Canadian By Choice
During a visit to So Cal. Anyone else have one? It's a substantive piece of engineering and sounds remarkably good (for a single speaker).
Curious how you feel it stacks up against PSBs? I have a room full of Image and Alphas from PSB, I've never considered replacing them.My wife loves music and we have a pretty good sound system (NAD and PSB speakers). I went away for a couple of days after setting up the HomePod (which is ridiculously easy - although thats a good job because the writing on the tiny instruction leaflet is impossible to read). When I got back, there she is lounging on the couch with it playing. I LOVE THIS! she said. She's not a technophobe but doesn't like fiddling and the HomePod just works. She wants one for each room in the house... I should say I also set up an AppleMusic 3 month trial.
HomePod works as an Airplay speaker, Homekit hub, and a voice assistant without Apple Music. iMore did a good job of summarizing the key features in various use scenarios:I think the HomePod would be pretty much useless without AppleMusic no? The whole thing is geared around their music subscription as far as I can tell.
In quality, the PSBs are significantly better but.... the sheer luxury of telling the dang thing to play what you want is amazing. No sorting out the CD/LP, loading it, pushing play, etc. I guess I could work out how to hook the PSBs as Airplay speakers but the HomePod is so dang easy and convenient. The quality is pretty good - and I've only one! Must say that the quality of my hearing has reduced over the years (tinnitus from listening to too many live concerts and loud music) so my audiophile sense is definitely diminished.Curious how you feel it stacks up against PSBs? I have a room full of Image and Alphas from PSB, I've never considered replacing them.
I guess I could work out how to hook the PSBs as Airplay speakers but the HomePod is so dang easy and convenient.
Except, I'd have to work out a remote switch for the amplifier, etc. The thing is, there are workarounds but the HomePod is designed to be as simple as possible. Plug and play. And it uses some sophisticated tools to optimize sound in a given environment. And it's ridiculously portable. For me, there's the audiophile set up (in one room, optimized and suited for a specific purpose. And then there's HomePod which is flexible and facile.Normally quite an easy task to do depending on actual equipment setup, and then have Siri give you some added help as well and be your butler.
Interesting. I've got Airplay everywhere, but I'm limited to streaming from my Mac to make use of it since Airplay 2 so far hasn't cut muster and I use multiroom streaming. Downside is I'm limited to using remote app so no Siri.PSBs are great speakers. HomePod is a great music appliance. They are so different yet so similar in abject function.