HomePod Problems with a stereo pair

Analog Kid

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I can't, for the life of me, get Airplay to work with a stereo pair of Homepods. If I break up the stereo pair I can stream to each individually, but I can't connect to the pair. I see it in the device list, but I can't even get it to give me the spinner that indicates it's trying.

Any ideas?

Also: when forming the stereo pair, there's a note that says "tap to identify a unit". What is that supposed to do? I don't get any external indication of any sort... Is it suppose to play a sound or blink or something?
 

bbednarz

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The tap to identify a unit just lets you choose which one is on the left and right. When you tap on the HomePod on the screen it should play a sound from the one it has assigned as the left/right depending on which one you select.

As far as it not working with AirPlay I would try restoring both HomePods as new and recreate the stereo pair. Easy potential fix, shouldn't take more than 15 minutes or so to try that out.
 

Analog Kid

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The tap to identify a unit just lets you choose which one is on the left and right. When you tap on the HomePod on the screen it should play a sound from the one it has assigned as the left/right depending on which one you select.

As far as it not working with AirPlay I would try restoring both HomePods as new and recreate the stereo pair. Easy potential fix, shouldn't take more than 15 minutes or so to try that out.
Huh. I am not getting any kind of sound when I tap a device. On screen the homepod icon pulses when I tap, but no response from the physical device.

I did do a full reset and re-setup and got to the point that streaming to the pair gave sound from the left channel only. Reset and re-setup again and back to dead air. The whole system just seems flakey, but I don't see any indication that it's a hardware issue at this point because I can get each one to play individually.
 

bbednarz

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Huh. I am not getting any kind of sound when I tap a device. On screen the homepod icon pulses when I tap, but no response from the physical device.

I did do a full reset and re-setup and got to the point that streaming to the pair gave sound from the left channel only. Reset and re-setup again and back to dead air. The whole system just seems flakey, but I don't see any indication that it's a hardware issue at this point because I can get each one to play individually.
Probably best to just contact Apple then. Theres not much else you can do to troubleshoot.
 

Analog Kid

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Probably best to just contact Apple then. Theres not much else you can do to troubleshoot.
Hmm... Seems like maybe a WiFi networking issue? I can't tell for sure because there were so many reset and do-overs, but it seem to mostly be working now. I'm not sure I understand how Airplay, Homepod, the stereo setup and Apple IDs all interact.

As long as it's working though, it sounds really good for speakers that size!