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Spinorama Measurements of the Apple Homepod

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Sausalito Audio Works - an acoustics research consultancy that has worked with Audi and B&O (you might have seen their audio lenses on the Audi A8 or the Beolab 5) - recently released Spinorama charts of the Homepod. Performs just as one might expect an omni array to measure, with sidelobes appearing in the top octave but decent below that. Here's the chart:

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Data is anechoic down to 500Hz.

The full report may be found here.
 
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While I imagine many of us are familiar with spin-o-rama stuff, Sausalito's measurements of the 708P may be a handy reference for a more conventional speaker (and is conveniently in the same format and scale):

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Source here.

The Homepod looks pretty cool, honestly - but I have a soft spot for omni.
 

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While I imagine many of us are familiar with spin-o-rama stuff, Sausalito's measurements of the 708P may be a handy reference for a more conventional speaker (and is conveniently in the same format and scale):

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Source here.

The Homepod looks pretty cool, honestly - but I have a soft spot for omni.
Massive economies of scale in R&D and manufacturing showing here, when they can just easily snap up the likes of Tomlinson Holman (THX) and give him what I'd imagine a blank check unlike any audio company (even Harman) can muster. I can't think of any "pure" audio company (least of all the regressive cottage industries like ATC) that can engineer a DSP omni array using a multiple-entry horn with good FR and directivity horizontally, and stuff it in such a small enclosure. Would be a dream to have the same tech in a less compromised form factor (think with a 7-inch woofer, or even floorstanding), and removing - or at least making defeatable - features like the dynamic EQ that compromise accuracy.
 
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Massive economies of scale in R&D and manufacturing showing here […] Would be a dream to have the same tech in a less compromised form factor (think with a 7-inch woofer, or even floorstanding), and removing - or at least making defeatable - features like the dynamic EQ that compromise accuracy.
I would suggest that what is truly exciting is where they can go with new form factors.
 

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I can't get excited about this stuff. For me, it's 'meh'. I think speakers are 'solved'. If you see a bump or a wrinkle on your response, you can fix it - and you many not even be able to hear it anyway.

Chipboard, plastic, glue, screws, copper wire, magnets, foam rubber, little circuit boards with chips on them. That's it. And for the higher tech versions, lose the chipboard.

The only exciting speakers are big speakers that have some style about them.
 
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I can't get excited about this stuff. For me, it's 'meh'. I think speakers are 'solved'. If you see a bump or a wrinkle on your response, you can fix it - and you many not even be able to hear it...
But our speakers are usually built to specs as wide as +/-3dB from 20hz to 20Khz.
Imagine if we allowed that with our amps.

Suppose one could correct it with DSP, but then you still can't correct the harmonic distortion or IMD.

The best speakers have a THD of about 0.1%, and usually only at selected frequencies (usually the midrange, or treble). To get bass of 50Hz and below down to about 1% THD, you either have play really quietly, or use really good woofers.

And by the very best speakers, I’m talking large ones, as tall as a grown man...

Here's one I measured earlier- 96dB @1m.

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Meanwhile here we are complaining about DACs or amps that do “only do 0.006% THD"
 
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