Discussion in 'Apple Hardware' started by Feek, Oct 20, 2017.
No there wouldn't be any easy way around it.
I think this link provides food for thought for anyone thinking of buying the Homepod. https://www.theverge.com/2018/2/9/16994382/apple-homepod-release-day-price-compatibility
Speaking personally I'm more than happy to stick with Sonos and not restrict my future purchasing options by buying further into Apple.
I wish there was a way to lower volume of siri's answers she's shouting
I'd love to disable her feedback also if you ask her to turn on/off a light or change something that doesn't really require feedback.
The microphone range is insane though, she can hear me downstairs and and the HomePod is in my bedroom.
So I caved and ordered one, sound quality is superb for the size.
Software needs to improve but that can be done remotely.
One thing I find strange, I cant control it using my voice with the iPhone.
If I say Siri, volume down, or Siri Pause. it tells me I've no music playing.
I have to say, I was expecting it to have a little more intelligence than that... Maybe a future upgrade.
It feels like a v0.8 Beta tbh!
Yeah I thought Siri is supposed to activate on the best/closest device when you say hey Siri. So that it doesn't matter which device. But Siri on the phone doesn't see Homepod, only phone sees it. I think it's because siri doesn't work with multi room yet. Also Homepod is already assigned to a room but we can't create scenes with it :/ hopefully they will update it soon. It will be cool to switch off Homepod when you leave home etc.
Maybe not long to wait
BTW there is apple tv as well on those icons, I read somewhere that in 11.3 beta ATV is already showing in homekit so might be able to be part of automation soon
Using mine mainly as a desktop speaker for my MacBook, works really well and can't wait to get another for the 'FullRoom' experience.
Here’s a technical review by an Audiophile:
Consumer Report: Apple HomePod good but inferior to Google Home Max and Sonos One
US based Consumer Report is highly regarded and closely followed by consumers.
I would agree with them on :
The HomePod’s bass was a bit boomy and overemphasized.
I'll take the review with actual measurements, thanks.
As he said:
It drops off quickly below 40hz anyway, physics and all that. Hopefully with all the audio engineering team they've been hiring the last few years they'll come up with something more full range that measures as well so I won't have to keep dreaming of owning a pair of Kii Threes.
I'm truly shocked that you would post the only report I've seen that claims the Max and the Sonos One sound better, wait I'm not really shocked. If you aren't actually being paid by Google then maybe you should be..
He's a Google Bot
Have had that feeling for a while!
It's also worth noting that the CR review was done in an anechoic listening room. This is fine and dandy if you buy speakers to use in a treated studio but that is not 99.999% of people and the design of the HomePod is based around actively using/working with a reflective environment (i.e. a normal kitchen/living or bedroom), not an unreflective one.
Consumer reports has been anti Apple for over 10 years. They generally post negative stuff about every Apple product. These are the same idiots that said the iPhone 8 is better than the X
I'm looking forward to this hitting the Irish market. Don't need an Adobe Sub anymore, so will likely try Apple Music with it as well.
Only negative review I've read for the sound quality is that Consumer Report one sofar. Saw the folks at r/audiophile are singing praises for the sound quality over all.
Would be nice if it had a connection for Windows Systems as well. Would have liked to try two at my windows system in stereo.
If you can't wait for the iOS update that enables stereo, here's a (kind of) temporary solution...
More acoustic testing
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