Amazon Echo event: Here's what to expect

The current Echo Dot model

Amazon is tapping into this largely untouched market by introducing the new Echo Auto.

Naturally our interest is particularly piqued by the new audio products which we suppose marks Amazon's grand entrance into "hi-fi".

According to reports, Google has partnered with 400 brands to offer compatibility with more than 5,000 smart devices and it will support 2.4GHz and 5GHz Wi-Fi along with Bluetooth.

Even if you're now unsure as to whether or not you're going to buy Echo Auto, you might as well request an invitation in case you decide you want it.

If you already have great speakers and don't want to replace them, the Echo Input was also announced but it's not now listed on the Australian site.

Image credit The Verge
Image credit The Verge

The Echo Sub: The Amazon Alexa subwoofer is here and it will cost $129.99. Basically, you can control it via voice or manually.

"There are dual, side-firing 2-inch Neodymium drivers; a passive bass radiator; and Dolby processing to deliver expansive stereo sound with deep, powerful lows and crisp highs, ideal for listening to your favorite music", Amazon said. It is available for pre-order from today and will ship next month. The display is twice as big and adds Skype integration, internet browsers - the Amazon Silk browser and Firefox - custom apps based on the most common Show requests, and new third-party apps made specifically for the device.

While the Echo Input allows users to make their existing speakers smart, by allowing them to be controlled by Alexa voice commands once connected. For $299.99, the Echo Link Amp adds a 60W, 2-channel amplifier for directly connecting to bookshelf speakers. The fact that you get more than you did from the original Echo, but for less money, was hard to argue with, so we happily recommended it to everyone. For example, you'll be able to plug in a coffee machine or a lamp and use your voice to turn them on.

To that end, Alexa's does-what-it-says-on-the-tin Multi-Room Music feature will soon be available to all device makers, such as Sonos and Bose, as Amazon was keen to name-drop. But the Amazon Smart Plug is naturally very compatible with Alexa, giving it that extra bump in easy convenience smart home tech thrives on. $25.

The smart plug wasn't mentioned in the previous leak about Amazon's plans for new Alexa-powered devices. The Echo Wall Clock means you won't have to worry about the switch to daylight savings time again, Limp said.

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