Trust me when I tell you, this pains me. I'm no troll, and actually the opposite. Sometimes, a bit of an Apple fanatic, and defending them at times when deep down, I might even agree with my opponent in debate, so buying the HomePod, and being this disappointed really hurts. I was quite excited to pick it up from my local Apple Store yesterday. Went in, and while I waited, I was even given a demo of the store unit. In that huge store, with a room full of people, it was very hard to tell anything other than the bass was deep. I know I'm in a minority group of music fans. This device is clearly made for modern pop, or at the very least, music that isn't all fighting in a lower audio frequency. The biggest issue I have with it, the mid range is completely crushed, while the bass is rich, and the high end is thin. In the end, listening to most metal music, you lose the clean crunch of the guitars, which is usually built on the midrange, to punch through the bass. Sadly, all this does is flatten the metal sound, and make it disappointing. I guess I'm a good judge of how this is SUPPOSED to sound, as I listen to my own bands material through it, and knowing how this should be, it's a let down. A simple fix, if Apple allowed us to EQ this ourselves. The lack of any sort of audio control makes this almost unusable for my taste in music. I don't want to control the computational sound, I JUST want to EQ in more midrange. Maybe dial back the bass... Something... I'm trying to convince to keep this. I want to love this. I WANT to have more control of this, since audio is so subjective, and to be honest, it does sound amazing with other things, just not the ONE thing I bought this for. I have 14 days, I'm hoping for a software update before then, or I find something, some sort of hope to convince me to keep it, or this will be the very first Apple product I ever return, and I don't want to do that.