HomePod Using the equaliser

hippyeverafter

macrumors newbie
Original poster
Aug 13, 2017
12
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Bletchley, England
Purchased a HomePod just before Christmas to replace a Bluesound Pulse in my bedroom and sounds great. As I use it mainly in the mornings have tried to use the equaliser to adjust to bass as it can be a bit overpowering at times but cannot get it to work. Since setting up there has been a lock symbol on the HomePod and Apple TV icon and although seems to work ok perhaps this is why the equaliser will not work. Have looked on the Apple Forum and documentation but the information seems to be a bit sparse in this respect.
 

cynics

macrumors G4
Jan 8, 2012
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I believe the lock means your device(s) require a passcode to use for AirPlay for new devices.

Manipulating the EQ requires the audio to be processed with a different EQ then sent to the HomePod via AirPlay. I don't know if its just me but I can't get this work from the iPhone anymore. It doesn't want to AirPlay to the HomePod it just wants to make the HomePod the source.
 

hippyeverafter

macrumors newbie
Original poster
Aug 13, 2017
12
4
Bletchley, England
Seems strange as there are articles on the web showing you how to set up the equaliser for the HomePods. Can only assume the latest firmware has somehow locked this function out?. No big deal I just lower the volume slightly which helps.
 

cynics

macrumors G4
Jan 8, 2012
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Seems strange as there are articles on the web showing you how to set up the equaliser for the HomePods. Can only assume the latest firmware has somehow locked this function out?. No big deal I just lower the volume slightly which helps.
I don't think AirPlay 2 protocol supports EQ adjustment at this point anymore. You can set a Macs system wide audio output to a HomePod (not stereo) and adjust EQ in the the music app (AirPlay 1). Keep in mind the digital EQ in MacOS Music app isn't that great, you can cut frequencies but boosting them hurts quality. EQ presets in iOS is arguably worse because they will boost frequencies.

The HomePod is equalizing its audio based on spatial awareness and the audio mix/quality being a known variable with Apple Music. HomePods in a stereo pair are using different EQ's based on placement which doesn't leave much room for manual adjustment without harming their balance in short order. Their well balanced EQ is why they can fill a room with full sound using horned tweeters and a high excursion driver.

I do agree that user preference is more than enough of a reason to have adjustable EQ. However it doesn't seem that people want (need) an equalizer though, they just want to reduce some of the lower frequencies.

That being the case Apple should be able to implement a "reduce bass" toggle in the HomePods home app (filter). This could limit the low frequencies specifically for the HomePods, while maintaining balance between 2 and not effecting other speakers on the system (AirPlay 2).