HomePod HomePod volume while in stereo

Discussion in 'HomeKit, HomePod, CarPlay, Home & Auto Technology' started by Skallies06, Jun 8, 2018.

  1. Skallies06 macrumors newbie

    Skallies06

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    Just picked up a second HomePod today after reading so many comments about how great they sound in stereo.

    First off, they really do sound great paired up in stereo. Sound is much more full and there definitely is a little extra punch to the bass.

    Overall I’m really happy with the stereo setup, but my only tiny gripe is they’re not quite as loud as I was expecting. Granted they do sound louder than a single pod, and they sound clearer while at higher volume to me, but I guess I was expecting way more volume from everything I’ve read. Two are definitely louder than one, but not by as much as I was expecting. Anyone else feel this way?
     
  2. Bfarmer38119 macrumors member

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    The most impressive aspect to me is that there is no apparent distortion. And depending on the recording, it can be slightly muffled or bright and clear. I have compared it to my stereo system and I hear the same muffled or clear there as well - same same.

    Do I wish they could go louder? Yes, but my home audio system cost far more than two HomePods so if I need to shake the house, I can use it because, of course, I expect more from this system.

    At full power on my HomePods, I get more than enough room filling spatial, clear sound and depending on the recording, they can sound ear splitting to me. So I'm happy.

    For what it is, the HomePod is exceptional. Especially in stereo.
     
  3. Skallies06 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Skallies06

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    Yeah they definitely sound great. I think one of the coolest things is how the stereo setup makes vocals sound like they’re coming from dead center, between the speakers.

    I guess I just had my expectations set a little too high on the volume. Don’t get me wrong, they’re not too quiet by any means, but I just read a lot of impressions stating they were much louder than a single one. They definitely are louder, but I wouldn’t say MUCH louder. It could be I just need to set them further apart though. My rooms fairly small, so they’re only about 5ft apart. They sound great though, and the ease of use if you have Apple Music is hard to beat.
     
  4. Bfarmer38119 macrumors member

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    Yes, definitely find a way to separate them. Mine are just over 10 feet apart. Creates a better sound stage.
     

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