Sound can be boomed out of an Amazon Echo while the smaller devices, like Google Home Mini, aren't so good at sound but can quickly convey info of any type. Whereas with Sonos' speakers you could have each Sonos One play either different music or the same thing synchronized to two rooms - or more, for that matter, if you have multiple Sonos speakers - right now the same can't be said for HomePod. Ironically the same price of the Apple Homepod that went up for pre-order today. Google joined the market in 2016, two years after Amazon debuted its pioneering Echo. The main question is whether it's worth spending that over the other options in your case. The Play 3's audio seemed higher-pitched and quieter in relation to the significantly bassier HomePod, in spite of the track being volume-matched, but, as I said a year ago, it's hard to know how speakers sound properly until you listen outside of test conditions.
Physical connectivity could also be an issue for the HomePod, as it only hooks up to Apple devices via Wi-Fi. The speaker allows each instrument to shine through; you can hear precise guitar plucks. It's impressively controlled while staying potent. But now, for a limited time only, you can get a pair for $349 instead of $398. But what are their particular qualities, and what do they do well and badly? Seven months on, I listen to the same song on the same three speakers, plus a Harman Kardon Allure speaker, which looks like a posh blender.
A feature that is now becoming more common, the speaker can tell where it is located in a room, and automatically adjusts the audio accordingly.
Some people only go for Apple when it comes to technology. Basically, it customises the output on a per-song basis to make it sound as close to the recording as it can. To reiterate, we're not sure how many units Apple will have in stock, so if you want one, be on site early. A speaker such as this should really punch it out, but not in this admittedly brief demonstration. How to get your hands on Apple's first smart speaker? It blows the second-gen Echo out of the water, as you'd expect.
Now, I haven't seen a HomePod in person, nor have I listened to one, so I can't speak to how loud or clear it sounds.
Yesterday, Sonos announced that it would be dropping the price of its two-pack of Sonos One smart speakers today, bringing it to $349.
Mobile multi-room and stereo pairing? The HomePod sounds great, and easily fills the room even with the volume at only 65 percent.
There's no analogue or optical input, and no Bluetooth playback - just AirPlay.