Blind test sees Google Home Max beat the Apple HomePod

14 February 2018
A group of independent panelists chose the Google Home Max and Sonos One over the HomePod.

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  • .alpha

AnonD-696746, 14 Feb 2018Google home max have same spatial recognition ( using 6 micropho... more@John, have you seen a Google Home Max? The speakers are directional, it is part of the design.

It is not surprising that Home Max of Google beats HomePod of Apple in sound quality. First, it is more expensive by $50. ($400 vs $350) Second, it has much larger enclosure and bit larger woofer (4.5" vs 4") , both are good for low frequency sound. And Home Max is unidirectional, which is good for high-frequency sound, vs omni-directional HomePod. So Home Max should sound much better than HomePod.

Buy Home Max, if larger speaker is well becoming and fitting for your room, else buy smaller HomePod or Solos.

  • Anonymous

Note7 owner, 14 Feb 2018They are really blind if they chose Google over Apple's design. it was behind a screen, so I don't think design played a part... try again

  • AnonD-715331

It goes to show that Apple are really paying media to write top reviews of their products

That's how they should test, a blind test under equal conditions.

Remove the Apple logo and the Homepod basically becomes an overpriced not-so-smart speaker.

They are really blind if they chose Google over Apple's design.

  • AnonD-696746

Sonu4678, 14 Feb 2018That must be a feature unique to Homepod, right? Look at these p... moreGoogle home max have same spatial recognition ( using 6 microphone )

Google’s algorithm that allows the speaker to automatically tweak equalizer settings to push out the best sound depending strictly on what the layout of the room is, as picked up by its internal microphones.If this sounds familiar, it’s because it’s reminiscent of what Apple talked up with its Apple HomePod. ( taken from tech radar review of the home max and can be confirmed in several others reviews )

  • AnonD-696746

Anonymous, 14 Feb 2018I read many reports that audiophiles applauded the HomePod, but ... morereports and review made knowing its an apple product often end up biased.

nothing beat a blind test.

  • AnonD-696746

AnonD-737566, 14 Feb 2018Yeah and the guy put a green sheet in front of the home pod same sheet on front of the others one.

Google home max also detect object wall ect and adapt sound still beaten homepod.

sorry but stop trying to find excuses.

blind test is always better as we see the real winner and not a winner based on brand as all others review.

  • AnonD-696746

Steve Notjob, 14 Feb 2018Sorry but the test is false for the home pod The guy put a gre... moreSo the google home max ( that also detect object and wall ect to adapt the sound ) was also handicaped and still its beaten apple pod. ( go read the tech used in the google home max if you dont beleive me )

now stop with the excuses.

  • AnonD-696746

.alpha, 14 Feb 2018HomePod is omnidirectional, Google Home Max is unidirectional. Q... moreGo read the tech used in the google max.

No matter where you put it in a room its will compensate to sound the same.

you can also have more than one in the same room.

As for sono its omni directional as well nearly half the price and beaten apple homepod to a pulp...

So plz stop with the excuses.

  • Anonymous

Audiophiles compared HomePod with 1000$ speakers but meh.

  • FreedaBees

Well done Pogue! So refreshing to see honesty and reality trump marketing and bias.

  • Mario

For great sounding experience, I still prefer Harman Kardon speaker, no matter what type of speaker..

Sonu4678, 14 Feb 2018That must be a feature unique to Homepod, right? Look at these p... moreCurtain is not a wall, so if it really makes speaker sounds bad, its funny.

Not to mention sonos got more speakers like for 250 and 500. Surely those would blow off the competition. In sonos case you pay mostly for sound, not a brand overprice.

Steve Notjob, 14 Feb 2018Sorry but the test is false for the home pod The guy put a gre... moreThat must be a feature unique to Homepod, right? Look at these people coming with absurd excuses, it's like others aren't even smart speakers.

EDIT - It looks like Homepod has a feature called Spatial Awareness. It can detect walls and direct sound according to its position. I don't know if others can do that or not. I was wrong, My bad!

  • Anonymous

I read many reports that audiophiles applauded the HomePod, but well...

  • AnonD-732422

Do not defend a product because it only has an apple image

Yo, not tryna make excuses here cos I'm happy it didn't win...but the sheet could definitely have thrown the HomePod off, remember it scans it's surroundings so could've thought it was a wall(?)