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Play crystal-clear audio with the Apple HomePod.

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Fun fact: Microsoft Office’s Clippy was among the first smart assistants made widely available to consumers. That same technology has since meandered over into the world of audio, where internet-connected speakers are now capable of pairing with other devices and being controlled by a listener’s voice. 

With more and more electronics companies dipping their toes into the smart speaker marketplace to meet surging public demand, there are a lot of options for consumers to consider. There’s tough competition out there, y’all. But it’s a newcomer that’s got everyone else beat in terms of sound quality and high-tech features: the Apple HomePod.

Introduced less than a year ago, the compact HomePod boasts the latest in audio technology. (There’s a reason we called it “the best sounding smart speaker yet.”)

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Using groundbreaking spacial awareness tools, it’s able to analyze the acoustics of any room to fill the surrounding area with bold sound. It also comes equipped with Siri functionality, which works even when your music’s bumpin’ thanks to advanced signal processing. It even learns which songs you like over time for the ultimate listening experience, although you can always switch up your tracks using AirPlay 2.

Oh, and another thing: You wouldn’t know it just by looking at the HomePod (it’s only seven inches tall), but it emits remarkably deep bass through its high-excursion woofer. Said bass is crystal-clear, too, as a result of the HomePod’s real-time, studio-level processing abilities.

The Apple HomePod typically retails for $349, and we normally mark down that price for our readers by 5%. But for a limited time, you can save an additional 10% and pay just $296.10 when you enter the code HOMEPOD10 at checkout. You can get the same great deal on the white version on the HomePod too.





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