But Consumer Reports doesn't agree that's how it turned out.
While the HomePod's audio quality is praiseworthy, its "smartness" is not. The review also noted that while the HomePod would "serve many music fans well", there were some "flaws" like the way it projects bass sounds, which were "a bit boomy and overemphasized". But the insides of the devices are very different, and that's what makes the HomePod's sound significantly better. I do this with my Google Home by telling it I want Relaxation Mode and it turns the lights on at 25% in my office while also firing up an acoustic playlist on the Sonos One. Say things like "Hey Siri, remind me to take the roast out of the oven in 10 minutes" and "Hey Siri, remind me to put the gravy on the hob in 5 minutes". The fact that it can't yet do stereo pairing with another HomePod doesn't help.it has had similar results, though its testers found the Sonos One to be better, and I generally disagree with that conclusion. What this does is update all of your HomePod devices at the same time, in case you have multiple units.
But many of those have been subjective reviews, in a home environment without reference speakers to compare against.
In our tests, HomePod works fine as an Apple TV audio out source. The new smart speaker, which is designed by the Cupertino giant to offer a premium sound experience with integration, comes at a price of $349 (approximately Rs. 22,500), and is available for purchase in the US, UK, and Australia. They do, however, point out that the mid range is "a little muddled". There's no word on the launch in India and other markets. Expect premium audio that's heavy on the bass, but not as crisp as some.
Meanwhile, the other smart assistants were able to do much better. But based on Beats' success in dominating the headphone market, it bodes well for the HomePod's prospects. Apple says that if your Homepod speaker is not working properly or is having an issue, it will cost them $279.