Google's $399 Home Max smart speaker focuses on audio quality

Richard Lawler

At today's Made by Google event, the company has introduced a buffed-up version of its Home assistant device called the Google Home Max. This version of the speaker uses premium materials and improved speakers (dual 4.5-inch high-excursion woofers, two custom tweeters), putting it in position to compete with products like those from Sonos (like the upcoming Sonos One that also has Assistant built in) or Apple's upcoming HomePod. Available in December for $399, it uses AI-powered SmartSound to tune the audio for whatever room it's in. It's also smart enough to recognize the "OK Google" command even while it's playing music loudly, turns down the volume in the morning and can get louder when the environment is noisy.

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