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

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

Both the Sonos One and the Google Home Max also received Very Good ratings but their sound quality scores were slightly higher.

For more, read a full review of Apple HomePod on our sister site, PCMag; also check out their list of The Best Apple HomePod Alternatives. It could be described as a Sonos-killer, except that one HomePod cannot actually connect to other HomePods, meaning that stereo sound and multi-room capabilities do not now exists. Customers can place an order for the HomePod directly from Apple's online store, or purchase it from any nearby Apple Store. Apple shares are up 2.4% Monday and 21% over the past 12 months. While Siri was decidedly at the last place in this round, most of it was due to a lack of support by the HomePod for navigation, email or calling.

The Sonos One, by high-end audio equipment maker Sonos, not only provides superior sound to the standard smart speaker, but it also comes with Amazon's Alexa built inside, giving users access to Alexa's wide range of skills. However, there are some added issues with this smart speaker. The HomePod is largely Apple's direct competitor to the Google Home Max. According to Apple, the repairs cost of an out-of-warranty Apple HomePod may set one back as much as $279. But because the HomePod is an AirPlay speaker you can stream any audio you want from your Mac or iOS device to the HomePod-including audio from the Spotify and Pandora apps.

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All that and the Sonos One is only $199. Earlier, you were able to buy an iPhone and make it work with your Windows laptop, tons of music services, smart speakers, streaming devices, etc. Things are different in case of Homepod.

There's a single large touch sensitive button on the top of the device that allows you to play, pause, skip a song, adjust the volume, or talk to Siri.

If users happen to damage the HomePod as a whole, the fix cost goes up considerably to a whopping $279 for US-based users, £268 for United Kingdom users and $399 for Australian HomePod owners.

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Then there's the usual cost factor with Apple products.

iFixit did its usual job of acquiring the latest gadget from Apple and taking it apart while documenting the whole process. They tested several HomePod speakers in a listening room lab environment, with reference speakers for comparison.

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