This month, Apple Unveil of Mini HomePod As a popular first supplement HomePod The product lineup uses a new spherical design and S5 chip. PoHomePod mini is more affordable at only US$99, it is more accessible and versatile HomePod Compact design.
Apple continues to sell the original version of “HomePod” for $299. The price is more than three times the price of HomePod mini, should you still consider using the larger, original HomePod or choose the new HomePod mini? Our guide outlines the differences between the two HomePods and helps answer questions about how to determine the best for you.
Compare HomePod and HomePod mini
HomePod and HomePod mini have many key features, such as multi-room audio and Siri. Apple lists these same features of HomePod and HomePod mini:
- Multi-room audio
- Stereo pair capability
- Siri and up-facing display
- Conductive fabric
- Seamless audio switching
- Smart Home Center
- Walkie talkie Find mine, Siri shortcuts, ambient sounds and Music alert
- Available in white and space gray
Apple’s breakdown shows that these two HomePods have many important functions. Even so, there are still meaningful differences between “HomePod” and “HomePod mini”, which proves that the $200 price difference is reasonable, including design, audio technology, and spatial perception.
- Large capsule design
- A8 chip
- Tweeter and seven tweeters
- Six microphone array
- Spatial awareness
- home theatre Apple TV 4K
- Compact spherical design
- S5 chip
- Full range driver and dual passive radiator
- Three microphone array
- U1 chip
Read on to get a closer look at each of these aspects and understand what the two HomePods offer.
The justHomePod mini is only 3.3 inches high, which is much smaller than the original HomePod, which is less than 7 inches high. HomePod mini also has a compact spherical design, while the original HomePod has a bulky design similar to a capsule. HomePod is larger than theHomePod mini and can accommodate more internal components for a fuller audio experience.
Both devices are covered with Apple’s audio conductive mesh material. HomePod and HomePod mini also share the Siri waveform displayed on the top display to indicate when to engage Siri when and the integrated volume touch control. Both HomePods also rely on a wired power cord, which means they are not portable.
The compact spherical design of HomePod mini is more discreet than its larger counterparts, and it will become the device of choice for tables and surfaces where space is limited or you don’t want to make it stand out. Similarly, the larger “HomePod” will be more suitable for TV equipment and areas with larger spaces.
Audio hardware is the most important difference between the two HomePods. HomePod mini provides a single full-frequency driver, powered by a neodymium magnet and a pair of passive radiators that can eliminate force, which can achieve deep bass and clear high frequencies.
On the other hand, HomePod has a large woofer designed by Apple that produces deep, pure bass, and a custom array of seven beamforming tweeters that provide pure high-frequency sound, each with its own amplifier and direction control.
Both devices use a sound wave guide designed by Apple to guide the sound stream to the bottom of the speaker to achieve an immersive 360-degree audio experience. This allows users to place “HomePod” almost anywhere in the room and hear a consistent sound.
However, the larger size of the original “HomePod” makes it possible to achieve a wider and more spacious sound field. Compared with “HomePod mini”, “HomePod” will provide a richer and fuller sound. HomePod mini may still provide clean and powerful sound, but there is no doubt that the increased size and audio hardware in the larger HomePod the greatly mask it.
HomePod mini uses three microphone arrays to listen to “Hey Siri, while a fourth inward-facing microphone helps isolate the sound from the speakers, thereby improving voice detection when playing music. For the same reason, the larger “HomePod” uses six microphone arrays.
These microphones help eliminate echo and allow loudSiri to understand whether people are near the device or across the room, even when loud music is playing. However, it is not clear whether the microphone added on the HomePod has to compensate for its louder and louder sound, while the HomePod mini due does not require a six-microphone array at all due to its smaller size, or whether it is the key point of two. The difference in sound insulation between models.
Processor and software
The HomePod processor allows it to use advanced software for real-time acoustic modeling, audio beamforming and echo cancellation.
HomePod mini uses its processor to maximize the performance of its poorer audio hardware. In order to obtain greater sound through a compact design, the Apple S5 chip in “HomePod mini” is used in conjunction with advanced software to analyze the unique characteristics of music and apply complex tuning models to optimize loudness, adjust dynamic range and control movement Real-time monitoring of drives and passive radiators.
The A8 chip in the larger “HomePod” also performs some unique functions, such as bass management through real-time software modeling to ensure that the speakers provide the deepest and cleanest bass with minimal distortion.
Ultimately, the HomePod processor is not a very important consideration when choosing between the two models. The A8 is an older but more powerful chip, while the S5 is a newer but less powerful chip. Both chips run the same operating system and provide appropriate computing audio at an appropriate performance level.
The larger original “HomePod” uses spatial perception to perceive its position in the room. In this way, it can automatically adjust and optimize the audio according to the location of the audio in the room to improve the sound quality. HomePod can detect walls and corners, and use this information through a directional tweeter to deliver sound evenly throughout the room, while reducing distortion and echo.
Only the original “HomePod” has a sense of space, while “HomePod mini” does not have this feature.
HomePod mini contains a feature missing from the original HomePod one: the U1 chip. The U1 chip designed by Apple is an ultra-wideband chip that can perform directional and proximity-based operations.
HomePod mini uses the U1 chip to detect other U1 devices (e.g. iPhone 12,Nearby. In this way, it can deliver audio faster and interact with nearby devices, and display relevant information on devices close to “HomePod mini”.
However, beyond that, the full potential of U1 in “HomePod mini” does not seem to be realized yet. In the future, U1 Can promote Short-distance data transmission improves the AR experience and tracks the user’s location at home.Apple now seems to be adding the U1 chip to all of its new devices, which appears in iPhone 12 Lineup and Apple Watch Series 6.
Adding a second “HomePod” to your settings can enable stereo, thereby creating a wider sound field for richer and more surround sound. Each “HomePod” can play its own left and right channels, while separating environmental energy and direct energy. Both devices can use direct audio and reflected audio to automatically detect and balance the two speakers. Even if the two speakers are combined into one, each “HomePod” will still communicate with each other, so only one speaker can respond to “Siri” requests.
Both HomePod and HomePod mini support this stereo pair function, Unable to pair HomePod mini and the original HomePodPo. Instead, you can only pair two original HomePods or two HomePod mini speakers as stereo speakers.
Both HomePods support multi-room audio, and can be mixed together using this feature, but stereo cannot be obtained.
Home theater with Apple TV 4K
The original “HomePod” also supports home theaters with “Apple TV” 4K. When surroundingHomePod is used with Apple TV 4K, it can provide a more immersive home theater experience by providing surround sound and Dolby Atmos.
This feature depends on the orientation and spatial awareness of the original HomePod, so it is not available on the HomePod mini. However, two HomePod mini machines can still provide stereo to Apple TV, but they cannot provide the full home theater experience of the original HomePod.
If you plan to use “HomePod” or a pair of HomePods as TV speakers for “Apple TV” 4K, there is no doubt that the original “HomePod” will provide a better audio experience.
Overall, it is clear that HomePod and HomePod mini are products with different uses. HomePod is a more full-featured high-end speaker with excellent sound quality, while HomePod mini aims to have more uses.
The more affordable price of HomePod mini reflects this. HomePod mini may be more suitable for areas such as corridors or kitchens, while the original HomePod seems to be more suitable for larger rooms where audio content is consumed more often, such as the living room.
The main reason to buy a larger “HomePod” is its better audio fidelity. As this extension, if you want to use HomePods with Apple TV 4K, the larger HomePod is the first choice. With its directional audio and spatial perception functions, on top of many high-end audio hardware, the original “HomePod” is a device that prioritizes the sound quality field.
Where the device may be used for “Siri” instead of music, “HomePod mini” seems to be a better choice. When something more cautious or used in areas that are used more often, “HomePod mini” is better. HomePod mini will still perform well in multi-room audio mode, and its more affordable price allows users to buy more products for use at home.
Generally speaking, if you want “HomePod” to achieve the best sound quality and volume, please get the original “HomePod”. Otherwise, “HomePod mini” will be enough to meet your needs.