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24. März 2018

Former Apple Sound Designer Discusses History Behind ‚Sosumi‘, Mac Startup Tone, and Camera Click

In the late 1980s Jim Reekes began working as a sound designer for Apple, creating some of the Mac’s most iconic sounds like the „Sosumi“ beep, startup chord, and camera/screenshot click. In a new interview with CNBC, Reekes discussed the origins behind each of these sound creations, and what he thinks about the current audio design of Apple devices. Reekes has touched upon these topics before, but they remain interesting for anyone who might not have heard about this part of Apple’s history.

Reekes explained that the reason for the name „Sosumi“ began with a lawsuit from The Beatles‘ record label, also named Apple. At the time, [...]

 
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14. Februar 2018

Professional-Grade Acoustic Tests Support Apple’s Claims About HomePod’s Superior Sound Distribution

HomePod acoustic tests performed by Fast Company and published Tuesday appear to support Apple’s claim that algorithms built into the smart speaker make it capable of distributing sound evenly throughout a room.

According to Apple’s marketing material, music played on HomePod is evenly distributed so that it sounds similar regardless of where the listener is standing or sitting in the room. Apple also claims that HomePod’s output remains consistent wherever it is placed in an environment, thanks to sophisticated always-on sound processing algorithms.

HomePod uses its six-microphone array to record the behavior of the sound waves emitted by the [...]

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13. Februar 2018

Consumer Reports: Google Home Max and Sonos One Sound Better Than HomePod

Consumer Reports has conducted some early audio testing of the HomePod, and while the full evaluation isn’t yet finished, the site believes that both the $400 Google Home Max and the $200 Sonos One sound better than Apple’s new $349 smart speaker.

The HomePod received a „Very Good“ sound quality rating, as did the Sonos One and the Google Home Max, but the latter two speakers also received higher overall sound quality scores.

Consumer Reports says that its speaker tests are conducted in a dedicated listening room, with experienced testers who compare each model with „high-quality reference speakers.“ In the case of [...]

 
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28. Januar 2018

HomePod’s Sound Continues to Receive Top Marks After Listening Demos in New York and London

Apple last week invited select reporters to one-hour-long HomePod listening demos in New York City and London, resulting in several first impressions of the speaker’s sound quality being shared online over the past few days.

We’ve rounded up all of the first impressions we’ve come across so far, and highlighted some excerpts that we thought were interesting below. If you spot an article not listed here, let us know in the comments section.

• Business Insider • TechCrunch • CNET • Engadget • iMore • Mashable • TechRadar • Digital Trends • Tom’s Guide • Expert Reviews • Wired UK • iNews UK • Huffington Post UK • Vogue UK • [...]
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