Amazon planning "high-end hi-fi" range with Alexa voice control

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Some of the devices will have Alexa built-in, while the others will pair to other Alexa-controlled devices.

The breadth of devices in which Alexa can be found has been expanding, be it through third-party devices such as the Sonos Beam soundbar, or Amazon's own Fire TV Cube.

Amazon is reportedly working on eight new Alexa-enabled devices - including a microwave - that it hopes to launch by the end of this year, reports CNBC.

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The upcoming product roster includes home entertainment gear like an amplifier, a receiver, and a subwoofer.

Worth noting is the milestone this set of new products represents for Amazon, which would as a result be moving into the home appliance market for the first time.

But the competition likely doesn't scare Amazon-on the contrary, the retail giant wants to have its voice assistant available in as many products as possible.

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At least some of the Alexa-powered devices Amazon is planning could arrive as soon as this month, says CNBC, citing internal documents outlining the company's plans. While all devices will have the ability to be connected with Alexa, only some will have Alexa built in. Now, the online mega-retailer wants to do the same thing for devices that work with Alexa - and it wants to teach those gadgets some fun new tricks aimed at taking them to the next level. The company is also working on robots of some kind for the home, per Bloomberg. Sonos, for example, has a similar business model, as it said in its quarterly filing that it relies on "custom installers of home audio systems for a significant portion of our sale".

Amazon, of course, declined to comment about the news.

Amazon is showing signs of accelerating partnerships with home builders. Garmin already partnered with Amazon to bring out an Alexa-enabled in-car speaker called the Garmin Speak, complete with a little OLED display for driving instructions.

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