Google - Home Max - Chalk

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Built for sound. Inside and Out.
Hear every note as the artist intended. Feel every beat with heart-pounding bass. Meet Google Home Max. It's Google's ultimate speaker, made for your music. You get deep layers of balanced bass along with crystal-clear highs. No unwanted resonance. No muddiness. Just pure sound that fills the room. Room EQ adjusts the sound based on where you place it. Media EQ fine tunes the speaker so every song sounds its best. It's software that keeps getting smarter thanks to automatic updates.

Play songs from services like YouTube Music, Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio and more. Stream music over Wi-Fi. Connect using Bluetooth. Or plug in a stereo cable. Since it's part of the Google Home family and powered by the Google Assistant, you can ask it questions, manage your smart home devices and so much more.

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Overview

What's Included


  • Google Home Max
  • Power cable
  • Dual orientation base

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
93% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (62 out of 67)

Features


Made for music

Google Home Max is built with advanced hardware for the ultimate in high-fidelity music with dual 4.5" woofers and crystal-clear highs from two tweeters.

Smart Sound inside

By applying the power of Google to audio, your music will sound amazing in any room. Google Home Max analyzes, tunes and updates itself – automatically.¹

Your songs, your way

Play music from apps like YouTube Music, Pandora and Spotify by streaming over Wi-Fi.² Play, pause, skip, control the volume, and more with just your voice.

"Play Discover Weekly on Spotify."
"What song is this?"

Rock the house

Play music everywhere by creating a multi-room group using Google Home Max along with Google Home, Google Home Mini, or a speaker with Chromecast Audio plugged in.

"Ok Google, play party playlist on all speakers."
"Ok Google, turn the volume up to 8."

A speaker with smarts

Powered by the Google Assistant, you can control compatible smart home devices with your voice and do things like turn up the thermostat and turn lights on or off.³

Plus you can check traffic, get your daily schedule, the weather forecast, set reminders, or even make phone calls,* all hands-free.

"Ok Google, what's the weather?"
"Ok Google, dim the lights."

Fits your style and fits your space

Google Home Max comes in two distinct colors – chalk and charcoal. And you can stand it on either end, so it's easy to fit in anywhere.

¹ Requires a Wi-Fi connection

² Subscriptions may be required for some content

³ Controlling certain devices and features requires compatible smart device(s)

* Outgoing calls to most numbers in the U.S. and Canada are supported, excluding 911 and premium rate numbers. Also works with Arlo.


Overall customer rating

Rating: 4.7 out of 5 stars with 67 reviews

93%of customers would recommend this to a friend

Pros

Cons

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Impressive

    Posted
    MMitchell

    I'll be honest. I was skeptical of this thing from the get-go, because it is expensive. But all of that skepticism went out the door when I started using it. First, the criticisms. The touch sensitive bar isn't fool-proof. It doesn't register correctly 100% of the time, and I found myself accidentally pausing when I was trying to adjust the volume. However, you have more options than just touching the speaker or talking to it. You can adjust the volume in the Google Home app. This is my go-to way to do so, and I encourage other people to explore the option as well. For better or worse, most people have their phones nearby almost all of the time. And that's it. That's the only criticism I have. The sound is incredible. I actually experienced this kind of revelation when it comes to speakers. I, like a lot of people, had mostly relied on small units to provide sound at social gatherings- like UE's Boom 2 and JBL's Pulse 3. Until now, I'd have told you that these speakers were great. But after listening to the Max for ten minutes, I realized that I was more at ease with the sound. Even the most raucous songs were suddenly enjoyable at ridiculously high volume. It begs the question of whether most people simply don't know what good sounds like. The bass is rich and fills the room at even low volumes without being overbearing and high notes remain crisp and clear without distortion. Google Assistant? Amazing. There's not much to say here that hasn't already been said. The best part, though, is the free year of YouTube Red. That's $120 worth of pretty much whatever you want to listen to, even if you turn your screen off and walk away. Start up a playlist and forget about it. No ads. Google Play Music included. Nuts. Using that credit allowed me to cancel my Apple Music subscription. $120 in my pocket.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Incredible Sound!

    Posted
    Kelmum
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    I absolutely love the Google Home products, and the Max is the best of the bunch. My first impression upon taking it out of the box was how large it is - it is bigger than it looks in pictures, and fairly hefty (shipping weight was 19.5 lbs.). Make sure you have a solid surface to place this on. The Max can be placed vertically or horizontally, and comes with a little oval-shaped rubber mat to place under it in either orientation so that it sits slightly off of the surface you place it on. Setting it up was a breeze - plug it in, download the app, follow the app's instructions, and there you go. It takes no more than 2 or 3 minutes. I have different uses for each of my Google Home devices, and my Max is used primarily for listening to Spotify. Google Assistant is a nice added bonus for sleep timers and alarms as well as other things, and gives me the answer I'm looking for most of the time. It is not perfect yet, but the great thing about these smart home devices is that they are always learning. Where the Google Home Max really shines for me is the sound. It has plenty of volume for my needs, and I like my music LOUD. I listen to almost everything, my preferences being electronic music such as House, Big Beat, Dubstep - basically anything that would fall into the techno category. You know, stuff with a lot of bass - which the Max delivers in spades. It has plenty of bass at the default setting, but I have mine bumped up to about 70% and it still sounds warm and punchy, not boomy or overwhelming by any means. Mids and highs are extremely clear as well, making this a fantastic speaker for any kind of music. I have tried rock, alternative, and a bit of Philip Glass, and they all sound great. I don't have any smart home gadgets like lights or thermostats yet, so I can't attest to how well those work, but I have streamed via bluetooth from my phone, and that works perfectly. It is a pricey product, no doubt, but is is exactly what I was looking for to fill my house with rich, warm music. I love it, and would highly recommend it to anyone.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Really Wanted to Love This But Can't

    Posted
    Monergist123
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    I've been holding off on purchasing a smart speaker until one came along that actually sounds good. Let me say this right off, this speaker does sound good. Really good. It gets loud, has great base, and produces clear sounds. However, that's really where my positive impressions end. I was immediately disappointed that I couldn't use my voice to play music I'd uploaded to the Google Play Music service. I have albums that are not available digitally, so these are legally ripped and uploaded songs. Funny enough, although I couldn't use voice commands to play the songs, I could play them by casting from the Google Play Music app. Ok...fine. Whatever. It's a minor inconvenience, right? Well, it is until the speakers stopped taking cast commands from my phone. I'd try to select music to play, the speaker would make a "boop!" sound, then nothing. I called support several times, and to their credit, they did a decent job over the phone. Fixes included unplugging all the Google Home speakers (I had five, two Google Home Max and three regular Google Home speakers), reseting my router, uninstalling and reinstalling the Google Play Music and Google Home apps. The system would work for an hour, then right back to the same problems. You should not have to troubleshoot your speaker every time you use it. It should just work. It broke my heart to return these speakers, but Bestbuy took them back and let me exchange them. To summarize... PROS: Great sound. Super customer service from Google and Bestbuy. Design and packaging is beautiful. Setup isn't easy, but not overly difficult either. CONS: Can't play legal, uploaded music using voice commands. Casting capability drops out constantly requiring complete reset.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    GREAT SPEAKERS WITH SOFTWARE ISSUE

    Posted
    DMAN
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    I want to start out with saying I bought two of these speakers to pair for my entertainment system. There were cheaper options, but I like the ability to have google built in. Now here comes the review. The speakers sound great and look great in the way they are setup in my entertainment center. They are Bluetooth capable and their lies the problem. The speakers by themselves play great and have no issues (using Spotify). The issue is when you connect the speakers through audio cable or through bluetooth using you're phone, iPad or TV there is a notable lag in audio. The lag is software and google is aware of the issue according to multiple forums. When connected through bluetooth to your TV and you’re watching a movie the last thing you want to SEE is the words from actors before you HEAR them through the speakers. The sound is wonderful, but this lag is annoying considering 399.99 per unit. Just keep this in mind if buying for entertainment or a DJ or anything that will make a lag in audio a huge deal breaker.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Google Home Max Not Quite Ready for Prime Time

    Posted
    lightner
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    Bought two Google Home Max devices to replace an aging Bose speaker system. Sound quality (and volume) is great but... Pairing the two devices to act as one device was an adventure. IMHO the Google Home Android app lacks the needed control over the "stereo pair". Volume control using the app is hit-or-miss. Although "balance" and "EQ" is always available in the Home app, the "volume" control screen comes and goes. Integration with the "free trial" YouTube Red is positively strange. I'd expected to be able to "cast" music to the Google Max stereo pair from my phone, but alas that is not an option. To play music on the Google Home Max pair it's either pure voice control of the music via the nearest Google Home device or you must use Bluetooth pairing with one of the Google Max speakers to play YouTube Red music from the Android app. Streaming via Bluetooth was working OK yesterday but today Bluetooth disconnects repeatedly mid-song after a few seconds of play. Bluetooth music steaming was never an issue with my regular Google Home devices. Time to send everything back? Or wait and hope that a Google Home Max firmware update and/or a Google Home app update fixes the issues?

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Google Home Max Not Quite Ready for Prime Time

    Posted
    lightner
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase

    Bought two Google Home Max devices to replace an aging Bose speaker system. Excellent sound (and volume) but... Pairing the two devices to act as one device was an adventure. IMHO the Google Home Android app lacks the needed control over the "stereo pair". Volume control using the app is hit-or-miss. Although "balance" and "EQ" is always available in the Home app, the "volume" control screen comes and goes. Integration with the one-year free trial of YouTube Red is positively strange. I'd expected to be able to "cast" music to the Google Max stereo pair from my phone, but alas that is not an option. To play music on the Google Max pair it's either pure voice control of music via the nearest Google Home device or you must use Bluetooth pairing with one of the Google Max speakers to play YouTube Red music from the Android app. Streaming via Bluetooth was working OK yesterday but today Bluetooth disconnects repeatedly mid-song after a few seconds of play. Bluetooth music steaming was never an issue with my regular Google Home devices. Time to send everything back? Or wait and hope for a Google Home Max firmware update and/or Google Home app update to fixes everything?

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing for music, timer, & fun games

    Posted
    TokyoLights
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    This speaker is unbelievably amazing. Gorgeous sound clarity, and rich bass. The smart sound allows the speaker to auto tune itself dynamically and correct for any effect in the room, even when placed in front of a lamp on the side of a couch in my living room outside my bedroom door. I set this speaker up in the room my pregnant wife and I were staying in and had it producing nature sounds by casting it from youtube Red. The sound is so rich that the nurses that were making their rounds to checkup on my wife were confused as to where the sound of crickets were coming from. One stopped in her tracks upon entering room to search with her eyes with a “how many crickets just flew in here “ look. The max works seamlessly with my home automation which is plus as well. I plan on getting a second one as well so I can pair them together for that stereo mode I keep hearing about. For now, multi-room sync with my audio groups works great. Love that immersive sound. Highly recommend adding this to your ecosystem!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great sounding speaker

    Posted
    JKBNMBL
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    I am a music lover, and have a great home theatre system set up in our Den off the Kitchen. We still use that to play music, but more often than not, we play music while cooking dinner or hanging out in the kitchen on the Max. The sound is quite good for the size, with noticeable (though not window rattling) bass. For us this is a nice to have add on, but if I were in an apartment, or just getting my first stereo, I'd only need this speaker to make me happy. We have a Google Home and a couple of Minis too, and playing music "on all speakers" is pretty cool too. I know there are many other options out there, some sounding better, some sounding worse, but for the sound you can't beat the simplicity of this device. As a bonus, it doesn't make my wife angry to use it, unlike some of the other systems I've put together using various components and add ons.

    I would recommend this to a friend



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