HomePod I love my HomePod..

Discussion in 'HomeKit, HomePod, CarPlay, Home & Auto Technology' started by BMcCoy, Feb 9, 2018.

  1. BMcCoy, Feb 9, 2018
    Last edited: Feb 9, 2018

    BMcCoy macrumors 68000


    Jun 24, 2010
    Okay, so I've been playing with my white HP since it arrived this morning, and I'm super pleased with my purchase.
    It was expensive, but I've been looking for a (wireless) speaker for my kitchen for ages, and after testing alternatives, I decided to go for the HP.
    For me, my priorities were good sound quality, acceptable small form factor (for WAF) and as an Apple Music subscriber, integration with Apple Music.

    - It looks great. WAF acceptable. ;)
    - It sounds exceedingly good. For such a small speaker, the sound quality is superb. I love the way it adapts to wherever you put it. Everything I've played so far has impressed, from Gangnam Style to Ludovico Einaudi to Metallica to XX..
    - It does sound like the EQ of the music had been tweaked specifically to improve the soundstage and breadth of the sound (bit more treble, and a bit less midrange), at the expense of a little transparency, but that is a worthwhile slight trade-off, as a desktop small speaker will never adequately deliver a completely transparent sound in the way my living room PMC floorstanders do.
    - The "Hey Siri.." voice interaction is a big surprise, in how well it works from across the room, despite music playing at a loud volume. Very clever. Wish my iPhone was that sensitive when I'm driving.
    - The "Hey Siri.." works from my wife. This is great. The reports over the last few days about it being tied to a single account made me assume it would only respond to my voice. But my wife can call up any music too, even though only I have an Apple Music sub. Phew!
    - The sound quality for me is best at a distance away from the speaker.. i.e. more than a metre or two. Then it really opens up, and diffuses around you. That suits me and my kitchen where I have it placed 4 metres or so from where I will be. I wouldn't put it on my desk and use it as a computer speaker - too close I think.
    - It's really loud. Even at two-thirds of max volume, I can hear it from anywhere in my house!

    So far so good.
    Terrific speaker.

    And whilst a thread with a title like this will attract those who are seeking to criticise the HP and its purchasers in order to validate their own opinion and decision not to buy, I say "live and let live". Relax, and be pleased that Apple will be making even more healthy profits this quarter! :)
  2. the future macrumors 65816

    Jul 17, 2002
    Sounds great! (Pun intended). Can‘t wait for HomePod to be released over here „in spring“ (so probably mid June …)
  3. Bradleyone macrumors regular

    Jul 7, 2015
    Belongs in first impressions thread, but I like the title.

    I love my HomePod too.

    It's well over twice as good as I thought it would be. Honestly, up against stiff competition and a hostile tech reviewer / audiophile / "but my Spotify" / "but my multiple timers" punditry, I feel Apple's engineers have knocked this one out of the park.
  4. AustinIllini macrumors demi-goddess


    Oct 20, 2011
    Austin, TX
    I also feel like the lack of Spotify is a temporary problem. Apple will implement it or give spotify the tools to implement it.

    What would be really interesting for HomePod would be to see what happens if Tidal or Deezer got their hands on it.
  5. bnekic macrumors 6502a


    Sep 19, 2013
    Cleveland, OH
    I checked out the HomePod at the Apple store and it’s pretty awesome. Even in the loud crowded store it sounded great and was loud. Build quality is what you would expect from Apple. I’m planning on buying 2 and using them as a sound bar for the tv, has anyone done this yet?

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