Can you blow the speakers?

Discussion in 'HomeKit, HomePod, CarPlay, Home & Auto Technology' started by TyWahn, Mar 1, 2018.

  1. TyWahn macrumors 6502

    TyWahn

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    IS it possible to blow the woofer r the tweeters in the HomePod? I know she warns you before you crank it up, but is it designed to NOT blow? Sometimes even at 50 some songs sound like they will burst the speakers.
     
  2. Arran macrumors 601

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    I'd be surprised if you could.

    The whole idea of "blowing" a speaker dates back to the days of separate components where it was easy (through human error) to mismatch components so that you had a high powered amplifier driving low powered speakers. Boom! Voicecoil meltdown.

    With the HomePod, there's nothing to mismatch. It's hermetically sealed. Not only that, you have computer embedded inside the device monitoring and controlling everything in real time.
     
  3. TyWahn thread starter macrumors 6502

    TyWahn

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    Thanks for your reply. I was wondering because I found B.A.S.S. on Apple Music that is meant to test your bass. It has sweeps from the lowest lows to the highest high. During one of the low tests I swear I heard my speaker pop. I was worried that I literally popped one of my speakers. But so far I haven't noticed any distortion or noise that signifies any damage. I guess it could have been from the source. Again it's called B.A.S.S. Bas Ass Sound System. Use at your own risk.
     
  4. maflynn Moderator

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    I'm rather conservative, so I probably wouldn't push my HomePod too hard at this point, and I don't have any reason to test the bass. That's just me though
     
  5. cynics macrumors G4

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    You shouldn’t be able too listen to whatever at loud volumes. The amps and drivers were designed around each other. However often if you go looking for fault you might just find it.

    I doubt you damaged yours though. With a high excursion woofer the signs of a blown speaker are generally very apparent (coil rubbing).
     
  6. canyonblue737 macrumors 65816

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    I doubt it, modern digitally controlled speakers manage the various components to prevent this, it isn't like an old analogue speaker driven by a too powerful amp, this is a complete package designed to play up to 100% and without distortion.
     

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