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Poll: ** The Official Apple HomePod/HomePod mini thread **

Discussion in 'Apple Hardware' started by Feek, 20 Oct 2017.

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Are you going to buy an Apple HomePod

  1. Yes

    28 vote(s)
    13.9%
  2. No

    115 vote(s)
    56.9%
  3. Possibly, I'll wait and see what the reviews are like first

    44 vote(s)
    21.8%
  4. HomePod mini - Yes

    18 vote(s)
    8.9%
  5. HomePod mini - No

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  6. HomePod mini - Possibly, I'll wait and see what the reviews are like first

    2 vote(s)
    1.0%
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. ChrisD.

    Caporegime

    Joined: 20 Sep 2006

    Posts: 26,794

    I suggested Sonos as I believe, after having used both side by side, that Spotify integration with HomePods is rather clunky compared to Sonos. I mentioned natively, because with Sonos you do not need the phone to stream music to the speakers, you use (or whatever other device you want, including but not limited to your voice with the One's) it to set it up and then Sonos plays it direct from Spotify or whatever, without the requirement for the phone or initiating device to have an active internet connection once playback has started. I found playing music from my phone to the HomePod's to be very un-Apple like.

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  2. beachBOYken

    Capodecina

    Joined: 18 Feb 2007

    Posts: 10,799

    Location: London

    Why does everyone keep mentioning Spotify, this is an Apple thread, Apple music talk only please.

    And whoever mentioned Sonos, :mad::mad:.

    Regards

    Tim

    :D
     
  3. Admiral Huddy

    Caporegime

    Joined: 17 Feb 2003

    Posts: 29,608

    Location: Chelmsford

    Yes please keep this on topic.. Any further attempts to derail this thread will be dealt with.
     
  4. Spit

    Perma Banned

    Joined: 8 Nov 2003

    Posts: 6,743

    Location: Yorkshire

    Hello, is it safe to come back. Don't mind clunky for now just want it to match my Apple gear.

    Thanks for letting me know it works.
     
  5. JamesM

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 7,585

    Location: Sutton Coldfield

    I love my HomePod but i'd really wish Apple would get around to implementing different voice detection and other stuff.

    Like why can't I just say to the HomePod in the kitchen, turn the lights off and it will know due to it's location in that room, only to turn off those room lights.
     
  6. Broken Hope

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 16 Jan 2003

    Posts: 9,443

    Location: Nottingham

    H
    Has it been assigned to the kitchen as a room? Because I thought HomePod already did what you're asking based on the room the HomePod has been assigned to.
     
  7. roman59

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 12 Sep 2009

    Posts: 1,235

    Using my Homepods which are in the Living Room physically & also under Living Room in the Home app to switch on & off lights in my bedroom, simply by say Hey Siri turn off my Bedroom lights.

    That command also works via my Apple Tv as well using the siri remote.

    Cheers all
     
  8. JamesM

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 7,585

    Location: Sutton Coldfield

    Nope, if I say 'turn off the lights' it turns off the whole house.
     
  9. ChrisD.

    Caporegime

    Joined: 20 Sep 2006

    Posts: 26,794

    Have you tried turn off lights in the kitchen?
     
  10. JamesM

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 7,585

    Location: Sutton Coldfield

    yeah that all works :p

    I simply meant that sometimes you forget what you named a room (or guests have no idea) and it would be helpful if a simple 'turn off/on lights' to the HomePod/TV in the room would work just those lights.
     
  11. ChrisD.

    Caporegime

    Joined: 20 Sep 2006

    Posts: 26,794

    Ah, I'm with you now. So if the HomePod is in the kitchen you'd want it to turn off the kitchen lights when you bark a command at it.
     
  12. RobTi

    Hitman

    Joined: 23 Jan 2005

    Posts: 761

    I really wanted Apple to bring a cut down version just for voice control as I have a full av set up so no need for all the speakers
     
  13. Valo

    Mobster

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 3,621

    Location: Livingston

  14. Broken Hope

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 16 Jan 2003

    Posts: 9,443

    Location: Nottingham

    Noticed the voice was different when I was setting a timer a few days ago.
     
  15. Valo

    Mobster

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 3,621

    Location: Livingston

    Finally managed to get my second HomePod setup in my living room and created a stereo pair.

    Seriously impressed with them in a stereo pair, the setup was a piece of cake. The sound these put out in a stereo pair is just fantastic and I'd recommend anyone considering it to go ahead and do it!
     
  16. JamesM

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 7,585

    Location: Sutton Coldfield

  17. fieldy

    Mobster

    Joined: 10 Mar 2004

    Posts: 3,459

    does anyone know if these can be picked up for a discount anywhere, form I understand the HomePod is not a big seller. I was listening to a tech podcast the other day and they were saying that a lot of retailers were selling HomePods at a discount, this was an American podcast however so unsure if the same applies to the uk?
     
  18. Somnambulist

    Capodecina

    Joined: 17 Jun 2010

    Posts: 11,518

    Location: London

    My parents got a couple (I made them get 2 because mono is lame), super simple to set up and pair to stereo, really good sound quality for the size, and as a bonus I got £2.50 off my Apple Music subscription because I upgraded to the family plan at £14 and they pay half. Also got a couple of HomePod mounts off Amazon so they don't take the surface off the furniture they're sat on.

    Bit of a faff to get my dad set up because the only Apple thing he has is iTunes on his Windows PC, but just making a login for him on my Mac then meant I could send/activate the iCloud invite and now he can just Airplay to them via iTunes on his desktop, so he's happy.

    They are pretty cool I have to admit and make me wish there were more one-box w/room correction solutions for my level of hi-fi nerdery (i.e. more full range than a pair of Kef LS50Ws but way less £ than a pair of Kii Threes).
     
  19. Somnambulist

    Capodecina

    Joined: 17 Jun 2010

    Posts: 11,518

    Location: London

    As of the newest update, if you ask Siri to play some white noise sounds you have 8 different continuous ambient background noises available to fill the silence - actual white noise, fireplace, forest animal noises, nighttime animal noises, rain, ocean and stream.
     
  20. Feek

    Commissario

    Joined: 16 Oct 2002

    Posts: 233,171

    Location: In the radio shack

    We had the fireplace going all day yesterday :)