JBL Takes on Google Home Max With New ‘Link 500’

SoundMag - - News - Writ­ten by Roma Chris­tian

Har­man-owned JBL has fur­ther in­ten­si­fied smart speaker com­pe­ti­tion, re­leas­ing the largest ver­sion of its ‘Link’ smart speaker fam­ily in Aus­tralia, the new ‘Link 500’.

Suc­ceed­ing the for­mer Link 300, the Google As­sis­tant pow­ered de­vice com­petes with the likes of UE’s Me­ga­boom, Ap­ple’s HomePod and Google’s Home Max.

It comes as Ama­zon ramps up the au­dio ca­pa­bil­i­ties of its Echo line, de­but­ing its next-gen Echo Plus and new Echo Sub sub­woofer. De­spite a RRP of $569.95, some re­tail­ers have been seen to sell the Link 500 for as low as $397.

The new JBL Link 500 in­cor­po­rates four speak­ers, to­talling 15W out­put (two x 89mm woofers and two x 20mm tweet­ers).

The de­vice sup­ports dual-band Wi-Fi and Blue­tooth con­nec­tion, with far-field voice recog­ni­tion for Google As­sis­tant.

Like other speak­ers in the se­ries, the Link 500 fea­tures on-board con­trols and is Chrome­cast com­pat­i­ble.

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