ITy Bytes 16 August – in this edition,

  • JBL Tunes in with Tune 120TWS,
  • JBL Link Bar finally here – yes really after waiting a year,
  • IKEA and Sonos – no Allen key required,
  • JURA claims coffee breaks sending business broke,
  • NETGEAR gets serious about AX (WI-Fi 6) routers – huge range,
  • Mophie does Apple,

ITy Bytes 16 August is a short, curated collection of news you may like to know

JBL Tunes in with Tune 120TWS

These days it is all about that Bass! Well for $149.95 JLB Tune 120TWS will send you to heavy metal heaven. And for a limited time, you get a free JBL Go 2.

Key features

  • 5.8mm drivers with JBL Pure Bass tuning
  • True wireless (BT 4.2 SBC codec talks concurrently to each bud)
  • Hands-free stereo calls with Voice Assistant support
  • 4-hour playback and 12-hour charge case with two hour charge time
  • 73g (pair)
  • 96dB SPL and 20Hz-20kHz frequency response
  • Black, white and blue

Marcus Fry, Brand Activation Director of AUNZ at HARMAN says,

“The popularity of true wireless headphones is getting bigger every year. We want to stay ahead of the trend and have introduced Tune 120TWS to do exactly that. Suited for every-day use, you can now enjoy music with crisp audio with an on-trend look anywhere you go.”

JBL Link Bar finally here – yes really after waiting a year

On 27 August 2018, we wrote about a unique concept –putting Android TV into a soundbar effectively making any connected TV a very smart one. Well the JBL Link Bar.

The Australian Website is here. The promise is that it will be in stores for Father’s Day.

Here is what we know. The $599.95, 100W Dolby Audio, Link Bar has 2 x 20mm tweeters, and 4 x (44 x 80mm) racetrack drivers. That sounds like a 2.0 system. Frequency response is 75Hkz to 20kHz, and optional wireless, 250mm, 300W Sub-woofer JBL SW10, frequency response 35-120Hz is an extra $399.95 although early reviews suggest you may not need it. It is 1020 x 60 x 93mm x 2.5kg.

Ports: Optical in, Aux-in, Bluetooth 4.2, Ethernet (and Wi-Fi), 3 x 4K HDMI inputs and a 4K Passthrough HDMI ARC. It can be wall or shelf mounted and has a full remote. It does not have a TV Tuner – ordinary free to air still uses the TV OS. All the Android TV OS apps are here, and more of the TV channel streaming apps are coming.

You buy this to add Google’s Android TV OS and all its apps to your existing smart or dumb TV. You can read more here, but I find it very easy to use, very intuitive, and updates are via Google. It also adds Google Assistant and Chromecast to the Link Bar. We are not sure if it supports all Google Assistant functions – indeed any that don’t require Voice Match are fine. It is a clever if niche product. If you really want to add rocking 5.1 sound, the JBL Bar 5.1 is our long-term favourite.

IKEA and Sonos – no Allen key required

IKEA Australia has unveiled the highly anticipated SYMFONISK collection, in collaboration with Sonos, before it is available to buy in-store and online from 27 September 2019.

ITy Bytes 16 August

SYMFONISK Table Lamp with Wi-Fi Speaker: $269: Combines light and sound into one product to de-clutter the home with fewer devices and cords. The table lamp looks to challenge the traditional high-tech aesthetics and design without compromising on the sound quality.

SYMFONISK Wi-Fi Bookshelf Speaker: $149: Easily blends into the home and doubles as a shelf that holds up to 3kg with the bracket.

Accessories including the wall bracket ($20), sound remote ($20) and speaker hook ($10) are also available.

The future: IKEA’s exploration of sound is part of a bigger journey towards smarter homes. SYMFONISK will join IKEA Home Smart, the new collective name for the range of smart products from IKEA.