Bring on the audiophiles.
From Apple HomePod: The Audiophile Perspective + Measurements posted Sunday by WinterCharm on r/audiophile, retweeted two hours later by Apple’s senior vice president for worldwide marketing:
Introduction: So, it’s time to put the HomePod to the test. Every reviewer thus far has said some amazing things about this diminutive speaker. However, almost no one has done measurements…
Executive summary: I am speechless. The HomePod actually sounds better than the KEF X300A. If you’re new to the Audiophile world, KEF is a very well respected and much loved speaker company. I actually deleted my very first measurements and re-checked everything because they were so good, I thought I’d made an error. Apple has managed to extract peak performance from a pint sized speaker, a feat that deserves a standing ovation. The HomePod is 100% an Audiophile grade Speaker.
My take: A labor of love. tl;dr
See also: HomePod reviews: No unconditional love