Google Home Max is a $399 smart speaker with room-filling sound

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Google is making a big deal about the sound quality of the Home Max, and focused specifically during the launch event on a newly designed system called Smart Sound, which automatically tunes the speaker based on where it is located. The Max speaker comes with a "Smart Sound" technology. Every time it's moved, the speaker reassesses its location and makes adjustments. The standard Google Home speaker costs nearly US$130. The Home Max also come with one year free YouTube Red and YouTube Music subscription for an ad-free experience. Two 4.5-inch woofers surrounded by several tweeters are hidden beneath the fabric grille. It will be offered in a choice of three color options which include charcoal, chalk, as well as a Coral color variant. It has been tailored to deliver the best sort of music across all sort of rooms.

There's a lot to like about the design: I intentionally positioned the original Google Home alongside the Mini just to show how much smaller it is. Outside, this stereo speaker has a fabric-covered front grille.

The products are being sold and marketed under the tag Made By Google. Have in mind that this feature can only locate Android devices at the moment since it uses Google Play Services and the Android Device Manager to ping your phone.

For instance, users can attach separate Google accounts to the Assistant and have Google Home recite different calendar appointments depending on the voice it hears.

While the Home Mini debuted today to compete with the Echo Dot and low-priced smart speakers, the Home Max will compete directly with high-end smart speakers like products from Sonos, recently unveiled Echo Plus and Apple's HomePod.

Google's voice-activated digital assistant will serve as the brains for all the speakers. The company is also touting improved voice recognition, with the ability to understand children as well. Users will also be able to share messages to all Google Home devices in your house from now onwards.