Apple HomePod: The audiophile perspective plus 8 1/2 hours of measurements; HomePod is 100% an audiophile-grade speaker

“Okay, everyone. Strap in. This is going to be long,” WinterCharm writes via Reddit. “After 8 1/2 hours of measurements, and over 6 hours of analysis, and writing, I finally ran out of wine.”

“I am speechless. The HomePod actually sounds better than the KEF X300A,” WinterCharm writes. ” If you’re new to the Audiophile world, KEF is a very well respected and much loved speaker company. I actually deleted my very first measurements and re-checked everything because they were so good, I thought I’d made an error.”

“Apple has managed to extract peak performance from a pint sized speaker, a feat that deserves a standing ovation,” WinterCharm writes. “The HomePod is 100% an Audiophile grade Speaker.”

Read more in the full article – recommended – here.

MacDailyNews Take: Yes, HomePod is that good. Better-than-KEF good and, therefore, great!

Just wait (a bit) until HomePods can be paired!

That’s the good news.

That the following paragraph is able to be written is an indictment of Apple’s management, or lack thereof, regarding Siri, an area where the company had a multi-year head start that they promptly squandered via lack of focus, laziness, distraction, and/or confusion:

As a product, the HomePod is also held back by Siri. Almost every review has complained about this, and they’re all right to do so. I’m hoping we see massive improvements to Siri this year at WWDC 2018. There is some great hardware at play, too. What’s truly impressive is that Siri can hear you if you speak in a normal voice, even if the HomePod is playing at full volume. I couldn’t even hear myself say “Hey Siri” over the music, but those directional microphones are really good at picking it up. Even whispers from across the room while I was facing AWAY from the HomePod were flawlessly picked up. The microphones are scary good — I just hope Apple improves Siri to match. — WinterCharm

26 Comments

  1. The review immediately sets off my bs detector when this supposed audio enthusiast chooses to perform a comparison test in a highly flawed listening environment (an apartment with shared walls, no acoustic treatment whatsoever????). Dude, even the lowliest of audiophiles install drapery over windows.

    The reviewer would also gain my respect if he would fix his horrid choice of verical scaling in the frequency response plots and show the homepod and his overpriced kef reference on the same graph. Looks to me like the usable frequency range of the homepod is about 120 to 8000 hz. Not audiophile quality.

    Apple may be the simple plug and play speaker for apartment dwellers stepping up from garbage bluetooth junk. It’s not going to replace any serious audio setup

    1. Actually what the reviewer did is review it in an environment like 98% of the owners will be using it in – That is the whole entire point of this speaker – It adapts to your room. I have one and finally I have a speaker for music that sounds great and I don’t have to touch a device to select music.
      Its just awesome!

  2. This “opinion” is not just subjective judgment but backed up by detailed analysis of:
    1. His environment
    2. His process
    3. His measurements and graphs
    The review presents significantly more than any of the other opinion pieces I have seen and more credible.
    I have balanced my Event Studio monitors using the approach he listed and it is a very objective approach that takes time, a great deal of care, and know how.
    A bottle of wine certainly helps.

  3. Audiophile has now lost its great meaning. Nothing with a round array of speakers can truly give a true staging image. Yeah its got more boom than ither products but in that same vein beats would be considered an audiophile headphone. Total bs.

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