Google has announced an enhanced version of home smart speaker called Home Max along with all the products that it has launched at the Made By Google event. The design of this home smart speaker is going compete against the upcoming Sonos1 and the upcoming Homepod of Apple. Home Max features improved dual 4.5-inch woofers alongside two custom tweeters which are covered by a fabric speaker grille and it also includes far-field microphones which will detect the sound even when the music is playing loud.
These updated stereo speakers will be 20times more powerful than the standard Google Home. With the Machine Learning-powered, Smart Sound feature Home Max can tune itself for whatever room it is placed in, just like Apple’s Home Pod. Depending on the time, place and situation in your house it can adjust the volume. For example, when the Home Max is placed in a corner or near a wall of the room, it will adjust the excess bass and says it will continue to get smarter over time. It can also tune audio when you are on a call, listening to a song or podcast.
The other specs include:
- Two 4.5-inch (114 mm) high-excursion dual-voice-coil woofers
- Two 0.7-inch (18 mm) custom tweeters
- Six onboard microphones for far-field voice control
- Inputs: USB-C (for separate Ethernet and digital audio dongles), 3.5mm auxiliary, Bluetooth
- Silicone base
- Acoustically transparent fabric in two colors: chalk and charcoal
Home Max will retail for $399. The Australian and the UK pricing are not confirmed yet. The Google Home Max will be available in the US in December with pre-orders starting on November 3. While the other parts of the world will get it in 2018. The company is also giving away 12 months of YouTube Music (ad-free) with every Home Max purchase while Spotify, Pandora, Netflix are others are listed partners.