Sonos One and Google Home Max Sound Better Than Apple HomePod

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When music is playing a '+' and '-' symbol appear so you can manually adjust the volume rather than using a spoken command if you prefer.

The smart speaker has been on the market since last Friday and costs $499. After a series of tests with a in an untreated room, Alam found the HomePod to sound better than the KEF X300A, a generally well-regarded bookshelf speaker that.

By that I mean most of the "smarts" in the HomePod are in the sound experience.

Apple was on the forefront of smart phone pioneering, with developers clamoring to build apps for its then-revolutionary devices. So, you could be looking at over $300 to get a HomePod fixed, if something goes wrong after the warranty expires. That's smart. Does it really solve a problem though? And, if you've still got the DIY itch, it also required a knife, a heater, and an ultrasonic cutter. Not that often, if at all after the initial setup. Amazon and Google are expected to lead the way but will Apple be able to slow them down exclusively reliant on brand loyalty or will a price adjustment need to be made?

A number of other reviewers have praised the HomePods's sound quality compared with similar speakers like the Amazon Echo and the Google Home. So why the comparison from an audio standpoint?

It exclusively plays tunes from Apple's own music subscription service, Apple Music, which costs $10 a month and offers over 45 million songs. Apple uses conductive screw posts to transfer power across the speaker instead of messy wires.

Having more tweeters, which are responsible for producing the highest audio frequencies, typically creates a better, more nuanced sound.

But it wasn't all about HomePod.

"Overall the sound of the HomePod was a bit muddy compared with what the Sonos One and Google Home Max delivered", the review said. One HomePod is surely better than one Sonos One.

As a smart home hub, the HomePod is desperately lacking.

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"I think Siri could be expanded".

And I haven't even gotten to how bad Siri is! It's not even close. Obviously, Siri is super for voice control of specific music or for suggesting playback based on an activity.

Using Siri mostly for music control, weather reports, and other basic tasks. This all works great. It extends coverage to two years from the original purchase date and also adds up to two incidence of accidental damage protection, albeit with a $39 service fee (plus that pesky tax).

Also worth noting is that the HomePod doesn't now have the capability to support multiple speakers, but that functionality is apparently coming later this year.

Perhaps the most baffling omission though is in regards to HomeKit. But you might not want anyone in the house being able to ask the HomePod to read your texts to them.

iFixit points out the need to hacksaw the top off the HomePod speaker in order to access the woofer. It could be described as a Sonos-killer, except that one HomePod cannot actually connect to other HomePods, meaning that stereo sound and multi-room capabilities do not now exists. That can't be replicated on HomePod, at least not yet.

Both experts agree that the HomePod is a powerful music player, but it still has some kinks that Apple could fix in future models.

With the downside behind us, there are some good things to talk about.

There's no doubt that the HomePod, like the majority of initial tech offerings, will improve over time with new features and focuses as Apple comes to understand how users interact with the device.

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