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Get 2 Sonos One Smart Speakers for the Price of 1 HomePod

27 January 2018, 07:18 | Rudolph Thomas

HomePod Features release date and everything we know about Apple's smart speaker


In reality, this is still something of a hit and miss attempt to deliver AI in a portable format. The Sonos One speakers support multi-room audio, stereo pairing, have the Alexa assistant built in, and will support AirPlay 2 and Google Assistant this year. This year, 68% of voice-enabled speaker users in the US will use an Amazon Echo and 25% will use Google Home.

While some speakers connect to TVs for home theater sound, the HomePod doesn't work with the Apple TV or Macs. Both somewhat resemble air freshener containers, and their appearance can be described as bulbous. That's because Apple had more stringent security rules - companies needed to incorporate a specific chip into their products to make them HomeKit-compatible. There's no way to set HomePod to default to Spotify, or Tidal, or whatever other service you'd like to use with voice control.

And importantly, the speaker should consume little power when it's silent.

With today's launch of the HomePod, Sonos has taken upon itself to offer up a great deal online.

As The Verge pointed out, the HomePod only works with Apple Music when it comes to voice commands.

The HomePod is a Siri-powered smart speaker, similar to Amazon Echo and Google Home, but it touts sound quality comparable to premium speakers.

In a blog post Tuesday, Sonos knocked the shortcomings of Apple's HomePod.

I wasn't sure what to expect from the new $350 device, which became available for presale on Friday and starts shipping February 9. You can even train it to do those things as soon as you simply say something like, "Good morning". The HomePod was set up on a credenza next to the Sonos One, the Google Home Max, and the second-generation Amazon Echo; the HomePod definitely sounded the best of the group, but the Sonos One - which costs half as much - kept pace.

Apple is hoping to compete with the likes of Amazon's Echo, Google Home and Sonos' sophistication speaker system, through its combination of digital helper Siri with a high-quality audio set-up.

Pre-orders for the Apple HomePod are now live in the United Kingdom from EE.

In fact, when that happens, it might not make such a huge difference as to whether you pick up a HomePod today or a pair of Sonos One. This is still slightly less than the Amazon Echo Plus, at $149, while the Google Home is even more expensive than the Apple HomePod, at a hefty price tag of $399.

We got to compare it to a bunch of other smart speakers at the same volume. 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.

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