Apple HomePod review (2nd gen): A smarter smart speaker

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Thanks to the work Apple has put in over the last five years, the second-gen HomePod is a much better smart speaker than its predecessor. The company has once again delivered stellar sound quality, though it can over emphasize vocals and dialog at times. However, expanded smart home tools and more room to grow shows Apple has learned from its stumbling first attempt.

Great sound quality
Expanded smart home abilities
Siri responds quickly
Clean design
Lower price

Audio over-emphasizes voice at times
The best sound requires two units
Sound Recognition is still in the works
No Bluetooth streaming or audio inputs

Engadget Score: 84

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