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JBL Link Bar - Voice-Activated Smart Soundbar

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Main Features
Loudspeakers can communicate over several rooms and be controlled centrally (e.g. via smartphone).
Controller app for Apple iOS devices.
iOS App
Controller app for Android devices.
Android App
Compatible with the Google Assistant.
Google Assistant
This product has a hands-free communication function.
Hands-free Communication
IFTTT stands for "If This Then That" and is a service that allows you to link simple statements. Example: When I enter my house in the evening, all the lights should turn on.
This product is compatible with at least one music streaming service.
Music streaming
This product can communicate with other Bluetooth devices wirelessly.
This product can communicate wirelessly with other devices over an existing WiFi network.
You can set schedules for this product to operate and carry out actions and certain times.
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We all know the power of a JBL speaker. So imagine that musical dexterity in an elegantly designed soundbar. The JBL Link Bar is packed with almost unlimited entertainment streaming opportunities through Android TV and Google Chromecast. Plus, keep your buttered pop-corn hands to yourself! Use Google Assistant to pause, increase volume or just change the show. The Link Bar is super simple to set up and a “smart” addition to your home entertainment.

All advantages at a glance:

  • Built-in Android TV
  • Google Assistant integration
  • Stream over 300 services with Chromecast
  • A hub for 4k entertainment
  • JBL delivers on high-end sound once again!

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The JBL Link Bar brings you the full smart home entertainment experience. Turn your regular TV into a smart TV by connecting it to this soundbar. The Link Bar supports 4K with the built-in Android TV and Chromecast so you can access an endless stream of entertainment service apps like Netflix, Hulu, Spotify, Youtube. With Google Assistant integration, use voice commands to navigate through the Android TV, live-stream a football game or just control other smart devices in your home.

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  • Instant smart TV: Plug in the JBL Link Bar to your TV via HDMI, and you'll instantly convert your regular TV to a smart one. This means you'll have access to Youtube TV, Netflix, HBO, Disney and so much more! If there's a live game or international news channel you would like to watch, download the right app for it via Android TV. There's a whole selection of games and apps such as Crashlands, Google Drive and Google Music.
  • “OK Google, turn off”: The JBL Link series, including this soundbar, comes with Google Assistant integration. When you add it to your Google Home app, you can ask the Link Bar questions and commands for your other smart devices. Tell the Link Bar to lock the front door, change the color of your lights, turn up the heat. All set for a cozy night-in to for some TV binging.
  • Cast it from your smartphone: Having a family get together after a long vacation? Use Chromecast to display photos and videos from your trip on the TV. Set it as a slide show in the background. You can cast hundreds of apps from your phone to the TV, especially apps you cannot find on Android TV.
  • Three 4K HDMI inputs: The Link Bar has three HDMI ports so you can connect the TV, Playstation and Xbox all at once. So the next time you want to change between devices, you don't have to mess with the cables. Just ask “Hey Google, switch to the PlayStation”.
  • Smooth sound for a home theatre: If you're not hunting for a smart speaker with explosive bass performance, then the Link Bar is ideal. It produces crisp dialogue which is perfect for movie, gaming, news or podcasts. It won't produce concert-like audio, but when you play songs, the Link Bar has a clear sound even at 100w.

The JBL Link Bar in action

Setting up the Link Bar is really easy. Plug in the HDMI ARC input and the other end into any of the HDMI ports on the back of the soundbar. If your TV does not have an HDMI input, you can still connect the Link Bar using the optical cable. You'll be able to enjoy the 5.1 surround sound but the smart TV functionality will not be available without HDMI connection. With two other HDMI ports, you can connect your PlayStation or other game consoles.

Smart surround soundbar

JBL is known for delivering superior sound from compact speakers and the Link Bar truly lives up to that expectation. Music and voice are easily distinguishable. This makes those action sequences more enjoyable as the dialogue isn't drowned out. More than audio performance, the JBL Link Bar brings Android TV, Google Assistant and Chromecast. Download apps for movies, games, TV, news and more. If it's not available on Android, access it on your smartphone and cast it to the TV screen using Chromecast. If you can’t find the TV or JBL remote, just ask Google Assistant to turn off everything. The Link Bar is really well thought out to make a great smart home entertainment experience from simply connecting one device. With future updates, the features are expected to expand.

Invest in a JBL SW10 wireless subwoofer that has been specifically built to enhance the bass experience of the Link Bar. It has a simple set up and pairs harmoniously with the soundbar.

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Installation 9

The soundbar is very simple to set up especially with the help of the Google Home app on-screen instructions. To mount to a wall, it is recommended to get anchors for sturdy placement.

Product Quality 9

JBL speakers are known to deliver on legendary sound. For its slim and packed size, the Link Bar maintains that promise.

App/Software 9

The speakers in the JBL Link series can be fully controlled and managed using the intuitive Google Home app. This app is user-friendly and opens up a number of smart features and functionalities.

Functionality 9

A soundbar that comes with Google Assistant, Chromecast, and Android TV. Not only can you control smart devices with your voice but control all your streaming services too.

Reliability 9

The JBL Link Bar comes with the Google Assistant that's available to answer all your queries. However, the speed of response can be slightly slower than on other smart speakers.

Design 10

The speaker is protected with a fabric speaker grille and medium-gray plastic. The Link Bar blends in perfectly sitting below your TV.

Data Protection 8

Ensure that your home WiFi network is encrypted with a strong password. Bluetooth is a reliable transmission platform which works to standard regulations to ensure that your data is always kept safe.

Value for Money 9

The JBL Link Bar is guaranteed to enhance your home entertainment experience, bringing you high-end sound, smart assistant, and an abundance of streaming opportunities.

The soundbar is very simple to set up especially with the help of the Google Home app on-screen instructions. To mount to a wall, it is recommended to get anchors for sturdy placement.

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Technical Details

Product dimensions40 x 2.4 x 3.7 in
Article weight9 lbs
Connectivity802.11a/b/g/n/ac (2.4GHz/5GHz)
Power source100–240V~50/60Hz
Signal-to-noise ratio>85dB
Bluetooth version4.2
Transducer2 x 20mm (0.8”) tweeter, 4 x (44x80)mm (1.7"x3.2”) racetrack driver
Frequency Range [Hz]75Hz–20kHz
Power [W]100W
In the box1 x JBL Link Bar,1 x Power cable, 1 x Remote control, 1 x HDMI cable, 1 x Quick start guide, 1 x Warranty card
Can I connect the JBL Link Bar to my TV?

The JBL Link Bar gives you enough input options to make it compatible with most televisions. If your TV or A/V receiver doesn't have an HDMI port, you can connect the Link Bar through the Toslink optical audio output. However, to stream Android TV on your television, you will need to connect the bar via the HDMI port.

Does Amazon Prime work with Android TV in the JBL Link Bar?

Amazon Prime is currently not available but Prime is working to develop an Android TV version of its streaming service.

Can I group JBL Link Bar with other speakers on Google Home?

Currently, it is not possible to add the JBL Link Bar to an existing speaker group on Google Home. Google Home recognizes it as a TV, not a smart speaker.

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