Consumer Reports, an American counterpart to Advice & Rön, has released an initial test of Apple's new smart speakers. The magazine tests speakers in a specially designed audio lab with muted walls so that the sound of speakers is not colored by space.
Homepod: First Test by Apple Smart Speaker
The magazine's testers give the sound quality a high rating, but not as high as the competitors Sonos One and Google Home Max. The base is somewhat exaggerated at the expense of clarity in the middle register and the treble.
The test is interesting because Consumer Reports is the first major site that has not considered Homepod to sound better than all competitors. Many other tests have even given Homepod to Sonos Play: 5, a much tougher loudspeaker than Sonos One.
One possible explanation is that Homepod needs a common room to set its sound, and a muted test room confuses the processor. When Reddit user Wintercharm tested Homepod and measured phenomenal frequency curves and low distortion, he did the test just in a regular living room and not in a studio.