HomePod, big on sound and limitations
Anyone who has tried Apple’s HomePods will agree that the sound quality they offer is very high. However, compared to the rest of similar solutions that already exist on the market, it must be recognized that they are very limited in terms of connectivity. But if you think we are going to go by parts.
Leaving aside the original HomePod that has been discontinued, although it can still be purchased while stocks last, the HomePod mini It is a device that starts can only be used over WiFi connections. That is, it does not give the option to send the audio via Bluetooth and it does not include any type of auxiliary connection as other proposals such as the Amazon Echo do.
What’s more, the 4th generation Amazon Echo is one of the most versatile. And, for an identical price if we do not count the promotions enjoyed by Amazon’s proposal, this is a product that offers more connectivity options. To begin with, the 3.5mm Jack connection can be configured for both input and output. So, if you want you can use it as a conventional wired speaker connected to any sound equipment.
In addition, the Amazon Echo also allows you to connect it via Bluetooth to any device with that connection and use it as a conventional Bluetooth speaker. This is ideal when you don’t have internet to access any of the music streaming services that it supports or you simply want to improve the sound quality of your smartphone or computer, share music with others, etc.
However, this does not happen with the HomePod. As we have said, it lacks auxiliary audio input and Despite having Bluetooth 5.0, it cannot be used. The purpose of this type of wireless connectivity is to allow discovery and pairing with Apple products. Because once the configuration is finished, the audio is sent through AirPlay. But so that everything is clearer, let’s go by parts.
Can I use the HomePod as a Bluetooth speaker?
The answer to this question is: no, the HomePod cannot be used as a Bluetooth speaker conventional. What’s more, only Apple devices can actually send content via AirPlay. This is why its use within an ecosystem that has devices from other manufacturers and other operating systems other than Apple’s is less attractive.
Can the HomePod be used as a system speaker?
Yes but only with Apple devices thanks to the use of AirPlay. Still, you should know that while you can play the audio heard on an iPhone, iPad or Mac through the HomePod, the experience can be very uneven.
For example, so that you are clear about what to expect in each of the most common situations that you might encounter in your daily use. When you play video through applications or platforms such as YouTube, Netflix and the like, there are usually not many problems and both the image and the sound are synchronized. If at any time this synchronization is lost, you just have to pause and play again so that everything is solved
However, if your intention is use HomePod as a system speaker that you will then use with applications like Final Cut Pro to edit video and audio, then you should know that you will not be able to the lag its a big problem. And we are not talking about thousandths of seconds but a considerable amount that makes it not recommended.
Therefore, if the device is already limited in its use with other devices that use operating systems other than iOS, iPadOS, tvOS or macOS, you also have to know that with Apple equipment things improve, but continue being insufficient for those who seek to squeeze a little more its great quality when it comes to playing audio.
HomePod as a stereo sound system?
Finally, it must be said that although on an iPhone, iPad or Mac the use of video platforms such as YouTube or Netflix does not generate any problem, the best way to take advantage of it in multimedia content playback situations is with Apple TV.
Here Apple has shown interest and allows the use of two HomePods to create a stereo audio configuration that does provide quality and improves the entertainment experience. In addition, as we already have, the configuration is very simple:
- Once your HomePods are configured, open the Home App from your iOS or iPadOS device
- Hold down on Apple TV and then tap on the gear icon to access settings
- Now, in the Default Audio Output option select the HomePod or the HomePod pair of speakers if you have opted for a stereo configuration
- Ready, you can now enjoy improved sound with Apple’s set top box
Hopefully Apple in a future version of the product or update of its operating system of some kind of solution to this type of use. Because the product is worth it for its audio quality. But if you are looking for something versatile, for now it is not.
*The article has been translated based on the content of https://eloutput.com/productos/sonido/homepod-altavoz-sistema/ by eloutput.com
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