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