If you’ve been looking for a high-end smart speaker with a subwoofer, Amazon has an interesting deal in its Echo lineup right now. It’s got a bundle deal with the high-end Echo Studio and the Echo sub, with both on sale for $248 instead of $330, saving you $82 (24 percent). Those are a killer combo for home theater and more, particularly if you get a second Echo Studio to make a stereo pair.
The Echo Studio appears in our guide to the best smart speakers as an alternative to the Sonos Era 100 for those who already rely on Alexa. It’s the largest smart speaker Amazon makes, and it put the space to good use. There’s a 24-bit DAC (digital-to-analog converter) and an amplifier, along with five separate speakers, allowing for crisp sound throughout the frequency range. We gave it an 88 in our review, and noted the quality, hi-res sound that does justice to HD and lossless music — but also makes regular old Spotify tracks sound pretty good.
For those who need more bass, the Echo sub adds 100W of low-frequency power and a6-inch downward-firing woofer, enhancing the already solid bass on the Echo Studio. If you add a second Echo Studio, you’ll get true stereo 2.1 sound. The latter isn’t on sale alone right now but has been in the past. In any case, if you’re an Alexa fan and want the ultimate sound without paying Sonos money, now is a great time to get this combo.