1. James Falconer's Avatar
    Speaking strictly on home audio - how do you think the HomePod is going to stack up against the likes of Sonos and other connected home audio solutions?
    06-05-2017 03:26 PM
  2. AustinIllini's Avatar
    I think if you have a vast Sonos setup, you're best holding off before buying anything. Alexa integration is around the corner and maybe Sonos will participate in Homekit.

    That being said, if you don't have anything, I think it depends how you want to use the system. If you want multiple rooms or to build a home theater wirelessly, obviously go Sonos. If you want one speaker for one room, go HomePod. If you want a competitive price, go Echo.
    06-05-2017 03:54 PM
  3. James Falconer's Avatar
    Yeah I think I'm going to hold on. Too much Sonos around here - and honestly - still love them. Use them every day, and they work flawlessly. The app is amazing too.
    06-06-2017 08:17 AM
  4. Not Quite Right's Avatar
    I think it comes down to a three way fight. Amazon Echo, Google Home, and now Apple's HomePod. I don't see this as being a area where there is a clear winner or "best" product, but more of what "ecosystem" the consumers has bought into. I do believe The HomePod will be a premium product, with a premium price not unlike most of Apple's offerings. While Sonos, Bose, and their ilk have their own niche to provide to. None of them are competing to become your homes "Digital Assistant"...
    06-06-2017 08:55 AM
  5. James Falconer's Avatar
    @Not Quite Right - is this an opportunity for Sonos to enter the battle though? 'HEY SONOS...'

    They already have a huge install base.
    06-06-2017 09:02 AM
  6. Not Quite Right's Avatar
    @Not Quite Right - is this an opportunity for Sonos to enter the battle though? 'HEY SONOS...'

    They already have a huge install base.
    Anythings possible. I'm willing to bet though that if you polled average consumers what their impressions of Sonos was, their response would be "What is that"? While polling the same group what they thought of having "Alexa or Siri" in your home, they would know exactly what your talking about and you would get a response.
    06-06-2017 09:27 AM
  7. AustinIllini's Avatar
    @Not Quite Right - is this an opportunity for Sonos to enter the battle though? 'HEY SONOS...'

    They already have a huge install base.
    Sonos's best bet is to integrate Alexa and Google Now and position themselves as an accessory for an Echo or Google home. If I'm Sonos, I want to be the feature third party partner at the next Pixel Launch with Google Home updates and I want Amazon pushing me as an obvious addition to the Echo Dot.

    Anythings possible. I'm willing to bet though that if you polled average consumers what their impressions of Sonos was, their response would be "What is that"? While polling the same group what they thought of having "Alexa or Siri" in your home, they would know exactly what your talking about and you would get a response.
    This is probably somewhat true. Sonos needs a bigger market push for sure. I'm thinking that comes through Amazon/Google partnerships.
    06-06-2017 09:30 AM
  8. trw1602's Avatar
    I have two Sonos speakers that work well. The fact that the HomePod is Apple Music only is a deal-breaker.

    Also, when Apple talked about sharing audio with AirPlay speakers, they left out Sonos which really pissed me off. I understand why, from a business perspective, but I am less inclined to buy HomePod as Apple is trying to gain a competitive advantage by locking Sonos out, instead of competing on the merits of the device.
    06-06-2017 05:50 PM
  9. trw1602's Avatar
    Sonos's best bet is to integrate Alexa and Google Now and position themselves as an accessory for an Echo or Google home. If I'm Sonos, I want to be the feature third party partner at the next Pixel Launch with Google Home updates and I want Amazon pushing me as an obvious addition to the Echo Dot.


    This is probably somewhat true. Sonos needs a bigger market push for sure. I'm thinking that comes through Amazon/Google partnerships.
    Apple and Sonos have similar philosophies. I don't see how they partner up with Google but they might. Apple clearly took a shot at them with the photos of Sonos and Alexa and talking about the shortcomings of each. I think Sonos should keep pushing third party integrations
    06-06-2017 05:51 PM
  10. knotsure's Avatar
    I think the bass sounds better on the HomePod but the mids are better and the highs are as good on my Sonos play 5 as well as being louder overall but the HomePod bests my play 3 in all categories except maybe full volume and midbass.
    02-10-2018 11:30 AM
  11. metllicamilitia's Avatar
    This seems like the thread to point out that Phil Nickinson (ModernDad) says the HomePod sounds better than Sonos Play: 3. I find that interesting enough to look further into the HomePod.
    02-10-2018 11:56 AM
  12. MaxSmarties's Avatar
    Well... the thread was started when HomePod was announced. Today we already know HomePod is better than Sonos
    02-10-2018 12:28 PM
  13. knotsure's Avatar
    Well... the thread was started when HomePod was announced. Today we already know HomePod is better than Sonos
    As an overall statement I disagree. Maybe just HomePod vs Sonos one or play3 yes but Sonos is in a category all it’s own. I have several sonos speakers and now the one HomePod I am not biased. The HomePod does have better bass but that may be the only edge I will give to the HomePod from a sound quality standpoint.
    02-10-2018 08:45 PM
  14. TylerLV76's Avatar
    As an overall statement I disagree. Maybe just HomePod vs Sonos one or play3 yes but Sonos is in a category all it’s own. I have several sonos speakers and now the one HomePod I am not biased. The HomePod does have better bass but that may be the only edge I will give to the HomePod from a sound quality standpoint.
    Thats the majority of reviews Ive read as well. Do you think 2 sonos ones are the better value to one HomePod since its the same cost?
    02-10-2018 09:36 PM
  15. knotsure's Avatar
    I don’t know yet. My brother in law has two sonos ones. After I compare the HomePod to my sonos one for a few days I will send it over to his house to compare to the 2 ones in stereo. That will be the true comparison IMO, same pricepoint.
    02-10-2018 10:00 PM
  16. knotsure's Avatar
    They are so different. The HomePod has very good low end bass but the sonos has the rockin midbass. I wish I had the gen 2 to compare to the HomePod. I still have the play 5 gen 1. If I could group the HomePod with the sonos I have that would be great......
    02-10-2018 10:05 PM
  17. AustinIllini's Avatar
    I don't think anyone can reasonably say Sonos One is better than HomePod. At the same time, I don't think anyone is seriously saying HomePod is better than Play 5.

    2 Sonos Play Ones are probably better for most than a HomePod. For one thing, no compromises tied to service lock in. Also, Alexa (and eventually Google Assistant) are leaps and bounds better than Siri for any serious AI.
    02-11-2018 10:32 PM
  18. knotsure's Avatar
    The biggest difference is the bass. HomePod has nice deep bass and barely any mids. Sonos have great mids not great bass.
    02-14-2018 07:50 PM

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