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AXone1814

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I had to stop using my main HomePod in my bedroom as I like to listen to music as a fall asleep and I found even the minimum volume to be too loud and 'bass-ey' for that purpose so I'm now using an old Bose airplay speaker instead and moved the HomePod to another room.

How is the mini in comparison in this regard, logic would say it would be better but I didn't want to assume and buy it to find I have the same problem.
 

Gathomblipoob

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Mar 18, 2009
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You can cut some of the bass in Settings>Music>EQ>Bass Reducer. It will enhance the mids and the highs as well.
 

GoldenOak

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I use the mini on my desk to play music while I work. I had the same issue as you with the Sonos Play1 I used before (and also with a UE Boom 2 I also sometimes used) where I had to be on the lowest setting. If that was too loud and I lowered it, it'd cut out completely.

With the mini, it seems a lot more granular. My "normal" listening seems to be around 15% with plenty of room to go quieter if needed (and lots to go louder if I want a party in my office!).
 

GoldenOak

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I use the mini on my desk to play music while I work. I had the same issue as you with the Sonos Play1 I used before (and also with a UE Boom 2 I also sometimes used) where I had to be on the lowest setting. If that was too loud and I lowered it, it'd cut out completely.

With the mini, it seems a lot more granular. My "normal" listening now seems to be around 15% volume with plenty of room to go quieter if needed (and lots to go louder if I want a party in my office!).
 

kanselmo

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I have 3 regular HomePods and got a Mini for my basement. The Mini doesn't have a bass-heavy presence at low volume compared to single and stereo full-size HomePods - more full-range. I've been surprised how soft it can get while still being audible - I think it's likely it'd work for you.
 

Gathomblipoob

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Mar 18, 2009
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I had to stop using my main HomePod in my bedroom as I like to listen to music as a fall asleep and I found even the minimum volume to be too loud and 'bass-ey' for that purpose so I'm now using an old Bose airplay speaker instead and moved the HomePod to another room.

How is the mini in comparison in this regard, logic would say it would be better but I didn't want to assume and buy it to find I have the same problem.
I use the mini to fall asleep to music and I love the balance at low volume.
 

Dhonk

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Mar 2, 2015
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That's fine. That's just not my use case.
I play from my phone or iPad, but always with SiriusXM. I don't like the playlists or curation with Apple Music. I don't think there's any way I can turn down the bass, as the HomePod has too much bass. Like the audio is quiet, but the thumping is heavy.
 

Gathomblipoob

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Mar 18, 2009
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I play from my phone or iPad, but always with SiriusXM. I don't like the playlists or curation with Apple Music. I don't think there's any way I can turn down the bass, as the HomePod has too much bass. Like the audio is quiet, but the thumping is heavy.
Yeah. Unfortunately, the Music EQ, of course, only works with the Music app.
 
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