HomePod HomePod - too low treble

Discussion in 'HomeKit, HomePod, CarPlay, Home & Auto Technology' started by danneman, Feb 24, 2018.

  1. danneman macrumors newbie

    Feb 10, 2009
    Any one else that thinks that HP has a bit too low treble setting? I think so I'm afraid. Maybe my hearing is not alright... The bass is overwhelming though.

    / Dan
  2. Z3man macrumors 6502a

    Feb 19, 2012
    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.
  3. danneman thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 10, 2009
    Ok, I am not too off then!
    I am keeping mine anyway - I think the lack of treble is less obvious in some tracks than in others so..
    Siri's listening skills are fantastic though.
  4. ipedro macrumors 601


    Nov 30, 2004
    Toronto, ON
    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.
  5. danneman thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 10, 2009
    That was interesting - maybe like a learning curve for the ears.
  6. AppleRobert macrumors 603

    Nov 12, 2012
    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.
  7. csurfr macrumors 68020

    Dec 7, 2016
    Seattle, WA
    Would you share the one that you found to be the best please?
  8. bruinsrme macrumors 603


    Oct 26, 2008
    My sounds better to me than when I first got it.
    With that said a little more treble would be nice.
  9. kidtronix macrumors regular

    Jan 10, 2002
    Brooklyn, NY
    I just got mine but you really nailed my first impression. Some recordings sound fine but most bother me. I understand that all speakers sound slightly different and you have to get used a particular sound but I just find this to sound like it's inside of a can at times.

    Would be great if you could change the levels but Apple doesn't often do customization so I am not hoping for it. Will give it a few more days before I return it.
  10. AppleRobert macrumors 603

    Nov 12, 2012
    London Philharmonic Orchestra 2009, Pieter Schoeman.

    Sound wise it has to be one of the best Four Seasons recordings I have ever heard.
  11. cynics macrumors G4

    Jan 8, 2012
    I found the treble a touch low but only because I'm used to them being set too high. I have friends that are audio nuts and they would comment about it on occasion, however it was just my preference. After a short amount of time I've got used too it, although I haven't properly set the EQ on my other audio equipment again because its a preference and because I'm lazy. Lol.
  12. kevroc macrumors 6502

    Oct 15, 2011
    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
  13. legacyb4 macrumors 6502a

    Aug 13, 2002
    Vancouver, BC
    Unless I missed it, there's only one track from the whole piece, right?
  14. AppleRobert macrumors 603

    Nov 12, 2012
    Wow, sorry I messed up big time when I posted.

    The correct one is on Decca, Janine Jansen 2004.

    Enjoy and sorry about that.
  15. douglasf13 macrumors 68000

    Jul 2, 2010
    Yep, this is why high end audio is a nebulous business, and actual testing is required...although then people simply critique testing methods. :)

    This reminds me a bit of the "coke mixes" from the late 70s/80s, once cocaine was being used freely in the recording studios. MORE TREBLE!!! Maybe you guys are partying too hard???:D
  16. Brenster macrumors 6502a

    Jul 7, 2008
    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

  17. AppleRobert macrumors 603

    Nov 12, 2012
    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.
  18. Brenster macrumors 6502a

    Jul 7, 2008
    Not to worry :)

    Never tried Bose’s speakers but I use and adore both their QC25i and QC30 noise cancelling headphones. Hopefully one of the units you’re audition will make the proverbial cut.

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