Google Max smart speaker launches in Australia to fill your rooms with sound
Google Max – the biggest and loudest Google Home speaker – has been launched in Australia with a room-filling sound and a layer of intelligence to easily control the music with your voice.
It will go on sale in Australia on August 9 through JB Hi-Fi, Harvey Norman, The Good Guys, David Jones, Officeworks and the Google Store.
It will be priced at $549.
Google Max has been designed to offer premium sound. In fact, it is 20 times louder than Google Home.
And thanks to its 4.5-inch high-excursion woofers it can deliver some seriously powerful bass.
It is powered by Google’s AI – Smart Sound – and can optimise the audio quality depending on its surroundings and proximity to walls and other objects in your home.
Once users connect to Google Max, it will automatically tune itself based on its position in the room.
And even if you move the speaker, it will recalibrate itself to its new spot without any extra set-up or testing.
Google Assistant is also by your side so it’s always ready for your song request.
It is even smart enough to recognise different voices and match your song choices and music preferences to your account so Google Max can always play your favourites no matter who is asking.
Music can be controlled with your voice with popular music services like YouTube Music, Spotify, TuneIn and Deezer.
Subscribers to other music services like Apple Music can still stream their music to Google Max via Bluetooth but can only control playback through their device not with their voice.
Chromecast is also built-in to Google Max so you can cast from your mobile devices as well.
Google Max also has an AUX IN port so you can connect to other devices like older MP3 players, CD players, iPods and turntables.
It’s also possible to set up two Google Max speakers as a stereo pair for an even larger soundscape.
The unit has a minimal look and is designed to blend in to your home’s décor.
And if you have smart devices in your home, Google Max will work with more than 5,000 of them and more than 100 home automation products across 50 brands including Nest, Belkin and Philips Hue.
Users can also set up routines with compatible smart plugs and lights so you could say “Hey Google, dim the lights and play a summer time playlist”.
It’s also possible to set up multiple Google speakers, including Google Max, into a multi-room set-up and play them individually or as a group.
Google Max will be available on August 9 and will be priced at $549.
Stay tuned to Tech Guide for a complete review of the Google Max in the coming days.