The very first expansion of Google’s smart speaker lineup the Home Max, and Mini, was launched in 2017. The Home Max has officially been discontinued by Google, as inventory is depleted post three years.
The US Google Store has now declared both the Chalk and Charcoal Home Max as out of stock. The retirement to Engadget was confirmed by Google while focusing on the continuation of software updates:
Existing Google Home Max users shouldn’t worry as they won’t see any change in their service. We’ll continue to offer software updates and security fixes to Google Home Max devices. We’re committed to delivering great sound and whole-home audio features across all of our Assistant-enabled products.
Until December 2017, the speaker had not launched despite the announcement being made in October. At 11.7 pounds, it’s a large object (13.2 x 7.4 x 6.0-in) with dual 4.5-in high-excursion woofers and two .7-in custom tweeters in a “sealed rigid housing” to “keep the audio composed.” The equaliser adapts to the present environment by the ML-powered Smart Sound feature.
A horizontal or vertical placement can work, while the stereo configuration is supported if you have a pair. Other devices and six far-field microphones for hot word detection can be plugged in through an AUX jack.
$399 as the launch price being quite overpriced, 12 months of YouTube Music was included by Google. Later moving to $299 and being discounted at $149 for Black Friday 2020. The final cost of the Google Home Max before the discontinuation was $179.
The Nest Audio was released as a replacement by Google this year. It offers a much affordable price in comparison, $99 per piece, buying two for stereo seems more sensible.