tldr: HomePod is a great solution for those who are hard of hearing and don’t want to use subtitles My requirement for the HomePod is a bit different from the norm. I’m hard of hearing, wear earphones, and up until now, I’ve had to use subtitles when watching TV. However, I do just fine in a movie theatre. I have a sound system, a Sony something or other, cost me around $250 several years ago, but it doesn’t hack it for my needs. So, I was hoping the HomePod would be the solution for me. And it is. Got it home, plugged it in (as easy as they say it is,) then watched several movies and TV shows from Netflix and Amazon without the subtitles using my ATV 4th gen. I’m happy to say that I can hear the voices clearly and can easily make out the words. If you’ve got one of <those> parents or grandparents, this might be the thing for them.