Am I able to connect HomePod to a 3rd party speaker; to enable using Siri functionality but have the audio routed to another, higher-quality speaker?
I am looking to use a high-quality network-connected speaker in conjunction with HomePod. Can I route the audio from HomePod to this speaker so I can essentially utilise it's Siri features but then hear the music through the other speaker?
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I would say yes. Though it's not a direct "connection".
You simply add an Airport Express (which had both optical and 3.5mm Audio output), into your setup.
I have two of these, on my wireless home network, that are connected to very nice receivers and speakers, that blow away the (very good) sound of the HomePod.
I simply say to the Kitchen HomePod, "Play the Beatles, Everywhere", and she diligently sends her output to the fantastic stereo systemic our grand living room. It's quite magical.
If I only want the music playing in the living Room, I can reduce the Kitchen HomePod volume to zero by tapping her - button, or using various methods on iPhone, iPad.
I hope this is helpful to you, encourages you to get a hompod, and enjoy the fantastic convenience and sound it brings to your home.
- Answered by Brendan M from Redwood City
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No, there are no ways to connect HomePod via jacks to any other input OR output devices. It connects via wifi only.
That said, have you listened to a HomePod? It's been tested by audiophiles and rated as the full equal of other systems that, in some cases, cost considerably more. I'm sure there are other, higher-quality systems, also higher-priced; dollar for dollar, the HomePod is pretty amazing.
- Answered by John A from New York
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