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Consumer Reports says HomePod doesn’t sound as good as its rivals

HomePod packs a lot of sound in a tiny package.
Photo: Ste Smith/Cult of Mac

One of the most reputable tech review sites isn’t that
impressed with the HomePod’s superb sound.

While most reviewers have noted the HomePod
as the best selling speaker they’ve ever listened too, Consumer
Reports claims Google Home Max and Sonos One sound better.


Apple’s
HomePod speaker went on sale last week after it was unveiled
during WWDC 2017. The speaker comes with Siri integration to
go with the 7 tweeters and subwoofer that adapt the sound to
any room.


In its
initial testing, Consumer Reports found that Apple’s speaker
is acoustically perfect though.


“The
HomePod will serve many music fans well, but CR testers did
hear some flaws. The HomePod’s bass was a bit boomy and
overemphasized,” wrote
Consumer Reports. “And the midrange tones were somewhat
hazy, meaning that some of the nuance in vocals, guitars, and
horns was lost: These elements of the music couldn’t be heard
as distinctly as in more highly rated speakers. Treble sounds,
like cymbals, were underemphasized.”


We were
mightly impressed
with HomePod’s sound, but the experience is pretty
subjective. Not all listeners enjoy heavy bass. Our only
problem with HomePod has been Siri’s lack of smarts.



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