HomePod HomePod Inner Sleeve Material

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  1. 8CoreWhore, Feb 12, 2018
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    What is it? It looks like hard plastic. iFixit calls it fabric, but it seems hard, firm. I tried to shine a 700 lumen light inside the HomePod and it was impervious. Zero light went in a reflected out.

    <<Slicing through the thick, wiry 3D mesh, we find a secondary, internal fabric sleeve.
    • This thinner, more flexible sleeve is trapped under the top, so it stays put for now.>>

      Thoughts?? bEyU5sD55jldHl6L.huge.jpeg
    The inner "flexible" sleeve they are reffering to - it it the fabric we see connected to the outer mesh above, and the inner hard plastic cyinder? I think so. The cylinder they used a hacksaw to get through. Why would Apple trap the air like this? I mean, it sounds good, but what if it sounded better at the expense of fragility?
     

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    I was a bit surprised that reviewers missed this design choice by Apple. I'm glad iFixit noticed this and called it out as "3D Mesh".

    I don't know what it's made of, but the outer layer reminds me of corrugated fiberboard and the inner mesh is finer sock like material.
     
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    Isn't there three layers? The mesh, the flexible sock, and the plastic cylinder.
     
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    Not exactly. Look closely at the outer mesh. It’s made up of two layer grids that has fibers sandwiched between them.

    So the outer mesh is 2 layers by itself.
     
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    All I'm trying to say is the speakers are behind hard plastic. It's extremely unusual. Usualy it's just a thin layer of fabric. Compare. Screen Shot 2018-02-12 at 6.58.44 PM.png a4-bamboo_grande.jpg
     
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    The fabric is made up of 3 layers and then there’s a hard plastic shell. I’m not a speaker engineer, but the plastic is most likely there to funnel your voice into the microphone holes. The audio output is far away from the microphone array. This may be the reason as to why the HomePod can detect voice so well.
     

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