How I got talked into buying an Apple HomePod despite my reservations

“Having two audiophile friends who spend truly terrifying sums of money on their hifi systems, I’ve always said that I’m glad my ears aren’t good enough to appreciate that kind of audio kit,” Ben Lovejoy writes for 9to5Mac. “However, while I wouldn’t describe myself as an audiophile, my ears do go up to the level of B&O, B&W and Naim’s lower-end speakers. Which means that I was pretty ‘meh’ about the HomePod announcement.”

“I’m sure Apple is right that it offers better audio than other smart speakers, but that’s not really saying much,” Lovejoy writes. “My view was that it wasn’t going to compete with my Sonos Play 5, let alone my more expensive systems, so I was ready to pass.”

Lovejoy writes, “However, three things conspired to persuade me to at least give it a shot.”

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12 Comments

    1. I don’t think this articles main point was the Siri feature as much as it serves as an Apple HomeKit hub. Now that I’m looking into wifi capable switches compatible with HomeKit, I’m learning you need a hub for many of these products to help set up turn on/off scheduling, etc.

  1. Well I had planned on buying several until I found out multiroom and stereo isn’t supported. I *might* buy one now but their delay on these features is seriously making me consider waiting until perhaps HomePod version 2 comes out. Sounds like there are still some serious software issues needing worked out.

    Features touted as “later this year” for a product that was announced last June doesn’t exactly inspire confidence.

    1. Boy you are fake news.
      This is from apple web page.
      Create stereo sound with a second HomePod.
      Put another HomePod in the same room and they automatically detect and balance each other. With advanced beamforming capabilities, a HomePod pair is able to create a wider, more immersive soundstage than a traditional stereo pair.
      And this,
      AirPlay 2. Add HomePod to more rooms.
      When you add HomePod to more than one room, the speakers communicate with each other through AirPlay 2. Play the same music everywhere or play different songs in different rooms. You can also control any other AirPlay 2–compatible speakers.
      Get your facts straight your missing out,

  2. If its not multiuser/voice capable i wont buy…
    And Apple’s documentation is not clear about this… yet it is a very critical capabilty.

    If there no multiuser support… is it then only meant for homes with a single occupant?

    Apple should clarify this!

  3. The extended rollout delay and feature “trimming” should be evidence enough that HomePod is going to be one of those rare Apple products with serious issues. Anyone who buys V1.0 is in for a treat…

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