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A detailed series of tests pitting the HomePod's voice assistant Siri against its counterparts from Amazon and Google goes to show just how much it has to catch up on. It's there that Apple reveals an out-of-warranty fix will run you $279. But, this doesn't mean that it's ideal.
Select Apple Authorised Resellers, including Best Buy in the US; Argos, Dixons Carphone (Currys PC World), John Lewis, Shop Direct (Very and Littlewoods), EE and Apple Premium Resellers in the United Kingdom; and The Good Guys, Harvey Norman, JB Hi-Fi, Myer and Telstra in Australia, have also started selling the HomePod locally.
The second reason you might want to reconsider the Apple HomePod is Siri itself. In other words, the HomePod is the ultimate Apple product.
HomePod works best with an Apple Music subscription, but it is not required. That's true. The reviews have told the same. The best way I can put it is: Siri is fragmented between iOS devices and HomePod.
AppleThe Apple HomePod went for sale on February 9, and includes an updates Siri voice assistant out of the box. It also has the technology industry buzzing about Apple's future plans for the device - will they move into the home theater space?
What's more, Alam's measurements found the HomePod to provide a "near-perfectly flat frequency response", meaning it stays accurate to a given track without pushing the treble, mids, or bass to an unnatural degree. "I would like to see Siri do more in the Apple ecosystem so I could control things like the calendar". As of September, Apple Music had 30 million subscribers to Spotify's 60 million. Its proximity to walls, the surface on which it's rested, whether or not you have a carpet-all of this can alter what sounds make it to your ears and thus how you perceive its performance. You can also wake it up from across the room by saying "Hey, Siri".
The Apple HomePod Sounds Good, But Other Smart Speakers Sound Better
However, there's a way to get another music streaming service to play through the HomePod.
The HomePod's 360-degree tweeter arrangement and advanced spatial awareness allow the speaker to provide all-encompassing audio, regardless of its placement in the room. However, you would still need to pay the service fee of $39.
While smart speakers have been around for a few years at this point, the scene is gradually shifting more towards a focus on sound quality as the smart functionality has continued to improve.
Otherwise, you're probably better served by a different smartspeaker. If you add the shipping cost, it'll get closer to $349.
If you fall in the Venn Diagram of "hardcore audiophile" and "Apple enthusiast", then maybe the HomePod is for you.
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