Almost every reviewer who has tested Homepod agrees that Apple's audio engineers have developed a speaker that sounds very good. But it's one thing to subjectively sound good and another to purely objectively maintain high sound quality in terms of a balanced frequency curve at different volumes and low distortion.
Homepod: First Test of Apple's smart speaker
So how does Homepod stand out from an audio file perspective? Fouzan Alam, nicknamed Wintercharm on Reddit, has published a deep-diving test where he measured the speaker with the Room EQ Wizard program for eight hours and a calibrated Minidsp Umik-1. He then has compared to a Kef X300a, a speaker costing $ 10,000 for a pair.
The results show that Homepod has an extremely smooth response curve, regardless of how low or high you play, and low distortion. By holding back the bass element at high levels of noise, Homepod sees that the distortion never gets so high that it can be heard.
Fouzan Alam is also extremely impressed by how well Homepod is adapting to the room. He tested what he calls a "terrible" sound environment, but Homepod still got a balanced frequency curve. Here's how Fouzan Alam summarizes the results:
– What Apple has accomplished here is so crazy that if you had said they had crayons, candlelight and a pentagram on the floor in their test room, I'd believed you. This is black art.
For those who want to maximize the sound quality of Homepod, Fouzan Alam also has a recommendation: Raise it 5-10 centimeters so it does not sit directly on a surface.