The JBL Link 300 Bluetooth speaker continues the new tradition of its OK Google enabled portable JBL Link 10 and 20 – far better sound!
JBL Link 300 joins the explosion of Google Assistant Speakers expected to be in almost every home by year-end. You buy this one for room-filling sound, and OK Google is a bonus. Price is A$349.95.
The JBL Link 300 is currently it’s biggest, loudest, bass-est speaker- the larger Link 500 is not here yet. It pumps out 2 x 25W (50W RMS) from an 89mm woofer and a 20mm tweeter. Frequency response is from 55Hz-22kHz (good middle/high-range bass, mid and treble – balanced) and 24-bit/96kHz sound.
Music codecs include HE-ACC, LC-ACC, MP3, WAV, FLAC and more. It works with YouTube Music, Spotify, Pandora, Google Play Music and a range of smart home hubs.
It also has Wi-Fi AC (dual band) and Bluetooth 4.2. So it can be an OK Google speaker as well as a music speaker attached to an iOS or Android smartphone or PC. Or, if you are clever, a Wi-Fi music speaker attacked to a DLNA network storage AV server. Or a Chromecast Google Home multi-room speaker.
All in a squashed football shaped 23.6 x 13.4 x 15.4cm x 1.7kg package. It requires a 240V power source (adaptor supplied).
“We are thrilled to pair JBL’s incredible legacy of award-winning sound with our growing line-up of voice-controlled speakers,” said Michael Mauser, President of the Lifestyle Audio Division at HARMAN. “JBL LINK is a first-class wireless smart speaker that allows consumers to entertain and enjoy world-class sound in a sleek package.”
GadgetGuy’s take – JBL Link 300 is a great OK Google Home speaker
OK Google we have not reviewed this yet. But we were impressed with the sound of the portable Link 10 and 20 – this builds on their strengths.
And there is not a lot of point talking about OK Google – it can do that for itself. OK Get over asking it dumb questions like the weather. It is a tool to set alarms and reminders, access vast music libraries and eventually control a smart home.