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Re: AAPL - Apple Inc.
« Reply #6330 on: February 11, 2018, 10:55:47 AM »
John McFarlane, the founder and ex-CEO of Sonos, has some first impressions on HomePod:

https://twitter.com/JohnLMacFarlane/status/962077667330727936  (thread)
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Re: AAPL - Apple Inc.
« Reply #6331 on: February 11, 2018, 01:13:37 PM »
John McFarlane, the founder and ex-CEO of Sonos, has some first impressions on HomePod:

https://twitter.com/JohnLMacFarlane/status/962077667330727936  (thread)

That guy does a masterful job of selling Sonos' to Apple haters.

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Re: AAPL - Apple Inc.
« Reply #6332 on: February 11, 2018, 04:56:46 PM »
The guys report is up

https://www.reddit.com/r/audiophile/comments/7wwtqy/apple_homepod_the_audiophile_perspective/

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I am speechless. The HomePod actually sounds better than the KEF X300A. If you’re new to the Audiophile world, KEF is a very well respected and much loved speaker company. I actually deleted my very first measurements and re-checked everything because they were so good, I thought I’d made an error. Apple has managed to extract peak performance from a pint sized speaker, a feat that deserves a standing ovation. The HomePod is 100% an Audiophile grade Speaker.

I am sure it will be the first of many tests but it looks like Apple may have just turned another industry "on its ear".  I think concentrating on  on the "smart" in smart smart spear by many reviewers may be missing the real innovation here.  In Australia a pair of KEF 300A's will set you back around $1000 for the speakers alone.    So two Homepods to give you an immersive sound stage is the same price as an entry level set of audiophile grade speakers that need an amp, cables etc.  Not to mention careful consideration in terms of where they are placed in order to maximize their performance.

Seems a pretty compelling proposition to me.  After a couple of days using the homepod it has been smart enough for my immediate needs such as voice activating music and homekit devices.  It does need multiple voice recognition but I am sure Apple will get there sooner than many expect.  However the audio performance is what really draws you in.

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Re: AAPL - Apple Inc.
« Reply #6334 on: February 11, 2018, 06:13:56 PM »
The guys report is up

https://www.reddit.com/r/audiophile/comments/7wwtqy/apple_homepod_the_audiophile_perspective/

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I am speechless. The HomePod actually sounds better than the KEF X300A. If you’re new to the Audiophile world, KEF is a very well respected and much loved speaker company. I actually deleted my very first measurements and re-checked everything because they were so good, I thought I’d made an error. Apple has managed to extract peak performance from a pint sized speaker, a feat that deserves a standing ovation. The HomePod is 100% an Audiophile grade Speaker.

I am sure it will be the first of many tests but it looks like Apple may have just turned another industry "on its ear".  I think concentrating on  on the "smart" in smart smart spear by many reviewers may be missing the real innovation here.  In Australia a pair of KEF 300A's will set you back around $1000 for the speakers alone.    So two Homepods to give you an immersive sound stage is the same price as an entry level set of audiophile grade speakers that need an amp, cables etc.  Not to mention careful consideration in terms of where they are placed in order to maximize their performance.

Seems a pretty compelling proposition to me.  After a couple of days using the homepod it has been smart enough for my immediate needs such as voice activating music and homekit devices.  It does need multiple voice recognition but I am sure Apple will get there sooner than many expect.  However the audio performance is what really draws you in.

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This product seem to deliver very good sound. It is too bad that Apple has not designed the product open, it needs third party apps to play music from AMZN etc for example to be more useful.

I do think that Apple can be a gamechanger in the audiophile smart speaker market and give companies like Bose a run for the money.
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Re: AAPL - Apple Inc.
« Reply #6335 on: February 11, 2018, 07:34:34 PM »
it needs third party apps to play music from AMZN etc for example to be more useful.

I think this will be the story for WWDC18.  However I wouldn't be surprised if  the best listening experience is still via apple music. 

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Cue revealed how HomePod will adjust how it sounds to different music without offering user-facing bass and treble adjustments. We already knew that HomePod will tune itself differently based on its position in a room, but Cue describes Apple’s smart speaker adjusting its sound even when used in place.

Cue explains that every song is individually tuned based on Apple’s analytics, according to Patrick Ryan who attended the event. He also confirms that users will not be able to manually adjust the equalization for this reason

https://9to5mac.com/2018/02/07/eddy-cue-pollstar-conference/


This could prove to be another example of the value in owning the stack (hardware/software)

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Re: AAPL - Apple Inc.
« Reply #6336 on: February 12, 2018, 07:36:14 AM »
This product seem to deliver very good sound. It is too bad that Apple has not designed the product open, it needs third party apps to play music from AMZN etc for example to be more useful.

I do think that Apple can be a gamechanger in the audiophile smart speaker market and give companies like Bose a run for the money.
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They don't need Amazon or Spotify to be wildly successful with Homepod. If a million of these sold since being available it means they've likely done half of Sonos yearly revenue. This products takes a lot of share from audio manufacturers who benefited from homeowners who rent, live in condos & apartments, and university/college dorms.
I would love to see Apple introduce a standalone Soundbar to pair up with AppleTV. Even better if it incorporates Dolby Atmos since it will be available as a software update shortly on AppleTV.
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Re: AAPL - Apple Inc.
« Reply #6337 on: February 13, 2018, 12:32:27 AM »
A bit dated article but it was so good, I had to share: https://seekingalpha.com/instablog/8125221-gregg-rosenberg/4427186-apple-misunderstood-giant


Apologize if it was already posted previously.

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Re: AAPL - Apple Inc.
« Reply #6338 on: February 13, 2018, 11:46:10 AM »
Good thread by Sinofvsky about software quality, scale, etc:

https://twitter.com/stevesi/status/963142502604779520
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Re: AAPL - Apple Inc.
« Reply #6339 on: February 28, 2018, 08:28:09 AM »
EVERYTHING Warren Buffett & Charlie Munger EVER said on Apple
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