Nest Audio comes with privacy built in. You can delete your Assistant history by saying, “Hey Google, delete what I just said.” Or to turn off the mic, just use the switch on the back.
It's all about sound.
Just say, "Hey Google, play some music," and crisp vocals and powerful bass fill the room. Nest Audio adapts to your environment and whatever you're listening to, so music sounds better.
Music here. Music there. Music everywhere.
Create a home audio system that fills your home with sound.* Nest Audio works together with your other Nest speakers and displays, Chromecast-enabled devices, or compatible speakers. And it's easy to set up.
Connect with family and friends.
Nest Audio helps you stay in touch. Just say, “Hey Google” to broadcast messages on every Nest speaker and display in the house. Use your Nest speakers as an intercom and chat from room to room. And make audio calls with Duo.***
Huge help around the house.
You can say things like, "Hey Google, what's the weather this weekend?" Ask Google about the news or sports scores. Hear your schedule.** Make calls.*** And set timers and alarms. Even turn on the lights or turn up the heat.**** All with your voice.
Thoughtfully designed. Environmentally sound.
Inspired by your home, Nest Audio's colors, size, and shape fit beautifully into any room. It's also designed with the environment in mind.
*Compatible smart devices required.
**Personalized features required additional enrollment and set up, for up to six users.
***To make calls, you and the person your calling must both have a Google Duo account.
****Compatible smart lights or smart thermostat required.
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Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Great for Google Enthusiasts
Posted . Owned for 2 months when reviewed.
The good: Music that follows you around the house, voice calling without your phone and wire-free intercom!
The bad: Fiddly user interface and erratic setup.
For those who have been all-in on Google's Nest ecosystem from day one, these speakers are a no-brainer. Google has recently updated its Home app to include household routines and activities on top of standard device controls. That means you can set your bedroom Nest Audio to gently wake you with your favorite streaming tunes, and your kitchen Nest Audio speakers to tell you the weather and when your first meeting of the day starts. It also seamlessly integrates with other Nest products, so you can control your Nest thermostat and cameras from a unified dashboard. Pair two Nest Audio devices in a room and you get stereo sound without the wires. My favorite feature is the intercom: Just say "Hey Google, announce!" and it will broadcast whatever you say next to all Nest Audios, or even to select rooms.
All that said, setting up these devices is not for the faint of heart. Adding new devices can be tricky, and often can take two or three attempts to get each speaker authenticated. Devices will sometimes randomly fall off your home wi-fi network, requiring a 'factory reset' and going through the motions of re-authenticating.
For those willing to put up with a little extra digital elbow grease, the ability to have music playing around the house far outweighs the disadvantages. There are other multi-room options out there, but the Nest Audio series is an excellent overall value.
Hi jdlonn, thanks for giving us a detailed review of Nest Audio. We're glad to hear that you liked the speaker group, broadcast voice-messaging and voice-calling features. We also appreciate that you shared some of the negative experience you had with the fiddly user interface, erratic setup and the difficulty you had in adding new devices.
If the buggy issues are quite persistent, you can try resetting Nest Audio to try and fix the issue. Keep in mind that resetting Nest Audio will erase all data and you may need to set it up again. To reset, check on the back of your device, switch the mic off. The lights will turn orange. Press and hold the center of the Nest Audio, near the top. After 5 seconds, your device will begin the factory reset process. Continue to hold for about 10 seconds more, until a sound confirms that the device is resetting. If you need further help in fixing any other issue, or if you need further guidance with any of the awesome features of Nest Audio, please consider contacting our support team here: https://support.google.com/googlenest/gethelp
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Why I'll never buy a Sonos again
Posted . Owned for 1 week when reviewed.
Google is finally realizing that one of the biggest reasons people buy a smart speaker is to be... a speaker. First generation Google Home was a great smart device and a mediocre speaker. Now with the Nest Audio we finally have an incredible Google Assistant device with an incredible speaker. I love the sound it produces. I love how loud it gets. I love the look of it. I love how sensitive the microphones are. I LOVE the price. I was on the fence about buying another Sonos One speaker, but I'm glad I waited because this is half the price, sounds just as good, and is a way better smart speaker. Also for some insane reason you still can't cast music to Sonos. Good riddance Sonos, hello Nest Audio.
Posted . Owned for less than 1 week when reviewed.
I’m an Apple loyalist first and foremost, however with Google’s mesh wifi system, I had to switch as I got tired of spending $600 for a descent router. After switching, I got a little excited that I can add nest audio to my setup and I was a little weary that the sound would be sub par. I was wrong. They got these right. Now full disclosure, these aren’t a sonos situation, but for $59 (Black Friday deal) these are a home run and I love the added benefit of the “Hey Google” mic. Super accurate and well worth the switch. Now if they only sold a sub to pair with these little piece of awesomeness. Don’t hesitate.
I picked up two of these up on sale to group with my Nest Mini and I am very pleased with how these things sound together. I have the best entry-level sound set up in my room and it didn’t cost me hundreds of dollars! Setting them up was pretty easy too! Overall, I would definitely recommend this product to people who enjoy listening to music/podcasts and who are dabbling in home automation. I just wish that these could be used as speakers for the Chromecast I connected to my TV just like my Chromebook.
Hi LuisP, thanks for sharing your review. We're happy to hear that you're enjoying your experience with Nest Audio. We appreciate your feedback on having them work with your Chromecast and know that we'll relay this to the right team for future improvements. If you need any technical assistance or have additional questions about your Nest Audio, please don't hesitate to contact us on our Google Help site. Our support specialists are always standing by to help. You can visit our help site here: https://support.google.com/googlenest/gethelp
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Posted . Owned for 1 month when reviewed.
Great smart speaker, easy to set up, wonderful quality
The analysis of all aggregated expert reviews shows that the reviewers are positive about size, usability, design and price. Editors are less positive about connectivity and microphone and have mixed opinions about treble quality. Using an algorithm based on product age, reviewers ratings history, popularity, product category expertise and other factors, this product gets an alaTest Expert Rating of 95/100 = Excellent quality.
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CNETRating, 3.9 out of 53.9Molly Price on October 5, 2020
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The VergeRating, 3.8 out of 53.8Dan Seifert on October 5, 2020
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A:AnswerYes. You can create an audio group for all Google Home/Nest speakers and displays and Chromecast devices for synchronous music throughout your home. Take a look at the following link for more information: https://support.google.com/googlenest/answer/7174267
A:AnswerYes. Nest Audio comes with a 30W power adapter with an auto-volt input voltage of 100V - 240V and output voltage of 24V. However, the plug differs for some regions and you may need to use an adapter.
A:AnswerYes, you can. You may set up Nest Audio as a group speaker with your TV if it's having a Chromecast device or a built-in Chromecast. You may also have the option to pair Nest Audio via Bluetooth, if your TV supports Bluetooth connectivity.
A:AnswerYou can play it through Spotify using vocal commands as long as you set up your Spotify account through the Google Home app to link it to the speaker. You can also adjust the volume via phone as you would normally.
A:AnswerDefinitely! You can listen to your favorite internet radio stations such as iHeartRadio, TuneIn, Radio.com, etc. using Nest Mini. Just say ¨Hey Google! Play <radio station name>¨ command on your Nest Mini. You can learn more about other commands you can use to listen to radio stations with Nest Mini here: https://support.google.com/googlenest/answer/7071793
A:AnswerAbsolutely! Your Nest Audio can announce when someone's at your door. Here's some helpful links you can check for more details:
- Use a doorbell with your Google Nest or Google Home device: https://support.google.com/googlenest/answer/7672451
- How to get Nest Hello visitor announcements on a Google Assistant-enabled speaker or display: https://support.google.com/googlenest/answer/9230121