In the field of home speakers, Google has indeed found a solid niche market, bringing Google Assistant to millions of homes in a simple and economical way. Starting from the slightly weird Google Home, that is, the smart speaker manufactured by Google. Since then, Google has continued to improve and perfect its speaker products every year. Google Home mini is their first breakthrough speaker, mainly because of its small size and low price. GoogleHome Max shows that even if the price is a bit high, Google can still build and provide a high-quality sound experience.
The Nest Mini’s price is low, and the size of the previous Home Mini improves the sound quality to Good enough for most people. With the permanent price of Google Home Max dropping to $299, Google’s speaker lineup is very strong, and only one thing is missing: a middle ground. Enter Nest Audio, which is a $99 speaker, which is better than Nest Mini in terms of audio, and it is not completely comparable to Google Home Max. The simple recommended price is US$99, which is suitable for almost all smart speaker users on the market.
We’ve covered this before, but Google’s latest speakers deserve some technical details. First of all, you will quickly notice that the entire exterior is completely covered with the same recyclable fabric that Google has used since the Google Home Mini. It makes me feel quiet and well-fitted, no matter where it is. It will not hinder you, it looks good, and the fabric is transparent in terms of touch and audio input and output. This fabric also has five colors: sage, sand, sky, chalk and charcoal.
In addition to the cloth, there are 3 external touch points on the top, which can be used as volume adjustment and play/pause buttons. If you have used the Nest Mini, these are all very familiar. There is a separate hardware interaction point in the microphone mute switch on the back, which can accomplish what you expect and mute the car microphone.
Inside, you get a 3-microphone array that can be completely extinguished when detecting near-field and far-field voice commands; 2 different speakers (75mm woofer and 19mm tweeter) produce higher volume than the original Google Home 75% and 50% more bass, and the built-in Google Assistant version. In addition, in terms of software, Google claims that Nest Audio can adapt to the music you listen to, and automatically auto-mix to match the audio style it provides. Apart from this, there are actually no technical specifications that are critical to users. After all, this is a constant speaker, so all you have to do is to hear your commands, respond quickly, and sound good when everything is done. ->
When describing the actual function of a smart speaker, the number of microphones or speakers on the device is small. We can talk about the dimensions of passive radiators and magnets all day, but never really understand any sound effects. If you want to know more technical details, Google has many similar measurements in the store list on this device, but I feel that most people who read this book do not tend to just listen to the experience you want Technical specifications.
Although I cannot provide the actual experience of the video or article, All I can do is tell you how happy it is to have this speaker. When I was in the office, I admitted that I was not excited about it. Our room is large with high ceilings, so Nest Audio seems a little lost in larger spaces, especially considering that we are used to hearing the pleasant tones of Google Home Max most days.
However, once I put Nest Audio at home, the situation changed. The standard ceiling height and normal room size are where this speaker is active. The bass is very rich, the midrange is harsh, and the high-end sound is clear. Few speakers in my house can match it. In short: this thing sounds amazing in my home. In addition to the sound quality, the coverage is also top-notch. On the lower level of my house, all rooms are fused with each other, and I am very satisfied with Nest Audio’s wide range of output and sound that sounds the same from any angle of the room.
Not only are Google Assistant commands used every time I try them for the first time, but they also respond much faster than the original Google Home. Using the assistant on the device, Nest Audio does not need to frequently ping Google’s server, so as to get a better overall assistant experience.
Although we haven’t tried it yet, Google is still touting the speaker’s ability to instantly pair with another Nest Audio to quickly create a stereo pair to increase volume, overall sound, and full stereo image. We plan to build another Nest Audio to try this setup in the near future, but creating a speaker group in the Google Home app has always been simple, and I hope this stereo pairing will be the same.
Overall, I think Google has completely delivered the speaker. The price is $99, and if you are looking for smart home control devices and excellent speakers to listen to music, books or podcasts, then it’s worth the money. Few people can hear such a good voice for so little money, and there are very few built-in Google Assistants. Although I still like the sound of Google Home Max in the office, I think Nest Audio is very suitable for most houses, and even if you are not interested in remote houses, you will enjoy the experience of owning a house.
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