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Apple - HomePod - White

Model: MQHV2LL/ASKU: 5902411

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Rating 4.6 out of 5 stars with 2236 reviews

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  • 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: 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: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great, Ecosystem-Locked Sound

    Posted
    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

    Posted
    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

    Posted
    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

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great sound, Siri & Music Services are limited

    Posted
    RobR
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    First and foremost, I love the sound that comes from my HomePod. I also have an Echo 1, an Echo 2, an Echo Show, an Echo Dot and two Sonos Play:1 speakers. The HomePod sounds much better than any of the Echo Devices. The HomePod has very solid bass and very clear highs. Midrange is a little lacking though. The Echos sound flat and a little muddy in comparison. Compared to the Play:1, The HomePod has slightly stronger bass and slightly clearer highs. Where the Play:1 has an advantage is midrange. The sound from the Sonos is a little fuller overall but also a slightly muddier. The thing I like most about the Echo devices is their ability to play so many stations with voice commands. iHeartRadio and Radio.com are 2 of my favorite providers. I can play them on the HomePod but only thru my iPhone or iPad. I cannot ask for them with my voice. If I could, I would use the HomePod much more often. I can only use Apple Music with the HomePod using my voice. This is great if I know exactly the song and artist I'm looking for. However, the Apple Music playlists are not as good as the stations on iHeartRadio and I can't ask for local sports radio. I can only get ESPN radio using Siri. So far, my Play:1 speakers only work thru the Sonos app for me. I should be able to send music to them with an Echo but there is some sort of conflict on my network preventing them from working properly. If I can get this straightened out, I will stream more often to them. Overall I would recommend the HomePod to people that use the Apple ecosystem. Especially if you love Apple Music. Right now, I'm setting up my own apple Music Playlists. Once I do that, I will likely use the HomePod more. If I could use my HomePod like my Echo devices, I would give it 5 stars all day. But because Siri is so lacking in smarts, I deducted a star. Others might deduct more but I do love the sound...

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Best of the speakers/smart home for Apple users

    Posted
    texasgirl
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    I gave this 4 stars because it is great, but pricey and has room to get a little more features of what Siri can do after new updates come. It is the BEST speaker option if you are an Apple Music User. I use Apple Music and have iPhones/iPads, etc. But...when I tested this, I fully expected to stick with my Sonos units even though they aren't super easy for my Apple Music. Well...I opened this Home Pod up, it immediately connected, and I have to say...I love it! I walk into my room and say "Siri, play xxxxxx station" - and it does. There is no weird delays and responses, just music coming on immediately. I even ask it the weather in the morning. I just love that I am not tied to my phone or an app. I just walk in and out of the room and tell Siri what to do LOL and she does it! I actually had a Sonos with Alexa out and this speaker, side by side. Music sounds similar but Home Pod is a little better and ruminates better...and it automatically calibrated for room instead of me having to manually do the setup with Sonos. My 9 year old daughter was testing both and said "Mom, I like talking to Siri better." And she was spot on. Seriously - the biggest advantage over Sonos to me is the way you communicate with Siri. It's smoother, easier, and then, it works perfectly with Apple Music. No Siri is not a genius yet and doesn't tell jokes. But for what she is supposed to do right now at this stage in the game, its great. So...hate to say you need to spend the money, but to me this is the best choice if you use Apple Music, and I'm so happy I have it. Now I want another one for another room....gotta save for that!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    An Excellent Speaker, a Not So Excellent Assistant

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    Clay
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    I want to like this so much more than I am able to. First the good stuff. This is a fantastic speaker. The HomePod coupled with Apple Music is a great combination. The music fills the room, is rich, and clear. I have tried several standalone speakers, most connecting through Bluetooth, and the HomePod has bested them all in sound quality. Now the not-so-good stuff. Siri, the familiar assistant, is nearly impotent. There’s almost nothing outside of playing music that it has successfully performed for me. And even in the music area it falters. For example, I figured surely Siri and the HomePod could create a station or play an audiobook, but it can’t. At least it can’t play an Audible audiobook (which, honestly, I half expected as Audible is Amazon’s app). Siri can’t do anything in my house with the smart devices I have set up, whereas Alexa is all over it. Alexa is straight up better than Siri by light years. My hope is that Apple will get on the ball and roll out a great update that will drastically improve the HomePod’s assistant abilities...but, I’m not holding my breath. And that’s a shame, because this area seems right up Apple’s ecosystem alley, connecting and supporting all of it’s technology in a well integrated system. This feels like a gaping hole in that system out of which Amazon is siphoning valuable potential. Meanwhile, Amazon’s Alexa is adding Apple Music to its repertoire soon. I’ve adopted Alexa now for my smart home gadgetry, and it’s going to be tough for Apple to pry me loose from it, even if they start showing some love to the HomePod assistant functionality. But, man, that HomePod speaker? And having two in a stereo pairing? Amazing.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Buying My Second One...

    Posted
    MrWhoMe
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    Enjoying my first one so much, I just ordered my second. Let's get some of the hyperbole out of the way and address the pluses and minuses objectively... 1. This is a fantastic sounding compact/smart speaker. It is not the end all/be all of speakers. For its size and purpose..yeah..It's great! 2. The homepod is meant for room filling sound and does it VERY well. The HomePod actually sounds better the more you move away from it as it analyzes its surrounding. Listening close to it in a store will not show off its audio capabilities. 3. Siri easily detects your requests without shouting. 4. It works very well with Homekit in controlling smart home devices. The Minuses I'll lump them all together. Siri is not so smart, promised functionality at launch are not there "yet", voice recognition would be great as well as making calls from the speaker. I could go on. It's just impossible to not add any one thing that can't be addressed with software updates. Some will come sooner. Some will come later. Some may never come. Bottom line is the hardware is exceptional and the software good enough that the HomePod will continue to improve over time. Five+ stars as a speaker/music player, 2.5-3 for smart capabilities. Solid 4 as it now stands overall.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Sound Quality is excellent

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    Yash
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    I got this on Feb 9th. One of the best compact speaker i ever had. The bass is so beautiful, every crisp sound is noticed in this Home pod. Siri is "OK" but not great it cannot do like what iphone siri can do with 3rd party apps. But the only thing it lacks compared to other devices like Amazon,google is it only works with apple devices and very few other devices that support home kit feature. No bluetooth feature. Remember if you want best sound from this device that covers your entire room/hall, home pod should be placed in corner of the room. Overall the Audio quality is great. Of course money comes to play, you can buy echo, google home ranging 50 $ -150$..but you need to spend 350 $ on Home pod which is more than twice or thrice. I would say if you use apple phone/ipad/apple tv then go for home pod. Or else go for other ones. One more thing Home pod will play songs only from your apple library with apple music subscription .Even though you have songs downloaded from your personal PC to iphone via itunes library. Home pod cannot recognize those songs automatically, which is weird. For me i feel like apple is stressing to shop/purchase more apple products to use its own things. That is a strategy but down the road it will be frustrating to apple users who are switching to samsung devices etc. Eg: if you have apple watch, apple home pod, iphone and you think of switching your iphone to samsung/LG. you neither can use apple watch or home pod. All are useless, it will strictly bind your mind to use apple phones. That is bad.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great speaker

    Posted
    Allan
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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.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good... for its size

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    JustSomeGuy
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    It is small and convenient, and it sounds pretty much the same from all directions. Considering that it is a small, single speaker, it sounds shockingly good, but it does not sound like you have nice speakers. Sound quality is definitely inferior to my (reasonably nice) Craigslist bookshelf speakers attached to one of the cheapest amps I could find on amazon (total cost- maybe $250). There is simply no comparison. Each of the bookshelf speakers are three times the size of the HomePod, and there are two of them, so it isn’t a fair comparison. Just don’t expect it to replace even a budget stereo system. I can’t compare it to other smart speakers, but I hear it sounds the best sounding of the smart speakers. I’ll believe it, and it really is impressive for its size. But the the key phrase there is “for its size”. It does play music in all directions, so the HomePod really shines when you are moving around (most speakers only sound good when you are in front of them). Voice recognition is good, but I don’t really see the big appeal of talking to a speaker, it is usually easier to just use your phone. I’ll keep the HomePod in the kitchen, and I do like it. Just be aware that many of the reviews you see online really overstate how good it is. It is small, convenient, and sounds pretty good. It gets louder than I’d get away with living in an apartment, but it is not great audio quality.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Sounds great! But isn’t very portable speaker.

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    User1
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    Sounds great! But it won’t work at hotel rooms; it doesn’t use Bluetooth so it’s not good for traveling. It communicates to your iPhone through the router and hotel routers have extra security that blocks the communication. There may be a work around (read something on the net) but I haven’t tried it yet. At first setup, it seemed that only Apple Music would work. Not true! If you use Napster like I do, you use AirPlay not Bluetooth. You simply start the Napster app on your iPhone, swipe from bottom of iPhone screen to top and a controll screen appears. The top right box will represent the app currently in use (Napster) you must tap the top right of that box(it has a couple of radar like lines) to open it. Once opened, the bottom of it should show an iPhone icon with a check mark next to it. Below it should be a HomePod symbol with no check mark, tap the HomePod symbol. The check mark should now be next to the HomePod symbol. Music will now play through the HomePod. If some apps don’t work this way then look for a box shape with triangle over it (AirPlay symbol) and tap it and you should get the option to select HomePod as speaker choice. I held back a star because it lacks a speaker jack and or Bluetooth which could have made it more versatile. Sounds great though!!!. It’s best for home use with home router and Apple Music.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Opened up my world to playing music all the time

    Posted
    BASboy

    Once apple finally updated to multi room and Stero connection, I bought a total of three (thinking about a 4th for the office) First one I got because I am a masseur and got tired of using my iPad to play music. Sound is so great and it can be heard over the Air-Conditioner. I have two more in the living room, before I lived in Air-Pods listening to music because I didn't want to turn on the TV and play Apple Music through that and have the TV running as well. But I must warn you it will cause you to buy smart lightbulbs because you can control them with your voice. The downsides???? Sometimes Siri has an Alzheimers and forgets what certain lighting scenes are (you have to unplug and replug it to show it who is boss) The other thing is if your using just voice to ask for particular type of music or playlist... it can be quite hilarious/frustrating from time to time. Also as I have YouTube Premium, I sometimes stream music channels from the iPad - once in awhile the HomePod loses the connectivity to the stream...not sure why. All in all, if you are not an Apple Music Subscriber, don't get these. Also, I wouldn't recommend them to replace your TV Soundbar... there is a software problem and using them that way to watch TV/Movies creates a muffled sound.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Best Speaker for Smart Homes

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    JoshA
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    Unpopular opinion: HomePod is the smartest smart speaker. As someone who at one time had a Google home, Echo and HomePod in each room of my home (...I have a problem) I can confidently say that the HomePod is the best at controlling my home. Whether it's the lights, the doors, the appliances, my nanoleaf stuff or whatever because of HomeKit...it works. My Google/Amazon speakers couldn't control all of my Philips Hue lights because there were too many and they can only connect to one Hue Bridge. HomeKit/HomePod can connect to multiple. I also think this one has the best microphones, by far. Even when music is playing, I don't have to speak more than at a conversational level to get Siri's attention. Also, I'm really impressed with Siri's ability to process complex commands - "Turn off all of the lights upstairs except for the ones in the guest bathroom", pretty cool. Also, I like the sound but I'm not blown away by it (-1 star). I don't think that it's THAT big of a difference from the Plus or Max though. HomeKit is the selling point for me. *I'm fully integrated into Apple's ecosystem. Services, hardware, clouds, etc. So I'm probably the exact right audience for this.*

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A good buy if you are all in with Apple ecosystem

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    knuckle
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    The Apple HomePod is really a product for those of us who are fully immersed in the Apple ecosystem. It is the best smart speaker if you use voice command with Siri to control your smart home devices and if you are an Apple Music user. Comparing to a single Sonos One and a Jawbone Big Jambox, the HomePod sounds the best with crisp high and deep, punchy base. It also gets quite loud without distortion. One HomePod speaker can easily fill a medium size living room. The omnidirectional arrangement of the speakers and the algorithm ensures that the sound are consistent at any location in your room. Now, if you are just looking for a good wireless speaker then it gets a little more tricky to recommend the HomePod. For $50 more, you can get two Sonos Ones in stereo pair which will give an additional dimension to your music. Now with AirPlay 2 support, the Sonos Ones pair will work seamlessly with any of your Apple products, too. The Sonos also support Amazon Alexa and Spottify, which the HomePod does not. In the end, if you want seamless integration with Apple Music and Siri then the HomePod is for you. However, if you are just looking for good wireless speakers then two Sonos Ones for $50 more would be a better buy.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Very good speaker.

    Posted
    jorgefgr
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    This is my second homepod, which I have paired to the first for stereo sound. I love the convenience of voice-controlling stuff like volume up and down, skipping songs, setting up timers. For the most part, Siri picks up from whenever I am and understands and executes. What I don't like is that, I typically play music from an iMac. It used to be Spotify via Airfoil. Turns out Airfoil can't handle two HomePods that have been paired up, and so, I now have moved away from Spotify and am using iTunes and radio stations (not Apple Music). I'm hoping that Airfoil will sort this out soon. Also, the two HomePods are next to a Sony soundbar/subwoofer which, to be honest, I've never thought to have extraordinarily powerful sound. For Apple TV, I believe the two HomePods simply are no match for the soundbar. The soundbar volume is much higher and, probably more important, seems to have a better connection to the Apple TV (via HDMI, of course) and the sound is always consistent, no lag, no frustrating pauses or disconnects that the HomePods seem to experience.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Audio - Tricky HomeKit Support

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    ChicagoEthan
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    I bought this HomePod primarily to control our HomeKit Smart Home Devices (Phillips Hue lights, Ecobee Thermostat) without having to always have a phone or tablet on us. On first install, the HomePod wanted to set itself up as the primary Hub for our devices. We already had an Apple TV set up as the primary Hub, and the HomePod seemed to fight it for supremacy, leaving us unable to remotely connect to our Smart Home devices. After I disconnected and reconnected the HomePod, it seems to be playing nicely with the Apple TV and we’re able to control things remotely again. When we are home, the HomePod controls everything very well, and it’s nice for every member of the family to be able to ask Siri to turn smart devices on and off. As far as music quality, HomePod has been touted as the best audio quality in a smart speaker - it certainly sounds much better than the little Google Home Mini we have in one of the bedrooms. We previously had a UE Megaboom in the Living Room where the HomePod is, and I don’t know if I’m enough of an audiophile to tell much difference. The Megaboom always sounded great - the HomePod sounds great.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great speaker, but a bit pricey...

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    MisterD
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    Bought during a Black Friday deal, which knocked about 100 quid off the price, making this a very good deal. Sounds better than what you'd expect when you see and handle it. Plenty loud, but not to the point of being potentially too loud. Very clear with good highs, mid and lows for a speaker it's size. Might have a hard time filling the space of a huge open room, but would be fine in most homes. Siri is hit or miss, but mostly good with basic commands (changing volume, skipping/replaying/pausing songs, etc.) and not so great when it comes to asking it to play songs by title or artist using an Apple Music subscription (often plays something very different than what I asked for). For the price I paid, I'm very happy but at normal retail price I think it's a little high for what you get, but such is Apple. If you can get it discounted or don't mind the price, it's a great product perfect for use in a fitness room, home office, bedroom or even a decent size family room or kitchen. I do wish it had a built-in battery so that it'd be easier to move from room-to-room.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Not an Alexa/Echo killer yet but give it time

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    bostonrecruiter
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    Let me put this in perspective, I own 4 Amazon Echos of all styles, I owned the Google Home (horrible product) and I own a complete Sonos system including Playbar and Play Ones and Sub. This device was not meant right now to be just a smart speaker but in my mind, a smart speaker/solid all in one speaker. I am a member of Apple Music and this device fits nicely into the Apple echo-sphere nicely playing nice with Apple TV, iPhone and even Mac. The device is so easy to set up much like all Apple products and unlike Echo, I am not fighting with it to play certain songs or search out my playlists etc. I have not tried it with home devices, however thats why I have Echo to function with those devices. This device looks stylish on the counter and the sound is unbelievable and it tunes automatically to the location you place it without you even noticing. Sorry Sonos One but it actually sounds better than a stand alone Play One and even though it is pricier, I can imagine Apple has lots of plans for this device down the road. I am actually enjoying listening to the millions of songs offered in Apple Music which is much better than Amazon Music. Siri is not great yet but I feel in time there will be improvements as with any Apple product.

    I would recommend this to a friend