Where do you plan to put your HomePod?

Discussion in 'HomeKit, HomePod, CarPlay, Home & Auto Technology' started by The Game 161, Jan 24, 2018.

  1. The Game 161 macrumors P6

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    tempted to put it on my TV stand and move my TV abit further back from the TV stand...

    Or on the side where my lamp is. Thinking having it in the middle of my lounge will give more balanced sound.
     
  2. WRXiceman macrumors 6502

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  3. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

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    The likeliness of where I will put it is in the spare bedroom, in a corner near the wall, where the sound can recoil. Sounds kind of confusing, but I will test multiple spots to see which has the best sound and how it travels in the room.
     
  4. Shanghaichica macrumors G4

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    I’m leaning towards using it as a sound bar for my TV so Just next to the TV.
     
  5. joeyabi macrumors newbie

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    Wait I was thinking I wanted to do this as well. Is this possible?
     
  6. jabingla2810 macrumors 68020

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    How will you connect it to the TV?
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    Mines going in the kitchen.

    I have good speakers in most rooms, I think it will be handy to have a decent speaker with voice controls in the kitchen.
     
  7. Shanghaichica macrumors G4

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    Via Apple TV. I plan on using it as a soundbar for audio output from my Apple TV.
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    I think you can use it to output audio from the Apple TV.
     
  8. AustinIllini macrumors demi-goddess

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    It's not going to work. Or, at least, it's not going to work well and you can do better with a cheaper soundbar directly over optical or HDMI.
     
  9. Shanghaichica macrumors G4

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    Not for audio via the Apple TV?
     
  10. mac.cali macrumors 65816

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    HomePod has no inputs for HDMI or optical, so not sure how to connect to appletv. It does have Bluetooth 5.0, but not sure if it’ll accept for audio. I’m assuming it’s more for initial setup along with HomeKit devices.
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    Don’t believe so.
     
  11. lewisd25 macrumors 6502a

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    Airplay. Theoretically it should be as simple as sending audio to AirPods.
     
  12. Askolan Suspended

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    How? There are no inputs and you can't connect any bluetooth devices that aren't homekit.
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    Don't do it for the voice controls man. Siri will ruin your kitchen cooking experience. Use homepod as a music speaker wherever you like to listen to music. If thats the kitchen, well then..
     
  13. The Game 161 thread starter macrumors P6

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    I doubt it will

    Siri does most basic tasks well and Siri on the HomePod is said to be very clear and you don’t need to speak loud to get the tasks done.

    My main usage will be for setting reminders, shopping lists, music, podcasts
     
  14. hk556 macrumors newbie

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    Going to put it in my den/kitchen area, and provided it sounds as great as they say, another one in the main living room soon.

    Hope they eventually come out with a "mini" version for smaller rooms though.. Don't really need a full blown speaker in my bedroom or office but would love to have the Siri functionality everywhere (without using phone/watch of course).
     
  15. jclardy macrumors 68040

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    I highly doubt Apple didn't think of this. All they have to do is delay the video output slightly if sync is a problem, and they control both steps in the chain.

    Personally I wouldn't do it because they don't support stereo linking of two HomePod's yet, but I already have a 5.1.2 setup for my TV anyways so I doubt HomePod would best that.
     
  16. AustinIllini macrumors demi-goddess

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    No. It's not a TV speaker. You can get great soundbars for similar prices.
     
  17. roncito macrumors 6502a

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    I'm in a dilemma on where I will be putting it, I have a full 9.2.2 home theater setup in my living room, so for sound I won't need it there but I do spend a lot of time in that room. The kitchen is right next to it, which is the second most used room (I love my food lol) so it would be easier to control my lights, locks, switches and blinds. On top of reminders, calendar, messages, and timers etc. Hopefully I can be in either room and control the HomePod. The next idea I had was in my bedroom, I'm only there when getting ready for work and when going to bed. When I get ready for work I like to listen to some music so I fire up the Apple TV and listen to some Apple Music, I don't have a soundbar so the TV speakers aren't great at all. So for the bedroom it would be for the sound quality more than anything.

    I just can't figure out where it would be the most useful, I'm thinking the kitchen, the side closest to the living room so I can use it in whichever room I'm in.
     
  18. WRXiceman macrumors 6502

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    Bedroom. Then purchase another for the kitchen with the AirPlay2 update is released.
     
  19. roncito macrumors 6502a

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    I’ll try it out and see how it goes. Thanks for the help!
     
  20. subjonas macrumors 68000

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    Don’t AirPods connect to the Apple TV via Bluetooth, not airplay?
     
  21. subjonas macrumors 68000

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    I’m also curious if and how well a pair of homepods can serve as Apple TV home theater speakers. If one is getting a pair for music+Siri assistant anyway, it would be great if they could serve all 3 functions.
     
  22. fhamadeh macrumors newbie

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    Thought I would ask this question since I don't see a reference to it anywhere on Apple's site or anywhere else. If it is in the wrong place, please let me know.

    Anyway, are the speakers on the HomePod shielded? In other words, is it safe to put them near other electronic devices without having to worry about interference?
     
  23. broadbean macrumors 6502a

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    I think I’ll have to put it on one end of our TV bench next to the bottom corner of our TV closer to the middle of our living room.

    Can’t wait to play with it, could be great fun for our kids with Apple Music.

    I could pair an older iPhone or iPod touch with a reasonably nice speaker, but it’s unlikely going to remotely sound as good and definitely won’t have those mics that could hear “Hey Siri” commands even with loud music playing.

    And it’s rather silly I have to turn on the Apple TV and hence TV/surround sound system to play a podcast or music at the moment.

    I’m old enough to remember my first iPod cost way more than this.
     
  24. CPTmom2wp macrumors 6502

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    I purchased two, one for the kitchen for using SIRI for everything from grocery lists to measurement conversions, to listening to podcasts and News while I am cooking. The second one will go in our dining room, primarily for music during dinner and when entertaining. I would never use Alexa or Google due to significant privacy issues that don't exist due to Apple's encryption. I also think it's the only option for our "smart home" development. We have two Ecobee 4 thermostats, Schlage locks, and First Alert(?) smoke detectors that can all be integrated in Apple HomeKit. One App......control of the house, locks, lights, safety. Privacy and Simplicity.
     
  25. Askolan Suspended

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    Would you consider buying two? I think once the stereo mode patch comes in it will be exponentially better to use two of them, if space permits.
     

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