Notes on the Google Home Max

Dane Trethowan

I’ve had the Google Home Max since last Thursday so plenty of time to explore what this device offers.
I think the best way to describe a Google Home Max in size is to compare it to a kitchen toaster so its going to take up a little more room the the Home itself.
The speaker is a fairly heavy and well built unit which for me adds to the excitement.
You can mount the Max either lying down or standing up on its end.
If lying down the speaker is in stereo mode but when standing up is in mono mode and the surface controls change.
By surface controls I mean you can slide your finger left to right to adjust playback volume or tap once to pause and again to resume.
On the back of the speaker are an aux-in jack, your mains power in connection and a USB C port.
I’m told that a dongle can be connected to the port to allow a LAN connection though various forums I’ve visited to try and find out more have reported problems with this method of connecting the Max to your network.
Setup of the Max is through the Google Home App either on Android or IOS.
So once the Max was all set to go it was time to do som testing with the Max in my kitchen on top of my fridge.
My Kitchen echos a little so listening to any music in that area has always been an annoyance for me.
I wondered how the auto tuning function of the Max would handle this or even if the tuning would take into account the slight echo of the room, the Max documentation says the auto tuning is supposed to take the acoustic environment in which the Max is placed into account and calibrate thus.
No indication is given as to the calibration made but I can tell you that if you have a room with some echo or ambience issues which affect your hearing then the Google Home Max does indeed seem to make adjustments accordingly or perhaps the Max just sounds good anyway, we’ll never really know for sure given the lack of indication as to what the Google Home Max does.
The Max has 4 units, 2 tweeters and 2 woofers all of which put out some impressive punch.
The stereo separation isn’t as good as what you’ll find in the B&W A5 and the B&w A7 but then again those 2 units are both more expensive than the Google Home Max.
If you’re looking at purchasing a Voice Assistant then this is the best I’ve seen to date without a doubt.
Google have obviously spent a bit of time making sure that volumes aren’t too out of balance, by that I mean being able to hear the Google TTS and the content you’re listening to at roughly the same volume.

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