Stereo-Like Sound With HomePods Coming Before Multi-Room Audio Feature [Updated]

Apple's technology that will enable a pair of HomePods to automatically detect and balance each other to create stereo-like sound is coming soon, according to Matthew Panzarino, while the HomePod's multi-room audio support via AirPlay 2 will be available at some point later this year.

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Both features are currently listed as "coming later this year" on Apple's website, so it was assumed they would be released in tandem.

Emphasis should be placed on stereo-like, as HomePod reviews published today confirm that users won't be able to set one speaker as the right channel and another as the left channel. Instead, as Apple notes, HomePods will use advanced beamforming capabilities to create a more immersive soundstage.

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HomePod launches this Friday in the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia, and availability of the speaker is beginning to tighten ahead of time.

Update: An earlier version of this article referred to the more-than-one-HomePod-in-a-room balancing feature as "FullRoom," as mentioned in a few reports, but Apple says that is not the official name of the feature.

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Top Rated Comments

ck2875 Avatar
42 months ago
This thing was announced nearly nine months ago (and in development for who knows how long before the announcement) and they still decided to release it before it was fully baked.
Almost sounds like the baby my sister just popped out.
Score: 19 Votes (Like | Disagree)
jav6454 Avatar
42 months ago
So you'll have to shell out $700 + tax for a stereo-like experience? Lol, joke
Score: 18 Votes (Like | Disagree)
krause734 Avatar
42 months ago
Too expensive for many average people and too cheap for many audiophiles.
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)
JimmyBanks6 Avatar
42 months ago
Meanwhile APFS for Fusion drives is nowhere to be seen.
I don't get posts like this.

Are you so naive to think that the team working on a speaker is the same team working on a file system? Like really, think before posting.
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
avanpelt Avatar
42 months ago
'At a later date'. Nice and vague there, Apple. I hope these things sit on store shelves for a while after the initial launch wave subsides. There certainly won't be any in my home, nor will I recommend it to anyone. This thing was announced nearly nine months ago (and in development for who knows how long before the announcement) and they still decided to release it before it was fully baked.
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
blacktape242 Avatar
42 months ago
and WHY couldn't they have figured that out at the release???? come on apple, just sounds lazy.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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