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HomePod review roundup: Apple’s new speaker lives up to the hype

HomePod review roundup: Apple’s new speaker lives up to the hype

One of the more interesting things about the HomePod is that Apple’s isn’t positioning the device as a direct competitor to products like Google Home and the Amazon Echo. On the contrary, Apple’s strategy with the HomePod is to deliver a speaker that provides unrivaled acoustic performance for less than $400. While Siri will certainly figure prominently in the overall HomePod experience, Apple executives have stressed that the HomePod’s underlying allure is its incredible sound quality.

“What we tried to do is deliver something that is a breakthrough speaker first,” Tim Cook said in the wake of the HomePod’s release at WWDC last year. “And so, music is deep in our DNA, dating back from iTunes and iPod. And so we wanted something that sounded unbelievable. I think when people listen to it, they are going to be shocked over the quality of the sound, and of course it does a lot of other things. But we wanted a really high quality audio experience as well.”