Ears-on review: Stereo HomePods will blow you away

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Two HomePods are better than one.
Photo: Erfon Elijah/Cult of Mac

Stereo-pairing has been one of the most anticipated HomePod features and now that it has finally arrived, it was definitely worth the wait.

HomePod owners can now pair two or more speakers together to create rich stereo soundscapes in their house for an audio experience that’s unlike any other. CultCast producer Erfon Elijah went ears-on with the new feature and says his finely tuned ears were tingling with delight from the sounds HomePod can blast out. The 360-degree sound is so enveloping that it’s hard to tell where it’s even coming from.

Listen to the difference:

HomePod + AirPlay 2

Despite being revealed last year, Apple had to delay a few of the HomePod’s biggest features. With yesterday’s batch of software updates, the HomePod, iPhone, iPad and Apple TV now support AirPlay 2. The new feature allows you to stream the same song to multiple Apple devices at the same time.

Apple is rumored to be working on a smaller HomePod as well. The smaller Siri-powered speaker could debut next week at WWDC 2018. Some analysts believe the cheaper speaker will only cost around $250 and be carried by the Beats brand.