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The Google Home Max might not be the best speaker for DJs or audio engineers

A slight audio delay in the line-in jack of the Google Home Max makes the speaker less than ideal for audio production.

Published onDecember 27, 2017

The Google Home Max uses machine learning to study acoustics in a room.

The Google Home Max is the go-to smart speaker for DJs and audio engineers, as it’s the only Google Home device that has a line-in audio jack. That means you can connect it to a computer or turntable to project your music. However, a small bug was just discovered by Variety that might make the Home Max not so ideal for audio production.

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The Home Max supposedly has a notable latency issue with audio played through the AUX port. That means each and every song played through the Home Max’s AUX port is delayed by a few milliseconds, which means DJs and audio engineers who need precision will want to stay away from the speaker, at least for now.

For everyday users who are only using the device at home, this won’t be an issue. Songs played for casual listening around the house don’t need to be precise. However, if you’re a DJ who mixes tracks together, this is an obvious problem.

A Google spokesperson commented on the issue:

We’re aware of a slight delay with aux-in. The delay is in regards to how long it takes for the music to start playing, and does not affect synchronization of sound across home devices – which is near perfect for most setups.

So, Google is aware of the issue, but there’s no indication of whether it will try to eliminate this delay or not. Again, if you are like most people who use these devices at home, then this issue doesn’t affect you at all. However, if you’re an audio pro, you should probably not rely on the Google Home Max for your needs.

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