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Rating 4.6 out of 5 stars with 2235 reviews

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great addition to your other Apple products

    Posted
    Richincle
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    I recently purchased an Apple HomePod for myself as a little b-day gift. After living with the speaker for a while, here is what I can offer. 1. Set-up is perhaps the easiest I've ever done for a network device. Plug it in, hold your iPhone near it, and it automatically starts the set-up for you. Click a few buttons on your phone to complete the set-up and you're up and running in like a few minutes. Very nice. 2. Once set up, using the speaker is amazingly simple, yet feature-rich. "Hey Siri, play some Coltrane", or "Hey Siri, play Music for Airports by Brian Eno" and in about 2 seconds, it starts playing. Too loud or quiet? Just say "Hey Siri, raise/lower the volume" and it'll take care of that. 3. Ask it the weather, or what your appointments are for tomorrow. It seems like it can pretty much do it all. 4. The "ring" issue. Some people have found that the speaker can leave a ring on some wood surfaces. You can go ahead and buy a little $10 stand to put it on. I just used a folded piece of paper. Works great. 5. Let's talk about sound. Plenty of reviews talk about the great sound, and for its size, the sound is impressive. Don't expect your HomePod to sound like Tannoys or a nice pair of vintage Klipschorns, but the sound is pretty good. It's an active speaker, so it adjusts its sound reproduction based on its surroundings. So don't worry too much about where you're putting it. It can adjust. Speaking of Coltrane, I played "A Love Supreme" and was actually impressed. The bass solo sounded pretty decent, not as muddy as I would expect a small woofer to be. The drum solo sounded relatively tight. The piano was missing a bit of brightness, but still more than passable. Sax just stood out nicely. Overall, the sound was more natural that I was expecting, and definitely better than the artificial sound you'd get from a similarly-sized speaker from Bose. 6. Volume control. You can tell it to raise or lower the volume, or tape the plus/minus sign on top. I do wish the volume increments were a bit smaller, though. Raising the volume sometimes is a bit too high and I wish it could raise it just a little bit less. But this is a minor issue in my book. 7. The power cord. OK, yeah, I'm making a point of the power cord. They actually give you a decent-length cord! I know this seems like a small issue, but I do get tired of getting electronics that have these short, dinky power cords. In all, I think this would make a fine addition to your home, assuming you are well-invested in the Apple ecosystem.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Impressive

    Posted
    Monergist123
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    This speaker sounds amazing. I have a full Sonos 5.1 (Playbar, subwoofer, and two Sonos 1's) setup in my living room. Last night, I brought the HomePod into the living room to do a side by side test. While the $350 HomePod is not as good as the $1800 Sonos surround system, it really held its own. Unsurprisingly, the Sonos offers more separation of sounds. There's over a dozen combined tweeters and woofers in the setup, physically located throughout the room. In spite of the HomePod's distinct disadvantage, it still sounded good in comparison. I was expecting it's sound like a transistor radio next to the Sonos system, but it didn't. There's a $1400 difference between these systems, but the sound difference doesn't sound like a $1400 difference. It sounds like maybe a couple hundred dollar difference. The great thing about this speaker is how it can get loud without sounding like it's getting loud. The tones stay clean and undistorted. Thought it's one speaker, it distributes the sound throughout the room. If you were blindfolded, you could certainly tell the sound is coming from one point, but that's always the case unless you have a surround system. I've also owned the Google Home Max. I liked that I could get a family plan for Google Play Music and not really pay any more per month because we're also Youtube Red subscribers. One less subscription in my life is a good thing. However, the Max almost never worked as advertised. I was constantly on the phone with support, who did a valiant job trying to fix my problems (the speakers would no longer take casts from my phone, music uploaded to the Google servers would not play via voice commands, and multiroom was intermittent). On the sound front, the Google Home Max sounded great playing anything with lots of bass. If you're into dance music, rap, RnB, etc., and don't mind the bugs I've listed above, then maybe the Max is for you. My main complaint with the Home Max sound was that it sounded loud, even if it wasn't turned up all the way. I'm tempted to say it overplayed the mids, but I'm not a true audiophile. Maybe that's why I didn't think it sounded that great playing rock/metal/jazz. I've found the HomePod matches the Max in those categories of music, while soundly bettering the Max in playing rock, classical, and jazz. People make much of the Max's bass, but I think the HomePod delivers a better bass with less distortion, especially at loud volume. Now, there's Siri. She's a mess at most things. However, when it comes to getting music to play on the HomePod, she's quite good. Google Home and Alexa might know more, but Siri is better than both of them when it comes to responsiveness for playing music. When I had the Home Max, I'd have to yell at it in the morning to turn off my alarm (I also had white noise playing in the room as it helps me sleep). You have to speak about as loudly with the Home Max as the music it's playing. With the HomePod, I can whisper for her turn off my alarm and she gets it. Would I ask her for directions, or who's playing in the game tonight? Or add an event to my calendar? Or set multiple timers? No. I wouldn't. She's not that smart. But, asking her to play a song from my music library or shut off an alarm? Absolutely. Much has been made of the fact that HomePod doesn't "support" Spotify. However, that's only true in the sense that you can't voice command Siri to play your Spotify playlist. You can play media from any app that supports Airplay. That includes Spotify, Audible, podcast apps, and even Google Play Music. Much has been made of the fact that HomePod doesn't support Bluetooth, to which I say, good! Bluetooth is a horrible technology, and anyone who's struggled to get their phone to play nice with the Bluetooth setup in their car knows exactly what I'm talking about. Airplay is a much superior technology and Bluetooth should go away. I'm giving 5 stars because I'm completely satisfied with my purchase and plan on getting more of them in the future (I have two right now). It's not a perfect speaker, but it does what I want it to do without hassle and it does it well. Pros: - World class sound for a small speaker. - Attractive design. - Easy setup. - Works as advertised without constant calls to customer support. - The speaker has great ears and can hear you whisper commands. - Executes music related commands extremely well. - Doesn't support Bluetooth but executes via Airplay flawlessly. Cons: - No multiroom yet. (Apple has promised it in Airplay 2) - No multi HomePod stereo. (Again, promised in Airplay 2) - Siri is a poor excuse for a personal assistant. It can't make calendar events or multiple timers.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    HomePod is for me, sorry Google Max.

    Posted
    SaintJMV04
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    I started out with a HomePod. Eventually, I caved after reading all of these reviews on the Google Home Max and returned the HomePod to purchase the Max. I ended up regretting it of course and went right back to the HomePod after just over a week. The Google Home Max certainly feels premium and it sounds great if you sit right in front of it, but that's not ideal when moving about the home/room. Also, in the space allocated in my room, it just didn't look or sound right. The speaker sat on a desk in my room (reference photos) and then angled across the room to another much larger corner desk. The sound was inconsistent, but very pleasant if I sat directly in front of it. I enjoyed interacting and learning various aspects of Google Assistant… indeed, quit a bit more enjoyable to use than Siri outside of basic commands. I also appreciated that there was a lot of smart home support and that I could purchase cheaper Home Minis to set around the house and not break the bank. I had planned on even converting to an android phone just for better support with Google Assistant and the pursuit of a smart home (glad I didn't, actually upgraded to the iPhone X instead of S9 after ultimately deciding on the HomePod). Well, the Google Home Minis could hardly respond or hear me with music playing (they performed fairly well in a silent room). Unfortunately, the same occurred with the Google Home Max. Voice commands became a disappointing chore and I didn't like walking up to the speakers and strategizing how they could best hear me to respond since they were hit or miss when the speakers were actively playing sound... this was the fatal flaw for me… Yelling at the speaker while playing music to get a response was ridiculous. Also, there's no text support as of yet with the Google Home Max. Siri offered text support and I use it fairly regularly. I would appreciate it if the HomePod added support for initiating calls by voice as well. I also liked that Google could differentiate between various users. At the end of the day though the HomePod won my heart with such effortless and seamless use. I enjoyed being able to talk with a normal tone and use commands with Siri hearing every word while I studied to soft music, added reminders, requesting business close times and phone numbers to local stores/restaurants, giving basic calculations, listening to the news or just jamming out to an upbeat song. Another refreshing aspect of the HomePod is that it just sounds consistently amazing anywhere I am in the room and that's an all new experience for me with any sound system. It also looks descent nearly anywhere I place it due to the circular/tubular design… I appreciate not having to angle/position it. Ultimately, I choose HomePod because it just works, and it works well as a music player that can share basic info, text, set reminders/timers. My impressions were that Siri is borderline mindless compared to Google's AI, but Siri is dependable, understands me the first time and works flawlessly and beautifully with what she does do. She does most of the basic tasks I need. There may be hope for Siri in the future in regard to the lacking intelligence. Apple most certainly has the financial resources, won't sit ideally by, has the manpower to improve Siri in due time. I ask Apple to improve these things: A more interactive and intelligent Siri. Add ability to add events to a calendar. Add support for multiple users. Cheaper speakers for smart home use. Add the ability to call out with voice commands.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Great Sound; Limited Functions

    Posted
    Krahnin
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    Pros: - Sound quality is great; far superior to my existing Echo. - Product feels high quality, all the way down to the fabric textured power cable. I’d have been upset if this came with the generic Apple plastic white cable that inevitably gets dingy/yellow and begins to fray. - You can use other music services outside of Apple Music (via AirPlay), just not natively. I’d prefer natively, but listing this as a pro because I have seen some misleading posts saying services like Spotify cannot be used at all. That is incorrect. Cons (most regard it severely lacking as a smart speaker): - Cannot set multiple timers. Especially when cooking, I’ll often have multiple timers going on my Echo. - Inability to recognize different people. This one is especially annoying if you want to be able to receive/send calls or texts through the HomePod. The speaker is linked to my phone. Even if I’m not around, anyone with access to the speaker can send or receive messages from me (if the option is enabled), despite the fact they are not me. My options are to either disable the feature entirely, or be aware that anyone (friend or family) who is near the HomePod, would have unfettered access to my messages/calls. - Siri in general is lacking. For instance, if I ask Siri if it is going to rain, all I get is a “yes” or a “no”. If I ask Alexa the same thing, I get a percentage chance of rain and expected amounts. Several other instances, but just one example. - No ability to use other music services (i.e. Spotify, Tidal, etc.) natively with the device. As listed above, it is doable through AirPlay, but this comes at the cost of more in depth voice commands. - Was foolishly hoping the Nest would become HomeKit compatible since Apple made HomeKit authorization digital now (no longer requires physical hardware). That is not the case. Another thing to keep in mind, Apple’s control over smart home items is limited to HomeKit devices. More may come soon with recent changes to HomeKit, but if you have anything from Google (like the Nest) don’t get your hopes up and factor into your purchase decision. Conclusion: Overall, the speaker is great, for a speaker. As an introduction to a smart speaker? Not so much. I would only recommend this (currently) to users who are subscribers to Apple Music, primarily use Apple mobile devices, and who have HomeKit enabled devices. Many of my complaints can be resolved via over the air software updates. However, I’d say don’t buy and wait for that to happen, wait for that to happen and THEN buy. Apple is far less likely to address these complaints if they get solid sales of the device out the door.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    For Apple enthusiasts!

    Posted
    Banks
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    The HomePod is something really special that will expand its options as updates come available over time. The sound on this impeccable piece of engineering is absolutely INCREDIBLE. I’m a audiophile at heart. I have to have the best of the best when it comes to sound. This has 7-speakers that offer crisp and clear keynotes that can make you hear things that you normally couldn’t in the smart speaker world. I also have a Sonos and believe me when I say this that the sound comparison between the Apple’s HomePod and the Sony’s Sonos has a marginal gap. I was blown away by how impressive the HomePod sounds. The microphone also has pretty good range. I was 3 rooms away and Siri picked up what I said (with kids running in the background) and played 80s Rock. That was impressive for a small but heavy speaker. Speaking of heavy. That is due to the magnet that is in this speaker. The bass that comes from this thing is MIGHTY impressive. I’ve had friends come over during the weekend and they never guessed it was coming from the HomePod. They thought it was my Bose Home Theatre system that I usually have on. Needless to say they were blown away as it knows where it’s sitting by using sound waves reporting back to the device so that’ll it’ll adjust to any room setting. On another note. This is is limited for now. If you don’t think Apple won’t open the HomePod up to other apps and add new features then you obviously don’t know Apple. For now if you can be a little patient until Apple releases updates this year and can just admire the sound quality the HomePod has then its for you. It’ll eventually be able to connect to other devices within time. Everyone just has to be patient. That shouldn’t stop anyone from buying a speaker to listen to music via Apple Music, iTunes and Spotify. Overall, The HomePod is an incredible sounding machine. Apple spent 6 years in development to get the sound perfect and they did just that. Now they will focus on updates throughout the year to improve what’s already THE best sounding device in my home. Go get one especially if you’ve invested in iTunes, Spotify and Apple Music!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Its not a speaker, its an "experience." Buy

    Posted
    Brentwood
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    I have never been reserved about investing in new Apple products, up until now. This product had me perplexed, but my curiosity got the best of me. I pre-ordered, cancelled, then pre-ordered again and received the product on Feb 9, despite shipping info that it would be Feb 12. I am a "modified" audiophile. Having grown up in the 70's, I experienced and purchased all things audio. Albums, tapes, CD's, and hardware. Was dissapointed with the degradation in audio quality. Digital files killed me, but it is what it is, or was? I gave up my "heavy" audio equipment a few years ago and went to a home of small pods that were supposed to sound "amazing." and be accessible in a digital fashion. None of them excited me, but they did the trick. I went through B&O, B&W Zeppelins, etc... It all sounded great, but not soul filling. Opened the Homepod from Apple and set it up. It was totally easy to set up, but confusing to understand where in my "space" to put it. I chose a corner. After the setup, it took a day to appreciate the sound quality. It was different, not good or bad, just something my ears have not heard or been used to. Played with different genres of music to get a better feel for it. Miles Davis, Journey, Coldplay, Brad Paisley, Led Zeppelin, and of all things, the Churches (who have amazing electronic music). It almost felt like the Homepod needed a day to "breathe" and get its lungs. The Homepod woke up, and started to provide amazing sound that I cant describe, just amazing depth. This is a "small" speaker, but the sound that comes out of it is not only unreal (for its size) but beats anything I have owned before. I am embarrassed to say that I want to gift my B&W zeppelin and B&O small BT speakers to family, because they served me well for a while. No matter where I am in my home, I never have to yell at the homepod. Its a simple "Hey Siri, do this" and it gets done. I have not had any mistakes out of the voice recognition, which simply amazes me. I have been yelling at Amazon Echo's from 20 feet away to get a simple task done. I would suggest buying this, easily. I am still amazed at what Apple did with the sound quality and its ability to "listen carefully" to commands. So far, so good. I am a firm believer Apple is poising this device to take over home automation. This is a test period for them to understand what HP capabilities are.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good sound, compact size

    Posted
    Brian5
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    To get this out of the way upfront, I am in the Apple ecosystem. I have iPads, iPhones, and MacBook Pros and like the way they work together. In its current form, this is not a product for everyone. I would think it would be practically unusable if you weren’t at least partially in Apple’s ecosystem. If you want the device to stream music from an internet source, you need to have an Apple Music subscription. I don’t, but I have iTunes Match so this device can stream my music from the cloud. Unlike other devices, like my Echo, it doesn’t support Pandora, Spotify, etc at this time. You can use AirPlay and send these sources to your HomePod from your phone, iPad, MacBook, but not without. The sound quality is very good for its size. It is able to fill the room, sounds clear and crisp, with a good overall sound. Some reviews complain about too much bass. I can see this being true, as it does seem to emphasize bass a little bit. I haven’t noticed it to be a problem in the genres I listen to (Country and Classic Rock primarily). As far as a smart speaker, it does a great job of hearing your spoken commands. I think it exceeds the competition here. Siri almost never miss hears me or ignores me. I can’t say the same for Alexa. Siri has gotten a lot better since this was released. There are still some things she ‘can’t do on this HomePod’ but overall is pretty good. I have to take away one star because of one problem. Being in the Apple ecosystem, I wanted to have Siri add things to my grocery list, reminders, send texts, etc, and I get told the iPhone that was used to setup HomePod must be on the same Wi-Fi network much too often when it is sitting right next to me. I do think it is a 4 star product with the other limitations mentioned above because it generally does everything it promises to do very well. If you are unaware of the limitations, you may be disappointed. Another thing to consider is the color. I went with the black because the white was dirty immediately after being taken out of the box.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Remember when Apple Anticipated Needs? Not anymore

    Posted
    Leslie
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    I'm extremely dissapointed in the lack of thought put into "families" using homekit and homepod. There is not an option to this date STILL for having more than one "owner" of a "homekit home" so even if my partner sets up the home in homekit for a home we both share and own and sends me an invite where I can edit and add devices I am still considered a "guest" in my own home. This made me mad but didn't really cause too much of an issue UNTIL I purchased the overpriced HomePod not-so-smart speaker as a surprise today for my fiance who is out of town for 5 weeks. I rushed to pick it up.... I rushed it back home... I opened it with excitement to set it up and guess what? I am not "allowed" to add it to my homekit and set it up because I'm not the "owner" of the "home". He11 if I'm not. The not so smart suggestion from the apple card on my screen tells me to simply have the "owner" use his phone to set it up. Oh really? He is currently in Guam. EVEN if I did have him set it up or if I sign into my ipad or one of the iphones here as him and set it up I have read that it completely makes it worthless for anything more than a speaker at home for the rest of us. It's personalized to that user for reading their texts and setting appointments etc so my own playlists and using it for anything more than just airplaying or requesting a song it is not able to do. How is it that my phone can recognize my face but a speaker that can hear and answer you from across the room with the volume all the way up cannot determine if I'm "owner 1" or "owner 2" For a fraction of the price other hubs have this technology. So my alternative? I can set up another home on my phone and set it up but I can't add any of my homekit appliances, lights, switches, outlets, (and we have several as avid apple people) to this "home" without losing them from the other homekit "home". It's like it was created as a glorified speaker for single people who don't like to share. I'm really furious, honestly. I expected forward thinking and insight. I expected this EXTREMELY obvious issue to be thought of in advance. I expected quality and more from apple especially with how late they are to the Home Hub party. I envisioned having one in the bedroom, living room and kitchen. Ambient sound throughout where he can have his music playing in the bedroom and ask siri to play a video on the apple tv (which it cannot do wtf) while I listen to my music in the kitchen while cooking and then ask siri to call my mom so I can ask about a recipe (it can't do that either) meanwhile in the living room the kids ask siri about the weather (which is one of the few things it seems to be able to do) How did this get released and miss the mark by so very much? I don't think my vision is anything beyond what should be expected. I'm willing to pay for 3 of the darn things but somehow they cannot get the basic functionality that other hubs can provide. But it sounds good? Yeah, I wouldn't know since I'm not allowed to set it up, at least not in the way that I had wanted. The design is pretty. Good thing it's round since google and alexa are running circles around it.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Meh... just meh... Who cares what Siri can do?

    Posted
    Matt0223
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    I bought the HomePod knowing it had many limitations including the fact that if you used anything but AppleMusic, you were screwed. No problem because AppleMusic is all I use. After hearing a display unit, I decided that the sound quality was good enough. My biggest issue with any single speaker is the lack of stereo separation. There's nothing worse to me than muffled, crappy sound quality. The HomePod sounds good for most songs. I'm a fan of the 70's and early 80's singer/songwriter stuff and some of it just doesn't sound all that good on this thing. AppleMusic's collection doesn't help in that volume levels are all over the place. Huge inconsistencies require that you turn on sound check which may have something to do with the sound quality. I bought the HomePod after iOS 11.3 was released. This version allows for controlling the HomePod from an iOS device like your iPhone, but figuring out how to get to it was a pain. Once you know, it isn't horrible. Unfortunately, if you have an AppleWatch, the only way to use it to control the HomePod is to first connect to the HomePod from you iPhone. The problem is that the connection isn't stable and doesn't last. Within a song or two, you have to go back through the steps of connecting to the HomePod. Very annoying and frustrating. While the concept of just telling it to play something custom for you is nice, there are times when I want a specific playlist, and I want to pick the playlist from a device. I also want to control the volume from a device rather than having to speak my command. This is especially important if I'm on a call and perhaps the next track is a bit too loud. I can't pause the caller and say "Hey Siri, volume down". And due to the fact that the iPhone won't stay connected to the HomePod, you have to go through all the stupid steps of connecting to it before you can turn the volume down. I have also been experiencing issues with the HomePod just stopping. This mostly happens when I've connected my iPhone and then chosen a playlist. It will play one song and then start to play the next track and go silent. I either pickup the phone and press play (or go through the steps to reconnect it first and then press play) or I yell "Hey Siri Play". And yes, I yell it because I'm so frustrated and annoyed by that point. I personally don't care how limited Siri is. I own an Echo and quite frankly rarely use it as I find it annoying. All I care about is playing my music on a good to great sounding speaker, and being able to control that music with a device, be it my iPhone or AppleWatch. Until things change, HomePod is a bummer and waste of money. Due to the technology inside, I believe the device has the potential to be great, but who wants to wait for Apple, especially since they never share timelines or specifics as to updates. I've decided this thing is going back to the store. Being an early adopter with new Apple tech is just not worth it anymore.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Apple really missed the mark on this one.

    Posted
    gadgeteer
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    Trying to use one of these in a business environment was such a process. In most business/enterprise/education environments you have to enroll devices -- this is a network security feature that only allows registered devices access to the network. Devices are usually identified by their MAC address (no relation to Apple). It could be super easy to just print this on the box or on the product where the serial number is (btw who's idea was it to print all the text in the same color as the base of the HomePod? -- it's literally like those undercover police cars that say "Police" in a way to where you can barely see it from the right angle). So began the tedious task of trying to hunt down the MAC address. Before I could even begin the setup failed because it wanted me to enable two-factor authentication and sign into my iCloud. There should be a way to choose a mode -- consumer or commercial (enterprise/education) that bypasses these two requirements. Because i setup my Apple ID a long time ago, I had to go thru and reset my security questions and then answer them to proceed. Then I had to turn on my iPhone's hotspot and source a second iPhone to use to actually set up the HomePod. After that process was completed, I had to use a Mac (computer) and connect the Mac to my iPhone's hotspot which after downloading an app called Network Scanner (by Trend Micro) finally revealed the Mac address for the HomePod. This whole last step with the Mac could've been eliminated if Apple would provide a way to see devices connected to the personal hotspot on iPhone, like Android phones do. Nonetheless, after getting the MAC address and registering it with the network, I had to restore the HomePod and go thru the setup process again to actually get it on the WiFi now. The average person isn't that committed or technical to spend an hour trying to do all the things you need to do to get a HomePod working in a secure networking environment and nowadays with a lot of business technologies slowly making their way into home network devices (i.e. mesh networks, cloud networking) it's becoming more of a reality that this (MAC address filtering) is something you may run into. While I understand these extra protocols if you're going to be using your HomePod with home automation devices, it seems like a lot of extra, extra for someone just wanting to stream music from iPhone/iPad/Mac to a speaker wirelessly. And at a steep premium even so. After setting it up, the audio was impressive, immersive and had just the right amount of punch for bass. At times though, it seemed like the audio was really coming out at about a 45 degree angle versus a 180 or 360 that's advertised.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Smart Speaker for the Apple Environment

    Posted
    Eric
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    With the Apple HomePod connected, amplified audio is a snap. No amplifier, nor endless wires, and great bass/ treble plus Dolby Atmos with Airplay 2 is supported for audiophiles. Siri is omnipresent when within speaking range for voice commands, and home automation is built in to each Apple HomePod if you want to explore the Apple HomeKit. One HomePod sounds great with its booming subwoofer. Connect a 2nd one and the Apple system detects and connects both for well balanced stereo output. Or put one in multiple rooms for whole home audio immersion! Viewing video content (especially with an Apple TV) or simply streaming audio from an iPhone, iPad, or MacBook is a snap! The HomePod can also serve to be a hub for a Smarthome system. This is a super simple solution for a home audio system, or for those who want to get a foot in the door for Smarthome automation. Explore the Home app on your Apple Devices and get started with home automation and add more functionality with the Apple HomeKit. As Apple continues to refine their operating systems for all their devices, this audio solution/home automation system continues to improve with each new release. The future looks bright for the those hoping to expand their Apple-Verse to include more functionality. Do yourself a favor and get rid of those unsightly speaker and power cables and give the HomePod a try, you'll be glad you did.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    The hype is true

    Posted
    djchavar
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    First off, I’ll say that the hype about the sound quality of the HomePod is true. It sounds incredible. As a musician and someone who has dabbled in studio recording, I care about and pay attention to sound quality. And, for the price, the HomePod has excellent sound quality. I also have a Bose SoundTouch 10 and a Sonos Playbar. This speaker truly blows the Bose out of the water—and I’m not one for exaggeration. The dynamics and depth of the HomePod simply cannot be matched by the SoundTouch. The HomePod has crisp highs and booming lows coupled with a spaciousness that seems to surround you. Even my wife, who doesn’t pay much attention to sound quality, can notice the difference. Interestingly, the HomePod holds its own against the Sonos Playbar. The Playbar is louder and has better stereo separation (which are both to be expected). However, the HomePod holds its own, even as a single mono speaker. As far a the “smarts” of the HomePod, it suffices for my needs. I use the Home app and have several HomeKit products. My HomePod can control my lights, locks, thermostat, and sprinklers without much issue—though, it’s not perfect. Sometimes it can’t communicate with my devices; but, it works far more than it does not. And the microphone on this speaker is amazing. It can hear you without a problem from across the room with loud music playing. I do wish the HomePod could play live radio. That would make it a more complete home speaker. Additionally, I wish Apple opened it to native Spotify streaming (which is extremely unlikely to happen). As an Apple Music user, this doesn’t bother me, but in my opinion, it does affect the overall experience with the speaker and should be noted. The HomePod is a powerful speaker that simply works. It can play any audio via AirPlay 2, including audio from Apple TV. At regular price, the HomePod is expensive. If you can pick it up on sale, I highly recommend it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Sonos Play 1 sounds better

    Posted
    Ockmel
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    The sound of the speaker is very subjective. And all of the early reviews came out people are making comments about how it sounds so clear and that if you close your eyes you would think you were at the concert. I don’t hear any of that. Some of the tech writer The sound of the speaker is very subjective. And all of the early reviews came out people were making comments about how it sounds so clear and that if you close your eyes you would think you were at the concert. I don’t hear any of that. Let’s just say I lost a lot of respect for some of the tech writers after they review of this product. It just sounds OK. I do think the Sonos play one sounds better and much better. Some people were comparing the HomePod sounded as good the play 5. I would say these people absolutely wrong! You cannot adjust the EQ at all. I prefer less bass and more treble, but you are stuck with how Apple wants you to hear it. It often sounds muffled to me and not clear and crisp like other reviews were saying the week it came out. Also, different genres of music sounds different than others. I believe this is a result of their computational audio. This needs to be fixed in my opinion. I think computerized sound is not the best idea when it comes to speakers. It is priced too high for what you get. This Siri capability is no different then on your iPhone. I was trying to make a justification for keeping it as a HomeKit hub, but everything I ask the HomePod to do you could simply do the same with your iPhone. I am a huge Apple fan, but cannot give the HomePod a good review. If you’re buying it strictly for the quality of sound the Sonos play one blows it away. If you’re buying it as a personal assistant others are much better. However, I do trust Apple and Siri from securities Much more than Amazon or Google so there is something to say for that. I’m sure it will get better as time goes on, but it’s not there yet. I think the build up of how good it sounded as a speaker is grossly exaggerated.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best sound I've ever heard in a home

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    Aaron
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    5 stars for the sound quality. I've heard many home speakers and this little thing surpasses them all (including large entertainment systems). I can feel the bass vibrate my chest even when the volume isn't at max. No distortion; crystal-clear sound. It's true, Siri is not as smart as Alexa. The HomePod has been great for controlling my Hue lights and Koogeek smart outlets. Siri also has deep knowledge of the music it plays, so it's not like the functionalities are THAT limited. An example of a limitation: you can use the HomePod as a speaker phone, but you can't tell Siri to make a phone call for you, which is a little odd. I anticipate Siri's capabilities to become more advanced with future software updates. Apple said their goal was to make a speaker with great sound, and they definitely hit the mark. As for the microphones, they are surprisingly good. Siri can hear me from another room, and also hear me softly say "Hey Siri" when loud music is playing. Yes, voice commands for music will only work with Apple Music. This is not a problem for me because I've been an Apple Music user from the start. If you use Spotify, you can still play it from your phone over Bluetooth and tell Siri things like: "next track," "pause," "turn up the volume," and other basic commands. If you say "Hey Siri, play [a song]" it will go straight to Apple Music. All in all: If you're looking for sound quality above everything, the HomePod is perfect.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Sound with Siri Improvements

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    cjd2112
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    I've owned other smart speakers/assistants and while there are some advantages, the sound quality of the HomePod is hands down the best available. As I have homes in Berlin and NY, I own a handful and do notice a slight difference in the equalizer in iOS 11 vs 12. Most won't notice but if you prefer more base, don't update the firmware if the model you buy still has iOS 11. Otherwise, iOS 12 has a plethora of Siri and iCloud features such as handsfree callings, reminders, appointments/scheduling, etc along with Siri Shortcuts that make the update paramount. I've updated most of mine with the exception of two in my master bedroom and know Apple is releasing a new update that will allow users to customize the equalizer. Beyond that, Apple's improvements in Siri have finally pushed the virtual assistant to the quality level it has sorely needed for years. While I understand Apple places security/privacy above all else which has hindered Siri's ability to evolve, the last year of improvements launched with iOS 12 along with Siri Shortcuts, a clever way to create the equivalent of Alexa Skills without foregoing user privacy, and with more to come, I highly recommend the investment in a HomePod over others. If you have an Apple TV, AVR, Mac, etc with AirPlay 2, the ability to fill a room with space conscious auto-tuning is far and above what's on the market.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Phenomenal sound

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    Grggary
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    I’m nothing if not stunned by the quality of sound from this speaker. Really amazing for its size. Additionally, while watching my Apple TV, I can add the HomePod as an additional speaker along with my Bose sound bar. Talk about making good sound even better! I’m also quite happy with Siri performance. I had read some negative reviews on how much catching up Apple has to do to make Siri more on par with other digital assistants, but as far as running my HomeKit compatible devices, I’m thrilled with Siri’s accuracy and performance. To really enjoy, you’ll want an Apple Music subscription. Pretty much opens up every kind of music imaginable. I wish the price was lower, although it’s worth the money just for the sound quality. Just make sure you DO NOT buy anything from Nest if you want to automate through HomeKit using Siri on the HomePod. Although they have hinted at HomeKit support for a LONG time, there’s no indication Nest cares to be part of the Apple ecosystem (they’re owned by Google, so duh). Unfortunately, Apple is the only company I can thoroughly trust to honor my privacy, so if it’s not HomeKit compatible, I will not buy it. Thankfully there are MANY great alternatives to Nest that ARE HomeKit compatible!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Upgrade from Google Home and better than expected

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    Eguy
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    I was honestly skeptical about liking the HomePod, since I don't find Siri on my phone to be very reliable in recognizing her keyword or in giving me the response I want. I have to say though that I'm really impressed with the HomePod. I had been using a Google Home for about a year, and finally got to the point where I was sick and tired of having to yell "HEY, GOOGLE!" numerous times to get it to hear me. If the Google Home was playing music at any volume other than soft background music, then it usually wouldn't respond at all. It got super frustrating, and I think my neighbors thoughts I had anger issues. Anyway, I decided I wanted to choose a smart speaker that (1) Didn't want to throw out the window because it couldn't hear me (2) Had better audio quality than the Google Home, since I mostly use it for music and listening to podcasts. I figured I'd give the HomePod a shot. On the audio quality side, it's night and day. HomePod has excellent audio and can fill my grand room with audio in a way that Google Home couldn't. I can hear parts of tracks which were muffled or inaudible on the Google Home. As for the ability to hear the wake word, I'm impressed with HomePod's ability to hear me even over music. I can speak in a normal speaking voice and the HomePod picks it up without any trouble. No more yelling and frustration. All around for the 99% of what I use a smart speaker for (music, podcasts, timers, weather, and the occasional random question) the Siri and the HomePod actually perform very well. Sure, there are some areas that Google's AI assistant outperformed in, but honestly those are mostly in areas that I don't really use on a regular basis. I do miss being able to ask Google what a cow says, to entertain my daughter from time to time, but she'll have to settle for dad's impression of a cow until Siri supports that.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great, Ecosystem-Locked Sound

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    foof
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    I love this speaker a lot. The Hey Siri detection is second to absolutely nothing thanks to those much-vaunted "beamforming" microphones, which also make phone calls nice and clear even if you're 30 feet away speaking at a normal volume. But most importantly, the sound is wonderful for its size and great for really anything. It's a punchy little speaker with outsize bass that handles anything you can throw at it. Like other reviewers have said, Apple did a great job of tuning this speaker to communicate the intent of anything it plays, so aggressive music will make you angry and calm, beautiful music will bring a tear to your eye. It goes extremely loud with no distortion and the "tunes itself to your surroundings" part of the sound is really everything it says it is. It sounds huge and fills up rooms if placed correctly and you'll really never get any "meh" sound out of it. However, you are essentially required to have Apple Music to get the most out of it, and not owning an iPhone will mean that you just bought a very nice piece of useless decor, as you won't even be able to set it up without an iOS device (sorry, Mac owners, you can only play to the speaker and control the queue once you've initialized it with an iOS device.) You can airplay to it using your phone if you're a Spotify kind of person, but it's a little lamer as you can't ask Siri to play music from Spotify or any other service. One last thing: I have had some glitches with it where it won't play music from the HomePod, it will only allow you to airplay and everything else acts like it's playing but immediately shut off. I contacted Apple and was immediately escalated past senior support up to what was basically the HomePod team, and my advisor told me that it was a known issue and it was being worked on, with a fix anticipated in the next update. Given that the next update is hotly anticipated (as it's going to include AirPlay 2 and multi-room sound as well as HomePod pairing), I can't wait. Other than that, not a bad word to say about this thing. I adore it in Space Grey, and smudge it in White. I've definitely gotten my money's worth!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Better than expected

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    gadgeteer
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    The first thing that shocked me about the HomePod was the weight of the box. Then upon opening it, I was shocked by the size. I guess I was expecting something closer to the size of a Mac Pro since that's what everyone seemed to be saying it looked like. For background, I've had premium speakers before, from Bang & Olufsen to Sonos. The setup was unbelievably intuitive and easy. I just brought my iPhone towards the HomePod and a card popped up on the screen and I followed the prompts and we were all good. The minute I played music on it I was shocked by the sound and the bass. It was definitely not expected for the size. And the base isn't overly done to where it rattles or sounds raunchy. It's done to where it allows the mids and highs to still shine. I would say it tops the Sonos Play 3's I had and the Bang & Olufsen B17. Even Siri was better than expected. As I was leaving the other day, I realized I had forgotten to turn out my bedroom lights and the bedroom door was closing, so with my hands full I asked Siri to turn off the bedroom lights and I was thinking I was going to have to throw all this stuff in my hands down on the counter and use my phone (via the Hue app) but Siri actually heard me from the next room over with the door barely cracked open. The six microphones is apparently very effective. My phone actually activated as well but missed the command. The -1 star is due to AirPlay. I had an AirPlay speaker way back when and I couldn't remember why I was so disappointed with it, but now that I have a HomePod (also AirPlay) I remember very vividly why. The connection when AirPlaying constantly drops. Listening to it, I have yet to be able to listen to a full song from start to finish without the connection dropping out multiple times. For a company like Apple this is incredibly disappointing because it's becoming a habit to release products with promised features that continuously get pushed back. Recall, the HomePod itself was supposed to launch during the holidays but was pushed back, so if you had extra time, the level of expectation doesn't go down, it goes up. Having owned AirPods, which are seemingly flawless, I expected more from Apple.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Excellent sound, attractive smart speaker

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    DogseesgoD
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    The HomePod sounds and looks great! I use it primarily as a speaker, but have found it to be convenient for checking weather, time, telling jokes and so on. It is very cool that I can ask a question from another room, even with some music going, and the HomePod responds. We don’t have any HomeKit automation items yet, but it seems like controlling them with HomePod voice commands should be a snap. I only have two complaints. 1) We have heard random sounds from the HomePod when it should have been not in use. The first was a kind of electric pop sound. It was startling (we were sitting near it) but there was no apparent harm to the HomePod. This has happened only once after about 4 weeks of use so far. I read about other reports of this pop sound. Maybe it is the result of a software update. Recently, I picked up a second HomePod. After just a week of use so far, it has (I think) emitted a 1- or 2-second high-pitched tone one morning at 3:30am three times about 2 minutes apart. In this case, I am not certain it was the HomePod because I couldn’t reach the HomePod quick enough to be sure, but everything else downstairs checked out fine. Again, I suspect the sound resulted from a software update. I expect Apple will resolve the sounds I described. 2) We have an immense iTunes library of both music we have imported from CD and purchased via iTunes. For many years I have used the Remote app to play music from our shared iTunes library and output to speakers around the house connected to Apple TV or Airport Express. So, it would be super convenient to ask HomePod to play music from my iMac shared iTunes library. But, you cannot start music by voice command unless you subscribe to Apple Music (maybe this will change). However, once you manually start music in your iTunes library, you can ask HomePod to skip to the next song or adjust the volume. That’s nice.

    I would recommend this to a friend