Google Home Max at the Google Store - was $399 now $199 for both chalk and charcoal
Must be a refresh coming soon… Still excellent value.
Oh you just made me not buy it
I thought the same - but when I thought about it, there's not much they could improve for a new model that would convince me to buy it over this. For $199, there's not much better you can do - the sound from this thing is the best from any smart speaker I've tried.
Can confirm also. I tried the LG WK7 since at the time it was $199 and Max was $399. The LG developed a fault and was able to return for refund and got the Max and boy oh boy what a difference. Wife saw it and asked if it was necessary. I blankly stated yes.
Might grab a second since the price and sound is so good.
$198 at JB & Officeworks as well.
Picked up one of these from JB before Google's price changed, if you already use assistant it's great!
I have my main monitor lined in to the aux, and I can connect my phone (for anything that I don't cast like random videos etc) by vocally asking it to switch on Bluetooth
Definitely shows a refresh is coming but definitely value at this price point imo
Can this be used as soundbar for a TV. Is it worth doing so?
They're a lot bigger than you'd think - probably too tall for a soundbar. If you have the space for it you can connect your TV to the line in.
Afaik these are mono? You'd need to buy two for stereo so wouldn't recommend. A Yamaha yas 109 for a similar price or less would be better
It should be stereo in landscape orientation - only mono when standing upright.
you can also buy 2 of them , and becomes proper stereo speakers
I believe there would be good audio delay, so may not be good as pair for tv or video
Can anyone comment on the sound quality of this vs Google Nest Hub Max.
I currently have Google Nest Hub Max, but was thinking to get Google Home Max to connect with TV as an alternate to sound bar.
I think there are sync issues using this as a soundbar. You'll need to manually change the lag.
the latency issues were resolved a little while ago. Provided you're just wanting to use one Google Home Max as a soundbar, it should be ok. If your TV doesn't have 3.5mm out, you can pick up a digital to 3.5mm cable which will do the trick.
re: sound quality, the Home Max is superior to the Nest Hub Max.
I have 2 of these paired and when connected to my phone through Bluetooth there is a good sound latency. So not sure if the pair will make it good for tv too
There's still a tiny bit of latency from my experience. I use one as a speaker for my PC - and it's maybe 200ms behind, just enough to be slightly noticeable if you look closely.
Like wirelessly for your PC or plugged in? Assume there would be no latency with the jack
@RI4V4N: Wired actually, you'd think there would be no latency hey… but there somehow still is.
Buy in JB if you can get discounted Gift Cards
otherwise, google store get delivered which is not bad
Google One customers get 10% of the cost credited to their accounts.
Very good value.
Doesn't stack with the $150 store credit with the Pixel 4 purchase. :(
can we get Discounted gift card of Jbhifi or HN or Offfice Works from somewhere ??
can we use Google Play gift card on this ?? any Discounted from somewhere ??
A lot of places to get discounted JB GC
May try places like AGL rewards and Suncorp rewards
then i should have AGL and Suncorp , which i dont have
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What do people use this for?
It's an excellent speaker to sit in the bedroom/kitchen, anywhere you want great sound but don't want to bother with an expensive speaker installation.
Might be a silly question but how would this compare to some high quality stereo speakers with a google home plugged in?
You could probably buy a better speaker if you looked, but that setup wouldn't look as clean as this, or be as convenient.
Excluding the $199 price - if you had high quality stereo speakers, you probably want to listen to music in high quality.
The Google Home Max sounds good for what it is, but its main selling point is convenience / internet features (home automation, web results)
If you already have the speakers, then adding a Chromecast audio will work just as well (minus the home automation stuff)
Personally I feel that Google doesn't roll off the tongue as well as Alexa does - but I hear good things about this device either way.
OK google for me is a massive tongue twister so I'm with you on that.
You can say 'Hey Google' instead, rolls much easier
You can say 'hey bubu' much easier to say
@ek: Hahaha I don't think I could take myself seriously saying that…
@ek: exactly - I say 'Hey googoo' and and my kid loves it.. and it works for google too ;)
@ek: i thought this was a joke until but it actually works. i'm saying hey bubu from now on. Thanks
Yea but Alexa feels like talking to a person rather than a search engine. Also you can just say 'Alexa', no hey or ok needed.
@jubbing: Must be fun when there is a person called Alexa living in your house or visiting.
@jubbing: Yeah agreed - they need to find a way to make the wake phrase configurable.
Even though Hey Google and Hi Google have the same number of syllables as Alexa, it's just more awkward to say.
you can also say COCAINE POODLE
@atrorz: I need to try this!
Agree with this - when I'm tired or it's early in the morning the "goo" sounds gets caught in my throat and I say some weird, trolly things - Google always has my back and picks it up though.
agree - i'm hoping one day Google roll out a firmware update that makes it possible to just say 'Google, …' instead of "OK Google,,,'.
Bought one from Harvey Norman last week when that deal was posted.
Some say it's not very sensitive and you have to yell at it. Can anyone confirm/deny?
Kinda rude but ok..
Seems to work pretty well for me - just as well as any of my other Home Minis/Home Hub.
Confirmed. Most of us blokes are designed this way.
This is not my experience. I've had the music blasting and it's responded without me having to yell.
You can talk calmly to it, it gets harder of hearing when the music is up loud though! Can control easily through Google home app or Spotify etc otherwise.
Btw I LOVE mine.
Also, surprised this is a deal, as it has been this price everywhere since last week.
I hope they reduce the price on the google nest hub max! really want one of those!
Same boat as me… Looking at the price of this bad boy, I give it a year before we start seeing any real big discounts sadly :/
But in December they were on sale for 250 in Goodguys ! I'd be happy with that again
I bought one for $247.. in December from Good Guys. Good addition to home must say. Expecially when it keeps bringing back old photos stored on google photos.
Love the Google Nest Hub Max.
I paid full price, but really worth it.
Love how it shows the news in the morning, just say "good morning".
And you can watch YouTube and steam music etc.
It shows all your preferred old photos, and you can also view photos from this day last year etc.
Also bought the Google Home Max last week. Yet to open that.
Don't really need that, as I have a really good 7.1 setup.
The screen adds another dimension. I got a JBL Live View for my garage a few weeks ago and it has been great.
Be careful, purchases from the Google Store may count as an international transaction and incur a currency conversion fee.
How's the sound on this compared to the Edifier's that went for 99 here in OzB?
Keen to know this too, was looking at Edifiers. Want something that I can plug into the AUX jack of my monitor for gaming and video. I do like asking my other google homes to play music though so that's a big plus for this
I did just that for the one I bought last week - works very well for gaming or video, but there is still a tiny bit of latency with mine. Not enough to be a huge issue, but just enough to be noticeable if you pay attention.
@ngenerous how is the volume via AUX compared to streaming / bluetooth? I was reading some things today that said they have to jack the volume up really high for AUX and then it's way too loud if they ask the speaker to stream music.. ?
@iMacca: It doesn't have any issues for me - when playing from my PC I keep the volume on my PC maxed, and it seems to be around the same level on both AUX and casting.
@ngengerous: Cool, thanks! Google Store has 15 day return policy at least so might give it a go.. such a good deal!
@iMacca: Excellent choice!
I wonder if anyone can help me with this scenario.
I have a MiBox connected to my TV. Could I use the Aux out from the Android box to the Google home max? Would there be latency issues?
Most likely there would be no latency issues of it's a wired connection. I didn't know that the home max had an aux in. Not saying it doesn't, just that I wasn't aware
Urgh, I currently live in the UK where this speaker is on "sale" for £250. That's 500aud. Be thankful you guys live in the best country in the world.
Hm, what are you doing on an aus bargains site then eh?
Look…I still love this place, even if I can't get my hands on the goods. But also, I'm the bargain hunter for my friends and family so I'm always on the look out for deals for them.
I picked up two of these today at Harvey Norman at Garden City QLD for $185 each. Try your luck!!!
How does it compared to sonos play 3
Not the question you asked, but I have a max and a play 5. My impressions:
Volume - similar.
Audio quality - sonos (slightly)
Features - max
Ease of use - max
Build quality - sonos
Overall - max has more to offer if you're going to use any of its smart features, sonos if not.
I already have a play 3 set up in the kitchen. with google mini, and wonder if its would be worth replacing with this
might be a dumb question but can I send the audio out of a Google Nest Hub Max to one of these?
Love the display on the Nest Hub, but the sound is a bit pants.
Having one for display and one for sound would be ideal
Yes, once they are set up in a group then you can have audio coming from the max and the album art,song info etc displayed on the hub.
You can also transfer music between devices / groups.
Hey Google, transfer music to Kitchen Speaker / Home group etc…
seems like yes, I also recognise that I might as well just get external speakers for the Nest Hub,
but this seems neat
edited to add- Nest Hub does not have a 3.5mm out, so no!
Bought online for $198 from officeworks delivered.
Haggled at Harvey Norman live chat. Got a discount of $8. Plus delivery fee $7.95.
Total $197.95. Paid using gift card.
Do you have the reciept?
Its still processing. no receipt so far, just order confirmation email.
if you've access,TGG commercial is showing $170 C&C or $180 delivered to Mt Waverley, Vic. Only Chalk available.
Chalk is back in stock but at full price :(
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.
Back in stock, still $199
Oops, wrong deal. But anyway it's this price everywhere now, including Officeworks which is $198 with free delivery.