Apple Homepod $299 @ JB Hi-Fi (OW Price Beat $284)

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Looks like a decent deal for the Pod. Cheers to Price hipster :)

Apple Homepod $299 @ JB Hi-Fi (OW Price Beat $284)

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  • +4 votes

    Thats a decent drop - almost certain there is a homepod 2 around the corner

    • +2 votes

      I hope they make significant improvements if thats the case.

      • +4 votes

        I'm actually pretty happy with mine, got it for around $350 6 or so months ago. It does its job - sound it produces is great.

      • +5 votes

        What improvements would you expect? I heard that the sound is excellent.

        • +4 votes

          As a speaker: The sound is incredible, I would compare it to my parent's Yamaha soundbar with bass speaker. I am planning on getting a second one so we can have one on each side of the TV.

          As a smart device: Could be better, can't do a lot of things I can do from my iPhone that I had expected it would.

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          the sound is really great.

          but the rest of it is very shit, wont play australian radio, have to fiddle with apple tv almost everytime to use it with and it's dedicated to apple tv.
          worst apple product if it wasnt for the incredible sound i'd take it back

        • +1 vote

          Id like it to work better with appleTV which is the main reason i bought it for. like you know Siri play netflix, siri turn tv on/off, etc

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        Love mine, sound is fantastic

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    anyone recommend getting 2 for stereo sound ? already have 1

  • +2 votes

    I hear the new one makes coffee as well..

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    Pull the trigger, bought one 2 years ago, decent, recommended to buy if you have all apple devices, playing with android it sucks. Home App is good and siri is dump dump but usable

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      Really feels like they cut a large part of the market out when they don't make it compatible with Android devices.

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    HomePod 2 coming….

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    Waited so long for this that I have invested in a better sound system (Bose) and smart speaker ecosystem (Amazon). Wondering what better can this speaker add if I spend on Airplay Ecosystem knowing this one doesn't want to work with non-apple music streaming service and won't be able to control anything like my TV etc.

  • +1 vote

    Good job OP, I have been eyeing off one for a while. Got alerted by Price hipster (sign up if you don't have it) and knew it was a great price. Officeworks had very low stock and based on my past experiences I did not wait and got it done asap. The store I went to Garden City (QLD) only had 2 in stock and they sort of made a big deal about the price match (when in the past they did not care at all, aka apple watch 5 at Xmas time). They only had white, going to swap this with my echo dot (currently in the kitchen), I know the sound will be a lot better! Also given I add a lot of my stuff into homekit via home assistant all of my devices are easy to access (for the echo I had to create other workarounds like using Node-Red). Very happy!

    https://pricehipster.com/

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    This or the sonos 1… already have two sonos ones and like Alexa but always wanted one of these hmmm

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    they need to sell this for $99 in ebay hourly sale, might consider.

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    Homepods for $600 a pair, maybe you are better off getting the Edifier S3000Pro for $10 more from this comment here. (eBay Plus only).

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    Just asking as it is a speaker discussion, as a music lover, I prefer 2.1 set up over anything, great bass and amazing output from stereo speakers. What are your thoughts? As if I’ll buy this, will be definitely 2 to enjoy stereo output.

    • +1 vote

      Depends how fussy you are with audio.
      IMO HomePods are glorified 360 degree smart-speakers (probably one of the best smart-speakers). Only thing impressive was the bass for its size. It gets loud, but when loud the DSP compresses the sound more.

      If you are fussy and need proper Hi-Fi speaker sound then IMO go with conventional bookshelf design speakers.

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      If second hand isnt a problem, go to stereo.net.au and check the classified forums.
      Audiophiles are serial upgraders so there's a steady supply of quality speakers in amazing condition, which would blow away anything you could do with a pair of smart speakers, or computer speakers. Theres a beautiful pair of Monitor Audio speakers up there right now, pair with a nice amp and you'll have something that lasts for years

  • +3 votes

    best sounding (but dumbest) smart speaker lol, oh and before you neg I own 2 and they actually sound amazing in stereo

  • +3 votes

    with the plunging AUD, this must be the lowest price in the whole world.

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      Picked one up at JB yesterday. Staff didn’t even know it was on sale and were surprised with the price. They had to double check

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    Thanks OP. Picked one up. A decent enough discount - got this instead of a stereo system as we aren’t too fussed with audio quality, big volume or bass. This is perfect!

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    Does anyone know the price of these in Costco?
    Also, if anyone knows of any stocks in and around Campbelltown NSW area in officeworks? I had a look at their site and it shows zero stocks and also not available for online purchase. Makes me think, this is a clear out for newer model.

  • +1 vote

    Officeworks have now beaten this price by $1.