Plus the microphones are almost flawless at hearing your voice commands regardless of how loud you're playing music. Mute controls are generally hardware switches on smart speakers that disable their listening function. That's a hard question to answer for a few reasons.
That's the first thing I did with the HomePod. The clever part comes with where you decide to place the HomePod. That's smart. Does it really solve a problem though? There is a circular control touch panel on the top where Siri appears when woken with the words "Hey, Siri" followed by your command. Apple products work great with the HomePod. Not that often, if at all after the initial setup.
The iFixit team threw their heat gun, razor blade, hacksaw, spudgers, and screwdrivers at the device before it came apart. 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. So why the comparison from an audio standpoint? Apple's warranty extension program costs $39 and drops the service price significantly, giving you up to two incidents of accidental damage coverage, each subject to a $39 fee.
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Apple's past week was all about sound. More often than not, the Sonos Ones were the preferred option.
To be transparent: I'm in the process of reviewing the HomePod for Ars, and my testing hasn't entirely lined up with Alam's results. It's subjective based on taste and hearing capabilities.
But it wasn't all about HomePod.
What's more, Alam's measurements found the HomePod to provide a "near-perfectly flat frequency response", meaning it stays accurate to a given track without pushing the treble, mids, or bass to an unnatural degree. One HomePod is surely better than one Sonos One.
"The music quality is second to none", he added. With Homepod, this analysis becomes more critical.
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