Sonos One vs HomePod
With the price differential, and the added ability of being able to adjust the EQ and balance, the Sonos One is a much better choice for a stereo pair than the HomePod. Of course, you may want to use Siri, Alexa, or Google Assistant with your speaker, and if you are locked into one ecosystem, then this is a consideration. Since, however, most HomePod purchasers probably already have iPhones, which they can use for Siri, I don’t see it as being worth paying nearly twice as much for a pair of HomePods.
I should talk about this again, but I went through a very similar path to Kirk. I got a HomePod the day it was released, got a second one a few months later, and then got a Sonos One in 2019. While I do like the Sonos overall, and in terms of price it’s far more compelling, but I very much disagree on the audio quality point; the HomePod sounds much better to my ear.
More to come on this front…