The HomePod launched on Friday and people continue to praise its sound quality. A user on the r/audiophiles subreddit conducted an extensive set of measurements, testing frequency response, distortion and much more.
The review is a very in-depth and dense exploration of how the HomePod sounds, with favourable comparisons to higher-end real speakers. The results are certainly impressing people with the necessary technical understanding. Even Apple’s Phil Schiller liked it.
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The Redditor WinterCharm previously got to try out the HomePod in a pre-release meeting with Apple. Now that he is access to a device at his own home, he has published his technical post.
At a high level, the HomePod delivers in providing balanced sound profile, covering a wide frequency of sounds. In this graph, a flatter curve is better. HomePod can accurately recreate highs, lows and mids from 40hz to 20,000hz with just 2 decibels of deviation.
Another interesting thing that the person found is that the HomePod applies dynamic ‘Fletcher-Munson’ compensation. This processing accounts for the human perception of different frequencies at varying volumes, allowing HomePod to sound great from 0 to 100% loudness.
You can read the full report here; admittedly a lot of it is over my head.
WinterCharm says that he cannot wait to test the stereo feature, which will allow users to pair 2 HomePods together to provide an even fuller and richer sound – two is better than one. Apple says this feature will be released later in the year. He believes that it will outclass a pair of KEF X300A speakers, which are more expensive than two HomePods (and don’t have any smart features).
The review also recommends elevating HomePod off of a surface by a few inches, to maximize the sound quality. I think an accessory market for speaker stands is going to become a thing. For the time being, the Redditor recommends putting HomePod on some Yoga blocks to get optimal placement.