Known mostly for its successful CANZ line of portable speakers, 808 Audio is hopping on the connected speaker train. The company recently announced the launch of a new Amazon Alexa enabled device, the XL-V.
With Alexa integration, you get everything you’d expect from an Echo device with the digital voice assistant—from answers to questions, control of your music and Alexa-enabled smart home devices, news and sports updates, and more.
The $129.99 speaker comes in a little below the price of Amazon’s Echo Plus. With that, user’s will have an Alexa-enabled speaker that is fully equipped with multi-room audio, which means you’ll be able to pair additional speakers throughout your home to stream music in other rooms at the same time.
Interestingly, the company went with a design that very much resembles the Echo itself. Looking at the dimensions of both products, you’ll find that the XL-V is nearly identical in size as well—it stands 9 inches tall and 3 inches wide compared to 9.3 inches tall for the Echo and 3.3 inches wide. Internally, though, the 808 XL-V smart speaker is better equipped for a superior listening experience. Though it won’t act as a smart home hub (a la the Echo Plus), the XL-V will sound better with its dual 1.5-inch drivers that point outward to provide a 360-degree listening experience. This differs from the downward-firing, though slightly larger, woofer in the Echo Plus. 808 also packed in a reflex port in the top of the speaker that is said enhances the audio output for “deeper sounds without distortion.”
The 808 Audio XL-V is available now for $129.99 on Amazon and at Crutchfield and Frys, as well as through the 808 website.