Right. This is a thread about dominance of amazon (low-end) speakers. I’m not interested in an echo dot, tried it. This obviously isn’t going to compare to a premium surround sound setup, but it fills rooms very nicely with sound that don’t have a premium setup. These HomePods aren’t for everybody and YMMV.It’s not good enough for me. I’m an audiophile. AV receiver with 7.2.1 setup. Why would I want a HomePod? (That was rhetorical & I never said ultra-expensive. Higher end.)
Any decent surround system would sound much better. Yes, it would cost more, but, a HomePod wouldn’t compare.
Obviously, people have bought them. I’m sure they sound great...for what they are. But, it costs a lot more than most people want to pay...for what they are. A smart speaker. That’s it.
Other Apple devices aren’t anything like this.