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IFA 2017: JBL launches Google Assistant-powered smart speakers, Apple AirPod rivals

The Link speakers and Free wireless earbuds are the most interesting products from JBL's new lineup.

  • Published: September 2, 2017 10:55 AM IST
JBL SoundLink series IFA 2017

The IFA 2017 has been host to a slew of launches with the latest and interesting products coming from JBL. The lineup includes JBL Link speakers, JBL Boombox speaker, JBL Free wireless earbuds, and JBL Bar studio soundbar speakers. What makes JBL s product launch interesting is that its speakers are powered with Google Assistant, and its wireless earbuds offer competition to Apple s AirPods. Also Read - 5 best wireless earphones to buy in India under Rs 3,000 on Flipkart, Amazon

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To start with, the JBL Link series consists of three speakers Link 10, Link 20, and Link 300. All the three speakers are powered by Google Assistant. This launch is in line with Google s announcement of integrating Assistant with third-party speakers. With Google Assistant built-in, users can activate it by saying Ok Google and stream music, ask questions, control smart devices at home, among others. In addition to this, the JBL Link series also come with built-in support for Chromecast.

The Link 10 and Link 20 speakers offer up to 5 and 10 hours of battery life and provide sound output of 2x8W and 2X10W respectively, and come with IPX7 rating for water resistance. The Link 300 comes with 50W output, offering the most powerful sound, and can be synced with multiple speakers via Wi-Fi. The Link 10 is priced at 169 (approximately Rs 12,800), Link 20 at 199 approximately Rs 15,100), and Link 300 at 299 (approximately Rs 22,700).

JBL Boombox speaker IFA 2017

JBL s Boombox Bluetooth speaker is said to be the biggest portable speaker available, weighing 5.25 kg and measuring 20-inch long. JBL Boombox is equipped with four active transducers and two bass radiators. It is fueled by a 2,000mAh battery, promised to offer up to 24 hours of playtime. The wireless speaker also offers dual charge out as it features dual USB ports for your connected devices as well. It further comes with IPX7 rating for water resistance. With the JBL Boombox, users can opt between indoor mode for deeper bass, and outdoor mode for expansive sound and stronger bass. JBL Boombox can also be connected to over 100 JBL Connect+ enabled speakers within Bluetooth range. It is available in black color and will go on sale from September 19. It is priced at 499 (approximately Rs 37,800). ALSO READ: JBL Clip 2, Creative Muvo 10, Zoook ZB Rocker Mini, and more: Top 10 portable Bluetooth speakers under Rs 5,000

JBL BAR series IFA 2017

JBL s BAR series comprises of four models including the BAR STUDIO, BAR 2.1, BAR 3.1, and BAR 5.1. JBL Bar 5.1 comes with two battery-powered, rechargeable, wireless rear speakers with 10 hours of battery life. It offers 510W of total system power, features three 4K HDMI inputs, a 10-inch wireless subwoofer, DTS decoding, HDMI ARC, and JBL Surround Sound. JBL BAR 2.1 and BAR 3.1 both feature intermediate soundbars with wireless subwoofers. The BAR 3.1 also has a dedicated center channel. In terms o availability and pricing, the JBL BAR 2.1 is available from September 2017. The JBL BAR STUDIO, JBL BAR 3.1 and JBL BAR 5.1 will be available from October 2017. JBL BAR STUDIO is priced at 179 (approximately Rs 133,600), JBL BAR 2.1 is priced at 349 (approximately Rs 26,500), JBL 3.1 is priced at 499 (approximately Rs 37,800), and the JBL BAR 5.1 is priced at 749 (approximately Rs 56,700). ALSO READ: CES 2017: Harman unveils JBL Pulse 3, Flip 4 wireless speakers

JBL Free wireless earbuds

Taking a cue from Apple AirPods, JBL introduced its Free earbuds at the IFA 2017. The JBL Free earbuds can be used in mono mode for phone calls which they can connect over Bluetooth 4.1, and a built-in microphone. JBL Free is made with sweat and water resistant materials which consist of three comfort-fit ear tips and two secure fit silicone sleeves with a total of nine combinations. JBL Free s built in battery promises up to 24 hours of backup, and can be charged via a smart charging case. It is available in black and white colors, priced at 149 (approximately Rs 11,300), and will be available from October 2017. DON’T MISS: Apple AirPods Review

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  • Published Date: September 2, 2017 10:55 AM IST



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