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An Apple HomePod will soon arrive not only at the Apfelot house, but also for some of you. If you also want to use this as a speaker for the Apple TV to avoid the bad sound of the TV, this is the right place for you. In the following I have instructions for you with which you can couple the Siri speaker from Cupertino with the corresponding television solution, so that TV channels, films, series, documentaries and music as well as streams from iTunes, Amazon and Netflix sound good again;)
The Apple HomePod is not only a Siri, but also an AirPlay speaker. Like other speakers compatible with this technology, the HomePod can also be coupled with the Apple TV. To do this, the set-top box must be connected to the television. Turn it on and navigate through the menu as follows:
At the same time as the HomePod, you can also couple other speakers to the Apple TV; for example when you go to the kitchen to get snacks. Then you don't have to press pause, but can follow the plot of the film or series - at least aurally - in another room.
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You don't necessarily have to go through the Apple TV settings to set up the HomePod as audio output. If you are more impatient, simply hold down the play button on the home screen and get to the audio output menu a little faster;)
The possibility of connecting several loudspeakers to the television solution from Cupertino naturally also ensures that stereo sound can be conjured up to the left and right of the television. Two identical speakers should be used for this in order to produce a balanced sound. So if you want to use a HomePod to watch TV, a second Siri speaker should also be used for the stereo experience. Under Settings -> Sound, "Stereo" must then also be set, otherwise you will not get a good sound;)
After graduating from high school, Johannes completed an apprenticeship as a business assistant specializing in foreign languages. But then he decided to research and write, which resulted in his independence. For several years he has been working for Sir Apfelot, among others. His articles include product introductions, news, manuals, video games, consoles, and more. He follows Apple keynotes live via stream.