Initial impressions compared to my play 5 are mostly negative. Particularly if you are into bassy electronic music, homepod just sounds tinny in the mids and lows (at any volume). It just does not give you that club-like thumping of the 5. Also, when it comes to matching the volume output of the play 5, homepod needs to be at above 80% to somewhat match the 5’s 50% (still can’t match the lows though). When it comes to the sound stage, I was also quite underwhelmed (especially after reading all the praise it got from reviewers). It just does not feel that much wider for some reason. My original plan was to replace the 5 with one homepod and later add another one for a stereo pair. Now I do not feel it is going to be worth it losing the mids and lows for wider sound stage. Another unfortunate discovery is related to itunes match. I expected homepod to be able to direct stream my matched songs from the cloud when initiating playback from an iphone (like it can do for apple music subscription), however it instead airplays them from the iphone (with the message popping up saying playback will stop when iphone out of range). It does work directly from the cloud if using the hey siri command though. I would love for other play 5 owners to share their own impressions.