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Amazon Echo Studio vs Sonos Move

46 facts in comparison

Amazon Echo Studio

Sonos Move

Why is Amazon Echo Studio better than Sonos Move?

  • Has a subwoofer?
  • 2 more drivers?
  • Supports Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac)?
  • Has a microphone input?
  • 65mm shorter?

Why is Sonos Move better than Amazon Echo Studio?

  • 34.85% less body volume?
  • Weather-sealed (splashproof)?
  • Has a rechargeable battery?
  • Has a battery level indicator?
  • Is dustproof and water-resistant?
  • Supports Bluetooth pairing using NFC?
  • 1 more USB ports?
  • Has USB Type-C?


Volume is the quantity of three-dimensional space enclosed by the product's chassis or, in simpler terms, the space the product occupies.

A speaker driver is an individual transducer that converts electrical energy to sound waves. More drivers may result in better sound quality.

There is a control panel on the device body, so you can easily access the volume control or remote without having to interact with a cable or another device it's connected to.

The device is protected with extra seals to prevent failures caused by dust, raindrops, and water splashes.

The device is dustproof and water-resistant. Water-resistant devices can resist the penetration of water, such as powerful water jets, but not being submerged into water.

Devices with neodymium magnets are lighter and more powerful than those which use ferrite magnets. They also have more bass and clear high notes.

With a detachable cable you can use alternative cables, and if the cable is pulled it will pop out instead of breaking.

We consider a lower weight better because lighter devices are more comfortable to carry. A lower weight is also an advantage for home appliances, as it makes transportation easier, and for many other types of products.

A remote control allows you to control the device remotely. The remote control can be included or optional.

Sound quality

Devices with stereo speakers deliver sound from independent channels on both left and right sides, creating a richer sound and a better experience.

Devices with a subwoofer have a higher quality, deeper bass.

A passive radiator is a type of driver (speaker) that doesn't have a voice coil and a magnet. The sound vibrations produced by a passive radiator depend on its mass and the size of its enclosure. It is usually used in combination with a woofer to produce deep bass tones.

These microphones are designed to filter out background noise from the desired sound. Especially useful in noisy environments.

A magnetic shielding limits the coupling of a magnetic field between two devices. The purpose is to prevent magnetic fields from interfering with electrical devices and avoid distortion (of TV, monitors, hard drives etc.).


An auxiliary input allows you to play other audio sources by connecting them through a simple audio connection like a 3.5mm jack, i.e for MP3 or portable DVD/CD player.

Device supports fast Bluetooth pairing using NFC so it can communicate with other devices over Bluetooth. You can fastly pair devices without entering a code by simply holding one device next to the device with which it is to be paired.

With more USB ports, you are able to connect more devices.

The USB Type-C features reversible plug orientation and cable direction.

Wi-Fi 4 (802.11n) is a wireless standard released in 2009. It has faster transfer rates and improved security compared to its predecessors – a, b, and g.

Bluetooth aptX is an audio codec used for transmitting hi-resolution audio wirelessly from Bluetooth-enabled devices. Developed by Qualcomm, the aptX audio technology includes variations such as aptX HD, aptX Low Latency, and aptX Adaptive.

A standard 3.5mm male connector is suitable for use with all MP3 players and computer sound cards.


This technology allows the users to use their smartphone as a remote control for the device.

A built-in FM radio tuner allows you to listen to most of the live-broadcasted FM radio stations without using the internet.

You can use your voice to control key functions of the device and you can easily access your device without pushing any button.

The device has an option to mute/unmute a conversation directly from the device.

A sleep timer is a function that shuts off the power after a preset amount of time.

With voice prompts, you will automatically receive information via audio messages – for instance, you may find out that the battery is running low, and it's time to recharge the device.

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The first smart speakers, the Amazon Echo and Google Home, broke new ground in voice control and artificial intelligence wizardry. But they simply didn't sound very good for music. It took until the creation of the Sonos One for a relatively affordable smart speaker to couple voice assistants with proper sound quality.

The Sonos earns our Editors' Choice Award for its sound and reasonable price. The Amazon Echo Studio is the One's closest competitor and Amazon's best-sounding Echo speaker yet. If you want to upgrade to a smart speaker with better sound, these are the two speakers I'd recommend first. But how do you choose between them?

Read more:Best Sonos speakers starting at $100

Sonos One

Better overall

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The Sonos One is a compact smart speaker with a rock-friendly sound. It's got a great app and supports lots of streaming services as well a choice of digital assistants. It's a CNET Editors' Choice Award winner for good reason.

Amazon Echo Studio

Better for bigger rooms

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The big Amazon Echo Studio has a huge sound that can fill a large room with music. It's also more feature-rich than the Sonos One, and the sensitive microphones make sure Alexa can hear you over the music.



On paper the Echo Studio offers more features for the money than the Sonos One. One of the biggest is the ability to connect to a TV and replay Dolby Atmos streams. Sadly, its claims to immersive surround music amount to a bit of a gimmick. Buying the Echo just for that, you'd run out of stuff to listen to pretty quickly.

The Sonos One's killer feature is that you can control it with either Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa, though sadly you can't switch between them on the fly -- you have to use the app to switch. Sonos also supports dozens more music services than the Echo -- and many, such as Spotify, offer direct control from the app. While Sonos' app is still pretty easy to use, you can likely use your favorite service's app instead. Be aware there's no Bluetooth playback here, just Wi-Fi.

Microphone quality


Sonos' Achilles Heel, if there is one at all, was its microphone, but based on my tests of the second-gen Sonos One, the company seems to have improved the mic's sensitivity.  Play your music loud if you want, and Alexa can still hear you.

I had no issues with the microphones on the Echo Studio and was impressed by how it could still hear me, even though it was able to go much louder than the Sonos One. It's the winner between the two if you want to play loud.

Sound quality 

What do you want your smart speaker to do? Provide music in the kitchen, or connect to your TV to play movies? The Sonos One is one of the best speakers for background listening: just dotting around the place and playing music where you need it. It's not going to have you on the edge of your seat, but it sounds good with almost everything. It also has surprisingly deep bass for such a small enclosure.

The Amazon Echo Studio, on the other hand, has absolutely zero chill: Everything sounds huge and exciting all the time. This is great if you're watching Jack Ryan on TV or playing rock and roll, less good if you're trying to listen to some relaxing music. The Echo Studio has a bigger soundstage too, great for filling larger rooms with sound.



Sonos has long been the master of multiroom music, and if you want to be able to listen to and control music in multiple rooms, then the Sonos One is the winner here. Sonos has been around a long time and despite being proprietary it's supported by third-party vendors from Onkyo to Roon. 

Amazon Multi Room Music (MRM) is a decent stab at multiroom but only one non-Amazon product supports it -- the Polk Command Bar. There are plenty of multiroom standards out there, but sadly MRM isn't top of mind for many people.

Which should you buy?

The Sonos One is the speaker I'd recommend if you're looking for a kitchen or dining area speaker. It also makes a great stereo setup if you buy two. But it doesn't connect to your TV or use Bluetooth.

If, on the other hand, you're looking for a fully-featured sound system the Amazon Echo Studio is a better choice, even if its large size makes it awkward to place next to a TV. A soundbar is an even better choice for that, but if you really want to party the Studio is here for you.

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Amazon introduced two new smart speakers in the avalanche of announcements at its 2019 fall hardware event this week: a third-generation Echo and what it claims is its best-sounding speaker yet, the Echo Studio. Pioneered by Amazon with the original Echo, the smart speaker market now has a bevy of competitors to choose from. But how do Amazon’s new models compare?

Amazon Echo Studio

Photo by Dan Seifert / The Verge

If you want the best Echo speaker for music, the $199.99 Echo Studio is the one Amazon wants you to buy. It’s got five drivers — a 1-inch tweeter, three 2-inch midrange speakers, and a 5.25-inch woofer — which should be able to show off Amazon Music HD, Amazon’s new music streaming tier that offers lossless streaming. It also supports “3D audio” for the few tracks that support it, utilizing formats like Dolby Atmos and Sony 360 Reality Audio. New to the Echo lineup (but not Amazon’s competitors) is the Echo Studio’s ability to automatically tune its output for the room it’s in. Like the regular Echo, the Echo Studio can play music from most of the popular music services.

My colleague Dan Seifert got a private listening session and said that the Echo Studio will “easily challenge” other high-end smart speakers. And because it’s priced lower than many of its competitors, it “should cause Sonos, Apple, and Google to sit up and listen.” You can preorder the Echo Studio today, and Amazon says it will be available on November 7th.

Sonos One

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At a price of $199, the Sonos One is a direct competitor to Amazon’s new Echo Studio. However, while the Echo Studio is an Alexa-only affair, the Sonos One gives you much more freedom, with the option to use Alexa or Google Assistant.

The Sonos One is not able to sense and tailor its sound automatically depending on the room it’s in. (For that, you’ll have to go through the manual Sonos Trueplay tuning process.) But when it was released, the Sonos One held the crown as the best-sounding Alexa speaker at its price point. With the announcement of the Echo Studio, there’s a chance that could change.

Apple HomePod

Image: Apple

Apple’s HomePod, launched in February 2018, comes with seven tweeters and one 4-inch woofer that are all controlled by an Apple A8 processor. It also has some neat tricks to quickly adjust its sound to best fit the room that it’s in, like other smart speakers, but it comes in at a relatively high price of $299.

Like many other Apple devices, the HomePod is tightly locked into its manufacturer’s ecosystem. It uses Siri, which isn’t quite as capable as Google’s Assistant or Amazon’s Alexa, with no option to change to a competing assistant. For now, Siri can only customize its responses to one person, though it will gain the ability to tailor responses to individual voices later this fall. You can also only use Apple Music natively. If you want to play music from another music service, you’ll have to use AirPlay to stream it from your iPhone to the HomePod. That means the speaker isn’t a great option if you mainly listen to Spotify on an Android device.

Still, if you’re married to the Apple ecosystem, you’re not going to find Siri supported on any other smart speakers on this list, making the HomePod your only option.

Google Home Max

Photo by Dan Seifert / The Verge

Google’s $299 Google Home Max, released in late 2017, is Google’s closest offering to Amazon and Apple’s high-end speakers. It has four drivers: two 4.5-inch long-throw woofers and two 0.7-inch tweeters. According to Dan Seifert’s review, it sounded better than “any other smart speaker” he had tested at that time. However, he said that it did not sound as good as Sonos’ highest-end Play:5 speaker, which lacks a voice assistant.

The Google Home Max, like many other high-end smart speakers, can automatically tune itself to the room it’s in using its microphones. Because it’s a Google product, it runs Google Assistant. However, it has support for fewer music services than Amazon or Sonos.

If you’re thinking of buying the Google Home Max today, you might want to hold off for a couple of weeks: Google has an event on October 15th where it’s expected to announce new hardware, potentially including new speakers, so there’s always a chance the Google Home Max could see an update.

Sonos Move

Photo by Dan Seifert / The Verge

Sonos’ Move, its new $399 portable speaker, only has one woofer and one tweeter. But in Dan Seifert’s review, he found that the Move sounded “clearer and crisper” than Apple’s HomePod, so it’s no sound slouch. It has the now-table stakes of tuning itself to fit the room that it’s in automatically. (On other Sonos speakers, this tuning process requires you to map the room with an app on your phone.)

The Move, unlike the other smart speakers on this list, is also designed to be, well, moved. It charges on an included base, and Sonos says it gets 10 hours of battery from the charger. It also supports Bluetooth to play music when it’s away from a Wi-Fi network.

Like the Sonos One but unlike other smart speakers listed here, the Move can run either Amazon’s Alexa or Google’s Assistant, so you can pick which virtual assistant works best for you. Like Amazon’s Echo, it also works with just about any music service you could want.

Amazon Echo Studio Spec Comparison

SpecificationAmazon Echo StudioSonos OneApple HomePodGoogle Home MaxSonos Move
Voice AssistantAlexaAlexa, Google AssistantSiriGoogle AssistantAlexa, Google Assistant
ConnectivityBluetooth, 3.5mm/mini-optical Toslink, Wi-Fi (exact standards tba)Ethernet, AirPlay 2, Spotify Connect, Sonos AppAirPlay 23.5mm jack, Spotify Connect, Google Cast, BluetoothBluetooth, AirPlay 2, Spotify Connect, Sonos App
Speaker Drivers1-inch tweeter, 3 x 2-inch mid-range drivers, 5.25-inch woofer1 x tweeter, 1 mid-woofer4-inch woofer, 7 x tweeters2 x 4.5-inch woofers, 2 x 0.7-inch tweeters1 x tweeter, 1 x mid-woofer
Expansion optionsPair with second Echo Studio in stereoPair with second Sonos One in stereo, or use as rear surround speakers with Sonos Beam, Playbar, PlaybasePair with second HomePod in stereoPair with second Google Home Max in stereoPair with second Sonos Move in stereo
Weight (lbs)
Dimensions (in.)8.1 x 6.9 x 6.96.36 x 4.69 x 4.696.8 x 5.6 x 5.613.2 x 7.4 x 69.44 x 6.29 x 4.96
Starting price$199$199$299$299$399
Misc.Room tuning (auto), "3D audio" (Dolby Atmos, Sony 360 Reality Audio), built-in Zigbee, Fire TV wireless audio outputRoom tuning (manual)Room tuning (auto)Room tuning (auto)Battery powered, IP65 water resistance, Room tuning (automatic)

Amazon Echo (third generation)

Image: Amazon

Amazon’s new third-generation Echo is a lot like its predecessor: it’s a short, fabric-covered speaker, but Amazon claims it will have better sound quality with a 0.8-inch tweeter and a 3-inch woofer (just like the existing Echo Plus has). It still costs $99.99, and, like other Echos, it can play music from just about any music service you could want, including Amazon Music, Apple Music, Spotify, and Pandora. It’s got Alexa on board, but it lacks the Zigbee smart home hub that comes with the Echo Plus and Echo Studio, so it won’t be as useful as those if you want it to be at the center of your smart home.

If you just need something to play music while you’re doing things around your house, the Echo is probably a good option. You can preorder the new Echo today, and Amazon says it will start shipping on October 16th.

Ikea Symfonisk

Photo by Chris Welch / The Verge

Ikea’s Symfonisk is a bit of an outlier on this list since it’s the only speaker here that doesn’t include a voice assistant. But we thought it was worth including since it can be dropped into an existing Sonos network, and its $99 price puts it in direct competition with the new Amazon Echo.

When we reviewed it earlier this year, we thought it handily outperformed Amazon’s current Echo in terms of sound quality. It also integrates neatly into the Sonos ecosystem, meaning you can control it using the Sonos app and use it as part of a Sonos multiroom setup. If you don’t care about being able to control the speaker with your voice, then this is a pretty compelling option.

Google Home

Photo by Vjeran Pavic / The Verge

Of course, the Google Home is a more direct competitor to Amazon’s latest Echo device, especially after Amazon dropped its price to $99 earlier this year. However, Google’s midrange smart speaker was first released back in 2016, and the hardware hasn’t been updated since then, making this device almost three years old at this point.

Technically, there’s nothing wrong with that. It’s not like smart speaker technology has drastically changed in the last three years. So if you want to get into Google’s ecosystem rather than Amazon’s, then this is your best option at this price point.

Amazon Echo (3rd gen) Spec Comparison

SpecificationAmazon Echo (3rd gen)Ikea Symfonisk Bookshelf SpeakerGoogle Home
Voice AssistantAlexaN/AGoogle Assistant
ConnectivityBluetooth, 3.5mm, Wi-Fi (exact standards tba)AirPlay 2, Sonos App, Spotify ConnectGoogle Cast, Bluetooth
Speaker Drivers0.8-inch tweeter + 3-inch woofer1.15-inch tweeter, 2.75-inch mid-range driver2-inch driver, 2 x passive radiators
Expansion optionsPair with second Amazon Echo in stereo, and add Echo Sub for 2.1 system.Pair with second Symfonisk in stereoN/A
Weight (lbs)1.726.111.05
Dimensions (in.)5.8 x 3.9 x 3.912 x 4 x 6 in.5.62 x 3.79 x 3.79
Starting price$99$99$99
Misc.Dolby processing

So, which to pick?

We have yet to fully review the Amazon Echo Studio or the third-generation Echo, so it’s impossible to say how either of Amazon’s new speakers will stack up against the immediate competition.

Based on specs alone, however, it’s clear that there’s not much of a gap between many of the speakers on the market. The best speaker for you will likely come down to which ecosystem of devices you’re currently invested in. Sonos is a good pick if you’re still on the fence, unsure if you’re the Alexa type or the Google Assistant type but definitely not the Siri type.

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The Amazon Echo Studio VS The Sonos One - SOUND BATTLE!

Amazon Echo Studio vs Sonos One: which is better?

Smart speakers are getting better and better. While some of the first models out of the blocks promised a lot but didn't quite deliver, today's models are not only smarter, but they've improved in the sonic stakes too.

Enter the Amazon Echo Studio, which Amazon claims is its best-sounding Echo speaker yet. Its selling points? Good sound quality, support for 3D audio and, of course, Alexa built-in.

The question is, how does it fare against one of the established market leaders, in this case, the similarly priced Sonos One?

The Sonos One is one of the best smart speakers around for the money. It connects wirelessly to the rest of the Sonos family, supports Apple AirPlay 2, and has both Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant voice assistants built-in. It sounds pretty good for the money too.

But is it better than the Echo Studio or does the newbie knock it off its perch? Let's find out.


Here there's very little to choose between the two. The Amazon Echo Studio costs (£190 / $200 / AUS329), but it's frequently discounted during Amazon's seasonal sales. We've listed today's best prices below.

The Sonos One is actually a tiny bit more expensive and sells for (£199 / $199 / AU$279). We've sought out today's best Sonos deals here.

**Winner: Draw**


The Sonos One looks a little boxier than the Amazon Echo Studio. It's also smaller and looks virtually identical to its predecessor, the Play:1.

On top of the One is a touch-sensitive panel with symbols that you use for play/pause, to activate the microphone and the device's context-sensitive actions. There's also a circle of tiny white LEDs that indicate whether voice control is switched on. 

Tap the microphone symbol, and voice control is switched off, protecting your privacy. Simple.

There's also a dedicated pairing button, just above the Ethernet port on the rear.

The Amazon Echo Studio is an altogether more imposing proposition. It's cylindrical, and stands a lot taller than the Sonos One, clad in a charcoal-coloured fabric mesh. Like the One, the top houses the controls, including physical volume buttons, a mic button and one to wake Alexa. As with previous Echos, a blue light ring lets you know that Alexa is listening.

It boasts more internal speakers too, including an upward-firing driver hidden under the surface of the Echo Studio. It's there to help give more of an impression of height and work with 3D audio tracks encoded in Dolby Atmos and Sony 360 Reality Audio.

There's not a lot to choose between them - the Sonos One is more compact and has a slightly more modern feel, while the Echo Studio gives the impression you're getting a lot of smart speaker for your money and has been designed with 3D audio in mind.

*Winner: Draw*


Given their smart speaker status, one of their big sells is having a virtual assistant built-in. But, while the Sonos One supports both Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, the Echo Studio is limited to just Amazon's Alexa. Score one for Sonos.

However, the Echo Studio has plenty of features besides. It supports Dolby Atmos Music. The benefit? Tracks are mixed with a greater level of precision, giving greater control over different sound elements within the soundfield. In other words, 3D audio that claims a more immersive listen. The Echo Studio also supports Sony 360 Reality Audio, which is another format of 3D audio. The downside is that you'll need a subscription to Amazon Music HD to take advantage of this feature.

Those wondering which music streaming services it supports will be pleased to know that Apple Music, Amazon Music (naturally), Spotify, Deezer and TuneIn are all included.

The Echo Studio has auto-calibration tech which allows it to tune its sound to your particular room characteristics. There are tone controls inside the Alexa smartphone app, as well as the ability to change volume and pair and control any other Alexa-enabled speakers you own.

Speaking of pairing, you can wirelessly sync the Echo Studio with an Amazon Fire TV Cube, Fire TV or Fire TV Stick to create a Dolby Atmos home theatre set-up. It might not be 5.1 surround sound, but it's a definite upgrade on most TV's audio abilities.

The Echo Studio also has a 3.5mm/mini optical line-in jack for connecting external sources.

So what of the Sonos One?

Spotify, Deezer, Tidal, TuneIn and Audible all come supporting voice controls out of the box, as does Amazon Music. In fact, the Sonos One supports a much wider range of services full stop. The One chimes when it acknowledges a spoken request, which we find a little more natural than the Echo Studio. We also found its microphones to be excellent at picking out your voice in a noisy environment.

The One can double up as a surround sound speaker for a Sonos Beam or Sonos Arc-based system, and it plays nice with the Sonos Amp and is with Amazon's Echo speakers. 

It's also worth noting that you can buy a Sonos One without voice controls. The cheaper Sonos One SL (£149 / $149 / AU$275) can be combined with a Sonos One to create a stereo pair.

The One even has Apple AirPlay 2 wireless tech, which is another advantage over the Echo Studio. Overall, it's slightly better stacked in the features department.

**Winner: Sonos One**


The all-important question: which sounds better?

On paper and in the flesh, the Echo Studio certainly looks impressive. It's bigger, boasts more speakers and supports 3D audio through Amazon Music HD. And in practice, it produces an airy, open sound with clear, precise vocals with a fine sense of height and space. Some 3D tracks promote an impressive spread of sound but others sound a little messy and disorganised. 

Our biggest reservation is over the quality of bass. While the Echo Studio delivers power and weight, it can be a little overbearing. That's not much of an issue if club bangers are your thing, but for anything more subtle, it can impact the listening experience.

The Sonos One sounds better. It produces a weighty, full-bodied, and focused sound that belies the speaker's diminutive dimensions. But it doesn't sacrifice detail - the soundstage is spacious and well organised, with each element given plenty of room to breathe. 

Bass is deep and solid, and the treble clear and sparkly. Overall, it sounds more composed than the Echo Studio, with a more cohesive sound and more refined bass. It might not have 3D audio and doesn't go as loud, but it's an altogether more balanced listen.

**Winner: Sonos One**


It's a close-run thing. Unfortunately, the Echo Studio doesn't quite live up to its claim of being an Echo speaker for audiophiles, but it's a solid option at the money. It has good dynamics, goes loud and picks out plenty of detail. It's really the bass that just trips it up.

Our money would go on the Sonos One, though. It allows you to stream from more services, supports both Alexa and Google Assistant and, more importantly, it sounds better. 


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