Google's Home Max Goes After HomePod With a Big Ass Sonos Clone

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Most people thought Google’s big event would be sort of lame, since all of the new products got leaked. And then, at the tail end of the Google Home announcement, the thump of a bass showed up. Meet the Google Home Max.

Google Home Max is a smart speaker with better sound than the standard Google Home. The company really emphasized the new hardware’s bass, while also highlighting some neat software features that made it easier to play music as well as its Google Assistant features. Essentially, you can say, “Hey Google, play that song that has that has this lyric.” And the speaker will play it. Then there was a Diplo video—again, doubling down on bass capabilities of the Google Home Max.

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Inevitably, Google’s new smart speaker (emphasis on the speaker) is a clear competitor to Apple’s forthcoming HomePod. Both smart speakers promise high-quality audio and feature voice-controlled assistants. Google is doubling down on bass, while Apple is just being Apple and saying it’s awesome. And, of course, Sonos is somewhere in the back of the room stomping its feet, since it launched a smart speaker just hours before the Google event. Which one is better? We’ll see when we test them.

It’s also hard not to see the device as something of a jab at Sonos. After all the thing as a not-so-subtle copy of the Play:5 speaker, down to the ability to use it in both vertical and horizontal orientations.

The new Google Home Max will go on sale in Decermber for $400. It comes in chalk and charcoal. It honestly looks pretty cool.


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So about a year ago I moved in with the future Mrs. greenjayo and she asked if I could figure out a great way to get a wireless speaker system set up throughout our 4 room apt. At the time it seemed like my options were Sonos or... yeah, Sonos. But since then, the smart speaker boom has really kicked off and now I have no idea what my best option is! Will you guys do a comparison breakdown now that there are so many competitors in the field?

Personally, the main things I’m looking for are wireless speakers that can play stuff from our iPhones/online, play separate content per speaker/room but also all work in sync to play the same thing throughout the apt., and a bonus would be not needing a new speaker for the living room but rather a thing I could plug into our existing home theater surround setup that could still interact with the other speakers in the apt. in the same way.

(The digital assistant thing isn’t even really a factor as far as I’m concerned, but it seems to be included in any of the speakers I’d consider for the other features I’m looking for)