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Will HomePod 'kill' BeoPlay?

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benoit
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benoit posted on Tue, Jan 23 2018 6:23 PM

Hi,

With HomePod coming February 9th, will BeoPlay be that successful? Will they still manage to sell the non battery powered BeoPlay audio speakers (except A9) ? I think that even BeoSound 1 and 2 could highly suffer... I guess that soon we will learn if HomePod is far superior than BeoPlay (audio quality speaking) and maybe not far from BeoSounds for a much much lower price. And I don't speak about the wireless connectivity dropouts that happen...

What do you think?

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Wow, that almost read like b&o doesn’t yet know people leave reviews online. Besides that though, i still can’t imagine wanting to have our corporate overlords listening in on private conversations which they share with third parties. They listen to more than just hey siri/google/alexa, they pick up more info from regular conversations too for the purpouses of ad shaping. So with that in mind i’d rather have a somewhat “dumb” speaker or nothing at all Stick out tongue

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Personally I am not keen on the look of the home pod, I have a BS1 in brass and it is beautiful to look at and sounds amazing in the bedroom. Some People will always want something that is more of a statement piece rather than a run of the mill looking speaker

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Mark-N replied on Tue, Jan 23 2018 9:58 PM

I was contemplating buying an M5 for another room, but the HomePod is very tempting.  Given the cost of the HomePod I think I will have to give it a try.  At the worse, if the [mono] HomePod does not pass the Kanna Hashimoto "Arigato" song test I can buy another one and have true stereo for just a little more than one M5, and I'll bet it will sound amazing.  I will find out.  Pre-ordering this Friday.

Since I mostly use AirPlay it will be fine for me.

 

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@benoit

If you ask an Android user, the answer will probably be a loud NO!

If you ask someone, who is used to the possibilities/versatility of the B&O/Beoplay devices

in a NL-network (= including the tv’s), it probably will be a no, too.

However, someone, who just wants AirPlay, will have a strong alternative, I guess...at least if he likes the design of the Hpods.

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jimcaj replied on Tue, Jan 23 2018 10:47 PM
I think B&O should implement stereo pairing. A stereo M3, would be a killer product. I would buy for sure.

Also, the HomePod has no input ports. I imagine young kids buying their turntables and two M3s. Hook it up via the M3 line-in port. That’s something.

I did read that the Homepod is bass heavy - we’ll see when it’s released. Exciting times for sure.
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Mark-N replied on Tue, Jan 23 2018 11:03 PM

jimcaj:
I did read that the Homepod is bass heavy - we’ll see when it’s released. Exciting times for sure.

 

Most of the reviews I've read for the M5 said that it was also bass heavy!

 

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Sal replied on Wed, Jan 24 2018 1:07 AM

Millemissen:
However, someone, who just wants AirPlay, will have a strong alternative, I guess...at least if he likes the design of the Hpods.

More competition will come when Airplay 2 comes to Sonos. They already have Alexa integration. If you don't have a whole house integrated with B&O, Sonos is a compelling and more inexpensive alternative. No way Sonos has the design finesse of the B&O offerings, however their SW is head and shoulders in a different league than what B&O has today. And Sonos' sound isn't too shabby (no, I'm not saying Sonos competes in the audio quality dept. with B&O, but for what the speakers are designed to do, they do it well for their price).

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Jeff replied on Wed, Jan 24 2018 1:51 AM

Will BeoPlay managed to "kill" BeoPlay?

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mczac replied on Wed, Jan 24 2018 2:01 PM

Speakers have never been a core expertise at Apple, although a vast amount of engineers were musicians. For instance iPod HiFi speaker didn't last long as it wasn't the best product on the market, HomePod will clearly win a space in a personal assistant market, plus its wireless and software integration will be far more superior than BO currently offers. Design wise HomePod is rather awkward and resembles a Harman Kardon sub or a previous generation Mac Pro. If customers will be willing to choose better design and likely better sounding systems,  BO will have a space. Otherwise corporate Steamroller "Apple" will run on its brand equity fuel and smash all relatively small players like it did with a smart watch market.

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NickPG replied on Wed, Jan 24 2018 2:27 PM

The aesthetic, sound and build quality of the HomePod will never match the A6, A9, BeoSound 1 and 2. What will be interesting is how this impacts the M3 and M5 B&O range. I haven't heard the HomePod but have the expectation that it will be better than the M3, and the M5 is £200 more expensive. Would two HomePods in stereo outperform an M5 - maybe...

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Am i the only one that isn’t that fond of a microfoon that listens all the time in your private space?

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NickPG replied on Wed, Jan 24 2018 3:09 PM

Very true about the microphone element!

Think I feel more comfortable with it in an Apple product rather than Amazon or Google though...

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moxxey replied on Wed, Jan 24 2018 3:15 PM

NickPG:

The aesthetic, sound and build quality of the HomePod will never match the A6, A9, BeoSound 1 and 2.

Well see. I own the A9 (best speaker I've owned), the A6 (mediocre compared to the A9) and BeoSound 1 (sold it!), I wasn't overly impressed with the latter two. The BeoSound 2 is another step up though, but it's £1500.

A lot of people will buy the HomePod simply as it's from Apple. People are like sheep in this respect, sadly.

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NickPG:

Very true about the microphone element!

Think I feel more comfortable with it in an Apple product rather than Amazon or Google though...

Im amused that you thunk they're different,  let alone better!

 

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