HomePod comes third in blind audio test, leaves marks on wooden furniture

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Product reviews published by the Wirecutter, as well as Pocket-Lint, first raised the issue in their reviews of the Apple HomePod.

Perhaps the most glaring issue is the fact that the speaker can cause damage to wooden furniture, with owners and reviewers on Twitter noting this issue.

In a statement to Wirecutter, Apple confirmed the issue but claimed that "the marks can improve over several days after the speaker is removed from the wood surface".

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It was also revealed this week that Sonos speakers were also leaving marks on some wooden surfaces. The smart speaker system was not leaving rings on every wood surface, only surfaces that are treated with oil. But you will be surprised to learn that Apple is not quite making a huge profit with its new smart speaker, with TechInsights reporting that it costs $216 to build and has a thinner profit margin at just 38%.

Apple, by contrast, is marketing the HomePod as a high-fidelity speaker programmed to learn listeners' tastes and automatically select songs from the company's music-streaming library. If that doesn't work, Apple's next best suggestion, as described on the HomePod's official support page, "If you're concerned about this, we recommend placing your HomePod on a different surface".

It has yet to be seen how this will affect sales and whether it will provide an advantage to competing products such as Google Home, Amazon Echo Dot and Sonos One.

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It is not unusual for any speaker with a vibration-dampening silicone base to leave mild marks when placed on some wooden surfaces. If they don't go away on their own, wiping them with a damp or dry cloth should do the trick.

The company also recommends users to place the HomePod on solid surfaces and use it indoors only. If you are really going to put the HomePod on wood, then make sure that there is a piece of cloth placed between both surfaces to prevent the irreparable harm. However, if the damage does not disappear, Apple suggested that customers should either clean the furniture with the "suggested oiling method" of the manufacturer or to have the furniture refinished.

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