A sound bar, an Android TV Box and a Google assistant. A sound bar, an Android TV box … are you getting it? These are not three separate devices; This is a device, and JBL calls it & # 39; Link Bar & # 39; We first learned about Link Bar just before the I / O began earlier this year, and we got a demonstration in person at the event. This luxurious sound bar is now available for pre-order at B & H for $ 399.95, which is not a bad price for what you get.
The link bar is something that nobody asked for, but we are happy that it exists. It combines a 100W sound bar, an Android TV decoder and a Google Assistant intelligent speaker in a device that costs the same as a Home Max by itself. I / O includes three HDMI inputs, an HDMI output with ARC, an optical port and an auxiliary input.
Bluetooth can also be used to transmit to the speaker. There is also a "Privacy Switch" for the microphones, which allows you to deactivate them when you are not using the Google Assistant. Unfortunately, it does not have a subwoofer, but an optional wireless is mentioned in the B & H list.
B & H has the Link Bar on the list of $ 399.95, and is expected to be available on October 16. We look forward to checking it out, since this is a very interesting product.