Amazon has gone ahead and announced a gaggle of new Echo devices, with the goal of showing off new Alexa features and making it even easier for Alexa to live in your home, and for you to interact with Alexa.
First up is the Echo Sub, which is a subwoofer that can give your Echo devices some bass. If you pair it with one Echo device you create a 1.1 configuration, while pairing with two creates a 2.1 configuration. It's a six-inch woofer that gives 100W of bass.
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The Echo Sub is available for pre-order now for $129.99 and ships next month. But that's not all, there's also the Echo Link Amp and Link. The Link connects to an amp or receiver, while the Link Amp also has a built-in 60W dual-channel amplifier that also loops in Echo devices. There's optical connections, coaxial connections, audio in, and Ethernet. Neither have microphones, as they're meant to be used with other Echo devices.
The Link Amp is available for pre-order for $299.99 and will ship later this year while the Link is $199.99 and will ship early next year.
There's also the Echo Input, which is a $34.99 dongle that plugs right into dumb speakers. It has four microphones on it and essentially adds Alexa to any dumb speaker you may have in your home. Amazon also says it'll bundle the Input in with speakers from the likes of Bose. Consider this Amazon's big shot at Google's Chromecast Audio.
Amazon isn't stopping there though; it also announced a microwave called the AmazonBasics Microwave. It doesn't have Alexa built-in, but there is an Alexa button that will route in Alexa from a nearby Echo device. This means you can ask Alexa to start/stop cooking. There's also Amazon Dash Replenishment built in, so you can re-order things like popcorn.
The AmazonBasics Microwave is available for pre-order for $59.99 and will ship later this month.
Finally, there's the Echo Wall Clock. This also doesn't have Alexa built in, but it is designed to make using Alexa timers a little more visual. It's a minimalistic clock you can hang on the wall, sporting a ring of LED lights around its face . When you set a timer, a portion of the lights will light up to show you how much time is left. When the timer is up, all of the lights go off. The Echo Wall Clock is up for pre-order for $29.99.
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