The Home Max and Mini launched in 2017 as the first extension of Google’s smart speaker series. After three years, Google has officially discontinued the Home Max because the stock has been exhausted.
Both the Chalk and Charcoal Home Max are now out of stock in the US Google Store. Google confirmed Engadget’s retirement, emphasizing that it will continue to receive software updates:
Existing Google Home Max users need not worry as they won’t see a change in their service. We will continue to provide software updates and security solutions for Google Home Max devices. We are committed to providing great whole-home sound and audio features across all of our Assistant compatible products.
Although the speaker was announced in October, it wasn’t launched until December 2017. At 11.7 pounds, it is a large object (13.2 x 7.4 x 6.0 inches) with dual 4.5 inch high excursion woofers and two custom 0.7 inch tweeters in a “sealed rigid case” to “keep the audio composed.” An ML powered Smart Sound function adjusts the equalizer to the current environment.
It can be placed vertically or horizontally, while supporting stereo configuration if you have a pair. There is an AUX jack for connecting other devices and six far-field microphones for hot word detection.
The launch price of $ 399 was quite high, but Google included YouTube Music for 12 months. It then moved to $ 299 and saw a discount of up to $ 149 for Black Friday 2020. The last price of the Google Home Max was $ 179 before it was discontinued.
To replace the device, Google launched the Nest Audio this year. At $ 99 each, it’s much cheaper, and buying two for stereo is tastier.
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