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Wired Gives First Impression of Apple’s HomePod: Sound Doesn’t Match the Price

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Following a handful of hands-on looks at Apple’s HomePod earlier this week, Wired has also shared their thoughts on the smart speaker. Wired seems to have been given the same demo units as other media outlets, but they have slightly different thoughts.

Wired’s Jeremy White praises the room-shaping sound that the HomePod provides, as well as the quality of the bass. However, he notes that there is a “distinct lack of mid-range sound” from the device, saying that it takes a “back seat to the high and low frequencies.”

As for Siri integration, White says that the music integration works very well, though he noted that it failed three times in the demo he was given.

Ultimately, White said that the HomePod looks great and is really easy to setup, however he goes not believe that the sound it produces matches up to the $349 USD price tag. Of course, the true test will be when HomePod officially becomes to customers in the U.S., U.K, and Australia on February 9th.

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  • Aleks Oniszczak

    Given you need to buy two of these to compare it to a stereo system – you would expect it to sound better than a $700 Stereo. If not, then you might as well just connect an Alexa to a decent stereo that doesn’t lack midrange sound.

  • sully54

    What exactly are iPhoneincanada’s editorial and journalistic standards? Asking because it seems weird to me that one person’s opinion out of many others has been highlighted. Are you going to be posting an article for every opinion about the HomePod or did this deserve its own post because it came from Wired? There seems to be a bias here, which is weird considering this is an Apple centric blog.

    A more balanced article would have compared and contrasted options from others in the industry so that readers, especially in Canada who are not getting the HomePod for a while, can get a more accurate summation of what it can do.

    Reason I raise this question is because sound quality is subjective, therefore their assessment that “sound doesn’t match the price” because “of a distinct lack of mid-range” is also their subjective opinion it’s an opinion. They’re entitled to have but it’s still an opinion. And yet they get their own post? More over, others who have heard the HomePod doesn’t seem to have the same opinion.

    I just found it a weird choice to dedicate a whole post to the Wired article.

  • Stefan

    Sound quslity is not subjective. Speaker’s quality is measured by its ability to accurately reproduce sound the way artist creating the music intended it to be listened. Also, every set of professional speakers come with a frequency response curve sheet.

    So if they say that mids are missing it means that the pose has no ability to reproduce those frequencies.

    However, expecting from home pod to have amazing done quality is insane because Apple has never produced a good sounding set of speakers or headphones. Beats are a perfect example. Lovely design, but shitty sound.

    To sum up, it is all about expectations and Apple is setting the wrong expectations with this product. A lot of audio lovers will be disappointed and the Wired dude is just one of them.

  • Olivier

    iPhoneinCanada’s editorial standards seems pretty objective since they don’t only share positive news about Apple but also negative ones. I don’t see how a website can be objective if it only shares positive articles about the brand. IIC shared many opinions of other blogs last week that were able to test the HomePod, all being pretty positive. This article happens to be more neutral/negative and that is fine. I’d rather get all opinions than only the positive ones.

  • Flash

    Why would you need to buy 2? It’s a stereo unit. Sonos play 1 isn’t, which is why you need 2.

  • Aleks Oniszczak

    A quote from an article I googled: “Over the course of a few songs, Apple explained the the HomePod isn’t trying to do anything cheap like create artificial stereo by bouncing the left and right channels in different directions. Rather it’s trying to separate out different aspects of the music. Apple referred to the “ambient” parts like background piano music as distinct from the more central parts like the vocals.” So, it isn’t producing true stereo as in playing what the sound engineers intended i.e. sending right channel sound to your right ear and left channel sound to your left ear like traditional stereos and the Google Home Max. But they WILL actually use directional sound via 7 tweeters, but it will be based on what Apple considers ambient vs. what it deems central.

  • MrXax

    I’m not an audiophile but listen to music for several hours every day. I wouldn’t ever consider paying US$349 for a speaker, regardless of how good it sounds. Apple needs to slash the price on the HomePod.

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