing drivers deliver a surprisingly big and precise sound with great directionality.
Though not on par with the industry-leading soundbars, it produces best-in-class audio for its size and design.
The Echo Sub doesn’t cover the high- or mid-range, but the bass output far exceeds the Echo Studio. It’s designed to flesh out the weakness most Echo speakers encounter in the lower ranges. On its own, it’s got enough power to kick the party up a notch by adding in driving beats.
But pair it with other Echos, particularly the Echo, Studio-and that’s when the truly potent surround sound magic happens.
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Echo Studio has Alexa built-in but Echo Sub does not.
With Echo Studio, you get all of the features you would get with any Echo speaker with Alexa. This includes:
Once you pair up a compatible Echo device with your Echo Sub, then you can listen to all of this with a some higher quality bass.
The Echo Studio is about as easily set up as a new Echo or Echo Plus. The Echo Studio will need to be added to your existing Alexa app, connected to the Wi-Fi, set the location of the device (kitchen, living room, bedroom, etc.), and connected to your favorite music streaming service.
Once it’s set up, however, the built-in Alexa capabilities are on par with your Echo or Echo Plus-it’s a great replacement or add-on for your smart home.
I was surprised to see that my Echo Studio automatically connected to my Alexa app so that I could use it for voice commands after powering it on. I did have to add it to my multi-room music group. If you have issues with that, check out this post I wrote on How To Fix Alexa Multi-Room Music.
Setting up the Echo Sub requires pairing it with an Alexa-enabled Echo device, such as the Echo, Echo Plus, Echo Show, or Echo Studio. I recently paired my Sub up with Echo Show 8. Here’s what that looks like in the Alexa app:
It’s one of the easiest Echo devices to set up. Pull it out of the box, power it up, and use the Alexa smartphone app to connect it to your primary Echo device.
It’s tailored to add to an existing sound system rather than a standalone speaker. There is a special setting for compatible Echos in the Alexa app to connect to the Sub. This is plug-n-play at its best!
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What’s In The Box
Here’s a quick rundown of the box contents for the Echo Studio vs Echo Sub speaker.
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Echo Studio Unboxing Video
Here is the Echo Studio unboxing video I made on my YouTube channel.
Echo Sub Unboxing Video
Here is the Echo Sub unboxing video I published on my YouTube channel.
Which Should You Buy
When comparing Echo Studio vs Echo Sub, we are really comparing apples and oranges.
If you have to choose one over the other, I think the question of which one to buy comes down to whether you already own an Echo speaker compatible with the Sub and how important bass is to you.
If this is your first Echo speaker, the Echo Studio is about as good of a choice as you can make. If you already have some Echo speakers configured for multi-room music, adding the Sub will give your bass a nice boost.
Echo Studio vs Echo Sub: Your Take
So what do you think of my Echo Studio vs Echo Sub comparison? How do you like these two sweet-sounding speakers from the Amazon Echo line? Do you agree they have great sound?
I realize they aren’t cheap, especially when you compare them to other speakers in Amazon’s Echo lineup. However, the Echo Studio sounds WAY better than any other Echo speaker you can buy. And the Sub ups your bass game in a big way.
Considering what premium speakers and subwoofers from Bose and Sonos cost, these are more affordable. You can also get great deals on Prime Day, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday.
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Anyhow, I would love to hear if you plan on buying one or both of these speakers. Please leave a comment below and let me know. Until next time, jam on!