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Apple Homepod


That Apple does things in its own sweet time is no new discovery. But even by its own standards, the company arrived late to the wireless speaker party.
But being late is perfectly acceptable if you’re the life and soul when you arrive – and that’s pretty much the story with the HomePod.
Despite some flaws and limitations, the HomePod is the best-sounding smart speaker available - and by quite a margin.
When combined with Siri’s reinvention as your personal DJ/musical guru, it makes for an endlessly entertaining all-in-one system. Assuming you’re already deep in the Apple ecosystem, that is.

Apple Homepod Build

It comes as no surprise the HomePod is beautifully made and looks classy. It’s a bit smaller and much heavier than you might imagine – dense in the manner of dark matter.
It’s also a subtly styled device, particularly in the Space Grey finish of our review sample. This is a speaker that, between its cylindrical shape and seamless mesh fabric cover, is designed to blend into, rather than dominate, its surroundings.
Not that it’s without neat touches. That glossy top panel, uniformly black when the speaker is resting, is where Siri appears as a shifting ball of color. The way it floats within the blackness of the panel is undeniably cool.
When playing music, '+' and '-' symbols appear, giving you touch-points to raise or lower the volume. Tapping the center of the surface will play/pause, skip a track or go back to the previous track while keeping your finger pressed summons, Siri.
But the really impressive stuff is hidden beneath that acoustically transparent mesh. Having started with an entirely clean slate and apparently worked on concepts for years (HomePod development began in 2012), Apple eventually settled on having the tweeters at the bottom and the woofer at the top – the exact opposite of the arrangement found in most traditional speakers.
The tweeters fire outwards and are angled slightly upwards, with the intention of not bouncing sound off the surface upon which the HomePod is placed. By avoiding these reflections, Apple can exert greater control over the treble’s behavior.
There are seven tweeters in total, evenly spaced around the base of the unit. The woofer is close to the top and fires upwards, reflecting mid and bass frequencies off the bottom of that glossy panel so they are distributed equally around the device. It’s an energetic driver too, capable of moving a full 20mm from peak-to-peak, which is an extraordinary excursion for a compact driver in a dinky wireless speaker.
Embedded in the underside of the top panel, shielded from the bassy battering it receives from the woofer below, is Apple’s A8 chip. This is the same chip that first appeared inside the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus back in 2014. That might make it sound rather old, but for a wireless speaker, it’s quite the powerhouse.
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So, what’s all of that processing power used for? There’s Siri, of course - but, perhaps more interestingly, it analyses the speaker’s surroundings and the music being played to ensure you always hear the HomePod at its best.
The surroundings are only analyzed when you use the HomePod for the first time or move it to a new position (there are accelerometers to let it know) and, unlike the implementation of something like Sonos, involves no manual measuring on the part of the user. Instead, the HomePod uses the first song you play to listen to itself and adjust the sound accordingly.
If it’s in free space, the sound will be dispersed equally around the speaker, but if it’s close to a back wall the HomePod will actively split out some of the more ambient elements of your music and bounce them off the rear surface while projecting the vocals and more direct sounds straight into the room. It’s clever stuff.
Wherever you place the speaker, it is constantly analyzing the music you play and dynamically tuning the sound, from bass to treble, to deliver the track as intended. Or, at least, as the HomePod thinks it’s intended.

Apple Homepod Sound

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But it seems the HomePod has a good grasp of the intentions of a track. At no point in our test do we play a single track that sounds anything other than absolutely correct.
That’s not to say we’re talking about a perfect delivery, but the HomePod is great at honing in on and delivering the essence of everything you play through it, from Bach to Band of Horses, Bonobo to Bob Marley, The Notorious B.I.G. to Bullet for My Valentine.
It’s all well and good having a bass driver that can shift some serious air, but keeping it controlled at the same time is a tricky business. The HomePod manages it expertly.
Play Join the Dots by Roots Manuva and Charli 2na and you can revel in the bass that’s superbly deep for a little speaker. It is also tuneful, energetic and punchy, putting to rest any fears the HomePod might be a little too Beats-like.
Instead, this is an expressive bottom end - which is essential to getting the most out of the deep brass and deep vocal on the track.
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At the other end of the frequency range, the expertly judged treble delivers the snap and detail of the high hat without ever sounding bright or aggressive.
Even a track featuring Charli 2na has lots of mid-range action, and the HomePod does a good job of projecting the vocals and horns.
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At the most congested points, the HomePod becomes just a little muddled and some rivals (such as the Ultimate Ears Megablast) offer a little more clarity in their organization. But for scale, authority, drive, and excitement, the Apple speaker is just superb.
The HomePod can turn its hand to anything and is just as happy playing The Road by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis (“happy” is the wrong word for this collection, but you get the drift). The centralized, simple, solo piano notes at the start of the title track lack the nuance of true, traditional hi-fi - but there’s more texture here than you would expect from a small, all-in-one speaker.
It does a superb job of upping the ante as each mournful component is added on the way to the tear-jerking crescendo.
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What's more, you don’t need to pump up the volume in order to get the HomePod singing.
Even at low volumes, the core excitement is retained, with more bass weight and punch than rivals can muster when similarly quiet. And it’s also capable of going loud and remains composed, clear and unflustered even at maximum volume.
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Apple’s promise of 360-degree sound is, unlike many similar promises made by other brands in the past, also pretty darn accurate. With the HomePod standing in free space, the sound you hear is very consistent regardless of where you are in relation to it.
Yes, there are slight variances as you walk slowly in a circle around it – a small drop in the treble, for example, presumably as you step between the beams of two tweeters – but every part of (and person in) a room will get more-or-less the same excellent audio quality.
Even when the HomePod is placed close to a back wall, the sound around the room is pretty consistent right until you’re essentially standing at a right-angle to it. This is our preferred positioning of the speaker, as the reflection of ambient effects on the surface behind creates a slightly bigger, more spacious and more three-dimensional presentation.
There’s not enough in it for you to be upset should you not have a wall to place the HomePod next to, though.

Apple Homepod Features

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If you’re an Android fan and have made it this far into the review, well done. But the bad news is the HomePod is not for you. Not only does it not have Bluetooth, but you also can’t even set one up without an iOS device.
On the surface of it, that might seem unfair, but we don’t think that anyone who doesn’t already own Apple devices will choose the HomePod as their first. That just wouldn’t make sense.
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Assuming you are an Apple user (running at least iOS 11.2.5), setting up the HomePod is an absolute delight. Simply hold your iPhone or iPad close to the speaker’s top panel and it will appear on your screen.
Select the room that you’re using it in, enable personal requests and tap once more to transfer your iCloud, iTunes and Apple Music settings, and the HomePod is good to go.
Interestingly, the HomePod doesn’t have a dedicated app on your iOS device. A small number of settings are available via the Home app (which is where you’ll also find any Apple HomeKit smart home devices) and you can skip back and forth through tracks and adjust volume in the Apple Music app - but this is largely a hands-off, voice-controlled user experience, with all the consequent pros and cons.

Apple Homepod Specifications

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General Information

Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.apple.com/uk
Brand NameApple
Product TypeSmart Speaker
ManufacturerApple, Inc
Product LineHomePod
Manufacturer Part NumberMQHV2B/A
Product NameHomePod Smart Speaker

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