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Google Home Max for $199 @ The Good Guys, $198 @ Harvey Norman

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Google Home Max delivers amazing sound from a voice-activated speaker. Google Assistant is built-in so you can ask questions, control your compatible smart home appliances, and with built-in Chromecast as well you can also play music - all just by saying "Ok Google" followed by your request - to get started all you need is a compatible device and internet connection. It'll tell you the time, the latest weather and news headlines, play music, provide quick number calculations, word or phrase translations, set your alarm, and give you facts and info you're curious about with the power of Google Search. You can even check the footy score. The Google Home Max GA00222-AU is made for music. It has advanced hardware with dual 4.5-inch woofers and two tweeters for crystal clear highs. The Google Home Maxx can also analyse, tune and update itself automatically. You can also connect to some of your favourite music subscription apps like Spotify, TuneIn or Youtube music to stream your favourite songs over Wi-Fi. Pair the Google Home Max with your Google Home, Google Home Mini or any other speaker with Chromecast for multi-room audio. Find your favourite tunes with your voice with the Google Home Max.

198$ at Officework https://www.officeworks.com.au/shop/officeworks/p/google-hom...

Harvey Norman https://www.harveynorman.com.au/google-home-max-anthracite.h...

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    Hmm, been very tempted to grab one of these to hang from the shed for outdoor entertainment (but also so I can yell at it to do measurement conversions and so on). Cracking price this.

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    What colour do you guys pick?

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    Bought two, stereo sound :)

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    Grabbed one, thanks OP!

  • +16 votes

    Can also pick these up for $172 if you have a Good Guys Commercial membership.

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    Please bug me.

    I'm really excited to install a 24hr/day surveillance system and yes I'm happy to pay to send all our personal conversations to the data storage centre in Nevada so you can play it back in years to come in case I ever get out of line.

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      Lol. Right on man.

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      I want what you're smoking

      • -2 votes

        Eric Schmidt and a team from Google helped run Hillary Clintons Political campaign, if you want proof enough your data can be used dangerously.
        People would never buy a facebook speaker because their data was used to help Trump…

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          Do you think your phone's not doing the exact same thing? Adding another speaker to your house isn't giving them anything they don't already have access to.

    • -1 vote

      How much did you buy the tin foil hat for? Does it protect you like N95?

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        Not sure why so many people are negging this comment since its entirely factual.

        1. the devices are specifically designed to be always on, always connected, always listening.

        2. the recordings have been proven to be stored and played back and listened to by actual humans. you can even go and listen to yours right now if you have one of these devices.

        3. maybe Google wont come knocking, but if the OP is ever suspected of or wanted in relation to a crime, you bet your ass AFP/Gov bodies are asking for the data. Plenty of examples of security breaches at companies like Google (as in, companies that collect and then use user data to make a profit).

        regardless of how tin-foil hat it might seem, you can and absolutely should be wary of any device that is always on, internet connected and has capability to see/hear whats going on in your home.

        When it comes to google, you are not buying a product. YOU are the product. you're paying for the equipment that erodes your privacy so google can make more money.

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          I think they know, and don't care.

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          Not only google, Apple's doing the same and so is Amazon.

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          You are aware your smart phone is doing the exact same thing, all the time, right?

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            @tonystarkindustries: No, you can disable Google Assistant and other tracking/history from your mobile phone!

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            @tonystarkindustries: does your point disprove or in any way invalidate what I said? no.

            if anything, the fact you already have a phone doing this proves this device doesnt have a purpose at all.

            I can tell Siri on my phone to start timers and check the news/sports scores/play music just fine.

            it matters who is collecting your data. Id be happier with an Apple Homepod than a Google Home (based on Apples privacy policy vs Google), but I still dont want either in my house. The whole IoT industry is by and large meaningless consumption. You dont need any of it, nor does it actually improve your quality of life (which is the goal of technology), it just complicates it slightly with middling features like voice control in return for ….all your personal data?

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      If anyone is genuinely interested in buying this but is put off by the privacy concerns, there is a physical mute switch on the back of the speaker that will cut circuitry to the microphone. This means that it cannot be overridden by software/google/hackers. So you are safe to use this as a speaker without it ever being able to "listen in on you". If you want to sometimes use the microphone without having to physically switch it on/off, it can also be done on the software level via the app.

    • +2 votes

      Do you have a phone? If so you're already bugged mate

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    wonder why these are all of a sudden on sale…

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      They're 2+ years old now. I assume this is to clear them out to make way for a refreshed model some time soon.

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        Yep, the reduced price for good guys commercial indicates to me that it's not a sale price, the $199 is the new standard price as they are clearing for a new model. From my observations when there is a discount at good guys the price at commercial is normally the same as the sale price and sometimes higher. It's very possible I'm completely wrong though.

        Also, I have two of these and would snap these up at this price! Amazing value at this price!

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      just a slightly different angle on what has already been said. All this data collection is profitable in so many ways, and will be more so in the future. There will be plans and ideas on the board at g00gl, ms, apple, amazon - all of them. There will be future benefits that they are not yet aware of. I always believed that if people did not pay for these things, that they would be given away, and it would still be hugely profitable. Think of all the free apps and software available and how those developers / companies make their money. Right now, I see paying for these things akin to paying for advertising on clothing and off road motorcycles etc. It's a win win for them - we're paying to put the bugs in our lives.

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      why would google support a competitors product (Amazon music) on their platform?

      if you bought the mini without checking that first, its on you bud. Seems pretty obvious.

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        I know, so these devices are just a channel for them to up-sell youtube subscription and hone their AI voice algorithm while snooping into our privacy. Point is, it is way overpriced and should be much cheaper… like Amazon subsidize their devices. Google gives you the impression of an open device, but it is not.

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      Amazon music not even that good TBH, despite the technology claims.

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    I found Google Home devices to perform worse and worse these days. It used to understand me better now struggling even with OK Google. The voice recognition seems to have dropped in quality, giving wrong answers to questions or commands.

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      google home might be getting cranky and pissed off. You might all be collectively evicted soon?

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    You can also get your footy score updates….tears

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    Can these speaks play music from a non streaming source like Spotify, Amazon Music etc?

    I just want to play music I've already downloaded directly into my phone.

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    Harvey Norman purchase from early this morning is on back order now with no word how long it will take. Buy from somewhere else if you can. JB sale on these starts tomorrrow.

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    Hey just a heads up guy. The Google Home Max I have received from Harvey Norman is a defective unit. It plays a weird sound whenever bass comes up. After some testing I believe that the left woofer unit is busted. I have been trying to contact Harvey Norman customer service for the last 30 minutes but to no avail. Will update later.

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    FWIW, Google is now also listing them as a "special offer" for $199 on their online store: https://store.google.com/config/google_home_max

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    I called up my nearest store with stock.
    Asked for the best price and they were willing to do $185
    Picking one up now :)

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    Love these speakers. I bought one when they first came out in 2018, and it cost me over $500. This is a steal. It's not like speaker technology moves fast in terms of sound quality, so doubt the refreshed model if there is one will be a big change from this. I even bought a second one of these when they reduced to $340

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    Managed to score 2x chalk at JB Hi-Fi Elizabeth street for $192.10 each. Plus paid with discounted gift cards so costed $182.50 each after discount of the gift cards.

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    Interesting how they call the colours anthracite and rock candy.