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beware the new norm for playback ?
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beware the new norm for playback ?

Might it be time to start making location recordings with this sort of domestic playback device in mind ?

https://www.apple.com/homepod/

It's always hard predicting the eventual market ingress of a new Apple product, but if this heralds a new era in home speaker tech then get used to 6 or 7 tweeters a few inches apart.

Welcome to Mono...the New Stereo
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They are great at marketing. The gear seems a step below Bose, as difficult as that is to manage.
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They are great at marketing. The gear seems a step below Bose, as difficult as that is to manage.
It might just be the more sophisticated rendition of an old idea...I can recall in the 70's speaker manufacturers (was it Sonab, and certainly Bose also, probably others too ?) had tweeters firing up, out, sideways....claiming "more natural dispersion"

Apple claims you can place 2 of these trashcans in your room and they will 'talk to each other and sort out/adjust the stereo between them'

Imagine...2 Siri's in your room.....anyway, we half a year to get used to the idea.
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The majority of radio audiences already listen in mono anyway, whether due to non-stationary listening habits, or due to FM signal reception changes, where the receiver automatically switches to mono.

Even when working in NHK, mono compatibility is still checked, which is also verified during QC. The mono button is still a much used function on my Phonitor headphone amplifier, as is the software-based mono fold-down button for the speaker array.

A calibrated reference monitoring system with a flat and accurate frequency response will always ensure compatibility across a variety of playback systems. Aiming for the highest common denominator is always preferable to aiming for the lowest, most unpredictable denominator.
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If Apple can put stereos back in people's houses while teaching people what a "musicologist" is, I think that would be absolutely incredible.
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It might just be the more sophisticated rendition of an old idea...I can recall in the 70's speaker manufacturers (was it Sonab, and certainly Bose also, probably others too ?) had tweeters firing up, out, sideways....claiming "more natural dispersion"

Apple claims you can place 2 of these trashcans in your room and they will 'talk to each other and sort out/adjust the stereo between them'

Imagine...2 Siri's in your room.....anyway, we half a year to get used to the idea.
Like so many other Apple products, this has been done before and the Apple version is not at all revolutionary, despite what their slick marketing would have people believe.

The Devialet Phantom came out a couple years ago, and can do the whole one-unit mono/quasi-stereo, or two-units-talk-together-to-make-stereo thing, although they need a separate link unit to do so. The big difference is that the Phantom was designed with the highest audio performance as the primary goal (and of course, it's priced accordingly). The reviews from audio writers I've seen have been very positive.

Ironically enough, Apple has been selling the Phantom:
https://www.apple.com/shop/product/HJS02LL/A/devialet-phantom-wireless-speaker

...And while you're on the same webstore, you can also pick up a set of Air Pods to have your super-high quality audio on the go!
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Apple claims you can place 2 of these trashcans in your room
No matter how many of these you have, you will need a source trashcan to stream content to them:

https://www.apple.com/mac-pro/
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Uhmmm... in the early 70's, we had a new innovation in AM radio that some stations participated in.
You needed two AM radios, and you tuned one slightly left of the center, and, the other one was tuned slightly right of center. Between the two, and the associated cross-talk, and phasing issues, you had AM stereo.

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They will be very convenient and sound like garbage. Consumers will love them.
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I think the whole idea of using onboard mics and software to self-adjust is interesting. Imagine theater speakers that auto-compensate for the size of the audience. Or stage monitors that can sense how close performers are to them. Or rear car-stereo speakers that turn themselves way down when your in-laws are in the back seat.
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They will be very convenient and sound like garbage. Consumers will love them.
Salty but true.
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Is this thing designed by B&O in Denmark?
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