And by “they,” I mean Apple. When we moved into our current home, we inherited a surround sound system in the living room. It was entrancing for me. I’d listen for hours, until my long-suffering wife would kindly ask: “Would you mind if we turned off the music for a while?” But there were a few draw backs. We had no furniture in which to store the stereo component, so I set it on a black plastic crate, and the set up was, well, quite ugly. That and we had speakers sitting hither and yon in the room with wires connecting them. I hate seeing tangles of cords. No, scratch that. I hate even KNOWING that there were tangles of cords even hidden in that crate.
When the Homepod was advertised, I was intrigued. My son was skeptical if the physics of sound could allow it to be even as good as the system we had. Could a single little gadget like that actually replace the stereo system, get rid of the need for a complex set of speakers, operate wirelessly and still sound great?
I decided to pick one up and give it a try this past weekend. It started out promising and it has only grown better day by day. The sound seems to “grow” in complexity as the device continues to gauge the room over several days. And it truly doesn’t matter where I stand, the sound is the same. How is this even possible? And all from this little thingy that sits on my piano! The bass is rich and you can FEEL it. Each layer of sound is very distinct and the whole is super crisp and just overall pleasant.
So yeah, I think they did it again.