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JBL Link 500

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Item# JBLLINK500BLKEU
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£349.99349.99 each

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The expected in-stock date is 30 November 2018.


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The JBL Link 500 is a voice-activated speaker with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth® enabled that delivers amazing stereo sound with deep bass and clear highs for a bigger room. It has the Google Assistant built-in. It’s your own personal Google. Always ready to help.
At a Glance:
  • Get help from your Google Assistant
  • Hands-free voice control
  • Simple setup with the Google Home app on iOS & Android (Simple setup & use)
  • Chromecast built-in
  • 24 bit/96kHz High quality sound, powered by the cloud
  • Multi-room playback across speakers that have Chromecast built-in
  • 2.4/5GHz Wi-Fi connection network support
  • Wireless Bluetooth streaming
  • Stereo sound with deep bass and clear highs
What's in the Box:
  • 1 x JBL Link 500
  • 1 x power cable
The JBL Link 500 is a voice-activated speaker with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth® enabled that delivers amazing stereo sound with deep bass and clear highs for bigger rooms. It has the Google Assistant built-in. It’s your own personal Google. Always ready to help. You can ask it questions. And tell it to do things. The more you use it, the more useful it gets. Just start with “Ok Google” – a simple voice request triggers your JBL Link 500 to play music, podcasts or radio from services like Google Play Music, Spotify, Pandora and more. To amplify your party, speakers with Chromecast built-in can be grouped together to enjoy the same song in every room.
Product Features:
  • Get help from your Google Assistant
    JBL Link 500 has the Google Assistant built-in. It is your own personal Google. Always ready to help. Discover more at assistant.google.com/discover
  • Hands-free voice control
    Far-field voice recognition allows for easy hands-free operation. Ask questions across the room and the JBL Link 500 will respond. Check out compatible services and more at assistant.google.com/discover
  • Simple setup with the Google Home app on iOS & Android (Simple setup & use)
    With the free Google Home app on iOS & Android, you can easily setup and manage your JBL Link 500
  • Chromecast built-in
    Lets you instantly stream your favorite music, radio, or podcast from your mobile device to your speakers. Discover more apps at https://www.google.com/chromecast/built-in/apps/#?speakers
  • 24 bit/96kHz High quality sound, powered by the cloud
    Chromecast streams directly from the cloud, so you get the highest sound quality. Enjoy crystal clear sound exactly the way the artist intended.
  • Multi-room playback across speakers that have Chromecast built-in
    Easily set up your system and control multi-room playback with the Google Home app. A step by step guide allows you to quickly start streaming your music.
  • 2.4/5GHz Wi-Fi connection network support
    Support both 2.4GHz and 5GHz Wi-Fi connection, resulting in a faster, robust and more stable wireless connection.
  • Wireless Bluetooth streaming
    Wirelessly stream high-quality sound from your smartphone or tablet.
  • Stereo sound with deep bass and clear highs
    A 2-way acoustic design equipped with a pair of high performance JBL transducers to fill a bigger room with amazing stereo sound, deep bass and clear highs.
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General Specifications:
Transducer
2 x 89mm woofer, 2 x 20mm tweeter
Output power
4 x 15W
Frequency response
55Hz–22kHz (-6dB)
Signal-to-noise ratio
>80dB
Power supply
Internal 100-240V – 50/60Hz
Wireless network
802.11b/g/n/ac (2.4GHz/5GHz)
Bluetooth® version
4.2
Supported audio formats
HE-AAC, LC-AAC, MP3, Vorbis, WAV (LPCM), FLAC, Opus
Dimensions (W x H x D)
370mm x 200mm x 157mm
Weight
3.5 kg
JBL Link 500 is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 19.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from You have to get one! My first impression upon taking the Link 500 out of the box was how large it is - it is bigger than it looks in pictures and is fairly hefty. That was a good sign for me! I placed the speaker on a table behind one of the den chairs - so it is essentially out of sight (a wife requirement). Setting it up from there was easy. I plugged it in, downloaded the Google Home app*, followed the app's instructions, and that was it. It only took 2 or 3 minutes. (*Actually, I had already downloaded the Google Home app for use with a Chromecast Audio I had purchased previously.) Being an audio guy, the first thing I wanted to do was play some music. I was very happy to find that the Link 500 has Spotify built-in, especially since that is my streaming service of choice! I started out easy by asking Google to play “some Diana Krall” while I was cooking dinner. No problems there. I then followed that command by asking it to play a specific song – Midnight Rider – off of the Gregg Allman album Laid Back. The Link 500 handled that and similar request easily. The sound is very, very nice. I had previously experienced this kind sound in my den with some of my small to midsized bookshelf speakers (including JBL's). The Link 500 replaced those speakers and went on to fill my large living room (400 sq ft) with excellent sound without taking up near as much space. The music playing filled the den with clear sound at even low volumes without being overbearing. The bass was smooth and the highs were crisp and clear without distortion. I had previously relied on a ZAGG Origin Portable Bluetooth Speaker to stream music in the den and its smaller version in the master bathroom. Those speakers are not voice activated however and they do not offer a mobile interface. Listening to the Link 500 and the larger ZAGG for ten minutes, I realized that I was more at ease with the sound produced by the Link 500. Even the most over-the-top songs (think Brass Monkey by the Beastie Boys) were enjoyable even at high volume. The Link 500 is the first voice activated speaker I’ve used. The only thing that comes close was Siri on my iPhone. I thought that speaking to the speaker would be difficult as, in my limited experience, voice activated products leave a lot to be desired. That was not a problem with the Link 500. After its initial voice training, it recognized my “Hey Google” commands every time – whether shouted over the railing upstairs to almost whispering it in the same room. I was impressed! Other than my requests to play specific pieces of music, I typically used the built-in Google Assistant to make requests about the weather and to set timers. I did put it through its paces by requesting such things as: the temperature of the dark side of Mercury, the distance to a certain address in a distant city and even the meaning of the initials JBL – which it answered perfectly – James Bullough Lansing! To sum up, I find that the JBL Link 500 is a good-looking speaker and is very simple to operate. It also has excellent built in capabilities and when it is playing music it is really impressive. In other words, you have to get one! [This review was collected as part of a promotion.]
Date published: 2018-05-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Link 500 - Superior sound, sufficient Google Home The JBL Link 500 combines JBL's exceptional sound engineering with Google's home management tools. At first glance, this thing is huge! See the pictures. It is 14 1/2" x 7 5/8" x 6 1/8" and weighs almost 8 pounds. The Link 500 produces full bodied sound with the high fidelity that is expected of JBL. The only fault of the Link is Google Home. Google Home functions well, but it takes some getting used to. There are plenty of commands to use, but there is not a book included listing them. So, you have to do your own homework to figure out how to make the most of your Link 500 with Google Home. The voice recognition is good, but you have to speak loudly and clearly to get its attention. Overall, since Google Home could be updated to have better commands and interaction, and the sound quality is excellent, I highly recommend the JBL Link 500. [This review was collected as part of a promotion.]
Date published: 2018-05-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow! Was a little worried when we got the Link 500 and there were virtually no instructions. I am no spring chicken (as can be noted by using that phrase), but was able to download the Google home app and have music playing within 5 minutes of opening the box! Yes, it is that easy. You can do everything from get the weather report to hear what you have scheduled on your calendar for the day, and much more! Was able to connect my TV via Bluetooth easily. I am truly amazed at the sound quality from something so small! Great bass, treble and mid range. Also, it is loud enough for any party with no distortion. [This review was collected as part of a promotion.]
Date published: 2018-04-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Nice, but heavy I love JBL products! Nice, clean quality sound! The product does have a little weight to it, which I'm not a big fan of. I like light-weight products. It also doesn't have any built in grips for easy-movment. So it prevents me from being able to carry it easily. Have to hold it with both hands at all time! I also haven't been able to use the Google assistance as well as I'd like. Each time I wanted it to play a sound. It would say "playing sound now", but ends up saying "Unable to play, please try again". Maybe my internet wasn't strong enough, but I'm not sure. [This review was collected as part of a promotion.]
Date published: 2018-04-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow! Great sound and ease of use. I really enjoy the sound quality and convenience of the JBL 500. Although slightly larger than anticipated, it is worth the extra space. Already have recommended to several friends and relatives. [This review was collected as part of a promotion.]
Date published: 2018-04-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Sound This speaker has amazing sound quality. It sounds great and even when you turn the speaker full blast, the sound quality is still great. It gets pretty loud and works for parties or just chilling by yourself. The Google assistant is a great feature as well. It is very convenient and a nice additional feature. One of my friends has a Bose SoundTouch 30 wireless speaker and this speaker sounds just as good, plus it has a Google assistant. [This review was collected as part of a promotion.]
Date published: 2018-04-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE THE DESIGN & PORTABILITY THANK U JBL FOR ADDING GOOGLE ASSISTANT TO THIS GREAT SPEAKER, NOT 2 MENTION BLUETOOTH COMPATIBLE ALL IN ONE, NOW I DON'T HAVE 2 OPEN MY LAPTOP OR USE DATA ON MY CELL 2 SEARCH FOR MUSIC OR ANYTHING ELSE ON THE INTERNET...ALL U HAVE 2 DO IS ASK & U DEFINITELY, MOST DEFINITELY SHALL RECEIVE!!! MUST MENTION THE PACKAGING! LOVE 2 BE ABLE 2 OPEN THE BOX & SEE HOW JBL MAKES SURE THAT THEIR PRODUCTS ARE ALWAYZ THE BEST FROM THE INSIDE OUT!!!...HANDS DOWN BEST SOUND, AMAZING DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY ALL ROLLED INTO 1...DOESN'T GET BETTER THAN JBL BABY!!! OTHERS TRY 2 DUPLICATE BUT THERE'S NO COMPARISON WHEN IT COMES TO JBL'S CRAFT....CANT WAIT 2 SEE WHAT JBL WILL DEBUT NEXT...WAITING WITH SUCH ANTICPATION...THANKS JBL FOR BEING TOP NOTCH IN THE WORLD OF SOUND !!! [This review was collected as part of a promotion.]
Date published: 2018-04-28
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Très déçu J'ai choisi la Link 500 après avoir lu quelques articles enchanteurs sur le web mais j'ai le sentiment de m’être quelque peu fait rouler dans la farine. Cette enceinte n'a ni un bon, ni un gros son. Dès que je pousse un peu les watts, c'est tellement crade que baisse instantanément. Contrairement à ce qui est dit, les micros captent mal les ordres envoyés à l'assistant Google. Il n'est pas rare que la Link 500 ne réagisse pas depuis la même pièce alors que le Home Mini qui est installé à l'étage entend parfaitement bien, lui... Pour parfaire le tableau, je suis obligé de redémarrer l'enceinte avant d’espérer lire de la musique depuis mon smartphone sinon, pas de réponse. Et ensuite, les déconnexions intempestives sont légion !! Malheureusement je n'ai pas pu la tester assez rapidement et je viens juste de dépasser la limite des 30 jours pour la renvoyer. Je suis vraiment dégoûté... :(
Date published: 2018-11-03
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Can use the JBL Link 500 with my iMac Computer? 

Asked by: Anthony2012
You can use it through Bluetooth with your iMac but in terms of setting it up with Google Home, you'll need an Iphone or an Android phone with the Google Home App to set it up through the internet.
Answered by: Mario at Customer service
Date published: 2018-10-22

Can this speaker connect to wireless microphone? Or any JBL products include wireless mic?

Asked by: Nov90
No. The Link 500 can only connect to Google Home assistant products via the Google Home App.
Answered by: Mario at Customer service
Date published: 2018-10-02

Hi can i use just bluetooth or have i got to download the Google Home app* - i have a apple iMac not a pc - many thanks Paul

Asked by: madslot
Hi Paul, Before you can start using the JBL Link series speakers ( even when you only want to use Bluetooth ), you'll have to set up the speaker through the Google Home App. This can be done from any Android or IOS mobile device or tablet. Once that's done, and your JBL Link series speaker is connected to WiFi, you will be able to start playing music from your mobile devices by Bluetooth, or by using Google Cast.
Answered by: Kay Harman
Date published: 2018-09-24

I'd like to improve the sound from my 55" Smart TV, with bluetooth. The room measures 4m x 4m.   Can I use two of these speakers with the TV, and get stereo sound at decent volume?  thanks 

Asked by: Neil583
Hi! You can group 2 Link 500 speakers in a room. However, they will play individually in stereo mode. If you are looking for a sound system for your room, we would suggest purchasing our soundbars instead.
Answered by: Nick F
Date published: 2018-09-05

Is this battery operated or direct output?

Asked by: Anton20000
The Link 500 does not have a battery and requires to be plugged in to work.
Answered by: Mario at Customer service
Date published: 2018-07-17

Does the JB link 500 support power on / off ? Or is the a way to turn it off? 

Asked by: Drheo007
The Link 500 does not have a power button and stays in standby until you either press on the google assistant button or talk to Google.
Answered by: Mario at Customer service
Date published: 2018-07-03

Does the JBL link 500 support power on/ off mode? 

Asked by: Drheo007
The Link 500 does not have a power button and stays in standby until you either press on the google assistant button or talk to Google.
Answered by: Mario at Customer service
Date published: 2018-07-03

Does this speaker support Airplay??

Asked by: USSOCOM
Thank you for reaching out to us.The JBL Link speakers are mainly designed with Google assistant and does not support airplay.
Answered by: Mario at Customer service
Date published: 2018-06-07
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