Amazon Echo speakers adding stereo pairing, better multiroom audio support
Echo speakers are getting a few new tricks.
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speakers are getting an audio upgrade. Stereo pairing is coming to some of the Echo speakers via a software update. That will allow you to pair two Echo speakers together as dedicated left and right channels, a feature that's already available on rival products such as the
The company also announced that more pronounced multiroom support is coming to its Echo speakers and compatible
products from third parties as well. "Alexa Multi-Room Music" will allow Alexa products from the likes of
, Sonos and others to be more tightly integrated into an Alexa-powered home audio system.
The audio features were in addition to a bevy of audio-focused hardware news. Chief among them was the new Echo Sub (pictured above) which can be integrated into a stereo pair as the ".1" of a 2.1 system, for added bass. The Sub will cost $130.