Obviously, the main part of the HomePod is what it sounds like. The original HomePod has an incredible set of speakers and can be pretty loud. With that in mind, I was expecting a speaker the size of the Mini would sound drastically different. I mean, still Apple quality, but noticeably worse than the bigger variant. However, they're a lot closer than I imagined.
Chris is much more positive on the HomePod Mini sound than I was in my review. Maybe my expectations were too high, but Chris mentions the gap between the two speakers to be smaller than he imagined, while it was more than I expected.