Apple HomePod

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Apple HomePod
« on: 6 Jun 2017, 02:46 pm »
Has everyone seen this already?

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

Looks pretty involved for $350.  I wonder how well the DSP correction works in different environments.  Unfortunately, release is not until December.

cody69

Re: Apple HomePod
« Reply #1 on: 8 Jul 2017, 10:14 am »
I'm a fan of Apple, but had not heard of the HomePod until I saw this.
It's an interesting product niche, will be curious to see how this works out.

Thanks for posting.

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Re: Apple HomePod
« Reply #2 on: 9 Jul 2017, 11:46 am »
Wonder:

If it can do stereo;

If it can tap into the music on a local network (like my LogicTech UE Smart Radio);

What the frequency range is; and

What the maximum spl output is. 

Phil A

Re: Apple HomePod
« Reply #3 on: 9 Jul 2017, 12:00 pm »
I've seen the info.  Waiting for more.  I'd like to get one of these devices but waiting until they get a bit better.  I guess when it is released there will be more info.

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« Reply #4 on: 9 Jul 2017, 01:52 pm »
Wonder:

If it can do stereo;

If it can tap into the music on a local network (like my LogicTech UE Smart Radio);

What the frequency range is; and

What the maximum spl output is.

I surmise it will do stereo at ease as most advanced network speakers now have this pairing function....Apple is going after a large chunk of this home network speaker pie....Sonos and others will have taken notice. 

It will be able to stream from an Itunes Apple Music library....via Airplay, which I HATE when it goes haywire BUT love when it works.  It will not do NAS network playing seeing that AppleTV does not seem to natively support movie files in a NAS. 

Frequency will be somewhat limited looking at the drivers at hand....the main woofer/subwoofer is small...but it will be heavily digitally manipulated thus the idea of traditional "frequency" as we are used to, should be thrown out of the window.  I see that the high frequencies will be fine.

Maximum SPL...it will be loud enough for the masses but will it be enough for people accustomed to live music, I doubt it, but it will be sufficient.  Some people will call small SET systems with fullrange drivers loud....while some people who have lost hearing sensitivity will call anything not loud enough. 

I think the homepod will be marketed for those people in the younger generations who are into convenient music but not necessarily high fidelity type BUT who knows?   I am waiting for its release and real live reviews but I doubt I will purchase it.  Got too many systems at hand.   :thumb:

Phil A

Re: Apple HomePod
« Reply #5 on: 9 Jul 2017, 02:12 pm »
My interest is more of what can it do vs. music.  If I wanted something to do music, I'd look at something like  https://www.oppodigital.com/sonica/

It is cheaper and can be controlled easy enough.

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Re: Apple HomePod
« Reply #6 on: 4 Aug 2017, 03:36 pm »
Are these type speakers battery powered? I never see a power cord in the pictures but no mention has been made about battery life either.

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« Reply #7 on: 4 Aug 2017, 04:41 pm »
Are these type speakers battery powered? I never see a power cord in the pictures but no mention has been made about battery life either.

I believe both the Apple HomePod and Oppo Sonica are AC powered with no provision for battery power.

Oppo lists 100 - 240VAC as the power supply.  Apple has no power spec (yet), but you do see a cord in the living room lifestyle photos.

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Re: Apple HomePod
« Reply #8 on: 5 Aug 2017, 01:24 am »


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Re: Apple HomePod
« Reply #9 on: 5 Aug 2017, 11:30 am »
Not much of a looker is it?

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Re: Apple HomePod
« Reply #10 on: 5 Aug 2017, 12:51 pm »
Not much of a looker is it?
Also available in white. And, of course, you are free to adorn as you see fit post-purchase. My thought was that they had "inconspicuous" listed among their design goals.
I'm honestly considering replacing my big horns with one (or two) of these. Or tripling the outlay for a pair of KEF LS 50W.

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« Reply #11 on: 5 Aug 2017, 12:53 pm »
Not much of a looker is it?

People say the same about me :green: so that's not a deal breaker.  I've held off buying these type of devices as they seem to be a novelty that can do a couple of things.  I don't need it for music.  I have a Lumin music server in the main system, JRiver on two multi-purpose PCs and two back-up systems with dedicated Windows 10 music servers and I have Oppo players all over either with a hard drive or I connect to my NAS (e.g. if I want to select music for the outdoor speakers they are connected to my bedroom system with an Oppo 103D and I have the Oppo Media Control App on my phone).  My concerns are more of how it does on speach recognition and what it can usefully do.  I don't need the weather.  I can look at an App on my phone (which has radar imaging) or on my PC.  I really want to buy one being a gadget guy but the practical side of me wants it to do something that will be of use.

cody69

Re: Apple HomePod
« Reply #12 on: 17 Mar 2018, 11:49 am »
Now that these are out, has anyone had any experience with these... how was the sound quality?

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Re: Apple HomePod
« Reply #13 on: 17 Mar 2018, 04:21 pm »
I've held off buying these type of devices as they seem to be a novelty that can do a couple of things.  I don't need it for music.

Me as well. I have a nice hifi playing 24/7.

We can expect these devices to rapidly improve. Look at the gains made by iPhone or Android, or AppleWatch.

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Re: Apple HomePod
« Reply #14 on: 18 Mar 2018, 04:41 am »
Now that these are out, has anyone had any experience with these... how was the sound quality?

It's good for what it is. Very bass heavy, I guess so as to sound 'big'.