One of the key benefits of purchasing the new Nest Audio speakers from Google is the promise of stereo pairing. The idea is simple enough, giving users a proper stereo pairing without any wires or additional peripherals. Sure, speaker groups are good at multi-speaker audio, but Google has made it dead-simple to set up true stereo when pairing up two of the exact same model of smart speakers. The process gives users a quick way to get legit stereo sound in just a few steps, and, as they are really touting this ability with the new Nest Audio, we thought we’d make a quick guide on how to get it all running. Let’s dive in.
The process is actually quite simple. We’ll assume off the bat that you’ve already set up your speakers and placed them in the room where they belong. From what we can tell, you do need to assign them to a room for this all to work, so if you’ve not done that, you need to get your basic setup taken care of first.
After that, you simply need to select one of the speakers from your Google Home app, click the gear up top, and then head down to the Speaker Pair setting. Hit this, and then you’ll get to a fresh splash screen that starts the setup process. Clicking the blue ‘next’ button brings you to the speaker selection screen where you’ll choose which speaker you want to gropu up and then you’ll get the chance to designate left and right channels via the blinking lights on the front of the speakers. Finally, you’ll name your new speaker pair and after progressing past that screen, you’ll hear a really satisfying tone from your new pair to know you have things paired up.
At this point, you now have a new speaker pair in your Google Home app that replaces the individual speakers you just connected, and clicking into them gives you the same type of options you get on other speakers. Most importantly, if you click the EQ option next to the settings gear when looking at the speaker group, you can adjust bass, treble, and balance between the speakers. It is a simple interface that is out of the way, easy to use, and effective at calibrating your new stereo pair.
After getting this all set up and casting some tunes, I can definitely tell that true stereo separation is happening and sounds pretty amazing on these speakers. There’s no doubt that this setup enhances the Nest Audio’s listening experience. With two of these great speakers paired together, the listening experience is not just marginally better – it is substantially better. If you have any pair of Google’s smart speakers around (Nest Minis, Google Home, Google Home Max, etc.) I’d recommend getting this set up immediately. Your ears will thank you.