It's just HomePod's own sound signature. I have a Harman Kardon speaker and found the sound of the HomePod jarring when I first listened to it. After using the HomePod exclusively for a few days, I plugged in my HK again and now find the sound muddled. HomePod sounds clearer and more natural.
Depends on the recording. I have Apple Music so many different conductors and orchestras for specific works for classical music to sift through to bring out what this HP can really really do. Took me awhile to find a good Vivaldi Four Seaons recording. Wow, the HP it being so small handles it unbelievably well.
Have to agree, too much bass and not enough treble.
That's why mine has been returned.
If Apple introduce some presets or equaliser settings i will probably buy another and give it another go.
I am very disappointed.
That was interesting - maybe like a learning curve for the ears.
This is interesting. I’m finding it quite bright. I’m also finding a lack of fullness. I know it does its own sound analysis, but I wish it wouldn’t, I hate thinking every time I move it the sound signature may change.
I have placed mine in a shallow wicker basket, makes a huge difference in the fullness of sound for me, but that’s to my ears. I
Wow, sorry I messed up big time when I posted.
The correct one is on Decca, Janine Jansen 2004.
Enjoy and sorry about that.
Been noodling on getting a Homepod for the dining room to go alongside Sonos Play1 (bedroom), Play 3 (kitchen) and Connect (lounge hifi), huge music library on a NAS & mirrored in iCloud Music Library with Apple Music.
Mainly considering for hands free control & swapping with the kitchen SOnos, but also for AirPlay - BBC Music Player & Audible audiobooks, both of which are effectively locked out of Sonos.
Just wanted to say thanks for discussing how classical plays on Homepod. I’ve read plenty of reviews, both for and against Homepod. Most reviews fail to describe what music was being played, and on YouTube, most people seem to be playing modern pop, hip hop & the like. All exaggerated mid-bass & shrieking treble with nothing in between, with many of those claiming to hear overwhelming bass listening to music that already has overwhelming bass in the first place. It’s been good to finally read some opinions on classical, especially as Janine Jansen’s Four Seasons is a particular favourite (alongside Alan Loveday/St. Martin’s and excerpts played by Nicola Benedetti).
On this basis, could you try a couple of classical albums and post your thoughts (if you have time and its not too much of an imposition!)
Apple Music links:
Mozart 38th Symphony, Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Mozart 20th Piano Concerto, Friedruch Gulda
Unfortunately I cannot because I no longer have the HomePod.
Right now it is a battle royale between the Bose Soundtrue 20 and Definitive Technologies W7 which either of those I favor over the HomePod. Both have a tremendous soundstage and go much louder than the HomePod.
Best Buy carries both and I have 45 days for a shootout. Truly music to my ears at this price range, the DT W7 is $50 more.
No one can say the two I have now aren’t in the same price range as the HomePod.