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Unprocessed1

macrumors 65816
Original poster
Jun 23, 2008
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I live in an apartment and have the Homepod placed on my TV stand (which faces the wall of my neighbor's apartment). I find that even playing music at 40%, it's LOUD, to the point where I get paranoid my neighbors could be hearing a lot of noise and might complain. Much to my surprise, 25% is loud enough to fill most of my apartment, hopefully without too much noise spillover.

Out of curiosity, what volume level do you normally set for music playback?
 

Brookzy

macrumors 601
May 30, 2010
4,976
5,573
UK
Home alone 60-80% depending on what I’m doing.

Others in the house probably 25-40%.
 

Fattytail

macrumors 6502a
Apr 11, 2012
902
242
About 20-25% most of the time. 10-15% at night. You're right though. This thing is loud. 40% even during the day with no one around would be plenty loud for me.
 

canyonblue737

macrumors 68020
Jan 10, 2005
2,201
2,723
The volume level depends radically on the room it is in. Our HomePod in the bedroom seldom goes above 30% because it sounds LOUD at those levels but the HomePod in the very large kitchen with a open floor plan that extends to a huge great room with cathedral ceilings... yeah that one needs 50%+ to even sound good. Size of the room is a huge variable.
 

nutmac

macrumors 603
Mar 30, 2004
6,087
7,451
For background music, 30% sounds about right in my living room. For getting really into it, 60-70%.
 

The Game 161

macrumors Nehalem
Dec 15, 2010
30,472
19,697
UK
Listening to,podcasts even 50% is rather too loud..think could get away with it at 30% and I have mine just below my TV
 

Buerkletucson

macrumors 6502a
Sep 12, 2015
507
298
Minnesota
75% for some serious jammin'........but, it all depends on your music source.
Airplay is noticeably less volume over streaming from your iCloud music.

Even iCloud music varies depending on if it's a matched song or uploaded from your own collection.
 

Brookzy

macrumors 601
May 30, 2010
4,976
5,573
UK
75% for some serious jammin'........but, it all depends on your music source.
Airplay is noticeably less volume over streaming from your iCloud music.

Even iCloud music varies depending on if it's a matched song or uploaded from your own collection.
Could always turn on sound check (at the expense of making the maximum volume lower, which is why I have it off despite wanting to use it).
 

jonnyb098

macrumors 601
Nov 16, 2010
4,090
5,818
Michigan
I too am in an apartment and have it in my bedroom. I listen at 30 percent casually, 50-60 percent to rock out, 10-15 at night, 5 percent to fall asleep. Usually 15-20 for podcasts.

My biggest problem is SIRI is too damn loud! even at 5 percent she sounds like average speaking volume. Its too much and very jarring late at night.
 

TrueBlou

macrumors 601
Sep 16, 2014
4,531
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Scotland
When I'm home alone, anything up to full-on depending on what I'm listening to.
When the wife's home, around the 20% mark. She is not a fan of noise to say the least. Bloody wimmin :D
 
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