Apple’s New HomePod Speaker to Compete with Amazon Echo

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  1. gene Audioholics Master Chief Administrator

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    One of the most important announcements at Apple's WWDC event yesterday was HomePod, a home networked speaker system with smart features that position it as a cross between Sonos and Amazon Echo. HomePod is a seven-inch tall speaker with seven built-in tweeters an upward firing woofer and six microphones. It packs the same A8 processor used in the iPhone.

    Will HomePod be a threat the Amazon Echo?

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    Read: Apple’s New HomePod Speaker to Compete with Amazon Echo
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  2. Pogre Audioholic Samurai

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    I just got an email from AVS about this. I haven't found a convincing reason for me to go with something like this, though it does look pretty cool.
  3. lovinthehd Audioholic Spartan

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  4. The Real Thomas Dolby Audiophyte

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    I don't think it will sound one tenth as good as the kind of speaker that a rock guitar playing teenager would have owned in the 1970s. (Real Stereo speakers with 3-way crossovers)

    I just got an Echo Dot; the sound quality is pretty bad, but it is easy and fun to play music with voice control. At $40, you could buy almost 10 Echo Dots for this costs and put them in different rooms all over the house. Apple's ownership of the highly lucrative 1/3 of the Smartphone market makes it a natural enemy of any "third platform", such as Alexa.
  5. Wayde Robson Audioholics Anchorman

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    I haven't heard it yet but my feeling is, on the prospect of Apple making great sound systems, I can't help but think of an old Elvis song.

    "...Well they said you was hi-fi, but that was just a lie..."
  6. BoredSysAdmin Audioholic Overlord

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    More of "ain't nothin' but a hound dog"
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  7. Cos Audioholic General

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    As an Apple Stock holder since 1999, and a person who loves his Apple Watch 2, my only comment is WTF $350.00?

    I own 2 Amazon Alexa devices (Echo & Tap). I did not buy them because the sound great, I bought them because of their smart speaker features. It already works with my home thermostat, reads my audiobooks, works with Spotify and is the best alarm clock ever! ;). Now they can take calls, keep voice mail through their Alexa App and even works with my new GE Fridge (I have no idea how yet).

    Apple, and soon Microsoft, are so far behind the smart device (IOT) that they will never catch up in features and support. SIRI is light years behind google voice, and Alexa and I wont be spending my money, no matter how big the apple logo.

    I did however pre-order the new Amazon Echo Show ;)
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  8. BoredSysAdmin Audioholic Overlord

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    Microsoft, At least during Steve Jobs era, There was no such things too late to the market. Microsoft has the resources and tenacity to keep on improving product until it becomes one of market leaders (SQL) or simply a must have (Exchange, Office etc...)
    So, I won't write them off just yet, but I do agree - Cortana is still in early stages.
  9. hk2000 Junior Audioholic

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    And why, again is Audioholics bothering with these toys? I thought the name says it all! I for one would never listen to my music from a single speaker- even casually. Stop contributing to the degradation of music reproduction. Haven't the Ipod, Iphone and MP3 done enough to plunge audio back into the dark ages, now they're going after home systems too? I know it started long before this, but I wished Audioholics would just pass on bringing it to the fore, it kinda legitimizes it as a viable audiophile product, which it isn't.
  10. BoredSysAdmin Audioholic Overlord

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    I see it as a gadget, radio alarm clock with cpu. Not nearly as a replacement for stereo system
  11. GFOViedo Audioholic

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    Wow, $350 dollars! :eek:

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