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Rating 4.6 out of 5 stars with 2233 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: 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: 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: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best sound I've ever heard in a home

    Posted
    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

    Posted
    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

    Posted
    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

    Posted
    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: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Sound, Terrific Functionality

    Posted
    HomePod

    I am pleased with the purchase - Just as the iPod was used to listen and catalog music the HomePod performs this task as well as any other platforms available (obviously this one working within the IOS Ecosphere). I am not looking for the best virtual assistant or a single interface to automate my home (fine using my iPhone and the various apps to take care of that). I wanted the best jukebox for the money and without a doubt the HomePod is it. Set-up is as simple as it gets, Siri is more than capable for delivering the ultimate music experience - immediately delivering up pretty much any song or custom music channel you can dream up (play alternative bands from the 90’s with only one hit). In addition if you want to know the weather, time, stock market etc... no problem. I am fine not ordering Domino’s or Uber without grabbing my phone and don’t need a shout out trivia partner or spell checker. Speaker Phone capability would be nice and I suspect will present itself with a software update in the future. From a sound perspective this speaker is impeccably designed to fill a room and does just that. Not stereo is also not a concern music sounds great from anywhere in the space at any volume. In fact people walking in have to look around to figure where the music is coming from - certainly not a set of bookshelf Klipsch speakers where you need to sit in that perfect location to enjoy the music. If you are an IPhone / Ipad customer that can afford the cost go for it. I think for 95% of folks out there this sitting on a shelf somewhere will replace their tuner/amps and conventional speakers leaving them to wonder what to do with the new found space (might want to pick up some plants on the way home). As far as comparing to Android and Google, I’m fine living and paying for the IOS Ecosystem not looking to convince anyone Apple is better. I’ll let the trolls out there convince you of that or tell you how stupid I am and what a sucker You have to be etc....

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic sound, with a catch

    Posted
    Ian619
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    Long story short: you need to be in the Apple ecosystem (including Apple Music) to experience HomePod as intended. Looks/build quality: deceivingly compact, but still feels heavy/solid and very well built as you’d expect from Apple. Sound: While I won’t use the term “audiophile” I certainly enjoy music and technology and my headphone setup runs ~$8,500, so sound quality is important to me. The HomePod is easily the best sound I’ve heard from a single speaker this compact. It is hi-fi? Of course not, it’s a single speaker that’s <7” tall. It has a fun sound signature with impressive bass for such a small form factor. Don’t expect something you’re going to do critical listening on and you’ll be fine. Usage/functionality: I use it in a small home office to have some background music. For this purpose it’s been perfect. I am entrenched in the Apple ecosystem and everything works flawlessly together as you’d expect. I did sign up for Apple Music to use with the HomePod and it has worked great. I am not a big Siri user to begin with, so her current limitations don’t bug me at the present time. Voice activation to manage Apple Music, set timers and reminders, etc is perfectly fine for me. When I’m in the office I’m sitting in front of the computer and don’t need more. I only have a couple of connected devices (video doorbell and a smart lock), so using it as a hub isn’t a major concern for me. The voice detection is amazing. HomePod can hear me from another room in the house. Comparisons: I do have two Echo Dots, one with a Vaux speaker and one with a mokcao power+. The HomePod easily stomps these in terms of sound and build quality, but it should given it’s more than 3x the price. In terms of Siri vs Alexa, they both have their pros and cons. For me it’s basically a wash as far as virtual assistants. Summary: This is an easy recommendation if you’re an iDevice user and an Apple Music subscriber. Outside of that, the cost and walled garden Are barriers to entry.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    AMAZING!!!!

    Posted
    sergmayphoto

    This product meets every expectation I have for sound built and sound quality. I seriously cant stop listening to it. Many people are leaving not so good reviews and truthfully I don't understand why. This is a new venture for apple. The tweeter hight tones and bass is so pure and just amazing for something so small. Every corner you put this speaker in the sound kicks you in the face with awesomeness. Ok now the hookup process. Plugged it in and I couldn't for the life of me figure out how to make it work lol because Im thinking old school bluetooth. You have to think beyond that just like many Apple products. This is not your typical speakers and it works on a different level and I love it unlike some other people. Once connected does not loose connection when you leave the room with your phone. You can either sync it with your phone and play music or just say Siri, play Sinatra and it will play Sinatra music radio. Its a little confusing in the beginning but just like the no home button the iPhone X 2 or 3 times and your GOOD TO GO! The mics are amazing. You can almost whisper hey Siri an it picks up. Tell Siri to make it quieter louder. Change songs lookup songs and so on. This is a different speaker then any other for a different purpose that works well with Apple product so expect something different. Im a Bose enthusiast and let me say the Homepod sounds is truly remarkable for the size and in my opinion beats some of Bose speakers that ranges from $350-700 price range. It is HEAVY! and thats another way you can tell on the built quality. Good speakers, woofers are always heavy due to the magnets being larger. I cant wait for them to release the update so I can hookup two fo them. Absolutely remarkable sound.I LOVE THIS THING and recommend it 100%!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Solid Performer

    Posted
    JBny
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    These smart powered speakers (I bought a stereo pair) look great and sound great...and listen even better. At first blush the $349 price sounded very high...though I hit a $50 off sale... but when you think about it they’re not. The solid/heavy compact speakers pack a punch in the bass and with 7 folded horn tweeters fill the whole room with omnidirectional sound. Each of the 8 speakers has its own amplifier and are separately controlled by the A8 processor (same as in iPhone 6). The touch controls and discreet color display round out the package. The bass auto adjusts to room size and the 7 tweeters sense walls and beam the sound around the room...I.e. these sound great anywhere in any room at any volume (no distortion at full volume). After updating them to Airplay 2, I could use them as a stereo pair, whole house speakers that play the same or different content in different rooms or assign each to different accounts for independent control from separate user IOS, TVOS, or MacOS devices—remember these are WiFi, not Bluetooth, full range speakers (40-20kHz?). Spookily amazing are the 6 microphones that can hear and respond to your normal (inside) voice even when the speakers are creating a cathedral soundstage while playing Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D minor at full volume. Siri easily answers queries like “what’s the weather tomorrow” when you ask from the next room. I did not have home automation devices to test, but as you can tell I’m having fun with a pair of HomePods. Just don’t think they can replace your $500+ HiFi tower speakers ... or the other way around ;?)

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Pleasantly surprised

    Posted
    Jimmy
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    I'm an Apple junkie, but even I looked at this product with skepticism when it was announced. Regardless given my elite plus status, I figured it was worth a shot. My home is pretty heavily outfitted with Hue bulbs and Wemo outlets. Previously i was interfacing with these primarily through Alexa, but to my surprise Siri is taking on this job with equal proficiency and superior speed. Like seriously, Siri/Homekit is FAST. In my experience Siri is also a bit more forgiving when it comes to saying the exact name of lights. Most of all however, is Siri on homepod has impeccable hearing. Even at the loudest volume playing music, I can speak in a normal tone and she will hear me correctly. Having had Alexa, I really didn't believe this was possible until I tried it for myself. On this note, when it comes to "Hey Siri" it seems that homepod always takes precedence. Generally this is appreciated, but there have a been a few times where I have been in another room and I expect siri to answer on the phone in my hand and ultimately the homepod in my living room heard me. At this point thats kinda more amusing than annoying. On top of being a capable voice assistant the HomePod can really bring the house down musically. Holy cow! Really, seriously, put this thing in your house and play Hotel California live on full blast. Close your eyes. Its indistinguishable from being front row at a concert. Eerily you can move about the room and into nearby rooms and the sound just doesn't change, I guess that's the magic of the acoustic mapping this thing apparently does. All this to say, once again, Apple produces something that made everyone skeptical that emerges the pinnacle of the space it competes in.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Audio in a Class by Itself

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    Gadgetguy11
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    I preordered an Apple HomePod from Best Buy. Picked it up on Friday after work. Early Saturday morning I was at Best Buy buying a second one before they sold out. Yes, the sound was really that good! I own a number of Amazon echo devices including several Echo Show and several Google Home devices. Alexa and Hey Google outperform Siri. But if you’re buying this for sound, nothing even comes close. The sharp, clear high frequencies because of the seven tweeters which are computer controlled cannot be duplicated by any other device on the market today. I do not subscribe to Apple Music. I listen to SiriusXM through my computer using iTunes, and distribute it to these HomePod speakers wirelessly, using the Apple lossless wireless system. That gives an additional benefit of being able to adjust equalization through iTunes. The resulting sound is phenomenal! Please note that after purchasing these two HomePod speakers, Apple updated the firmware. They still do not have stereo capability, but they reduced the bass because a number of people thought there was too much bass! I thought it was perfect before, so I simply bumped up the equalization through iTunes and I’m back to where it was before. Don’t even worry about the stereo consideration. Each speaker fills the room and sounds so multidimensional, you will think you have surround sound from HomePod. Crisp in your face audio in every area of your room! Highest Recommendation!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent sounding smart speaker!

    Posted
    Danny
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    The HomePod is an amazing piece of tech. The A8 chip allows for it to equalize the audio according to the space that it is in allowing a more linear frequency response. The resulting sound is rich and clear regardless of the volume. Initial setup was a breeze thanks to the ease of the Apple ecosystem with my iPhone being in close proximity to the HomePod and then automatically configuring everything. The Hey Siri detection is quite good with it being able to pick up your voice command from across an average sized room even despite the music from the HomePod playing loudly. Siri is useful in terms of navigating throughout the vast musical library of Apple Music and doing basic commands for reminders, notes, weather, directions, store hours and messages/calls. However, in terms of a global search level, Siri can not compete with the superior Google Assistant. The downside to this speaker is that it can only be used with other Apple devices and Apple Music. However as someone who has everything Apple and is deeply invested into the ecosystem, it doesn’t matter to me. If you want to play Spotify or audio from other services, you’ll have to Airplay to the HomePod. In conclusion, this is a well engineered speaker with a fairly capable voice assistant included. Probably the best sounding smart speaker out there!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    This bad boy is..... BAD!

    Posted
    MikeHunt
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    I recently picked this up after selling my previous HomePod for a few reasons: 1. Mobility was a challenge because of its weight (took to and from work). 2. The power cord is static and is not removable 3. No Bluetooth connectivity I went out and bought a Bose SoundLink Revolve + after I sold my HomePod. Immediately I noticed the biggest difference- the sound! Oh, how I missed the sound! Don’t get me wrong as the Bose did sound good and it did have the functions I was missing in the HomePod (to include a couple other ones I liked that the HomePod didn’t have), but that awesome sound the HomePod put out was not there and I missed it! The HomePod has this robust and deep sound quality that just filled the room like no other speaker I’ve owned (in this classification). My colleagues at work were amazed by the HomePod and when I showed up with the Bose they weren’t completely dissatisfied (it sounded better than the UE, Sony, and Beats mobile speakers others have), but they truly marveled at the glorious playback of the HomePod.... and so did I! Well, fixed that dilemma and went back to Best Buy and got another one! This time I got it in white and it was on sale for $299!!! Score! With the updates it can do more now making Siri more functional and also making the HomePod pair for stereo sound. I’ll not make this mistake ever again!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Sounds Amazing, Super responsive and Siri WORKS!

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    MoNkEyBriAnS
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    I have used/heard tons of different speakers and was reluctant when the HomePod came out. I was looking for a smart assistant speaker that also sounds great so naturally I was looking at the Sonos One (You can get TWO for what ONE HomePod costs). But I walked into Best Buy and saw the HomePod on display and after hearing it in person I knew its what I should buy. The sound quality is nothing short of AMAZING! It sounds great, especially for its size. NO you're not going to get the integration that comes with some of the other brands. NO you're not going to get to use it with Spotify or other streaming devices without using airplay. YES Siri is limited compared to her google/Amazon counterparts. But for me, a person completely immersed in the Apple ecosystem its perfect. I only use Apple Music for streaming and we only have Apple devices in our home (Macbook, iPad, iPhones, Apple TV and so on) so it makes since. If you are a heavy Apple user the HomePod is perfect for you. If not something like the Sonos One or Google Home may be better!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Stunning sound

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    Techguy440years
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    Ordered first HomePod for pickup on launch day. Very easy to setup(stop the it doesn't work for Android BS who caresApple has 1.3 Billion iOS devices they will be fine). Once up and running you will be blown away by how good this speaker sounds. I already bought 2 more. And whats really amazing you only have to whisper "hey siri" and she comes alive. And with the music at 100% which is plenty loud with ZERO distortion she hears every time what you ask. So say your playing your favorite tunes and its loud you can ask her "hey siri hows the traffic on the way to work today?" She quiets the music and tells you. The goes right back to playing your songs. You can mid song ask "Who is this playing?" and when she passes and tells you say "i like it" she will say "got it: and them remember what you like for the future. So when you say "play something I like" it will show up. Another cool option is you can turn off the siri sound (in options, think it comes off by default) and then when you ask "hey siri" and pause she comes on and say things like "uh huh"? But you can just say "hey siri whats the latest news (with no pause) and it works perfect. Is there a few things they need to work on software and siri(and of course will) yes, but nothing that won't make it better. And for those that complain it can't do Spotify? Well yes you can airplay from your phone and it works fine. Much prefer Apple Music since its fully baked into iOS. Well worth every penny so don't listen to the naysayers who can't afford it.

    I would recommend this to a friend