Apple HomePod Sound Quality Trails Sonos One and Google Home Max

15 February, 2018, 06:42 | Author: Pamela Mathis
  • The Apple HomePod Sounds Good, But Other Smart Speakers Sound Better

Thankfully, iFixit got its hands on the speaker last week and tore it to pieces to thoroughly examine the fruits of Apple's labor. One HomePod is surely better than one Sonos One. Though this interface is limited compared to your voice control options, it's super hand when it comes to music controls. Sorry, she can only handle one at a time. "The HomePod is 100% an Audiophile grade Speaker".

Perhaps the most baffling omission though is in regards to HomeKit. To protect against this open up the HomePod app on your iPhone and toggle the personal notifications settings to OFF.

The Google Home Max, which costs $400, and the Sonos One, which costs $200, manages to slightly exceed the HomePod's sound quality, according to Consumer Reports. It also has the technology industry buzzing about Apple's future plans for the device - will they move into the home theater space? That can't be replicated on HomePod, at least not yet.

The conclusion reveals that though the HomePod might be extremely durable, it is extremely hard to open. I suspect Siri will be improved as well for things like calendar access and the ability to recognize multiple users.

Jim Dalrymple, an Apple expert at Loop Insights, a tech news site, said he was "pleasantly surprised by how well the music in the room seemed to just kind of envelope you". My family would be out of luck, unless of course each person had their own HomePod. If you live in the USA, you will have to give Apple $279 if you want your HomePod to live a second life. As of September, Apple Music had 30 million subscribers to Spotify's 60 million.

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The speaker also includes seven tweeters to play higher-pitched sound and a single four-inch woofer to handle the bass. Apple's latest hardware release, the HomePod smart speaker, appears to be no different.

One thing the tap controls won't let you do it mute the HomePod. The Sonos One sounds nearly as good as the HomePod on most songs and, actually, slight better on others.

Apple Music doesn't yet have the same global dominance as the music streaming service Spotify.

Apple CEO Tim Cook introduced the HomePod at a keynote address in June 2017, saying that it would "reinvent home music". It is the sole instance when you'll be better off repairing a part of the HomePod than buying a brand new spare part.

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