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HomePod impresses audiophiles but Siri said to be falling short

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If you're interested in the nitty gritty technical aspects of the Apple HomePod, a comprehensive audio analysis posted to Reddit by a self-confessed audiophile reports that the smart speaker performs exceptionally well from an audio point of view.

It's a "100 percent audiophile grade speaker" summarizes WinterCharm.

"Apple has managed to extract peak performance from a pint-sized speaker, a feat that deserves a standing ovation," the post continues, which is apparently based on more than 8 hours of testing, and looks at frequency response, distortion, and many other acoustic measurements to reach its conclusions.

The thoughts put down backed up our HomePod review, pointing out that this speaker is a 'no-brainer' if you're embedded in the Apple ecosystem.

If you're not though, then it's a tougher sell thanks to the locked-down elements of the smart home control and reliance on Apple Music.

Respected US outlet Consumer Reports, meanwhile, is also reporting that the HomePod is "one of the best-sounding smart speakers" that has ever arrived on their test bench – but they do point out that the Google Home Max and the Sonos One just edge it out in terms of overall audio quality.

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