Uh Oh… Apple Inc.'s HomePod Doesn't Have the Best Audio

Uh Oh… Apple Inc.'s HomePod Doesn't Have the Best Audio

Now questions abound over whether Apple can compete in a hotly contested market with a virtual assistant in Siri that doesn't work as well as Amazon's Alexa or Google Assistant. It's another testament to the impressive sound separation HomePod is capable of. The best way I can put it is: Siri is fragmented between iOS devices and HomePod.

Yes, it took an actual hacksaw for the iFixit team to get into Apple's HomePod smart speaker. The HomePod is located in a fixed place in your home, and unless you have small children or pets, you'll rarely need to fix it. Furthermore, the Sonos One can pair wirelessly with other connected Sonos speakers and audio equipment (soundbars, towers, etc.), allowing owners to enjoy multi-room audio-a feature the HomePod has yet to master (although it says it's coming)-and build surround sound environments. Heck, it even made me sign up for Apple Music again, because‚ well, Apple forced me to.

Consumer Reports says that it has not yet completed its "full evaluation", but that early results from HomePod testing show that while it sounds "very good", the Google Home Max and Sonos One slightly edge it out.

While smart speakers have been around for a few years at this point, the scene is gradually shifting more towards a focus on sound quality as the smart functionality has continued to improve. And, if you've still got the DIY itch, it also required a knife, a heater, and an ultrasonic cutter. If so, let us know down in the comments.

Thanks to layers of glue, screws, and netting, the 360-degree device earned a pitiful repairability score of one, flunking the iFixit teardown test. In other words, the HomePod is the ultimate Apple product. However, most people won't. More often than not, the Sonos Ones were the preferred option.

Priced at $349, it's much more expensive than the Amazon Echo and Google Home, which are roughly a third of the price.

I honestly wonder what Apple's end game is here. The top LED screen can be tapped once to play/pause a song, twice to skip to the next song, three times to skip to the previous song, and tapped and held to call up Siri. It is the sole instance when you'll be better off repairing a part of the HomePod than buying a brand new spare part.

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