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Maybe I just don't understand the HomePod mini
Posted by: iaJim
Date: August 07, 2022 11:07AM
I purchased a HomePod mini a few months ago when my computer speakers stopped working. I wanted it to be mostly a replacement for them that would also be able to take some oral commands. OK. What I didn't want was a device that interfered with my iPhone and made random alarms go off. Do I just not get what it is, or are there settings I can change to make it do what I want? I find the documentation to be vague.
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Re: Maybe I just don't understand the HomePod mini
Posted by: btfc
Date: August 07, 2022 01:01PM
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Re: Maybe I just don't understand the HomePod mini
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: August 07, 2022 01:28PM
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iaJim
I find the documentation to be vague.

That is true of every product Apple makes today.



It is what it is.
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Re: Maybe I just don't understand the HomePod mini
Posted by: Article Accelerator
Date: August 07, 2022 01:50PM
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iaJim
What I didn't want was a device that interfered with my iPhone and made random alarms go off. Do I just not get what it is, or are there settings I can change to make it do what I want?

Open the Home app. Long touch on the tile for your HomePod mini. You can check and change alarm and timer settings there. For more settings, scroll to the bottom and touch the gear icon.



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Re: Maybe I just don't understand the HomePod mini
Posted by: hal
Date: August 07, 2022 03:26PM
home pod is a lot of things, but a replacement for computer speakers is not one of them.

I'd return it and get a BT speaker system (or fix the problem with your current speakers).

Probably better than a manual would be to watch the introductory Keynote - there they show everything one can do with new apple thingies.
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Re: Maybe I just don't understand the HomePod mini
Posted by: Robert M
Date: August 07, 2022 06:21PM
iaJim,

Sounds to me like you haven't configured the Homepod Mini correctly. That's the likely source of the issues. However, I believe Hal is correct. The Homepod isn't a replacement for dedicated computer speakers. It's doable - there are instructions for it on the web - but it requires some configuration and seems like a possibly annoying proposition when a pair of basic computer speakers that will do the job nicely can be had on the cheap.

I'd keep the Homepod Mini and use it as a Homepod Mini and purchase a pair of dedicated computer speakers and use them for your computer. Or, return the Homepod Mini and purchase a set of dedicated computer speakers and use them for your computer. You can get something that'll do the job for much less than the cost of a Homepod Mini. Heck, you can get the speakers and an Echo Dot and still get the best of both worlds for less than the cost of a single homepod mini.

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Re: Maybe I just don't understand the HomePod mini
Posted by: pqrst
Date: August 07, 2022 07:53PM
I agree with not trying to use the HomePod as replacement computer speakers. It sounds like you are also trying to use it as speaker for other devices (music players, etc). Multiple bluetooth devices is asking for complications. If you want, you maybe able to use a usb audio out dongle and connect speakers to it.



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Re: Maybe I just don't understand the HomePod mini
Posted by: Rolando
Date: August 07, 2022 11:09PM
I recall some good speakers here recently with built in BT and audio in.

If you have a phone, why do you need Siri et al on your speakers.



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Re: Maybe I just don't understand the HomePod mini
Posted by: Article Accelerator
Date: August 08, 2022 12:19AM
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hal
home pod is a lot of things, but a replacement for computer speakers is not one of them..

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Robert M
The Homepod isn't a replacement for dedicated computer speakers. It's doable - there are instructions for it on the web - but it requires some configuration

Instructions? Here they are:

Open System Preferences, go to Sound: Output, select your HomePod.

Works fine here! HomePods are a fine choice for computer speakers.
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Re: Maybe I just don't understand the HomePod mini
Posted by: Robert M
Date: August 08, 2022 03:58AM
Article,

From what I read elsewhere, it'll work for many things but not system alert sounds and such. Those will still be routed to the speakers of your computer. So, it isn't feasible to have everything routed to the HomePod. Is this correct?

Robert
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Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: August 08, 2022 06:29AM
Open System Preferences, go to Sound: Output, select your HomePod.

Works fine here! HomePods are a fine choice for computer speakers.




Having had an hk 2.1 Creature speaker system for a number of years, I know small speakers can quite good to my ear, for near-field use.

Article, can you watch a video in VLC on your Mac and have the audio play through the HomePod minis?

Is there any lag?

This would make watching a video impossible for me, as VLC is my player of choice for all non-DRM video.

If I get a HomePod mini or two, it/they would be used with a 2012 mini and macOS 10.12.6 as computer speakers.

But playing nice with VLC is mandatory.






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Re: Maybe I just don't understand the HomePod mini
Posted by: Robert M
Date: August 08, 2022 09:27AM
AA,

The other question is system requirements. What version of the Mac OS is required to use the Homepod Mini as a speaker for your Mac? I would hope that it wouldn't realyl matter as long as it is a reasonable modern version of the OS, i.e. Mojave or newer.

Robert
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Re: Maybe I just don't understand the HomePod mini
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Date: August 08, 2022 02:16PM
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Robert M
it'll work for many things but not system alert sounds and such.

That seems to be true.

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RAMd®d
Article, can you watch a video in VLC on your Mac and have the audio play through the HomePod minis? Is there any lag?

There's a big lag with VLC so that's a no-go. On the other hand, video like Web, Youtube, etc. in Safari worked fine. HomePods used as external speakers for your computer connect via AirPlay so unless the video applications you use adjust synchronization for the inherent delay, they won't work as expected.

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Robert M
What version of the Mac OS is required to use the Homepod Mini as a speaker for your Mac?

I'm not sure, Robert.

Anywho, I rescind my initial enthusiasm for this usage of HomePods. Grr…



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Re: Maybe I just don't understand the HomePod mini
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: August 08, 2022 07:22PM
There's a big lag with VLC so that's a no-go. On the other hand, video like Web, Youtube, etc. in Safari worked fine. HomePods used as external speakers for your computer connect via AirPlay so unless the video applications you use adjust synchronization for the inherent delay, they won't work as expected.


Great information, if disappointing.

I really like the idea of alerts not coming through the HomePod minis.

On occasions I may pump up the volume a skosh.

It's jarring and annoying when an alert comes through, much louder than the music.

Turning the Alert Volume down means the alerts are too quiet when the volume is back to routine listening levels.

The HomePod minis are a great size for computer speakers.






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Everybody counts or nobody counts.

When a good man is hurt,
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must suffer with him.

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There is no safety for honest men except
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