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The Apple HomePod. is it as good as they say it is? Watch the video to find out. It does a lot and even has Siri. The audio is amazing but smartness lacks something.

Apple HomePod

Major sound, minor scale.

This purposefully designed speaker creates rich, nuanced sound that defies its size. HomePod combines custom Apple-engineered audio technology and advanced software to deliver precision sound that fills the room. And at just under seven inches tall, HomePod fits anywhere in your home.

Deep bass with range you can feel.

The Apple designed high-excursion woofer is positioned at the top of the speaker facing upward, creating a wide range of deep bass that surpasses any traditional speaker. A six-microphone array, along with an internal bass-EQ microphone, analyzes and compensates for the effect of the room on the bass response, providing rich, consistent sound. And a powerful motor drives the diaphragm a remarkable 20 mm, so the bass shines through even when the volume is low.

Far and away an incredible listener.

Six microphones positioned around HomePod allow it to pick up all the sound in a room. When you say “Hey Siri,” advanced signal processing, together with echo and noise cancellation, allows HomePod to hear you without the need to raise your voice. After HomePod recognizes the words “Hey Siri,” what you say is encrypted and sent anonymously to Apple servers without being tied to your Apple ID.

The biggest brain ever in a speaker.

An Apple designed A8 chip orchestrates all the remarkable audio innovations inside HomePod. Like advanced signal processing so Siri can hear you over the music. Real-time studio-level processing that maximizes the bass while minimizing distortion. Buffering that’s even faster than real time. And upmixing of both direct and ambient audio. You get amazing sound, every single time.

Designed to be seen and heard.

The system is wrapped in a seamless mesh fabric designed for aesthetics and acoustic performance. Available in white and space gray, it’s gorgeous from every angle . Yet virtually transparent to the sound waves passing through it.

Knows how to work a room. Automatically.

Setting up HomePod is quick and magical. Simply plug it in and your iOS or iPadOS device will detect it. Equipped with spatial awareness, HomePod automatically tunes itself to give you optimal sound — wherever it’s placed. Pair it with a second HomePod to create an unmatched stereo experience. And bring multiroom audio to your whole home with AirPlay 2.

Wall-to-wall. Ceiling-to-floor.
It’s room-filling sound.

Place HomePod anywhere in the room. With spatial awareness, it automatically analyzes the acoustics and adjusts the sound based on its location. Direct sound, including the main vocals and instruments, is beamed to the middle of the room, while ambient sound is diffused into left and right channels and bounced off the wall. So the entire space is filled with rich, well-defined tones.

Control music throughout the home.
And experience a new dimension of stereo sound.

When you add HomePod to multiple rooms, the speakers communicate with each other through AirPlay. So you can ask Siri to play jazz in the living room and the Moana soundtrack in the kids’ room — or to play the same song everywhere in the house — all from where you’re standing. And for a wider, more immersive soundstage, put two HomePod speakers in a single room to create a stereo pair. Each HomePod automatically detects its placement and adjusts the music in balance with the other.

Keep listening.
Without missing a beat.

Whether you’re halfway through a phone call or listening to a song or podcast on your iPhone, you can easily hand it off to HomePod. Just hold your iOS or iPadOS device next to HomePod and whatever you’re listening to will continue to play seamlessly on HomePod.

The ultimate music authority.

It is built to bring out the best in Apple Music. With the intelligence of Siri and access to over 60 million songs, it learns what you like and helps you discover more music you’ll love. And that takes the listening experience to a whole new level.

A helping hand is just a “Hey Siri” away.

The Siri system is great at the things you want to know, and do, in your home. From getting the latest weather to sending messages and controlling your smart home accessories. Siri makes it easy to multitask with just your voice, and customizes the listening experience for everyone in your family.

As stated in the video it can do all the above but Marcus suggests that it does not do as much as . and he hints there are some security quirks.

Summary

The sound is great but if you want more smartness in your speaker then look at other options. Personally I like the Bose. Yes it is more expensive but the smart features are great. Plus as usual with Bose products the build quality and sound are amazing.

source https://www.apple.com/homepod/

The Bose Home Speaker 500 with Alexa Built In – Triple Black

Alternative to the Apple HomePod
Bose Home Speaker 500 with Alexa

Your Bose Home Speaker 500 will fill any room with powerful sound.

Inside the speaker, two custom drivers point in opposite directions to bounce sound off the walls, creating a sound stage wider than any other smart speaker.

Voice control from Alexa is built in, which gives you access to millions of songs, playlists, Internet radio stations and more. All you have to do is say the words and the music starts playing. When the music’s playing loud, the Bose Home Speaker 500 will still hear you. Just under the top is a custom-designed eight-microphone array for good voice pickup.

But control doesn’t stop at just voice.

Start and stop the music with the top controls or manage it all from the Bose Music app. When it comes to what you want to hear, there are plenty of options, too. Access integrated music services like Spotify and Music at the touch of a button.

You can set up to six different presents for playlists, Internet radio stations and more. Or connect over Bluetooth to play anything from your phone or tablet.

And the colour LCD display will show you what’s playing, like the current song, station, playlist info, album art and more.

Alexa integration

Alexa integration doesn’t stop at just audio benefits. You’ll also have access to things like weather reports and news headlines. So if you want to hear something, just ask. It also includes control of compatible smart home devices, all with the sound of your voice. The Bose Home Speaker 500 looks as good as it sounds, too with a seamless, anodised aluminium body that gives the speaker a refined finish. It’s part of a new Bose family of smart speakers and sound bars designed to grow with you, so you can enjoy more music in more rooms. This speaker is not compatible with Sound Touch speakers. Available in Triple Black or Lux Silver.

Summary

  • Fill any room with impressive wall-to-wall stereo sound from a single speaker.
  • Millions of songs at the tip of your tongue with Alexa voice control built in.
  • With Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and Apple AirPlay 2 compatibility, you can wirelessly stream whatever you want, however you want.
  • Play integrated Wi-Fi services like Spotify, Amazon Music, Audible or use a Bluetooth connection to play anything from your phone or tablet.
  • Experience good voice pickup from a custom-designed eight-microphone array that hears you over loud music or across the room.
  • Control comes easily with three different ways to manage what you hear—voice, tapping the top controls or via the Bose Music app.

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