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Apple HomePod Speaker Debuts, But Is It Too Late?

Targeting Sonos and Amazon Alexa, Apple HomePod aims to reinvent home music with $349 quality voice-controlled home audio speaker that also controls all HomeKit-connected devices.

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Posted by hmurchison on June 5, 2017

In this case, apples 100% correct. You either have a low cost voice assistant speaker or a better sounding multi-room. The important thing to realize here is that any airplay 2 system should integrate nicely with a homepod setup. Apple cedes the low end to 3rd party and grows the ecosystem

Posted by Bruno Napoli on June 6, 2017

It’s not too late Jason, Apple has always done thing on thier own time schedule.

Everyone was waiting this “Siri in a can” speaker.
Sonos is not anymore the “Luxury” & “Fancy” multiroom speaker anymore: There is a new Sherif in town!

I bet there will be a massive second hand Sonos devices for sale on eBay, and in a way it’s a good thing because a lot of everyday people will be able to have good sound system for half the price.

 

Posted by glennQNYC on June 6, 2017

2018 will be HomeKit’s year.
20mm of excursion from their 4” driver? Impressive! Can’t wait to hear what this fishnet pickle jar can do.

Posted by Steve Cooper on June 9, 2017

I’ll reserve judgement on the HomePod speaker until I hear it. What we do now is install Amazon Echo Dots and wire them (3.5mm male-male wire) to stereo or home theater systems. We’ve even wired them to computer speaker systems in small home offices. Our customers are thrilled. $50 per room gets them voice control over their music, smart home gadgets, the news, their calendar, messaging and voice connections to other Echo users, and other goodies. Plus you can tuck an Echo Dot out of the way and out of sight. We don’t get any margin on the echo, but we’re happy to order and install them alongside the other equipment (where we do get some margin) and we’re, of course, happy to get our labor rates for the install / setup time.

$350 for a voice assistant would be a much tougher sell. I don’t think Apple is too late to the game. The game is still in early innings and Apple does have a really big bat. Their pricing is what will hurt them.

Posted by Hyasir on June 19, 2017

Homekit needs to come up in the market as a control4 level integration.  Keep the platform open to API, make it more user friendly and have a little more stable version of there kits.

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Posted by Hyasir on June 19, 2017

Homekit needs to come up in the market as a control4 level integration.  Keep the platform open to API, make it more user friendly and have a little more stable version of there kits.

Posted by Steve Cooper on June 9, 2017

I’ll reserve judgement on the HomePod speaker until I hear it. What we do now is install Amazon Echo Dots and wire them (3.5mm male-male wire) to stereo or home theater systems. We’ve even wired them to computer speaker systems in small home offices. Our customers are thrilled. $50 per room gets them voice control over their music, smart home gadgets, the news, their calendar, messaging and voice connections to other Echo users, and other goodies. Plus you can tuck an Echo Dot out of the way and out of sight. We don’t get any margin on the echo, but we’re happy to order and install them alongside the other equipment (where we do get some margin) and we’re, of course, happy to get our labor rates for the install / setup time.

$350 for a voice assistant would be a much tougher sell. I don’t think Apple is too late to the game. The game is still in early innings and Apple does have a really big bat. Their pricing is what will hurt them.

Posted by glennQNYC on June 6, 2017

2018 will be HomeKit’s year.
20mm of excursion from their 4” driver? Impressive! Can’t wait to hear what this fishnet pickle jar can do.

Posted by Bruno Napoli on June 6, 2017

It’s not too late Jason, Apple has always done thing on thier own time schedule.

Everyone was waiting this “Siri in a can” speaker.
Sonos is not anymore the “Luxury” & “Fancy” multiroom speaker anymore: There is a new Sherif in town!

I bet there will be a massive second hand Sonos devices for sale on eBay, and in a way it’s a good thing because a lot of everyday people will be able to have good sound system for half the price.

 

Posted by hmurchison on June 5, 2017

In this case, apples 100% correct. You either have a low cost voice assistant speaker or a better sounding multi-room. The important thing to realize here is that any airplay 2 system should integrate nicely with a homepod setup. Apple cedes the low end to 3rd party and grows the ecosystem