Latest HomePod hands-on praises sound peculiarity & calls it an 'excellent Siri ambassador'

Following Refinery29’s hands-on progressing this morning, Lance Ulanoff has now published his take on Apple’s HomePod after spending some time with it. Ulanoff dives into a sounds peculiarity of a speaker, Siri integration, earthy hardware, and more…



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Ulanoff says that while he initial used a HomePod behind during WWDC, he’s given got to try it out “in a accumulation of scenarios and spaces.” In terms of sound quality, Ulanoff has high regard for a HomePod – saying it sounds good compared to Google Home Max and Sonos One:

It sounded even better, generally when compared to incomparable Google Home Max and a aurally glorious Sonos One, a HomePod’s subdivision of sounds and fealty to strange orchestration is astonishing.

Furthermore, Ulanoff says that when listening to songs, it’s easy to collect detached a opposite layers, either it’s orchestration or vocals:

The pattern of audio components is not inconsequential. In my listening party, songs like Ed Sheeran’s Shape of You picked detached a track, vouchsafing me hear both Sheeran’s guitar picking and a clarity of his voice. It was like he was personification in a tiny café for an assembly of me.

The drum records on songs like Gregory Porter’s Holding On and Ariana Grande’s Side by Side were low and resonant.

In terms of Siri functionality, Ulanoff says that it works mostly as we would design it to. You get things such as HomeKit control, Apple Music playback, news, support for promulgation messages, and more.

HomePod’s Siri formation works only as we would design it to. You can ask Siri a latest news and it will launch a news brief from one of your favorite sources (CNN, Fox News, NPR). The white intense mark on tip of HomePod lets we know it’s listening. It has your continue refurbish and can tell we if we need an umbrella. Siri has entrance to your reminders, so we can build a selling list by articulate to Siri.

All in all, after his brief time with HomePod, Ulanoff remarks that it’s “attractive, sounds extraordinary and is an glorious Siri ambassador.” You’ll be means to preorder HomePod tomorrow, Jan 26th for $349.

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