Google announces JBL Link Bar, a soundbar with Assistant and Android TV built-in

Prasad, 07 May 2018

Google has announced a new product just a day before I/O 2018 kicks off, the JBL Link Bar, a voice controlled sound bar for your television with Android TV built-in.

The Link Bar works primarily like any other sound bar; you connect your television and other audio sources to it via HDMI and play all your sounds through it. The party trick here is the Android TV and Assistant built-in. You can turn on your television and switch to any particular channel using your voice. You can ask the Link Bar to play videos off YouTube or songs from Pandora. You can ask questions or tell it to control your smart home devices.

We don't know much about the specs of the sound bar itself, apart from the fact that it has four HDMI inputs, optical, line-in and Ethernet. There is no subwoofer so the unit under the TV is everything. There's also no remote; you control this thing entirely by voice, which I'm not sure is going to be convenient every single time.

We also don't know the price yet but it will be available this fall. We should hear more about it during the I/O keynote.



Reader comments

  • OliverSmit
  • 06 May 2021
  • ps8

The sound quality is amazing and I have always been a big fan of JBL. The link bar delivers on all it claims

the JBL Bar delivers what it promises ! I am really impressed with the virtual surround sound and it's a perfect companion for a non-Atmos supportive TV

lgbt link bar?

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