- Answered by Stephanie B
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You can't turn off the mics, but you can turn off "Hey Siri" and "Touch and Hold for Siri" and "turn off personal requests." Of course, once you do all of that, you've effectively rendered your "smart" speaker into a "dumb" one, albeit one with superb audio quality.
However, you can always use Siri on your iPhone or other device to find music to play or pretty much anything Siri will do, over Airplay 2.
You cannot set up the HomePod without access to Wi-Fi and the Internet. Once configured it is possible to AirPlay from an iOS device to HomePod over an ad hoc connection that doesn't need an additional Wi-Fi access point. See the Change AirPlay settings section of Change settings for HomePod - Apple Support.
No, it must be connected to wifi and plugged into a power source to use
I wouldn't use HomePods as speakers for editing. I've tried it with Logic, and over AirPlay, there can be a delay of up to 2 seconds from when you press play to when the audio begins. The video and audio will be matched fine, but there is a delay between pressing play and it actually playing.
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I am using it in Czechia and everything works great. Siri works like on the iPhone (no additional or lesser fuctions), Apple Music works, calling, messages, HomeKit, etc. work as expected
Not on the device. When using AirPlay, you can set an equaliser preset from your iPhone.