JBL Link 500 (White)

JBL Link 500 (White)

JBL Link 500 (White)

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Product Highlights

  • Far-Field Voice Recognition Technology
  • Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, & Chromecast built-in
  • Works with the Google Assistant
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JBL Link 500 overview

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Enjoy voice control and wireless audio streaming with the white JBL Link 500. Bluetooth and Chromecast built-in technology allow you to pair and wirelessly stream music from your compatible devices, such as smartphones or tablets. Chromecast built-in also lets you link multiple speakers together for an enhanced multi-room listening experience with other compatible speakers on the same Wi-Fi network. With a built-in microphone, the Link 500 is compatible with the Google Assistant ecosystem, allowing it to be controlled using just your voice.

  • Far-field voice control
  • Google Assistant compatibility for interactivity
  • Chromecast built-in for audio multi-room wireless functionality within reach of any home Wi-Fi network
  • Bluetooth connectivity
UPC: 050036342384
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JBL Link 500 (White)
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    JBL Link 500 specs

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    Speaker Power Not specified by manufacturer
    Drivers Not specified by manufacturer
    Connectivity
    Wireless Connectivity Chromecast built-in
    Bluetooth
    Wi-Fi
    Wired Connectivity Not specified by manufacturer
    Communication Interface
    Built-In Microphone Yes
    General
    Power Requirements Not specified by manufacturer
    Dimensions Not specified by manufacturer
    Weight Not specified by manufacturer
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 9.5 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 16.7 x 10.5 x 7.5"

    JBL Link 500 reviews

    Link 500 (White) is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 16.
    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 5 out of 5 by from Best JBL Speaker Yet! So I received this amazing JBL Link 500 a week ago and have definitely tested all aspects of the speaker. I personally have owned a Flip 3, Flip 4, Charge 3, Pulse 2 and the Xtreme, so I am definitely familiar with the JBL sound and quality. After putting through its paces I can easily give this speaker a 9/10 rating. Its truly amazing! I am selling some of my other speakers now and this is my new primary home speaker. It really is that good. Here’s my pros and cons so you have an idea about what you are buying: Pros 1.Build. Excellent compact form factor and nice, simple design. The button layout is perfect with any control you could need outside of the Google Assistant technology. Nice mesh on the front, clean design and a passive driver in the rear. This speaker is built with high quality in mind and it shows. 2.Setup. The setup was so easy it isn’t even funny. You simply download the Google Home app on your Android or IOS device and you now have a personal robot to configure and walk you through the process. This is great for people who want voice control rather than having to manually connect and control the device. 3.Built in Chromecast. This is so convenient it’s literally a revolution to the world of speakers. This JBL can connect to most streaming apps and look for any artist or song up for you. It streams everything through your Wi-Fi signal so you will get crisp and clean sound quality vs Bluetooth alone. This means your speaker is always ready to play music for you when you get home without any connecting time. It also means you don’t have to drain your phone or laptop battery to play music. No more dead devices or battery juggling to keep your tunes going. That’s a huge deal for me. 4.Google Assistant. This is the most priceless feature of this amazing speaker. It basically turns your speaker into a robot assistant to look up the weather, play tracks, check flights, find a local business, set alarms, or nearly anything you want to ask it. I didn’t think I was going to really get into this but once I used it I was blown away. I no longer have to look up things on my laptop or phone, I can just ask Google. Besides being so convenient for the average home user, this is also great for the elderly, handicapped or someone needing the virtual assistance. 5.Connect. This speaker also allows users to link this JBL Link 500 with the Link 300, Link 20 and Link 10. I do not have any of these other speakers so I haven’t been able to test this. I will be trading for or buying a smaller Link 20 or Link 10 to put in the bedroom and pair with this though. 6.Sound. Even if this was not a Wi-Fi smart voice assistant speaker, I would say it’s the best JBL speaker I have heard yet. It has a nearly flat balanced sound signature with crystal clear highs, full mids and super thick bass. This means it’s going to play your artists music and you will hear it the way it was meant to be heard. It reminds me a bit of my Focal studio monitors but with the right EQ tuning for clean pleasant listening. This Link 500 also has very little compression at full volume and the highs are never piercing, which seems to plague most speakers. It can definitely rock your house at full volume and definitely lives up to its large room capacity. I can’t say enough about it’s enjoyable sound signature. If you like EDM OR Hip Hop, this speaker will blow your mind with its full and deep bass. Or if you like acoustic music, its mids and highs will not disappoint you. One of the best sounding speakers I have heard without a doubt. Cons First of all there really isn't much to complain about but I’ll try my best to nit pick for you. 1.No aux in. This is not really a huge deal at all for most people, since the Wi-Fi capability and Bluetooth will handle most everything. But for people who may want to integrate this into older technology TV’s, MP3 Players or Ipods, it is not going to work. However, if you are shopping for this quality speaker you probably have updated your equipment. My TV does not have Bluetooth, so I was unable to connect via Aux port. However if you don’t need it, no big deal at all. 2.Google Assistant is still being integrated fully, so some features are not released for the JBL Link 500 yet. An example would the Sleep Timer. It will be available soon but isn’t updated on the speaker as of today. But remember, like any new device, updates will continue to be released and it will only get better and better over time. 90% of the Google Assistant features are definitely there and its very nice to use the voice controls. 3.No speaker phone. This might be a needed feature for some users. However for me, this is great. One of the most annoying things is when you are enjoying your music with friends and incoming phone calls stop the music. I like my phone calls and my music separate for that reason. And since this speaker handles everything via Wi-Fi without my phone doing the streaming, this is actually going to be a pro for some people. All in all, I extremely satisfied with this speaker. For the price, you are getting great build quality, a compact design with huge balanced sound, Google Assistant to help you with everything, seamless streaming of your favorite apps and reliable JBL sound. If you need only one home speaker to do much more than play music beautifully, this is it. I am going to be selling several of my house speakers and larger Bluetooth speakers now, as this does everything in one unit. This speaker deserves the 9/10 rating without a doubt. I’ve had a ton of speakers and this is my new favorite of the collection. You will not be disappointed if you buy this speaker, you will be smiling. Thanks for reading and great job on this one JBL! [This review was collected as part of a promotion.]
    Date published: 2018-04-27
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