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Steely_D
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Posted: Jun 16, 2018 - 10:28am

I bought a second HomePod (white this time) and found an open box version at BestBuy for $75 off!

Now, in the living room, the two act as left and right speakers and...OMG!...the stereo separation and sound quality remind me of the old days when I had a great stereo. I cranked up Rundgren's "This Island Earth" and it was glorious as expected.

Now I just have to ignore the glares from the wife when I crank these suckers UP.

And, hey, BillG - I wish I could just ask Siri to play RP with a shoutout.


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Posted: May 17, 2018 - 6:02pm

I'm totally loving the ability to call up an album for the HomePod to play, or an Apple playlist. Fantastic sound.

BillG - any ideas about how to get RP on the Homepod without bringing the app up elsewhere and using the HomePod as an Airplay speaker?
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Posted: Mar 6, 2018 - 3:52pm

 Steely_D wrote:
The HomePod or a recent gen Apple TV can be used to control HomeKit appliances/switches/etc.
So I started experimenting, one thing at a time, and now I've got about ten things being controlled around the house. It's pretty cool.

When either me or the missus geolocate near the house after having been gone, it turns on the living room and dining lights so the house isn't dark.
When I say "Dinner time" it turns off the living room and turns on the dining light at 50% (for romantic ambience).
"Good night" and it turns off living/dining and turns on the outside lights. They also turn on according to sunrise/sunset timing as well.

I plan on creating an "I'm scared" scenario for the wife so if she says that or pushes that button on the phone, every single light inside and outside the house comes on.

I haven't started playing with thermostats or motion sensors yet, but they're available. It's just expensive to buy all the damn switches and stuff.
 
yeah, it's a job setting it up

but once it's done it's righteous

i've got lights and my thermostat voice controlled

the philips hue lights are capable of brazillions colors/settings

when i'm rocking prince those bad boys are purple

when UM is playing they're orange and green

my dog likes to chill with her own setting (if i'm not home by 5 pm it pops on by her love seat)

que chevere
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Posted: Mar 6, 2018 - 3:15pm

The HomePod or a recent gen Apple TV can be used to control HomeKit appliances/switches/etc.
So I started experimenting, one thing at a time, and now I've got about ten things being controlled around the house. It's pretty cool.

When either me or the missus geolocate near the house after having been gone, it turns on the living room and dining lights so the house isn't dark.
When I say "Dinner time" it turns off the living room and turns on the dining light at 50% (for romantic ambience).
"Good night" and it turns off living/dining and turns on the outside lights. They also turn on according to sunrise/sunset timing as well.

I plan on creating an "I'm scared" scenario for the wife so if she says that or pushes that button on the phone, every single light inside and outside the house comes on.

I haven't started playing with thermostats or motion sensors yet, but they're available. It's just expensive to buy all the damn switches and stuff.


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Posted: Feb 19, 2018 - 7:43am

 Steely_D wrote:
Apple is promoting it all wrong. Imagine a picture of a dorm room in the 70s with a big wooden stereo amp, big wooden speakers and cable, a record player, and a stash of vinyl not in their apple crates but strewn around the room haphazardly so they're not in the best shape. (This doesn't apply to us, but is sadly true of the majority of folks who don't care that much about their music.)

Then, for a single cost of $349 and a monthly $9.99 iTunes subscription, the contemporary dorm room with no amplifier, no big wooden speakers, no pile of vinyl - just the HomePod and great sound with access to a giant library. It's a much more efficient and cost effective choice.

So they need to stop pushing it as a speaker. It's the replacement for the entire stereo system a lot of us used to have to lug around.

The full page ad has "Your dad's music" on top, and "Your music" on the bottom. That would get folks to buy it. $349 is a LOT, but not if you think of it as replacing the whole shebang with some really good sound.


 
yep

the reviews are great sound for what it is and short on compatibility

i expect that to change in the near future
Steely_D
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Posted: Feb 18, 2018 - 8:22pm

Apple is promoting it all wrong. Imagine a picture of a dorm room in the 70s with a big wooden stereo amp, big wooden speakers and cable, a record player, and a stash of vinyl not in their apple crates but strewn around the room haphazardly so they're not in the best shape. (This doesn't apply to us, but is sadly true of the majority of folks who don't care that much about their music.)

Then, for a single cost of $349 and a monthly $9.99 iTunes subscription, the contemporary dorm room with no amplifier, no big wooden speakers, no pile of vinyl - just the HomePod and great sound with access to a giant library. It's a much more efficient and cost effective choice.

So they need to stop pushing it as a speaker. It's the replacement for the entire stereo system a lot of us used to have to lug around.

The full page ad has "Your dad's music" on top, and "Your music" on the bottom. That would get folks to buy it. $349 is a LOT, but not if you think of it as replacing the whole shebang with some really good sound.

Steely_D
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Posted: Feb 17, 2018 - 12:31pm

Grabbed one yesterday, and it was incredibly simple to set up.
Plugged it in, my iPhone suddenly told me it was there and asked me what room it was in, if it could use the wifi, and if I wanted it to have access to my personal stuff.

That last one is important: it doesn't recognize different voices yet, so anyone could say "read my texts" and Siri would. I left that turned off.

But, in a very quiet voice, I could say "Siri, play Lyle Mays 'Feet First'" and this really great sound came out.

So, thumbs up!

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Posted: Jan 24, 2018 - 3:49pm

i've heard a few knocks (apple is too far behind google and amazon, etc.)

however i'm sure it's very good stuff

and with their app ecosystem well established, i expect them to catch up rather quickly

a fanboi speaks




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Posted: Jan 24, 2018 - 3:16pm