HomePod HomePod or $350 pair of Headphones?

Discussion in 'HomeKit, HomePod, CarPlay, Home & Auto Technology' started by MrXiro, Feb 17, 2018.

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HomePod or Headphones?

  1. Sony 1000xm2

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  2. HomePod

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  1. MrXiro macrumors 68040

    MrXiro

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    Im a bit of a headphone junkie and I have a pretty decent home theater system at my place.

    Recently I picked up the noise cancelling; Sony 1000xm2 headphones and they’re cool and all but I have tons of headphones and while I like it, I’m not sure it’s worth the price of entry for my uses.

    Getting a little curious about the HomePod though after the great reviews. So debating returning the headphones for a HomePod.

    For those of you who own the HomePod is it worth having over a pair of premium headphones?
     
  2. Phil77354 macrumors regular

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    Apples and oranges, don't you think? Headphones are going to give you a better personal sound experience. The HomePod is for music that can be enjoyed by the entire household and doesn't require wearing anything special to hear, plus you get the Siri & smart home features which may or may not be of interest.
     
  3. MrXiro thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Yes I know but I also have a plethora of headphones. I’m more asking what’s more worth it to you.
     
  4. za9ra22 macrumors 6502a

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    Personally, I find speakers much more convenient than headphones, and more comfortable over a lengthy listening period. That said, I have a pair of Bose somethings, which cost about the same as my HomePod, and for serious listening, they are far superior, giving a much more immediate performance, that is more involving in the music.

    But the HomePod. There is something really remarkable about it. It is very easy to listen to, yet sounds very detailed and smooth. I've been playing music on mine for about 8 hours today already, which I wouldn't be able to do with headphones, which get uncomfortable after a couple of hours.

    However, if I had to worry about noise, I'd probably go with headphones and listen in shorter sessions.
     
  5. maflynn Moderator

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    What's worth it to me, has no bearing on you. I think the homePod is a great product but if you a home stereo setup, I'm not sure its worth buying it.
     
  6. Apple fanboy macrumors Nehalem

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    My wife doesn't have the same taste in music as I do, so headphones for me. You get the added bonus of using them out of the home.

    I have Bose QC35's.

    I like the homepod, but I honestly couldn't see a use for it for me.
     
  7. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

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    “Worth” is a very subjective term. My suggestion, if you have not already, go to an Apple store and find out what you like about it. Even so, you could try the HomePod for 14 days in your home, if you don’t like it, then return it and at least you would know that the product was not for you once you experience it in your home and the way you have it set up.
     
  8. MrXiro thread starter macrumors 68040

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    You may think it has no bearing on me. But I like to gather information from others to help with my decisions. Especially when it comes to a device I don’t have an opinion on at the moment.

    Most likely though you’re probably right and my home entertainment system probably is far superior than the HomePod.

    I am on the cusp of picking up the homepod and the cusp of returning the headphones and want to hear the perspective of others to help me decide
     
  9. bruinsrme macrumors 603

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    I think the HomePod is a great device. I love the personal experience of headphones but sometimes I also cherish the freedom of listening ambience of a room.
     
  10. cyb3rdud3 macrumors 65816

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    I use my headphones when I’m on public transport or on a plane. I don’t use them at home. I live in a detached property and as such I have no neighbours complaining regardless of how loud our homecinema or stereos get.

    I’d get, and did, the home pod.
     
  11. maflynn Moderator

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    Same here, plus I don't use expensive headphones/earbuds. I think the one I own now cost me about 40 bucks
     
  12. SteelBlueTJ macrumors 6502

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    I think it depends on everyones personal preference and living situations. For me, I prefer headphones. I also have the Bose QC35's and use them all the time as well as the Airpods. I do like the Homepod, but nobody shares the same taste in music so I never listen to my music out loud. I received a Bose bluetooth speaker for Christmas a couple years ago and I think I only used it once in 2 years.
     
  13. cyb3rdud3 macrumors 65816

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    Bose QC35's make me feel ill, dizzy even. It is because they are too good at noise cancelling :) Which just highlights the personal nature of these things. I got some Sennheiser instead, and also a pair of AKG NC headphones, both of which are on-ear designs and found them very comfortable even when using for nearly 24 hours non-stop to Australia. But I would never think of using headphones in my own home...
     
  14. Apple fanboy macrumors Nehalem

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    Do you live alone? My wife and I watch tv together, but normally if I'm listening to music she is doing something else. That's why headphones work for me.
     
  15. cyb3rdud3 macrumors 65816

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    Nope; wife, two children, dog and a few horses :)

    If that happens I simply go to a different room. There is music being played all throughout the house at all times.
     
  16. 8CoreWhore macrumors 68020

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    Get the HomePod and try it. You have 2 weeks to return it. It's the only way you'll know.
     

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