Published: Sun, June 10, 2018
Industry | By Johnnie Johnson

Amazon Fire TV Cube official, combines Echo with set-top box

Amazon Fire TV Cube official, combines Echo with set-top box

Everyday Alexa commands - like reading out news headlines or weather forecasts - also get an upgrade because now Alexa can use your TV as a giant display to show you news updates/clips. And as expected, it's a hybrid between a Fire TV and an Amazon Echo. A whopping eight microphones enable Alexa to hear you "from across the room", while beamforming capabilities will make sure ambient noise, "reverberation, content now playing, and even competing speech" are suppressed for ideal voice command clarity.

For convenience, Amazon will bundle the Fire TV Cube with an IR signal extender in case you have a peripheral inside a cabinet. It's now only $89.99 for Prime members in the States, until the end-of-play Friday 8 June. The Fire TV Cube can use Alexa to answer queries and play some music if you want, but it's a Fire TV device first, and it's connected to your TV to control that equipment and you can even play music that way if you want to listen with better speakers. Echo Show is also an expertly tuned speaker that can fill any room with immersive audio powered by Dolby.

While the Cube aptly blends Fire TV and Amazon Echo functionalities, there's an extra reason why you might want to get your hands on it.

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There will be a few Alexa features that the Cube won't be able to use.

"We tried to be thoughtful about when she speaks back to you instead of just doing what you've asked her to do".

But Fire TV Cube also has far-field voice recognition. "Amazon Fire TV Cube will only get better over time with the Alexa service always getting smarter". Yes, the Fire TV Cube also doubles up as a universal remote, sweet! Another plus: since it's created to hook up to a TV, users can easily control and view smart camera feeds.

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The Cube will be available later this month for $120. It's compatible with TVs, cable and satellite boxes, A/V receivers, and more.

The preorders for the Fire TV Cube already live and Prime members can buy it at a discounted price of $89.99, provided they order on June 7th or 8th. The Fire TV Cube will begin shipping on June 21 and costs $119.

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