Apple Inc.’s new HomePod speaker was praised by early reviewers for its audio quality but panned for its integration with the company’s Siri digital assistant.
The company’s latest hardware product arrives for pre-order customers and in stores on Friday, a late entrant in the smart speaker market led by Amazon.com Inc.’s Echo devices and Google’s Home gadgets.
“The HomePod sounds noticeably richer and fuller than almost every other speaker we’ve tested,” the Verge wrote. It beat out the Sonos One, Google Home Max, the Amazon Echo, and standard Google Home in audio quality, the site said. The Sonos Play:5, an internet-connected speaker without a digital assistant that costs US$500, versus the HomePod’s US$350 price, was the only device tested that matched the HomePod’s audio prowess, according to the Verge.