It’s time for a major upgrade to your TV audio setup. If you have anstreaming device and two , you can create a makeshift sound system to rival a . It’ll be a huge improvement over your TV’s stock speakers, turning into a true surround-sound cinematic experience.
The bonus of using Apple’s smart speakers instead ofis that you’ll also get all the perks of a . You’ll be able to like, “Hey, Siri, play Dexter season 4, episode 1,” and you won’t even need to bother with . Let’s walk through the steps of setting up HomePod Minis for TV sound.
1. Set up your HomePod Mini speakers
If you haven’t already, you’ll need toMinis before you can connect them to your Apple TV. You can do this with your iPhone or iPad, but not your Apple TV.
You can read more about setting up a HomePod Mini and our overall impressions of these $99 Siri-enabled smart speakers in our.
2. Create a stereo pair
Now that your two HomePod Minis are up and running, you’ll need toin order to get that full surround sound. Make sure both speakers are in the same room, physically and in your Home app.
In the Home app, tap and hold the name of one of the HomePod Minis, then swipe up and tap the settings cog in the bottom right corner of the screen.
Tap “Use as stereo pair” and follow the instructions to select whether that speaker will provide left- or right-channel audio. Repeat this process for your second speaker.
3. Connect HomePod Minis to your Apple TV
Now it’s time to connect your HomePod Minis to your Apple TV. Keep in mind, the HomePod Minis and the Apple TV need to be on the same 2.4GHz Wi-Fi network. To create a surround-sound system, you’ll use AirPlay to send the Apple TV’s sound to the HomePod Minis.
Press and hold the home button on the Siri remote to open the control center.
Select the audio controls button and a list of available audio devices will appear. You should see your HomePod Mini stereo pair listed as you’ve named them in the Home app.
Select the device or devices you want to send the Apple TV audio to, in this case the HomePod Mini pair, and you’re good to go.
Downsides of using HomePod Minis as Apple TV speakers
If you already own two of these speakers and an Apple TV, this audio setup is a quick and simple way to improve your viewing experience, but it’s not without hangups.
Going this route means you’ll need to keep those two speakers in the same room as your TV and in their respective positions, left or right, for a surround-sound feel. We also found that you can’t set the default audio on the Apple TV to the HomePod Minis, which is inconvenient and tedious. You can, however, with the, which boasts 7.1 or 5.1 surround sound, unlike its mini counterpart.
If Apple updated the settings for the HomePod Mini, it’d be even better. But for now, it’s a decent way to get better sound for a lower price.
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