Hi,
I’ve had the Google Home Max since last Thursday so plenty of time to explore 
what this device offers.
I think the best way to describe a Google Home Max in size is to compare it to 
a kitchen toaster so its going to take up a little more room the the Home 
itself.
The speaker is a fairly heavy and well built unit which for me adds to the 
excitement.
You can mount the Max either lying down or standing up on its end.
If lying down the speaker is in stereo mode but when standing up is in mono 
mode and the surface controls change.
By surface controls I mean you can slide your finger left to right to adjust 
playback volume or tap once to pause and again to resume.
On the back of the speaker are an aux-in jack, your mains power in connection 
and a USB C port.
I’m told that a dongle can be connected to the port to allow a LAN connection 
though various forums I’ve visited to try and find out more have reported 
problems with this method of connecting the Max to your network.
Setup of the Max is through the Google Home App either on Android or IOS.
So once the Max was all set to go it was time to do som testing with the Max in 
my kitchen on top of my fridge.
My Kitchen echos a little so listening to any music in that area has always 
been an annoyance for me.
I wondered how the auto tuning function of the Max would handle this or even if 
the tuning would take into account the slight echo of the room, the Max 
documentation says the auto tuning is supposed to take the acoustic environment 
in which the Max is placed into account and calibrate thus.
No indication is given as to the calibration made but I can tell you that if 
you have a room with some echo or ambience issues which affect your hearing 
then the Google Home Max does indeed seem to make adjustments accordingly or 
perhaps the Max just sounds good anyway, we’ll never really know for sure given 
the lack of indication as to what the Google Home Max does.
The Max has 4 units, 2 tweeters and 2 woofers all of which put out some 
impressive punch.
The stereo separation isn’t as good as what you’ll find in the B&W A5 and the 
B&w A7 but then again those 2 units are both more expensive than the Google 
Home Max.
If you’re looking at purchasing a Voice Assistant then this is the best I’ve 
seen to date without a doubt.
Google have obviously spent a bit of time making sure that volumes aren’t too 
out of balance, by that I mean being able to hear the Google TTS and the 
content you’re listening to at roughly the same volume.


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