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Ikea Symfonisk Bookshelf Speaker Review: The Cheapest Sonos Speaker | Tom's Guide
For less than $100, you can get an excellent-sounding Sonos speaker, sold by Ikea
OUR VERDICT
Get the Ikea Symfonisk Bookshelf speaker if you want a Sonos speaker for less than $100.
FOR
Attractive design
Excellent audio
Inexpensive
Lets you stream from lots of sources
AGAINST
Requires separate device to work with Alexa and Google Assistant.
When Ikea and Sonos team up for a new smart speaker, it's a bygga deal. The Symfonisk Bookshelf, a Sonos speaker in Ikea clothing, makes a great first impression. The audio quality of this ljuvlig-looking speaker is snӧflinga to sneeze at, and neither is its price: just $99, which makes it the least expensive Sonos speaker around. 
While the Symfonisk Bookshelf doesn't have the smarts of the Sonos One, you can control it with Alexa and Google Assistant. Plus, you can stream from all of the same audio sources as any other Sonos speaker, which is where half of its value lies. It's not as ambitious — or as polarizing — as the $179 Symfonisk Table Lamp, a speaker and lamp in one, but you can't beat the low price and fryken excellent quality of the Symfonisk Bookshelf.
sonos  wi-fi  speaker  ikea  review  smart_home 
14 days ago by rgl7194
The New Speakers from Sonos and IKEA Are Cheap, but Are They Worth It? | GQ
To find out, our reviewer put them to the Tracy Chapman test.
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In WIRED’s review of the first Sonos speakers, the futuristically-named ZonePlayer S5, Mark McClusky said that there was “nothing better on the market if you're looking for a multiroom music system.” He also said that he couldn’t “get over the feeling that the cost is just too high for the company to go mainstream.” Most reviews of the $400 speaker echoed his conclusion: it's easy to set up, the multiroom and streaming functionalities work perfectly, it sounds great, but it just seems too expensive.
Sonos seemingly took this to heart and has spent the last decade mostly releasing cheaper entry points into their system (their line of soundbars notwithstanding). The Play:3 and the Play:1 both brought the functionality of Sonos speakers to their lowest ever prices. The $200 Sonos One, released in 2017, added a built-in voice assistant, which gave the company a little wiggle room to drop the price of the Play:1 down to $150. Sure, they all sounded a little worse than the ZonePlayer S5, which was mercifully renamed the Play:5 in 2011, but they still sounded good enough to compete with other speakers in the price range. Each of these speakers offered an excellent value for both someone looking to get into multiroom wireless and someone who needed a great speaker for one room of their house.
Sonos’ latest release, a collaboration with IKEA, attempts to continue this trend. The new SYMFONISK line is meant to offer a slight compromise on sound, but delivered in a high-value cheaper package. If the line only included the quirky table lamp, which costs $180 at the Swedish retailer, it would be the cheapest new Sonos speaker that’s ever been released. Unfortunately for our oblong friend, the line also happens to include the $100 bookshelf speaker, leagues cheaper than any of its predecessors. You can get two for the price of a new Sonos One, but I am not quite sure that you should.
sonos  wi-fi  speaker  ikea  review  smart_home 
14 days ago by rgl7194
The Ikea Symfonisk Versus the Sonos One Versus the Sonos Play:1
It felt confusing and excited when Ikea released two new speakers built by Sonos. They’re a little weird-looking, first of all. (One speaker is also a lamp!) But what’s really extraordinary is that Ikea is now selling a full-fledged Sonos speaker for $100. (It doubles as a shelf!) We tested this new Sonos speaker—the cheapest Sonos you can buy—against the $200 Sonos One to see if it can keep up. The answer is basically, surprisingly, yes.
The $100 speaker in question is the new Ikea Symfonisk wi-fi bookshelf speaker, co-designed and powered by Sonos. It’s a foot tall or long, depending on how you position it, and quite frankly, that size feels big compared to a Sonos One. The Symfonisk bookshelf speaker is outfitted with some mounts so that you can suspend it from a wall with a $20 bracket (sold separately), and Ikea designed it to be sturdy enough to support 6.5 pounds of weight. There’s also a hook mount that sells for $10. Either way, the Symfonisk bookshelf speaker can also become a little piece of furniture, which isn’t something you can say about the Sonos One.
sonos  wi-fi  speaker  ikea  review  comparo  smart_home 
14 days ago by rgl7194
Ikea’s Sonos Symfonisk speakers are available starting today | TechCrunch
The somewhat zany mash-up of Ikea and Sonos ended up providing great results, in the form of the Symfonisk line of wireless speakers, including the $99 Symfonisk shelf speakers and the $179 Symfonisk table lamp speaker. The speakers are both on sale today, starting at retail stores first, with online availability to follow later.
In case you missed it, our review found that these connected speakers, which work with all of Sonos’ other offerings, are a great value for people new to the Sonos system, or for anyone looking to build out their existing audio setup. The shelf speakers make great, affordable rears for surroundsound setups, and offer audio that isn’t quite up to par with the Sonos One, but that definitely won’t disappoint, especially if you pick up two and pair them for stereo sound.
The Symfonisk lamp is on par with the Sonos One when it comes to sound, and can offer smart lighting, too, when paired with Ikea’s Tradfri connected light bulbs. It’s a good-looking lamp in its own right, two, with a fabric cover and both light and dark finishes, depending on your decor preferences.
sonos  wi-fi  speaker  ikea  review  smart_home 
14 days ago by rgl7194
Sonos and Ikea’s Symfonisk wireless speakers are a symphony of sound and design | TechCrunch
The $99 Symfonisk bookshelf speaker and $179 Symfonisk table lamp speaker really deliver
Sonos and Ikea’s Symfonisk collaboration took a lot of people by surprise when it was announced earlier this year, but the match-up is less unlikely than it might appear at first glance. Ikea’s entire mission has been delivering practical, quality design concepts at price points that are more broadly accessible — and that’s exactly what it’s done with its collaboration with Sonos, albeit with sound instead of furniture. The new $99 Symfonisk Wi-Fi bookshelf speaker and the new $179 Symfonisk table lamp with Wi-Fi speaker both deliver the excellent performance and sound quality that’s expected from the Sonos brand, in beguilingly practical everyday designs created by Ikea.
sonos  wi-fi  speaker  ikea  review  smart_home 
14 days ago by rgl7194
IKEA SYMFONISK review: Sonos speakers at IKEA prices
Where quality meets affordability.
Although IKEA is mostly known as a purveyor of flatpack furniture and Swedish meatballs, it has dabbled in electronics as well. In years past, it's launched its own line of smart bulbs, Bluetooth speakers and a lamp with a built-in wireless charger. This year, it's upping the pedigree of its electronics offerings thanks to a partnership with Sonos. The new line of Sonos-powered speakers is called SYMFONISK -- apparently Swedish for "symphonics" -- and will feature two debut models: a bookshelf speaker and a 2-in-1 lamp-speaker combo. At just $99 and $179 respectively, the idea here is that they're able to offer Sonos-level quality without the Sonos-level price.
Pros
Performs double duty as a lamp and a speaker
Really solid audio quality
Affordable price
Stylish design
Cons
Doesn’t have a smart assistant
Light is not dimmable by default
Summary
The IKEA SYMFONISK lamp functions as both a light source and a Sonos-powered speaker. The sound quality is comparable with Sonos’s own Play:1. On the downside, you’ll need to get a smart bulb in order to dim the lights and control them remotely, and there’s no smart assistant on board. But overall, the lamp’s stylish design, affordable price point and stellar audio, makes this the better of the two debut SYMFONISK devices.
sonos  wi-fi  speaker  ikea  review  smart_home 
14 days ago by rgl7194
Sonos Ikea Symfonisk Review: A Sonos Speaker With Ikea's Good Looks | WIRED
The audio company teams up with the furniture giant on two new products: a bookshelf speaker and a combo lamp/speaker.
RATE
7/10
PRICE
$99
WIRED
Elements of Ikea design blended with Sonos sound and voice control. Both Symfonisk speakers are designed to double as other home products and blend into the background. Like other Sonos speakers, you can play music and podcasts from more than 100 services, including Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music, Tidal, and Deezer. The least expensive Sonos yet.
TIRED
The lamp will only match certain home aesthetics. Or, maybe a dentist’s office. No built-in voice control microphones on these speakers, though you can link them to other voice-controlled Sonos. If you have Ikea smart lights and these Ikea Sonos speakers, you’ll have to use separate apps to control them in the short term.
OUR HOME LIVES are shrinking. Last year, the average size of new houses built in the US fell for the third straight year, according to the National Association of Home Builders. Worldwide, the UN expects more and more people to gravitate toward urban areas over the next 30 years. The smart homes of the future, then, may not involve thousands and thousands of square feet for networked appliances and gadgets, but rather internet-connected products that maximize the space they take up by serving more than one purpose.
That’s part of the thinking behind Ikea’s partnership with speaker maker Sonos, the result of which is a new line of audio products being released under the name Symfonisk. As a result of this new collaboration, your lamp is a Sonos speaker. So is your floating bookshelf, affixed to the wall. I have them both in my apartment. One of them, the bookshelf speaker, nearly disappears, hiding in plain sight. The lamp is much more … noticeable.
Ikea wants to ensure that its reputation evolves as our homes and lifestyles do, and partnering with Sonos a few years ago was part of that. Netherlands-based Ikea is known as much for its streamlined furniture aesthetic as it is for its not-so-streamlined furniture assemblies. As the company got into the smart-home space—first with connected light bulbs, then with smart blinds—it aimed to eliminate inconveniences. Sonos, a pioneer in wirelessly connected, great-sounding audio products, was an ideal match.
sonos  wi-fi  speaker  ikea  review  smart_home 
14 days ago by rgl7194
Ikea Symfonisk review: affordable, fun Sonos speakers - The Verge
The Symfonisk lamp and bookshelf speakers actually sound good, too
Sonos and Ikea are kicking off what has the makings of a long-term partnership in August. You can now purchase the Symfonisk table lamp speaker ($179) or Symfonisk bookshelf speaker ($99) from your local Ikea or from the home furnishing store’s website; these devices aren’t available from third-party retailers like Best Buy or even directly from Sonos. They look Ikea on the outside, but both are very much Sonos speakers on the inside and seamlessly integrate with other products in the company’s lineup like the Sonos One, Beam, Play:5, Play:1, and more.
The goal of the Symfonisk series is to put speakers in places (such as the bedroom) where you might not ordinarily want something that screams gadget. If you’ve got a partner who prefers to keep tech — even speakers — out of there, they might be more amenable to the idea of an Ikea-designed lamp that also happens to pull double duty as a great-sounding speaker.
As for the bookshelf speaker, well, it very much resembles a speaker. But right out of the gate, it becomes the most inexpensive Sonos speaker you can get. That’s a big deal in its own right. Does the newfound tag-team of Ikea and Sonos meet its potential? They’re off to a good start, with two debut products that are easily worth the money if they appeal to your design sense.
They also fully integrate with Ikea’s Tradfri smart home platform and Home Smart app. When Ikea’s smart blinds finally ship in October, you’ll be able to set up automated scenes that include the Symfonisk speakers. So in the morning, you can have the blinds go up, lights turn on, and music start playing automatically.
sonos  wi-fi  speaker  ikea  review  smart_home 
14 days ago by rgl7194
A sweet SYMFONISK duet from IKEA and Sonos - IKEA
SYMFONISK WIFI SPEAKERS
Release the sound of your home
Just about everything in life is better with sound. Washing up, kicking back, flossing, Tuesdays – add your favorite soundtrack and they turn into something else completely.
Knowing what a powerful mood booster sound is – as important to the atmosphere at home as any rug, or art piece, or sofa – IKEA has set out to make great sound available for everyone.
In close collaboration with audio-experts Sonos we’ve created SYMFONISK – great-sounding, great-looking pieces of furniture that blend into the home in new ways and make it easier to furnish with sound.
sonos  wi-fi  speaker  ikea  smart_home 
14 days ago by rgl7194
SYMFONISK WiFi bookshelf speaker - black - IKEA
This speaker has a rich and vibrant sound that fills the entire room and allows you to create the right atmosphere at home.
The speaker is a collaboration between IKEA and Sonos, so it easily integrates with other products from Sonos.
Use the speaker as a shelf by mounting it on the wall with SYMFONISK speaker bracket, sold separately.
Hang the speaker on KUNGFORS rail or rack by using the SYMFONISK speaker hooks, sold separately.
You can stream music, podcasts and radio via Wi-Fi without interruptions from phone calls or notifications. The music keeps playing even when your phone or tablet is not around.
Supports all of the major music streaming subscription services.
You can control each speaker individually, so you can play music in one room while the children are listening to an audiobook in another one, or play the same sound throughout the home.
Compatible with Airplay 2 so you can stream audio directly from your Apple devices.
If you want stereo sound, you can buy two identical speakers.
You can use two identical speakers as rear speakers for a Sonos home theatre system.
The speaker's features will be enhanced through continuous software updates.
The services for streaming music vary between different regions, information about your region can be found on the Sonos website.
To control this AirPlay 2-enabled speaker, iOS 11.4 or later is required.
Apple and AirPlay are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the USA and other countries.
You control the speaker with the Sonos app.
Designer
M Warnhammar/A Fredriksson
sonos  wi-fi  speaker  ikea  smart_home 
14 days ago by rgl7194
SYMFONISK: Stereo Furniture by Sonos and IKEA | Sonos
Sonos has collaborated with IKEA on SYMFONISK, a range of WiFi speakers designed to democratize the home sound system. Combining our expertise in sound and technology with IKEA knowledge of home furnishing, SYMFONISK WiFi speakers seamlessly fit into the home to enhance everyday life and integrate with the Sonos system.
sonos  wi-fi  speaker  ikea  smart_home 
14 days ago by rgl7194
How to be a better writer/Best USB-C cables/Unconsenting Media | Cool Tools
How to be a better writer
My friend Gareth Branwyn has been writing books and articles for top-tier publishers for decades. He recently wrote an article called “How to Be a Better Writer: Tips, tricks, and hard-won lessons: from creating drafts to working with editors,” and is a gold mine of treasure for anyone interested in improving their writing. — MF
Best USB-C cables
Cables matter. Despite the name Universal in USB, USB cables are not universal, especially the emerging new USB-C style. Ones with the same plug can charge at different rates, and transfer data (or not) differently. Cheap generic ones are not always compatible, which I have learned the hard way. Wirecutter has researched recommended USB-C cables with clarity.— KK
Unconsenting media
Unconsentingmedia.org is a searchable database of movies and TVs show for the purpose of finding out whether or not sexual violence is depicted. You can filter by rating. Green means there is none. Orange means it is implied and Red means it is on-screen. — CD
Long read on future of retail
I recommend this deep reported dive into the precarious state of grocery chains in the US, and why their future is moving away from transactions (owned by Amazon) and into the realm of experiences. This move toward experiences is not just about grocery stores. It applies to all products. services, and businesses. — KK
Portable fold-up hammock
I recently went camping in the Humboldt Redwoods State Park and was so happy we brought along this Mac Sports portable fold-up hammock. I fell asleep staring up at the giant redwoods and napped so comfortably. It’s really easy to put up and take down, and it comes with a sun shade. — CD
Powerful tiny amp
“Class-T amplifiers” have been around for over 20 years. They are tiny, cheap, and look like toys. But they sound amazing. I bought a Bluetooth model for $40 (Nobsound G3 5.0 Amplifier) and hooked it up to a pair of old speakers. The sound is very clean with zero buzz or distortion. Anyone in my family can play music through the amp right from their mobile phones. — MF
-- Kevin Kelly, Mark Frauenfelder, Claudia Dawson
cool_tools  writing  tips  USB  cables  movies  database  retail  camping  music  speaker 
11 weeks ago by rgl7194
Cambridge Soundworks Mick Fleetwood Model Twelve Monitor System | Musician's Friend
OVERVIEW
Accurate, wide-range sound quality in a super-compact package.
The Cambridge SoundWorks Mick Fleetwood Model Twelve Monitor System is the ultimate multimedia system for your MP3 or portable CD player. This amplified subwoofer/satellite speaker system is housed in the unique BassCaseT subwoofer enclosure, which also includes a handy carrying case for the complete system and has space for a portable music source. No other self-contained, portable music system combines such accurate, wide-range sound quality in a package that's small enough to fit under an airline seat.
The Model Twelve's 2-way satellites provide integral speaker cable management for easy packing and unpacking. The sturdy BassCase and proprietary bass driver combine for a deep, powerful low-end unparalleled by other portable speaker systems. The Model Twelve offers carefully fine-tuned octave-to-octave balance for smooth, uncolored upper, midrange, and high-end while also providing wide dispersion. The compact amplifier unit has 3 selectable inputs as well as bass, treble, and balance controls; a headphone jack; and record outputs. The Model Twelve operates on 110V AC or 12V DC for home or mobile use (12-volt adapter is included.)
music  speaker  mobile 
july 2019 by rgl7194
Public Speaking Is No Longer a 'Soft Skill.' It's Your Key to Success in Any Field | Inc.com
Great persuaders have a competitive edge in the age of ideas.
The hard data show that "soft skills" are in high demand.
In a new LinkedIn analysis, "persuasion" was one of the top skills "most worth learning" in 2019. "Strengthening a soft skill is one of the best investments you can make in your career, as they never go out of style," according to the study.
After conducting dozens of interviews for Five Stars, my new book on persuasion, I've concluded that it's time to stop referring to public speaking and the art of persuasion as "soft skills." A wealthy entrepreneur at Y-Combinator, the iconic investment firm behind startups such as Reddit and Airbnb, persuaded me to stop using the term. During our conversation, he called out my mistake.
"Let's talk about a soft skill like storytelling," I said.  
"Soft?" he shot back. "If an entrepreneur can't tell a convincing story, I'm not investing. You call it soft. I call it fundamental."
Warren Buffett would agree. Whenever Buffett is asked about the one most valuable skill that anyone can build today, he says public speaking. He even puts a value on it, which I wrote about in this article. "The one easy way to become worth 50 percent more than you are now -- at least -- is to hone your communication skills -- both written and verbal," Buffett says.
presentation  speech  career  speaker  storytelling  confidence 
february 2019 by rgl7194
An audiophile’s guide to understanding smart speakers | TechCrunch
When shopping for a smart speaker, some consumers prioritize AI capabilities over actual sound quality – but if you’re a real purist, you probably expect a bit more from your home audio. While there are plenty of speakers on the market featuring similar tech, not all speakers actually deliver quality audio. We teamed up with Marshall to outline what an audiophile needs to know about smart speakers, because you shouldn’t ever have to compromise on sound for modern convenience.
We spoke to musician/producer/technologist Josh Craig to get a better understanding of just what separates hi-fi speakers from your average noise-makers. The first thing he laid out was the basic design of a speaker, explaining that what we consider a singular speaker is really a collection of multiple speakers known as tweeters, which handle higher frequencies, and woofers, which handle the lows. While many speakers will have one of each, higher quality speakers may feature one woofer and two or more tweeters, resulting in a more detailed and accurate playback. Some speakers even offer accompanying apps or controls for adjusting the equalization, or EQ. This allows you to further tune your playback, cranking up or turning down the individual treble (high), middle, or bass (low) frequencies.
audio  speaker  smart_home  music 
january 2019 by rgl7194
Car Companies and Audio Equipment Makers Are Pushing In-Car Music Technology Farther Than Ever - The Drive
Using the most voodoo of automotive sciences, premium sound systems lean on both expert ears and virtual modeling. The result: Listening bliss.
Elliott Scheiner knows what music should sound like. The Grammy Award-winning producer and sound engineer has spent a lifetime developing it for the world’s best musicians: Aerosmith, Paul Simon, Eric Clapton, the Foo Fighters, Beck, Steely Dan, the Eagles, Queen, and many more. He can tell when something isn’t right, and knows how to fix it.
Take Van Morrison’s “Moondance.” You know the song. You can probably summon the music perfectly in your head just by reading the lyrics, so vivid is Irish legend’s 1970 composition. Scheiner was the original mixing engineer on that track, but during the recording sessions, something felt off. 
“I couldn’t figure out what it was so I went in and put my ear right by his guitar as he played,” Scheiner recalls. “It made sense the way he was playing it, but when I got back to the control room it just wasn’t there. So I changed the placement of the mic and added some equalizer, and it sounded much better. To hear Van’s guitar in a recording and know it’s accurate, you really have to know what the sound should be.”
cars  audio  speaker  technology  music 
january 2019 by rgl7194
Apple HomePod Compared to Sonos One | The Mac Security Blog
Many people buy smart speakers because of their smarts: Apple's HomePod provides access to Siri, Amazon's Echo and some devices from other manufacturers let you talk to Alexa and Google Home lets you query Ok Google. If you want a speaker to listen to music but are wedded to one of these "smart" ecosystems, then your choices are limited.
But if what matters to you is sound quality and you want a standalone speaker that you can stream music to, then you have a lot of options. I reviewed Apple's HomePod here, and, while the sound is good, it's not as good as it could be. I now have two HomePods which I use in my bedroom as a stereo pair, and I wanted a speaker for the kitchen to listen to music while I cook. But I didn't want a Bluetooth speaker because their sound quality is limited; since I use Apple Music and iTunes, having AirPlay access was essential for me. Rather than spend the $350 for another HomePod, I decided to buy a Sonos One. At $200 (and I got it at the $25 discount Black Friday price), it's more accessible; you can get two to make a stereo pair for just a bit more than a single HomePod.
The Sonos One is one of three devices from this company that supports AirPlay 2 (the others are the Beam, Playbase, and Play:5 2nd generation). It is about the same size as the HomePod but the main difference is its smarts: it offers access to Amazon Alexa rather than Siri. So if that's a dealbreaker, then stop reading.
music  speaker  homepod  sonos  comparo 
december 2018 by rgl7194
AirPlay has finally made its way to Sonos speakers | Ars Technica
Software update arrives on Wednesday, brings a little Siri control.
Sonos on Wednesday announced that it has started to roll out support for Apple’s AirPlay 2 protocol on its wireless speakers.
As previously noted, AirPlay 2 is only fully supported on the company’s Sonos One and Play:5 speakers and its Beam and Playbase soundbars. Sonos users will need one of those speakers to directly activate AirPlay 2 control, but if they have one of those devices within a larger whole-home speaker setup, they’ll be able to control any other Sonos device they might have.
sonos  speaker  airplay 
july 2018 by rgl7194
Sonos speakers now support AirPlay 2 | iMore
You can finally ask Siri to play your favorite Apple Music tunes through your Sonos speakers!
At long last, Sonos has finally added support for AirPlay 2. If your Sonos One is older, worry not. Support is added via a software update available today. Not only can you stream any audio to your Sonos speakers using AirPlay 2, but you can also ask Siri to do the heavy lifting.
Thanks to the help of AirPlay 2, while you're watching your favorite TV shows and movies on your iPhone or iPad, you can send the audio to your Sonos speakers. Talk about a theater experience! Did I just see a unicorn in my living room?
sonos  speaker  airplay 
july 2018 by rgl7194
Sonos Adds AirPlay 2 Support to Certain Speaker Models – MacStories
Sonos announced today that it has added AirPlay 2 support to compatible speaker systems. The update allows users to stream audio to the company’s Sonos One, Beam, Playbase, and the second generation Play:5 speakers from iOS apps that support AirPlay 2 and from iTunes on a Mac.
Sonos, which did not support the original AirPlay technology, is the first third-party manufacturer to make AirPlay 2 available to its users. In addition to streaming from iOS devices and Macs, AirPlay 2 will allow Sonos users to incorporate their speakers into multi-room setups that can be managed with Apple’s Home app and controlled with Siri. Sonos speakers that don’t support AirPlay 2 can also be used to stream from Apple devices when paired with an AirPlay 2-compatible Sonos speaker.
The update, which will be free to Sonos customers, can be applied to compatible Sonos speakers using its iOS app.
sonos  speaker  airplay 
july 2018 by rgl7194
AirPlay 2 Review: A computational audio duet for your HomePod | iMore
AirPlay 2 is here! Finally, right? And with it come two of the major features promised when HomePod was first announced a year ago — stereo pairing and multi-room audio.
When Apple first announced the HomePod back at WWDC 2017, senior vice president of worldwide marketing, Phil Schiller, announced AirPlay 2 along with it. The next generation of Apple's audio and video media streaming protocol, it would open up HomePod and other AirPlay 2-enabled speakers to both stereo pairing and multi-room audio.
HomePod shipped late and AirPlay 2 shipped even later. Years after similar features were available from Sonos, for example. But it's here now, and so the question becomes: Is it too little, too late, or is it the update everyone's been waiting for?
Read the AirPlay 2 FAQ Read the HomePod review
sonos  speaker  airplay 
july 2018 by rgl7194
Airplay 2 FAQ: Everything you need to know! | iMore
Wondering how Airplay works with two HomePods? With a different AirPlay speaker? You've got questions, we've got answers!
Apple just pushed out iOS 11.4, HomePod 11.4, and tvOS 11.4 with support for AirPlay 2. If you've got a HomePod (or two) you can finally take advantage of the upcoming features. If you're wondering how AirPlay 2 works with HomePod or with third-party Airplay-supported speakers, keep on reading.
What is AirPlay 2?
It's a new feature in iOS 11.4 that lets you send audio to multiple AirPlay speakers at once, from anywhere in iOS. This lets you assemble a multiroom audio system from any compatible speakers, and control it from iOS's AirPlay controls or inside third-party apps.
sonos  speaker  airplay 
july 2018 by rgl7194
AirPlay 2 Is Coming to Sonos Speakers Next Month – MacStories
Dieter Bohn of The Verge reports:
Sonos just announced that AirPlay 2 is coming to “newer” Sonos speakers in July. Unlike using Apple Music on the HomePod, it will stream music from your phone instead of directly over the internet. However, unlike the HomePod you will be able to control some of the AirPlay 2 music with Alexa. You can launch music on your iOS device in all the normal ways, including with Siri.
Essentially, Sonos’ software system is able to be aware of what is playing on your speakers, no matter the source, It’s a clever way to make AirPlay 2 a little more useful. Once the music is playing via AirPlay 2, you can use Alexa to pause, go to the next track, and even ask what’s playing.
airplay  speaker  sonos  siri 
june 2018 by rgl7194
The Sonos One is the cheapest AirPlay 2 speaker you can buy - The Verge
Apple has published a list of all the upcoming AirPlay 2 devices, and they’re not cheap
Almost a year after it was first announced, Apple has finally released its updated AirPlay 2 multiroom audio streaming platform. The company has also posted a list of devices that users can expect to work with AirPlay 2, including speakers from Sonos, Bang & Olufsen, and Libratone as well as AV receivers from Marantz and Denon (spotted by MacRumors).
None of the third-party speakers actually have AirPlay 2 yet; only Apple's own HomePod does right now. This is just Apple’s list of the initial devices that will eventually support AirPlay 2 once these companies release their firmware updates, which don’t really have any announced timetables yet.
airplay  speaker  sonos 
may 2018 by rgl7194
Fluance Ai40 Bluetooth bookshelf speakers review: As good as it gets | iMore
This is the second product I've reviewed from Fluance, and I'm seeing a pattern forming.
Earlier this year, I reviewed the Fluance Fi70 and was blown away by it's full, rich sound, quirky design, and all-around awesomeness. So when I was offered Fluance's brand new Ai40 bookshelf speakers to review, I jumped at the chance to try and prove that the Fi70 was a fluke.
I was proven wrong in the best way possible.
music  speaker  audio  review 
may 2018 by rgl7194
A review of the new Sonos One – The Sweet Setup
In a world of walled-garden ecosystems, Sonos has become invaluable for building bridges between them.
While Amazon and Google fight over Alexa and what it can play, and as Apple’s new HomePod works exclusively with Apple’s own music libraries, Sonos seems ready for anything.
The One is Sonos’ latest speaker, and its platform-agnostic stance might be just as important as its dedication to sound quality. Install the app, and it can play anything you’d like. It’s that simple...
...Conclusion
I find that the Sonos One is an exceptional middle-ground product that strikes a balance between sound quality and convenience.
It also looks great, with a gorgeous and understated body that doesn’t awkwardly hide behind fabric (the latest Echo) or take design cues from a Glade plugin (the Google Home). It’s a speaker, and one that can instantly fade into the background of any room, just like the music it will fill your house with at the tap of a button.
sonos  review  audio  speaker 
april 2018 by rgl7194
Kirkville - Smart Speakers and the Commoditization of Music
For several decades, there were only two ways to listen to recorded music. You could play music you owned, or you could turn on the radio. You may have had records or cassettes, or even reel-to-reel tapes or eight-track tapes, and you were able to play them if you were at home, or perhaps in the car. But for most people, unless they had substantial music collections, music listening meant tuning into their favorite radio station and listening to what other people thought they should be listening to.
Things have changed a lot since then: we now have endless options for listening to music at home, in the car, and pretty much anywhere we go using our smartphones. The latest addition to this arsenal of music players is the smart speaker: Apple’s HomePod, Amazon’s Echo, and others. These devices are changing the way many people listen to music by providing a frictionless experience. You ask the smart speaker to play some music, and the music plays.
music  speaker  streaming 
march 2018 by rgl7194
The HomePod as Speaker — MacSparky
Phil Schiller did an extended interview over at Sound and Vision. That choice of publication for the interview speaks loads about Apple's point on the HomePod. It's not a smart speaker to them as much as it is a good speaker. I like the way Apple appears to be sweating the details. From the interview, Schiller explains how the HomePod uses the motion sensor to recalibrate itself.
homepod  music  speaker  phil_schiller  interview 
january 2018 by rgl7194
Best Stands for Sonos Play:1 in 2018 | iMore
Looking to complete your Sonos home theater? You'll need some speaker stands. Check out these awesome speakers stands for the Sonos Play:1!
Sonos has been a popular wireless speaker ecosystem for years and they Sonos Play:1 is the company's cheapest and smallest speaker. While they sound great on their own or as a pair, they really shine when you use them as rear speakers for a home theater system.
To accomplish a true home theater set up, you need to place your Sonos Play:1's behind your couch or seating area to get the best result, the easiest way to do this is with a speaker stand. Whether you're looking to finally get that surround sound experience with your Sonos system, or you just love the look and feel of a stand, here are my top picks for stands that work with your Sonos Play:1.
Vogel floor stand
Flexson floor stands
Sanus floor stands
Flexon desk stands
Vogel tabe stand
sonos  speaker  accessories  review  comparo 
january 2018 by rgl7194
HomePod vs. Amazon Echo vs. Google Home Max vs. Sonos One: Speaker showdown
When it comes to speaker quality and privacy, HomePod has no competition.
I am not — nor do I have much desire to be — an "audiophile." I didn't study audio production in school. I don't have a multi-thousand dollar audio rig. And I think lossless audio streaming services like Tidal are nice ideas that fall flat when most don't have the equipment to tell the difference.
But I know music. I may not be able to pinpoint the exact sonic frequencies for an acoustic performance, but I know how it's supposed to sound when someone pours their soul into grand piano or sings in harmony — I heard it every day growing up, floating up stairs and through the halls. My musician parents frequently held rehearsals and practice sessions in our house; rare was the afternoon I'd come home to a silent living room.
homepod  sonos  google  amazon  comparo  review  music  speaker 
january 2018 by rgl7194
How to send incoming calls to your iPhone instead of your Bluetooth speaker | iMore
Listening to tunes and your iPhone picks up on the speaker? Here's how to change your call audio routing.
If you have a Bluetooth speaker with an internal microphone, then it can indeed make and answer calls for you. In fact, if you Call Audio Routing is set to "Automatic" on your iPhone (which it is by default), it'll always go straight to the speaker. If you'd rather that not happen, here's how to change it.
iphone  speaker  bluetooth  howto 
december 2017 by rgl7194
Lefsetz Letter » Blog Archive » Sonos One
This is incredible.
My problem is I have too many Echos and too small a house. I set up the Sonos One but it was getting confused with the Echo nearby. So I decided to do some surgery and screwed it up completely. Then Thomas Meyer hooked me up with Sonos support and not only did Adrian fix the problem, he made me aware of all these capabilities I had no idea of.
So here’s the story, you can buy a Sonos One and have all the capabilities of an Echo. It’s got the equivalent of a Dot built in. So, what this means is you can get all the skills, all your questions answered, and FAR SUPERIOR SOUND!
This is the way to go. The Sonos One sounds like MUSIC!
But it gets better, if you already have an Echo or an Echo Show, you can control ALL your Sonos zones by voice, RIGHT NOW!
sonos  speaker  lefsetz  music  amazon 
november 2017 by rgl7194
Sonos and Apple Music — MacSparky
Sonos is a great speaker system. After much badgering from Mac Power Users listeners, I started investing in them several years ago, and now I have a collection of them throughout my house. However, where Sonos failed to keep up was voice control. As Amazon, Google, and now Apple all start releasing their speaker-in-a-can products with voice assistants built-in, consumers are finding it easier to use their voice to play their music rather than fiddle with an application on the phone.
sonos  speaker  music  audio  music  airplay  siri 
october 2017 by rgl7194
Sonos One review: A better sounding smart speaker | Ars Technica
Sonos may have undercut Apple's HomePod before it even launches.
Sonos is finally girding itself for the smart speaker wars. With Amazon’s Echo line of speakers proving a surprise hit and the usage of digital assistants growing generally, wireless speaker pioneer Sonos has launched its first voice-enabled speaker, the Sonos One. This $199 device taps in to the same Alexa assistant that Amazon plants in its own hardware; at some point in 2018, Sonos says it will add support for the rival Google Assistant as well.
It is generally accepted that current smart speakers like the Echo and Google Home, the devices for which such assistants are mainly designed, are mediocre when used as speakers. Given Sonos’ reputation for delivering above-average audio quality, the hope is that the One provides the smarts of an Echo (and, eventually, a Home) without skimping on sound.
sonos  music  audio  speaker  review  alexa 
october 2017 by rgl7194
Ears On with the HomePod - Six Colors
At WWDC today I got to listen to a HomePod for a little while, and compare it to a Sonos Play:3 and an Amazon Echo.
This will not surprise you, but the HomePod sounds a lot better than the Amazon Echo. It was also better than the Play:3, but with some caveats.
homepod  siri  speaker  music  smart_home  comparo  sonos  amazon 
june 2017 by rgl7194
Apple’s HomePod: Will This Speaker Take Over the Home? | Kirkville
At yesterday’s WWDC, Apple announced the HomePod, a new speaker which integrates microphones so users can interact with Siri.
The shape of this speaker is certainly familiar; as Macworld’s Roman Loyola said, “from a short distance, I though I was looking at a Mac Pro stuffed in fishnet stockings.”
But speakers like this tend to have this shape. Offerings from companies like Sonos are cylinders with rounded corners; Apple just makes it round all the way. At 172 mm, or 6.8 in. tall, it’s pretty much the standard size of these objects, and at 2.5 kg, or 5.5 lb., it’s a pretty hefty device (1.5 lb. more than the Sonos PLAY:1).
homepod  siri  speaker  music  smart_home 
june 2017 by rgl7194
HomePod vs. Sonos: What's the difference? | iMore
...Hrm. OK, bottom line. What do I need to know (and be thinking about) regarding the HomePod and Sonos?
First thing's first: Sonos is going to give you more options for multi-device listening. If you want to build out a home theater surround sound system, Sonos has the woofer, the tiny tweeters, the mid-range, the big sounds, and everything in between. You can buy and sync up loads of differently sized Sonos speakers and get the sound you want.
HomePod is going to give you incredible sound in a single package. It's also going to give you smart assistant support with Siri. Sonos can't control your smart home accessories; Siri can. If you're in the market for a smart speaker with really friggin' great sound, HomePod is going to be great for you. If you don't really need Siri on board, Sonos is probably the best place to look.
homepod  siri  speaker  music  comparo  sonos 
june 2017 by rgl7194
HomePod vs Google Home vs Amazon Echo: What's the difference? | iMore
Between the new HomePod, Google Home, and Amazon Echo, it can be tough making a decision between devices. So what's the difference?
First things first … What's a HomePod?
It's Apple's long-rumored, Wi-Fi-connected smart speaker. Apple is positioning the HomePod as the quintessential in-home listening device. It also comes with Siri — use the wake phrase, "Hey, Siri," and it can do anything Siri can do!
You can control your HomeKit-enabled accessories (even when you're away from home, since the device acts as a HomeKit Home Hub), listen to music and other content with the device's excellent speakers, set timers and reminders, check your calendar, send messages, etc.
homepod  siri  speaker  music  smart_home  google  amazon  comparo 
june 2017 by rgl7194
What Should We Make of Apple’s HomePod? – The Ringer
The company is pitching its product as a luxury accessory, not a home assistant
It’s impressive how little information Apple can convey in a new product’s promotional video. The latest example is the HomePod, the company’s entrance into the competitive market for home personal assistants. Rumors of an Apple smart speaker have been floating around for at least a year, so the fact that the company unveiled one at its 2017 Worldwide Developers Conference wasn’t a shock. But Apple is arriving to this party late, with seemingly little to show for its tardiness. The HomePod video, about 30 seconds long, simply pans lustfully around the device’s curves while EDM music blares. Given no other context, the only fact you can glean about Apple’s next big product line is that it appears to come in black and white.
homepod  siri  speaker  music  smart_home 
june 2017 by rgl7194
WWDC 2017: Apple Announces HomePod Speaker to Rival Amazon’s Echo - The New York Times
Hello HomePod, Apple’s new speaker.
Amazon pioneered Echo, a device that lets you play music, look up basic information and control your lighting and other home accessories. Now Apple’s answer to the Echo — the HomePod — is here, kind of. Apple showed HomePod on Monday, and the product will be available in December.
Apple has long been rumored to be working on a device meant to take on the Echo, which has become a surprise hit since Amazon released it nearly three years ago. The category is getting pretty crowded: Last year Google released a talking home computer of its own, called Google Home, and Microsoft’s assistant, Cortana, is also making its way to home speakers.
homepod  siri  speaker  music  smart_home  imac_pro  nytimes 
june 2017 by rgl7194
Apple's answer to the Amazon Echo is the $349 HomePod smart speaker.
It might be a year or two late, but it isn’t a dollar short.
Apple on Monday announced the HomePod, its long-anticipated answer to Amazon’s Echo and Google’s Home. The “breakthrough home speaker,” which appears to prioritize high-fidelity music playback over other functions, will set you back $350 when it ships in December. The Echo costs $180, the Home $110.
The HomePod looks a lot like its rivals: It’s a chunky, mesh-covered cylinder that sits on a table and responds to voice commands. It wakes to “Hey, Siri” and will attempt to answer basic questions and control other devices in addition to playing tunes via Apple Music. On first glance, you might think Apple just copied the Echo, replaced Alexa with Siri, and jacked up the volume and price.
homepod  siri  speaker  music  smart_home  amazon  google 
june 2017 by rgl7194
Apple HomePod Vs. Amazon Echo Vs. Google Home
When Amazon released the Amazon Echo at the end of 2014, its success took nearly everyone by surprise. The Echo created a market new enough that there still isn’t broad consensus on what, exactly, to call it. Home speakers? Home smart speakers? Smart speakers? AI speakers? All get used interchangeably. (We’ll go with “smart speakers” for now.) But all the terms refer to the same basic idea: a speaker that sits somewhere in your home that you interact with mainly through voice, whether that’s asking it to play music or to give you the weather forecast.
Amazon has first-mover advantage. The Echo, according to some estimates, now controls about 70 percent of the home speaker market, and this year’s CES saw hundreds of products integrating Alexa, Amazon’s cloud-based AI that it licenses to other companies for free.
homepod  siri  speaker  music  smart_home  amazon  google  alexa 
june 2017 by rgl7194
Apple's HomePod Speaker Goes After Sonos More Than Amazon and Google
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As rumors swelled about the pending launch of an Apple (AAPL) home speaker/assistant device, many of those commenting about the reports couldn't help but point out a big challenge faced by Apple's effort: The company's Siri assistant generally isn't considered to be as Alphabet/Google (GOOGL) , Amazon.com (AMZN) and Microsoft's (MSFT) rival offerings.
Perhaps for this reason, and perhaps also for some others, Apple largely chose not to emphasize Siri when unveiling its HomePod speaker at its annual WWDC developer conference. Nor did it price the device to directly take on Amazon and Google's home speakers.
homepod  siri  speaker  music  smart_home  sonos 
june 2017 by rgl7194
Apple announces the HomePod | TechCrunch
Apple’s long-rumored Amazon Echo competitor is real. It’s called the HomePod (yes, I know). “We want to reinvent home music,” Apple CEO Tim Cook said at the company’s WWDC keynote. The Apple Speaker is focused on music first, not Siri.
Apple’s SVP of Global Marketing Phil Schiller said Sonos aren’t smart speakers and Amazon Echos aren’t good speakers. So Apple wants to combine the best of both worlds. It’s a smart marketing strategy. HomePod is shipping later this year — it’s not quite ready for prime time.
The device is a pill-shaped circular speaker. It has a seven beam-forming tweeter array. It has a custom-made woofer and an Apple A8 chip. It has multi-channel echo cancellation, real-time acoustic modeling and more.
homepod  siri  speaker  music  smart_home 
june 2017 by rgl7194
Apple's HomePod Siri-enabled speaker is real, going after Sonos and Amazon combined - Pocket-lint
As rumoured prior to WWDC, Apple has announced its own music system in the form of the HomePod speaker.
It will be released later this year, but the company revealed a sneak peek during its keynote at the start of the Worldwide Developers Conference 2017.
The HomePod is designed to take on the Amazon Echo in smart functionality but also systems like Sonos in audio quality.
homepod  siri  speaker  music  smart_home  sonos 
june 2017 by rgl7194
HomePod: Apple's Smart Speaker Differs From Amazon And Google With Focus On Sound Quality
Apple is finally jumping into the smart speaker craze.
At Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference held in San Jose on Monday morning, the iPhone giant announced HomePod, a 7-inch tall speaker for $349.
Apple is facing some serious competition from the likes of tech rivals Amazon and Google in the race for voice-powered computing. While Apple was an early entry into voice assistants with the introduction of Siri in 2011, voice assistants from Amazon and Google have largely surpassed Apple with the launch Amazon Echo and Google Home speakers. This new breed of speaker presents a tantalizing future powered by voice, where computing is not tied to a screen
homepod  siri  speaker  music  smart_home  sonos 
june 2017 by rgl7194
Apple announces HomePod speaker to take on Sonos - The Verge
Apple has officially announced the HomePod speaker today, which the company claims will reinvent music in homes like the iPod did for music on the go.
The new smart speaker features a seven-speaker array of tweeters. Additionally, there’s a four-inch upward-facing subwoofer and an Apple A8 chip. The speaker features “spatial awareness,” which allows it to automatically tune the sound to the space that the speaker is in. Setup is simple — simply hold an iPhone next to the HomePod, similar to setting up a pair of AirPods. (HomePod is compatible with the iPhone 5S and up.) You’ll also be able to use a pair of HomePods together in a single room for improved sound. HomePod is also compatible with Apple’s newly announced AirPlay 2 multi-room audio solution, so you’ll be able to use the speakers together with other HomePods or other AirPlay 2-compatible speakers around your house.
homepod  siri  speaker  music  smart_home  sonos 
june 2017 by rgl7194
Apple HomePod: Price, Specs, Release Date | WIRED
IT’S HARD NOT to watch Amazon’s Alexa and Google’s Assistant invade millions of living rooms and not feel like Apple blew an opportunity.
Almost six years after Apple announced Siri as a feature on the iPhone 4S, Siri’s still confined to computers and phones. Siri has to be unlocked, activated, and summoned. Alexa and Assistant are omnipresent, always ready and waiting. The closest thing Apple offers is “Hey Siri,” which works approximately never.
homepod  siri  speaker  music  smart_home 
june 2017 by rgl7194
Apple announces ‘HomePod’ Smart Speaker | iLounge News
Today at WWDC 2017, Apple announced its long-rumoured smart speaker solution. Dubbed “HomePod” the new speaker appears to have a strong focus on music, with Apple touting it as a speaker to “reinvent home music” through features such as “Rock the house” sound, spatial awareness, and “Musicologist.” The speaker comes in at just under 7” tall, and is cylindrical and covered in a 3D mesh fabric available in either white or space grey. Internally, the HomePod features an array of 7 beam-forming tweeters at the bottom, coupled with an Apple-Designed 4” upward-facing woofer. An A8 chip inside the speaker provides advanced intelligence to allow the speaker to perform real-time acoustic modelling, audio beam-forming, and multi-channel echo cancellation so that it can adjust to the space it’s placed in and balance audio appropriately. Integrated Siri capabilities allow the speaker to act as a “musicologist” with Apple Music, which can be streamed directly to the HomePod without requiring an intermediate iOS device. Six microphones allow the speaker to hear audio commands from across the room, even when loud music is playing, and Apple has expanded Siri’s vocabulary and intelligence to allow it to respond to a wide variety of music-related queries.
homepod  siri  speaker  music  smart_home 
june 2017 by rgl7194
Apple Introduces HomePod, a Siri-Equipped Smart Speaker – MacStories
Apple is entering the smart speaker space, and it's doing that with a new product launching this December called HomePod.
Introduced at the end of today's WWDC keynote, HomePod is a Siri-equipped smart speaker that specializes in music. Rather than solely competing with products like the Amazon Echo and Google Home, Apple is positioning HomePod as a hybrid product that does more. It contains many of the same capabilities of those assistant-equipped speakers, but adds one more thing: high quality audio. This makes it not only a competitor to the Echo and Home, but also to home audio systems like those offered by Sonos and Bose. This latter market is where Apple has so far focused its marketing, as reflected by the title of its introductory press release: "HomePod reinvents music in the home."
homepod  siri  speaker  music  smart_home 
june 2017 by rgl7194
Apple's HomePod coming in December | MacTech
Apple has previewed the HomePod, a wireless speaker for the home that uses spatial awareness to sense its location in a room and automatically adjust the audio.
Designed to work with an Apple Music subscription for access to over 40 million songs, HomePod provides deep knowledge of personal music preferences and tastes and helps users discover new music, according to Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. It sports a large, Apple-designed woofer for deep bass, a custom array of seven beam-forming tweeters that provide pure high frequency acoustics with directional control and technologies built right in to preserve the richness and intent of the original recordings.
homepod  siri  speaker  music  smart_home 
june 2017 by rgl7194
HomePod FAQ: Everything you need to know! | iMore
Apple's HomePod is here and we've got everything you need to know right now!
Apple announced its long-rumored HomePod at WWDC 2017. The Wi-Fi connected speaker offers up Siri voice control, HomeKit functionality, and boasts incredible, virtual surround sound. Wanna know more? We've got the details!
Apple Home Hub? Siri Speaker? Siri Home Hub? What's this thing actually called?
It's called HomePod. It's like an iPod for your home!
Neat … so what can it do?
Apple is positioning the HomePod as an excellent wireless speaker. It's also another in-home point of contact with Siri. Use the wake phrase, "Hey, Siri," and it can do anything Siri can do … and a little more! You can control your HomeKit-enabled accessories (even when you're away from home, since the device acts as a HomeKit Home Hub), listen to music and other content with the device's excellent speakers, set timers and reminders, check your calendar, send messages, etc.
homepod  siri  speaker  music  smart_home 
june 2017 by rgl7194
Homepod is Apple’s first “breakthrough home speaker,” coming December for $349 | Ars Technica
Has home management features, but currently focused more on music than on Siri.
SAN JOSE, Calif.—Today at WWDC, we finally got a look at Apple's rumored smart home speaker, which has home-assistant features buried beneath a music-first sales pitch.
"We want to reinvent home music," Tim Cook told the Monday WWDC keynote crowd before Apple's Phil Schiller revealed and named the new Apple Homepod. The product will cost $349 and launch in certain territories, including the US, this December.
homepod  siri  speaker  music  smart_home 
june 2017 by rgl7194
Apple’s Siri-controlled smart speaker could be revealed at WWDC next week | Ars Technica
But you'll probably have to wait until late 2017 to get your hands on it.
Ahead of Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference next week, a report from Bloomberg suggest the company could announce a long-rumored, Siri-controlled smart speaker. "People familiar with the matter" told Bloomberg that the device could be revealed as early as WWDC, but likely would not ship until later this year.
siri  speaker  rumor  WWDC 
june 2017 by rgl7194
Apple’s Rumored Siri Speaker Targets Sonos, Too - The Mac Observer
All the reports of Apple’s rumored Siri Speaker have it targeting Alexa and Google Home, and at one level that makes sense. The Siri Speaker seems like it will be a voice-controlled device in your home that happens to be able to emit sound. But I think there’s a different target Apple’s going after: Sonos. Remember, this isn’t rumored to just be a voice-controlled device with a speaker thrown in for audio feedback. Reports peg this as a device which contains multiple, high-quality speakers. In early May, KGI Securities’ Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said:
We expect Apple’s first home AI product will have excellent acoustics performance (one woofer + seven tweeters) and computing power (similar to iPhone 6/6S AP).
airplay  siri  speaker 
june 2017 by rgl7194
Daring Fireball: Dave Hamilton on Apple's Rumored Siri Speaker
Dave Hamilton, writing for The MacObserver:
All the reports of Apple’s rumored Siri Speaker have it targeting Alexa and Google Home, and at one level that makes sense. The Siri Speaker seems like it will be a voice-controlled device in your home that happens to be able to emit sound. But I think there’s a different target Apple’s going after: Sonos. Remember, this isn’t rumored to just be a voice-controlled device with a speaker thrown in for audio feedback. Reports peg this as a device which contains multiple, high-quality speakers. […]
I would expect a device with seven tweeters to provide truly room-filling sound, perhaps from all angles given that each of those tweeters could be aimed in slightly different directions. This might be something that could pair with an Apple TV and not only play music but also play the audio for your TV shows and movies. The Siri Speaker may be more of a living room device than a kitchen device.
Man, this sounds like a great idea. Like Sonos but with really good AirPlay — like next-generation “AirPlay 2” AirPlay. Sonos doesn’t support AirPlay period.
apple  siri  speaker  sonos  airplay  daring_fireball 
june 2017 by rgl7194

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