In case you haven’t heard, the Apple HomePod recently launched to much excitement, but does it deserve the overwhelming amount of hype it’s getting? We can’t answer that question ourselves just yet, but Yahoo conducted a blind test survey to see which smart home speakers sounded the best to common ears.
The results may surprise you. The Apple HomePod, Google Home Max, Amazon Echo, and Sonos One were pit against each other. Panelists were asked to rank each one on the merit of sheer sound quality. The Sonos One walked away with three of the panelists’ best votes. Google’s Home Max took 2 votes. The HomePod and Amazon Echo were left in the dust.
It’s a fair knock on the Amazon Echo, which isn’t priced quite the same ($150) as the others ($350-$400 for both the HomePod and Google Home Max).
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Most surprising of all, though, is that the $200 Sonos One might actually trounce them all, and considering you can get 2 of those for the price of one of the other beasts, it may well be the best value in home speakers. Of course, no one has Google or Amazon beat in the smarts department just yet, so you’ll have to decide what’s more important to you in the long run.