Yesterday, we reported that retailers such as Verizon and Best Buy were beginning to sell the new Google Home Max, an upgraded version of the Home smart speaker originally unveiled last year. It wasn’t known when Google might start selling the device, but as per a blog post, it looks like that time has come.
Over at the Google Store, you can now pick up the Google Home Max for $399. For that price, you get two 4.5-inch high-excursion woofers with custom tweeters for improved sound. There’s an acoustic brace and acoustically-designed fabric covering the device which is durable and comes in both Chalk and Charcoal finishes. A new feature called Smart Sound will automatically balance the Max’s sound output based on your surroundings and what type of audio you’re listening to (e.g. music, podcasts, news briefings). And of course, the Google Assistant ships on board with far-field microphones for voice commands.
Google also published a feature set belonging to the Home Max which you can view below.
- Built for premium sound: Google Home Max has two 4.5-inch high-excursion woofers that’ll deliver deep, powerful bass. And Max is loud…really loud. It’s 20 times more powerful than Google Home, so it will fill any room in your home with amazing audio.
- More music: Max allows you to use your voice to control popular services like Spotify Free and Premium, YouTube Music, Google Play Music or Pandora, and with Chromecast built in, you can cast from your phone from many more services. For all of your other music and devices, Max has support for both Bluetooth® and aux-in. Plug in your record player and dust off your vinyl.
- Your very own DJ: With the Google Assistant built in, Max is always ready to start your favorite song, pause or turn it up, all with just your voice. Can’t quite remember that name of that famous holiday favorite? Your Assistant can find it with just a few small details. Just ask, “Hey Google, play that song that goes, ‘Chestnuts roasting…’” Or too early for Christmas tunes? Just ask, “Ok Google, play ‘Discover Weekly’ from Spotify’” (for some playlists, you might need a subscription).
- Designed for your home: Google Home Max was designed to be versatile and seamlessly blend in with your home’s decor. You can stand it up vertically or place it horizontally to fit in your space. It’s available in two colors, Chalk and Charcoal, and was made with beautiful yet durable fabric, developed from scratch to allow your music to be heard without distortion.
- Turn it up: With Max’s integrated far-field microphones and speech recognition technology, it can hear you from across the room, even when your music is blasting.
- Multi-room: Group all of your Google Home devices through the Google Home app and get your favorite holiday playlist going in every room. You can even wirelessly pair two Maxes together for stereo sound.
- Control your smart home: Make premium sound the center of your smart home. Google Home Max works with more than 150 home automation brands and more than 1,000 devices—including Nest, Belkin Wemo and Philips Hue. Plus, Google Home Max can complete two tasks at once. If you have a compatible smart plug, try saying, “Hey Google, turn on the Christmas tree and play Jingle Bells.”
If you wanna check out the Home Max before dropping four Benjamins, you can do so at select Verizon retail locations across the country and at Made by Google pop-up shops in New York and L.A. If you’ve already made up your mind, you can buy the Max from the Google Store, Verizon, Best Buy, and Walmart.