Google announced two new smart speakers tonight at a press event in the United States. The small Google Home Mini and the large Google Home Max. The Max is a large version of the Google Home speaker that has been available for a while and it is mainly about better audio quality.
Google Home Max is great smart speaker
The Google Home Max was created by Google to compete with, among other things, the Sonos speakers that now have support for voice control and the Apple HomePod . It is therefore a stereo speaker with better audio reproduction than the previously launched model. The Max is equipped with two 4.5-inch woofers, two tweeters and a fabric grille. The Max must offer twenty times as much power than the standard Home speaker, according to Google.
There are also several far-field microphones available so that you can talk to the speaker remotely, even while listening to music. A handy function is that the Home Max optimally adjusts itself by looking at the room in which it is placed. This way you have to get an optimal audio reproduction in every room. This function is called Smart Sound and also adapts the audio output to the content you are listening to.
This feature of Google works not only with Google Play Music but also with Spotify and TuneIn. YouTube Music is also supported. Of course, the speaker is also equipped with the Google Assistant , with which you can communicate by voice. This digital assistant can, among other things, operate your smart home equipment, answer questions, play your music and read your agenda. The Google Home Max should hit the US market in December for a price of $ 399. The price includes an annual subscription to YouTube Red. It is not yet known if and when the speaker will find its way to Europe.
Google has also announced a new feature for the Home speakers called Broadcast. This allows you to send messages from your smartphone to your Home speakers and have them read aloud. You use the text “Hey Google, broadcast ‘What’s everyone up to?’” And then the speakers should show it automatically, via the voice of Google Assistant.