Hey everyone, For years I have wanted to build my own home cinema, and when I moved out of my parent’s place and into my own, I finally decided to take the plunge. So in my living room I have a full 7.1 setup, and while not the most high end speakers you can buy, they look and sound great. I have a Q acoustics 3000 setup with the big front tower speakers. However, over time I have realised just how much of a detriment to my living room they are. They really do take over the room, and I have the space for it but there’s not much room for anything else. I have been thinking of downsizing to a soundbar, or I could go for smaller speakers, but I am also very curious about the homepod. I have been an apple person for years, all my stuff is Apple so it will fit me perfectly, and I could easily sell what I have and buy a couple homepods for my living room, maybe more. Bear in mind I know homepod is never going to sound as good as a home theatre setup, and may not even be able to do 2.1 ch audio, but maybe the space savings would be worth it to me. However, I have some questions on this kind of setup, and I’m sure they will get answered as we get nearer to the release this week. So here they are; First and foremost, I know that you can pair a homepod with an Apple TV, and if you were to turn off airplay on this particular speaker, you could realistically have it connected at all times (Instead airplaying to the Apple TV). However, the obvious limitation here is the fact that it’ll only work with an Apple TV, and not other sources connected to the TV. Will the Apple TV be able to passthru the audio via ARC? Or would you be able to do this via a receiver? This is obviously no good if I have to use my TV’s speakers for every other source. I understand the homepod isn’t designed to be used as a soundbar, but if you think about it, it could be possible, obviously providing Apple add the software support for it. It has multiple speakers, and if you placed one directly under your TV, I would imagine it would fill the room better than a home theatre speaker can? Since those speakers generally only point towards the listener and the Homepod can direct sound all around the room. I doubt it would be able to do 2.1 channel audio, even with two of them, but I also wonder whether Atmos is possible too? I’m not sure whether the homepod can direct audio at the celling however. Again, this would require Apple providing the software to work in this setup, which I don’t think it can currently do, but would be awesome if it could. Another advantage of having it connected to an Apple TV would be instead of having a homepod off to the side of the room, it would be right in the centre, ready to take commands, and if you were to speak to it, I’m pretty sure it’s capable of pausing your movie while it listens to you for example, and again if Apple added in the software support, it would be able to control Apple TV too. Hopefully this stuff is coming at WWDC. I would love to be able to walk into my living room and tell Siri to start playing a TV show instantly, or maybe load up Youtube for example. Anyway, just thought I would get a discussion going and see what you all think! I’m no audiophile, and I do understand quite a bit about home theatre but my setup has become very cumbersome, and some simplification would be nice.