Sonos Competes with Apple's HomePod with Their Two Speakers for $349 Deal

"HomePod is a magical new music experience from Apple". This will mean that Apple should be listing the cable cord as an item in the box if it is separate from the HomePod itself.

Apple says HomePod will be able to turn on the lights, raise the shades, set the desired temperature or make other adjustments and serves as the flawless home hub, enabling remote access and automations. But if you've been waiting anxiously for Apple's version of a smart speaker, now is your moment. Unfortunately, there's no indicator on the HomePod to see at a glance if the mic is on or off. The HomePod arrives in stores in February, but you'll need to wait for a software update to unlock all features later this year.

The Apple HomePod is on sale today and there are some good reasons to buy one, but there are just as many reasons not to buy Apple's first smart speaker.

On songs such as "Hotel California", the HomePod had a fuller sound, especially in the bass, but the Sonos had clearer and more present vocals. The Google Home Max also has a similar feature where it automatically optimises the sound based on where it is kept in a room.

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In my short time with the HomePod, I came away impressed with its acoustic power and precision. When it was blasting Ariana Grande at 90 percent volume, lower notes came through clearly, with no distortion. For an extra measly £30, you can buy two Sonos Ones.

Been waiting for a good excuse to get a Sonos speaker? "It brings advanced audio technologies like beam-forming tweeters, a high-excursion woofer and automatic spatial awareness, together with the entire Apple Music catalog and the latest Siri intelligence, in a simple, lovely design that is so much fun to use".

One HomePod with Siri or two Sonos Ones with Alexa? 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 past year, it's hard to know how speakers sound properly until you listen outside of test conditions. The Sonos One is the latest speaker from the company, and it has Amazon's Alexa abilities built right in.

The HomePod will be able to recognize when another speaker is placed in the home. And while you can make calls using the speaker, you can only do so by dialing on your phone.

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Many questions have been raised about home assistant devices and exactly what they are listening to in your home.

The final piece of the HomePod puzzle is its smart home functionality.

The HomePod is outfitted with six beam-forming mics for this - they're also used to pick up voice commands - as well as an internal mic that listens out for noise inside the unit itself. HomePod only works if you have an iOS device. Previously, only an iPad or Apple TV could fulfill this role. Both Google and Amazon offer an ultra-affordable variant of their smart speakers, the Google Home Mini and Amazon Echo Dot. But you count Apple out in the hardware business at your peril.

Some people only go for Apple when it comes to technology. While Apple Music has a sizeable catalog of 45 million songs, and is a competitive $9.99 per month, I don't want to be limited to its service. If you close your eyes, it's easy to feel like you're at a live performance.

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Apple says that the main thing people do with smart speakers is play music, which is why HomePod is geared so heavily in that direction, followed by lists and reminders, and controlling the smart home.