HomePod When will Mac fully support Stereo HomePods?

Polaroid

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Can only do stereo via iTunes which is annoying, anyone know if there's any news on when we can play any Mac sound source via stereo? :/
 

gigaguy

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Also, the lag time when playing video, youtube, or FInal Cut makes the Homepod useless currently for Mac video playback, whether 1 or 2 Homepods.
 

Polaroid

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Also, the lag time when playing video, youtube, or FInal Cut makes the Homepod useless currently for Mac video playback, whether 1 or 2 Homepods.
Works fine for iTunes, and I have no lag when streaming to one HomePod.
 

gigaguy

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There is no lag with iTunes, thus why I did not mention iTunes. Most other video sources, lag.
 

MathewM

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There is no lag with iTunes, thus why I did not mention iTunes. Most other video sources, lag.
MacOS doesn't support stereo airplay over Homepods outside of iTunes. Read his question before you answer.
[doublepost=1546319697][/doublepost]To better answer your question: I see no reason why it shouldn't be implemented system wide. Stereo playback works via bluetooth so why not Airplay. It wouldn't be perfect especially if you're editing video (synch issues) but for Youtube and general web viewing it would be adequate. The question is if Apple sees it as a viable thing to implement. Unfortunately they have positioned the Homepod as a stand alone device aimed more at iOS users than Mac. This is short sided because of how well the Homepods function in stereo mode.
 

iregret

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I don’t have a second HomePod but if you were to mirror your desktop to AppleTV would the homepods be in stereo that way?
 

argentum47

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Also, the lag time when playing video, youtube, or FInal Cut makes the Homepod useless currently for Mac video playback, whether 1 or 2 Homepods.
iOS already supports stereo HomePod for audio from any app (music, youtube, websites, etc.) without any problems. The reason why we don't have proper stereo HomePod support in macOS is simply because of Apple's neglect, not because of any technical reason.

Now with iTunes going away in the next version of macOS, wonder if they'll keep the stereo HomePod "feature" somewhere?
 

Jar Jar Abrams

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Here we are late August 2019 and still no Mac HomePod stereo support, would be nice to watch netflix with these two great sounding home pods I own working in stereo.... bummer :(
 

macsplusmacs

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Get an Apple TV.
Are you saying to hook up the stereo pair to the apple TV. then set my mac's audio out to the apple TV?

Any downsides?


Well that worked. > mac > apple tv > stereo homepods

Still hoping Catalina makes Stereo homepods a working reality.
 
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