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You must live in the "Apple universe" for this one!
Had been looking at the HomePod as a replacement for two bluetooth speakers I had purchased some time ago. The problem was the HomePod is rather expensive and I would (clearly) need to replace two bluetooth speakers with two HomePod’s ...making it doubley expensive. I really didn’t want to be “upgrading” from stereo to mono sound.
Fortunately, there was a recent significant price cut on these speakers at a number of “big name” retailers (strangely only Apple themselves maintained the full price) so I took the plunge and purchased two white one...s. Setup was easy (you must have an iPhone though) and I soon had them installed and working together as stereo speakers. There was no complications during the setup (voice guided) but did have to wait for both to do an initial software update before becoming operational. You can place them pretty much anywhere (within range of a power outlet) and they will check the surroundings and modify their sound based on their location (ie are they next to a solid wall or soft cushions etc). The speakers consist of a meshed cylindrical barrel (around the size of a thick toilet roll) with no external ports and the only cabling being a fabric covered 240v lead in the same colour as the unit itself (black or white). There are also no visible external controls but when plugged in they can be physically started and stopped by tapping the centre top of the unit. Tapping once will cause them to start playing where they left off previously and also lights up a plus and minus symbol on either side of the centre top. This is for stepping up and down through the volume and either speaker controls will control both when you have two of them paired in stereo like I have. Tap the centre top again and it turns off (both if two units paired in stereo) While you can control on/off and volume up/down together from from either unit, the primary method of control is through the “Siri” voice assistant. I though the units might fight with each other as to which units respond but Apple seems to have sorted it so when paired together, only one unit will respond to you. I must mention at this point that the capability of the HomePod(s) is severely limited if you don’t have a subscription to Apple Music. Without this, you must have a subscription to Apple Match to access music previously purchased from Apple. Without either of these two things, what you have is VERY expensive voice assistant which itself has limited capabilities (more of that later). Assuming you do have an Apple Music subscription, there are numerous way to listen to music on the HomePod. Apart from requesting a specific song or album to be played (via use of “Hey Siri”), you can tell it to play a particular genre of music such as, “play some jazz” or “play some soft background music”.
Purchased in April 2020 at Officeworks Online store.
Amazing sound and integration let down by Siri
The sound on this speaker has to be heard to be believed, its seriously worth the $499 alone. Pair it with a second now AirPlay 2 has been released, its just mind blowing. The ability to stream from any apple device instantly, in conjunction with multiple room support to other Homepods or Apple TV's is fantastic. I use my HomePod to control my Philips Hue lighting system, its great for this, very fast and responsive. The microphone can actually hear me from upstairs so controlling my upstairs lights is easy too (ok, so I may have to repeat myse...lf on occasion) Siri has improved since it's release slightly, but still lags far behind Google Assistant on the Google Home for example, I keep one of each and use the one I think will give me the best answer (hint: usually Google!)
Superb quality speaker, Siri not so great
You can either buy a great home assistant (google home, amazon alexa) with mediocre sound or you can buy a great sounding speaker (apple homepod) with a mediocre assistant (siri). I mainly wanted a speaker that produced stunning sound and the homepod does this.
It's no secret that Siri is a bit thick, but hopefully future firmware updates can fix this. Siri on the homepod works great for setting timers, alarms and alerts. Beyond that it's was a bit useless.
After trialling apple music for a couple of months as an accompaniment, I cancell...ed the subscription and use the speaker with Spotify. Spotify does a much better job if picking music I like than siri and apple music did and half the time Siri couldn't understand what I was asking. So summing up, if you care about the quality of the sound over being able to get a restaurant review. Then homepod is the speaker for you.
Fantastic sound quality makes for revolution in home stereo use
The sound quality is very impressive, subtle notes and a clean thumping bass possess the clarity of high end audio. The $500 price tag makes the home pod a serious investment I think is worth every dollar. The build quality is typical of Apple products, even the power cord is a superior quality. The unit includes a powerful processor which is yet to provide the full potential of Siri with plenty of scope for major updates. Indeed this is a sound system that is currently dependant of Apples ecosystem and enormous collection of music. The natural...speaking interaction with Siri far exceeds the robotic sounds of the rival smart speaker systems. With enough power to fill a small house with a massive array of music delivered on demand with such clarity is impressive. Buy it and you won’t be disappointed unless you can’t wait for the Siri upgrades. I have smart lighting and also use the HomePod Siri to control the lights with voice command. With a new software update coming soon, you will be able pair 2 HomePods for true stereophonic sound.
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