CNET First Look
Google Home Max aspires to surpass SonosThe Google Home Max is a $399 high-end smart speaker tailored for the audiophile.
[MUSIC] We're taking a look at the premium new version of the Google Home smart speaker, called the Google Home Max. Just like the Google Home, Google Home Max has Google Assistant built in. Meaning you can say, hey Google, what's the weather? Right now in Mountain View it's 61 and partly cloudy today. It'll be partly cloudy with a forecasted high of 63 and a low of 43. And it will answer your questions. It will control your Smart Home, you can set a time or you can do all the other things we've come to know with Google Home Speaker. The plus with Google Home Max is that it has a very advance speaker. And so, if you are in audio file, if you really like sound quality Yu can use this to blast the music of your choice and make it sound beautiful to your ears. But we haven't fully tested yet but we're here at Google's Headquarters in Mountain View. And we gotta hear a little bit of it and got to see some of its cool new tricks. Such as the fact that you can Play a song in stereo, pairing two of the speakers. You can of course pair them to any of the other speakers with Chromecast, like you could do with a Google Home, but this speaker will both adapt to the room it's in and adapt its sound accordingly. But more than that, it will play in stereo on its own using its left and right side accordingly. You can flip it on it's side and it'll turn into just a mono speaker. So all that is pretty cool if you're particular about how you like to listen to music. As a demo, hey Google sing me Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. [BLANK_AUDIO] [MUSIC] And it's coming out of both speakers in stereo sound. Hey Google, that's sweet, but stop. So we're excited to give this.>> You're so sweet to say that. The Google Home Max would be available for $399 on December 11th, so that will be a premium gift out there for the audiophile in your life.