In theory, more of a bad thing doesn't necessarily make things better. In other words, you could just be getting more bad sound quality by investing more into comparatively inaccurate speakers. As you said, we won't know until the HomePod is out in the wild. That being said, I think this will come down to whether people want Siri/Apple Ecosystem integration and Apple Music. I think SQ is the way they are explaining the selling price, but that is just one small reason people will buy it. If Apple really was all that concerned about SQ, they would have a lossless tier available in Apple Music and put a digital output on the HomePod so people could feed their main systems a digital signal. I don't know one audiophile that is throwing out their DACs, amps and speakers to replace them with a HomePod.