What hardware do you use for important audio announcements?

I’ve been using HA for a few years, and have tried using both our HomePod Minis and a Google Nest mini. Neither have been reliable, sometimes the announcement just wouldn’t happen and there was nothing meaningful in the logs – if anything at all it would be “an error occurred”.

Do y’all have a reliable solution for audio announcements that work reliably?

One of these: https://raspiaudio.com/produit/esp-muse-luxe

Flashed with Squeezlite MUSE LUXE speaker with Squeezlite (Logitech Media server) - ESPMUSE - Raspiaudio

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