Recode: "HomePod has what can only be explained by the most balanced audio, not just of any smart speaker but of any speaker I now own, which includes a number of Sonos speakers and a Bose Home Theatre system", said Recode's Ben Bajarin.
But if you cared about audio that much, you probably already own good speakers.
No matter how much boom-boom Apple packed into the $350 HomePod, it can't make up for poor old Siri, which somehow became even more dopey. Apple's * a href="https://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/click?id=4qIBr*sQYf8&subid=0&offerid=492045.1&type=10&tmpid=13127&RD_PARM1=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.bestbuy.com%2Fsite%2Fapple-homepod-space-gray%2F5902410.p%3FskuId%3D5902410%2526ref%3D212%2526loc%3D1%2526ksid%3D70204b84-5e71-40b0-b7bf-1484c27b595b%2526ksprof_id%3D401%2526ksaffcode%3Dpg269220%2526ksdevice%3Dc%2526lsft%3Dref%3A212%2Cloc%3A2%2526gclid%3DEAIaIQobChMI1Zr48NGW2QIVFVmGCh1pGQ-aEAYYASABEgIm_vD_BwE" *HomePod is $349 and available for purchase on February 9, but it looks like preorder supplies have run out, but that's always debatable.
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The first reviews of new Apple products always come from people who were selected by the company to receive special briefings and early review hardware. HomePod scans its environment - it knows, for instance, whether it's facing a wall, if it's in a corner, or far from walls entirely - and promptly adjusts its sound production. The HomePod had more bass than the Sonos - sometimes too much.
A smarter Siri: A smart speaker is only as smart as its digital assistant. I'd grade it a B- for delight when I asked it to just "play some music".
The HomePod version of Siri reportedly cannot read out calendar entries or add new ones-something that the iPhone version of Siri can do just fine.
Apple's Siri, on the other hand, is not available on any third-party devices. Siri needs to be better everywhere, and really excellent on screenless devices like HomePod, particularly when you're posing a series of questions about the same topic. On the Echo Plus, Alexa also works as a smart home hub, and lets you set up accessories. The idea is to turn them into a neat stereo pair.
However, there's a way to get another music streaming service to play through the HomePod. Again, it would be reasonable to say that Apple doesn't quite keep up with the competition in this department. An Apple spokesperson promised us that the functions will be "coming this year in a free software update". With many speakers and sound systems, there is a zone of perfection. One time, when I asked Siri to play Suzanne Vega's "Tom's Diner", both the HomePod and iPhone started playing. with just enough time in between that it sounded like they were trying to create a musical round. At times, not only did HomePod respond, but so did Siri on my nearby iPhone.