You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Google Home Max Has Line-In Latency Issues (EXCLUSIVE)

Google has tapped Diplo for an ad for its Google Home Max smart speaker, but chances are that DJs won’t actually have a whole lot of fun with the device in their line of work. A notable latency issue that makes it impossible to use the Home Max as a studio monitor, Variety recently discovered. Regular home listening will not be affected by the issue, which has been acknowledged by Google.

The Google Home Max sets itself apart from other smart speakers by featuring an Aux, or line-in port, making it possible to connect a turntable, tape deck or other sources of music. However, any music piped in through that port is being played with a slight delay. That’s not an issue if you only mean to play the music on your Google Home Max — your favorite song is still the same song, even if played with a delay of a couple of milliseconds.

But DJs often use their mixer to preview the next song to play, matching it to the rhythm of what’s currently playing over the speakers. Throw in a bit of extra latency, and you won’t be able to match those beats at all.

A Google spokesperson confirmed the issue when contacted by Variety last week, but also pointed out that this won’t affect the synchronization between two Home Max speakers. “We’re aware of a slight delay with aux-in,” that spokesperson said via email. “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.”

It’s worth noting that the device doesn’t currently allow users to synchronize music piped in via aux-in across your home. Google previously told Variety that it plans to add the ability to cast line-in audio to multi-room groups later in 2018.

More Digital

  • Netflix-logo-N-icon

    Netflix Raises $2.2 Billion Through Junk-Bond Offering

    Netflix just went deeper into hock: The company announced the pricing of unsecured bonds in a transaction raising around $2.2 billion, giving it more cash to invest in content, real estate and infrastructure. The streamer had said Tuesday that it planned to raise $2 billion through a new debt offering, bringing its long-term debt to [...]

  • Facebook Logo

    Facebook Anticipates It Will Have to Pay FTC Up to $5 Billion for Privacy Violations

    Facebook executives expect that the company will have to pay as much as $5 billion as a result of an ongoing FTC investigation into its privacy practices, they revealed in Facebook’s Q1 2019 earnings release Wednesday. As a result of these anticipated charges, Facebook set aside $3 billion in the quarter, which significantly impacted its [...]

  • Avengers: Endgame

    'Avengers: Endgame' Full Movie Hits Piracy Networks (Report)

    Disney/Marvel’s “Avengers: Endgame,” poised to be the hugest movie opening in history, has hit piracy networks — two days before its U.S. premiere — with a copy evidently recorded in a Chinese movie theater now circulating online, according to a published report. Users in China began sharing a 1.2-gigabyte file of “Avengers: Endgame” on peer-to-peer [...]

  • Childish Gambino 'Pharos" AR App Launches

    Childish Gambino Releases 'Pharos' AR App for Android Phones

    Childish Gambino is taking his “Pharos” multimedia franchise to a new platform: Donald Glover’s alter ego released a “Pharos” augmented reality (AR) app for Android phones Wednesday morning, with an iOS version forthcoming at a later time. The app allows users to open up an AR portal in their living room (or where ever else [...]

  • How Baobab Studios Made 'Bonfire,' Its

    Baobab’s New VR Film ‘Bonfire’ Puts the Viewer at the Center of the Story

    Baobab Studios, the VR studio known for Pixar-quality animated virtual reality short films like “Invasion!” and “Crow: The Legend,” is back at Tribeca Film Festival this week with a new VR short that puts you at the center of the story — and lets you experience bonding around a campfire a million miles from home. [...]

  • NFL-Sunday-Ticket-DIRECTV

    AT&T CEO Expects DirecTV to Keep NFL Sunday Ticket Exclusively

    AT&T believes it will hang on to DirecTV’s exclusive rights for the NFL Sunday Ticket, even as the league has said it’s considering ending the satellite operator’s exclusivity to extend the out-of-home games package to streaming platforms. “The exclusivity [of Sunday Ticket] should remain as we go forward on DirecTV,” AT&T CEO and chairman Randall [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content