The HomePod has lengthy been considered one of our prime picks for sound high quality, punching properly above its weight (or slightly, dimension) — particularly now you could create stereo pairs and teams. And whereas the preliminary function set was underwhelming, to place it mildly, Apple has gone some size to enhance issues with multi-user help, audio handoffs, dwell radio and Spotify voice management. That is your go-to speaker in the event you thrive on AirPlay streaming and HomeKit.
With that stated, among the typical caveats nonetheless apply. You want an Apple cell system simply to arrange and handle a HomePod. Whereas you should utilize Spotify, the HomePod nonetheless favors Apple providers. And whereas Siri has made strides ahead because the HomePod’s debut, it’s nonetheless true that Amazon’s Alexa and Google Assistant are higher in key areas (reminiscent of basic data and multi-step instructions). The HomePod is nice in the event you don’t anticipate to go away the Apple ecosystem any time quickly and are snug with what Siri has to supply, however it’s possible you’ll need to think about options in any other case.