Nest Audio: Google’s $99 “Music Player”

During the National Day, Google released a new smart speaker, Nest Audio. Unlike domestic smart speaker manufacturers, which have focused on smart speakers with screens, Nest Audio is a smart speaker without a screen. Our goal was to create the very best smart speaker. Mark Spates, Product Manager at Google Nest, explained at the launch.

Thus, Nest Audio’s goal is better sound and better music players.

Media review: The new Nest Audio is located between Nest Mini and Home Max in terms of price and size, and is a product layout for Google’s mid-range product line for smart speakers.

Nest Audio sound is the most mentioned part of the launch and is the key to this product. In terms of sound, Mark compared Nest Audio to Nest mini at the launch:

Nest Audio introduces 19mm high-frequency speakers with 70mm low-frequency speakers, a 50% increase in bass sound and a 75% increase in loudness.

In microphone array applications, unlike previously, Nest Audio uses directional microphones instead of 360-degree ring microphones, because Google officials have learned over the past few years about the actual use of users’ products that people are less likely to place smart speakers in the middle of the room, and more in corners or other areas that “point” sound in a specific direction.

The same design concept appears in Amazon’s fourth-generation Echo.

In other configurations, Nest Audio has a four-core Cortex-A53 processor with a main frequency of 1.8 GHz, a three-microphone, 1.2kg weight and a size of 124mm x 175mm x 78mm.

In addition, Mark emphasizes Nest Audio’s ability to control and connect in the home:

Nest Audio is a product that connects to Nest’s other smart speakers with or without a screen, making it an audio control center for the entire home.

That’s why users can pair two Nest Audios for stereo music playback.

However, such stereo playback sound can not be applied to the TV, charging the home theater sound.

In this regard, themedia The Verge after the actual assessment, pointed out:

When two Nest Audios are connected, sound effects are expected to have louder, fuller sound when playing music than when a single speaker unit plays, especially when Nest Audio is placed at a distance of six feet or more.

But if you’re going to use Nest Audio for other apps like podcasts, stereo configuration sounds strange – there’s a delay between the two speakers that makes it sound like a dual track. Similarly, you can’t use two Nest Audio and Chromecasts together for home theater audio.

Nest Audio also has smart home control capabilities and a smart voice assistant as Google hopes to create a home audio control center. Google officials also point out that Nest Audio also has a machine learning engine that was first used in Nest Mini, designed to reduce the response time of voice commands, making Nest Audio twice as responsive to controls such as track jumps and volume adjustments as Google Home.

However, The Verge also noted in its actual assessment that:

It’s hard to determine the official difference in response speed, but Nest Audio is slower than Amazon’s Echo.

As for the increasingly important aspect of privacy, Google officials point out that users simply say to Nest Audio, “OK Google, delete what I said earlier” to delete history. Nest Audio also has a physical switch on the back to turn off the microphone.

It was this $99.99 Nest Audio that The Verge gave a score of 7.5 and noted:

Nest Audio has the advantage of better sound, price, and stereo pairing experience, with the disadvantage that multi-room voice control is unreliable.