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Google’s Home launched in Aus­tralia late last year and of­fered a rea­son­ably-af­ford­able way to get smart-as­sis­tant func­tion­al­ity any­where in your house, but after crunch­ing the num­bers, Google dis­cov­ered that its smart speak­ers are pre­dom­i­nantly used for lis­ten­ing to mu­sic. Google’s third Home smart speak has taken a while to reach Aus­tralian shores, but it has that mu­sic use-case fully in mind — the Max packs a pair each of 4.5-inch woofers and cus­tom 0.7-inch tweet­ers, which com­bine to pro­duce sound that’s far more pre­cise and 20 times more pow­er­ful that the reg­u­lar-sized Google Home. Six far field mi­cro­phones that can hear com­mands over loud mu­sic are built-in, and th­ese can also work along­side the AI Smart Sound soft­ware to ad­just the EQ based on the room’s au­dio dy­nam­ics.

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