HomePod Best Placement for HomePod

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  1. Dj64Mk7 macrumors 65816

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    Hi! Where is the best placement in a room for the HomePod? I currently have mine positioned about 1 foot away from the corner where two walls meet in my bedroom.
     
  2. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

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    What are the dimensions of your room? That also plays a role how the sound will travel if you have vaulted ceiling‘s. With the beam forming, the sound is supposed to be able to adapt based on how the HomePod is positioned.
     
  3. Dj64Mk7 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    161" x 120" x 95" and a small door area that’s 30" x 40" x 95".
     
  4. MacBird macrumors 6502a

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    That is where had it first, and it sounded horrible, way too bass-heavy and muffled. It's in a bookshelf now, about 3 feet above the floor and it sounds much better. You might have to experiment a little to find the best spot.
     
  5. cynics macrumors G4

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    I had it on the end of a bar near a wall. I moved it to the end of the bar which basically made it so nothing was around it at all.

    I felt it sounded better in its original position so I moved it back.

    All rooms will be different so I would just experiment until you are happy.
     
  6. Z3man macrumors 6502a

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    Best position i found was high up and as out in the open as possible with no obstacles to get in the way.
     
  7. maflynn Moderator

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    Just experiement and find what works best for your room and listenting preferences.
     
  8. penajmz macrumors 68040

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    I had one of mine on an end table in a corner and one on the other end table but not in a corner. The one that was not in ththe corner sounded MUCH better so I moved them both to two shelves next to the TV and they both sound better now.
     
  9. maflynn Moderator

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    I heard that the HomePod produces better music in the corner, so much so I may move my office around today and place the table that the HP sits on in the corner.
     
  10. penajmz macrumors 68040

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    That was definitely not my experience.
     
  11. Z3man macrumors 6502a

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    Nor mine, it needs to be out in the open as much as possible in my experience.
     
  12. maflynn Moderator

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    So you guys are saying that music quality is not improved by positioning the HP in a corner?
     
  13. Z3man macrumors 6502a

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    That’s right, it’s best in the open and high up on the top shelf for me.
     
  14. penajmz macrumors 68040

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    Yep. I find that in a more open space it sounds better. They’re still facing one wall though.
     
  15. AdamA9 macrumors 65816

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    Mine also sounded much better along the middle of the wall, about 3in from the wall rather than in the corner.
     
  16. smithrh macrumors 68020

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    I had extreme bass when in a corner - it wasn't tolerable.

    This is a very location-sensitive beast.
     
  17. Dj64Mk7 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I placed mine on a chest of drawers in my bedroom, about 5 feet up from the floor and about 6 inches away from the wall. Other than the wall behind it, there is nothing around the HomePod.

    This is after trying several placements around the room... the one described above produces the best sound to my ears.
     
  18. za9ra22 macrumors 6502a

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    Placing a speaker in the corner of a room causes problems with bass performance. The walls act as a horn, accentuating bass, and because the extra bass they cause is not coming from the speaker drive unit, it is distorted and out of phase.

    The HomePod will try and adjust, and you may find that as a result bass is not overwhelming, but it will still be distorted.

    Some loudspeakers are designed to couple with walls and corners, and work better in corners as result, but the HomePod isn't one of them.
     
  19. Endorphine88 macrumors 6502

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    I find that the higher off the ground it is, the better it sounds. Also, avoid placing it in enclosed shelving (cubes that will surround it and that sort of thing). It needs open space to project. Fine putting it in a corner or next to a wall, but the more space you can allow from the wall the better. Like everyone said. Try moving it around in respect to where you would be placed most frequently while listening to it. I have found my sweet spot and am not moving it again :)
     
  20. Farsider macrumors 6502a

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    Putting it in the corner of a room works best for me. Far better bass there than in the middle of a room.
     
  21. jonnyb098 macrumors 68030

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    In my apartment putting the homepod anywhere near a corner results in too much bass. Overpowering and rumbling even at low volume. Ironically the homepod is being marketed as a 'sounds good anywhere' solution. Which is true for the mids and highs due to the array of tweeters. But as for the bass....this thing has a legit home theater sounding woofer in it. So anything closer than a foot from a wall or a few feet from a corner rumbles a room. If thats what people like then fine. But it needs to be away from corners for more balanced sound.
     
  22. Karnicopia macrumors 6502

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    Like other's have said the best thing is to just experiment and see what you like. The nice thing about the HomePod is you don't have to wire it to a receiver so you have a lot of leeway for placement. I think it needs room to breathe and would sound better with walls to reflect off of. Someone had this in the middle of the room and noted it didn't sound as good and I'd agree giving it some wall close by to reflect off of would be best.

    If you put it in a corner the bass will get stronger. Some people complaining about boomy bass may be doing this (they may not but this is the biggest cause of boomy bass). Anywhere you put a speaker is going to have peaks and nulls, the HomePod gets away from this in the upper range through reflections and the sheer amount of drivers it has but there's still one woofer so where you place it will affect the bass response. Small movements can have a big impact on this so it's good to just try out a few places and see what sounds best. This is also something where everything in your room impacts this, do you have carpet, how much do you have on the walls, size and shape of the room and how much furniture you have in the room so there are general guidelines but every room is different so there is really no shortcut to trying out different locations.

    If you have multiples in one room spreading them out would be best so they can even out the sound in the room. For like a TV you'd want one under or one on each side. Someone had a problem because they had to put one in their cabinet which would really kill the sound since I think the main benefit is it reflecting large sound so they may be better off putting a riser under the TV so it sits higher and then put the HomePod in front of it the TV on the stand but below the screen so it can reflect sound.
     
  23. The Game 161 macrumors P6

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    mine didn't sound great in the corner of a room...putting it infront of my TV was a far better experience.
     
  24. MisterGrinch macrumors newbie

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    I have tall vaulted ceilings and to maximize the sound across two large open areas I’ve installed mine on top of a 9’ dividing wall between kitchen and dining / living room area. It actually sounds quite good and has pretty much 360 range from where it sits. I do wonder however if it was meant to sit so high in a space and project “downward” (if that is what it is doing). It does seem to fill the room nicely. Siri is very responsive but due to height can’t see the lights on top at all. It’s being completely controlled by voice and/or our ios mobile devices.
     

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