The Google Residence Max is a large lump however it can blow your socks off. With a decreased worth of £299/$299, it is value a re-assessment. This is our full evaluation
Essentially the most highly effective of all Google’s good audio system, Google Residence Max is the one to go for if funds is not any downside. That mentioned, at a now discounted worth of £299/US$299, it feels considerably extra inexpensive than at launch.
Black Friday deal: Google is providing the Residence Max for £199 saving you £100 – obtainable at Google Retailer. This deal is obtainable 22 November to three December.
Value & availability
Up to now, the Google Residence audio system have been fairly inexpensive. The common model is £89/$99 and the Residence Mini is simply £49/$49.
It makes some sense that the Max is much more, however we’re happy it has now been decreased from its unique £399/$399 worth to £299/$299. Meaning it’s now cheaper than the Apple HomePod at £319/$349, in addition to the equal Sonos, the £499/$499 Play:5.
You should buy the Residence Max straight from Google or from John Lewis.
Design & construct
Because the identify suggests, the Residence Max is the beast of the three Google good audio system. It is comparatively big in comparison with even the common Residence, not to mention the mini. The dimensions, and 5.3kg weight, means you may wish to examine it suits earlier than inserting an order. It’s just like the Sonos Play:5.
One factor we like is that the Max, regardless of its measurement, has the uncommon skill for use in two distinction orientations. A rubber mat attaches with magnets so you’ll be able to transfer it between basically panorama and portrait.
We just like the rounded wedge design which is fairly minimalist and is available in simply two colors, Chalk and Charcoal, dropping the extra vibrant choices of a few of the different Residence audio system.
Just like the Mini, 4 LEDs cover behind the material entrance and lightweight up whenever you’re interacting with the speaker. There’s really greater than 4 because the lights will keep horizontal for those who change the orientation of the speaker.
There is a lengthy contact delicate bar on the highest that appears a little bit ugly, however that is really a sticker indicating the controls. It is for playback management and quantity adjustment. This additionally adjusts with the orientation so in portrait, sliding your flinger downwards will scale back the amount.
It is irritating that the contact management does not can help you skip observe with a double faucet, it is just for pause and play. So you may want to make use of your voice or related gadget.
On the again is a microphone change for privateness (it reveals orange when the mic is disabled) and ports for energy, 3.5mm aux and USB-C. The latter might sound odd however can handily be used to cost a telephone or for an Ethernet dongle do you have to desire a wired web connection.
Options & sound high quality
The Google Residence Max may dwell as much as its identify in bodily measurement, however at the least it additionally matches up in terms of oomph and sound high quality.
Contained in the inflexible shell are two 4.5in drivers and above every sits a 0.7in customized tweeter. Between them, they deal with your entire frequency vary from bass all the best way as much as high-end. They usually achieve this very properly.
Bass is especially spectacular, partly, as a result of foremost drivers giant 22mm tour. In different phrases, the space they’ll journey and transfer extra air, which is required for decrease frequencies. The response is not overly bass heavy, although; it is wealthy and heat with out overpowering.
The mid-range and top-end are actually not forgotten about and are equally spectacular. Hearken to a observe like Whats up by Adele and never solely will the bass blow you away, her vocals come by means of loud and clear and the cymbals are vibrant and pure.
If the tuning does not fit your style then you’ll be able to alter the EQ (bass and treble) from the Google Residence app.
Max is an acceptable identify for the speaker in terms of total energy. Throughout our testing we barely managed to recover from 50 % quantity for worry of disturbing a complete workplace. This factor goes extraordinarily loud and with minimal distortion so you could possibly simply use it for even a big home social gathering. Google says it is 20 instances extra highly effective than the common Residence and you may make your events even higher with multi-room when you’ve got different Residence audio system.
One factor to notice is that the speaker does not function in stereo whenever you change the orientation to portrait. When upright, the Max pumps out sound in mono as an alternative. To be honest, there is not precisely a noticeable stereo subject when it is in panorama – because the drivers are so shut to one another – so you may have to purchase two and pair them for a correct stereo expertise.
The Max has a characteristic just like Sonos Trueplay which tunes the speaker based mostly on its atmosphere and environment. It is referred to as Good Sound and supposedly works inside seconds of shifting the speaker. Since we won’t change this on or off we won’t say how properly it really works, however the Max did sound good regardless of the place we put it.
As talked about earlier, there are extra choices than merely streaming music over Wi-Fi. You’ll be able to join through Bluetooth (easy ask the speaker to enter pairing mode) or plug a tool, a turntable even, in utilizing the three.5mm jack.
As you realize, this can be a good speaker like the opposite Residence merchandise and has the Google Assistant built-in. Six far-field mics imply you could nonetheless get the speaker’s consideration when music is enjoying, though maybe not throughout a home social gathering.
In addition to enjoying music from a spread of sources (Google Music, YouTube, Spotify, Deezer and so forth – full listing right here), you need to use the Assistant to reply questions or management appropriate good residence units round your own home like Philips and Nest. You can too arrange Voice Match so it could recognise as much as 5 different individuals for private companies and playlists.
The Google Residence Max is a large lump of a speaker so that you’ll must have house for it. Twin orientation will assist however keep in mind that standing it upright switches audio to mono.
You’ll additionally want the funds however the Max sits in a pricing candy spot beneath the Apple HomePod and Sonos Play:5, with the benefit of the superb Google Assistant.
When you do have house and the pockets, then it can blow you away – particularly in comparison with the a lot smaller good audio system just like the common Residence or Amazon Echo. The Max has impressively wealthy sound and also you’ll doubtless discover it to be very loud even at half quantity.