Published: Thu, February 15, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Cory Rios

Google Home Max edges HomePod out in sound quality tests

Google Home Max edges HomePod out in sound quality tests

However, there are some added issues with this smart speaker.

Apple's first foray into smart speakers is officially here.

Outside of the smart speaker market, Consumer Reports says that all three of these smart speakers "fall significantly short" of its highest-rated wireless speakers, such as the Edifier S1000DB, which cost $350 and received an "Excellent" rating in testing. If audio quality matters above all else, we recommend going with the Google Home Max or two Sonos One smart speakers.

Not to mention, HomePod sounded great no matter where I placed it. Music sounded as pure in the middle of our huge photo studio that's surrounded by glass walls as it did on my desk in my bedroom and on a bookshelf in my living room. The Sonos One sounds nearly as good as the HomePod on most songs and, actually, slight better on others.

But Consumer Reports doesn't agree that's how it turned out. When music is playing a '+' and '-' symbol appear so you can manually adjust the volume rather than using a spoken command if you prefer.

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Music fans will generally be impressed with the performance of the HomePod, but testers from ConsumerReports have reported that the bass was a bit boomy and overemphasized. It's cylindrical in shape and slightly less than 7 inches tall, making it about the same size as a Sonos One, but considerably smaller than the Home Max. "I wish I could", Siri said "but I can't help you make calls on HomePod". The sound quality has been praised as one of the most acoustically accurate smart speakers on the market.

As the UI fails to load correctly, the only option available for users is to press the close button, dismiss the card, and therefore cancel the HomePod set up.

But many of those have been subjective reviews, in a home environment without reference speakers to compare against. Interestingly, iFixit also discovered a threaded ring inside suggesting at some point Apple had allowed the speaker to be unscrewed and opened up. In other words, the HomePod is the ultimate Apple product. Expect premium audio that's heavy on the bass, but not as crisp as some. The other competing smart speakers have scored much better in this test.

In announcing the HomePod in June, Apple highlighted its sound quality in its sales pitch.

As of this writing, Brad Moon did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities.

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