JBL Link Bar 100W Stereo Soundbar

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JBL Link Bar 100W Stereo Soundbar
Key Features
  • Stereo Configuration
  • Up to 100W of Total Power
  • Android TV & Google Assistant Built-In
  • Built-In Wi-Fi & Ethernet Connectivity
Enjoy enhanced sound quality and voice control with the JBL Link Bar 100W Stereo Soundbar. It delivers up to 100W of power for more powerful sound than your display can produce and has the Google Assistant and a far-field microphone built-in, enabling you to search for movies, TV shows, and more with just your voice. Bluetooth is onboard for wireless audio streaming from compatible devices such as smartphones and tablets. The Link Bar has three HDMI inputs with one HDMI output with ARC capability, plus an optical and an 1/8" AUX input. To expedite setup, the soundbar includes an HDMI cable. The included remote control also has a built-in microphone.
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JBL Link Bar Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Android TV Operating System
  • 3Integrated Google Assistant
  • 4PrivacySwitch for Far-Field Microphone
  • 54K-Compatible HDMI Inputs
  • 6Chromecast built-in
  • 7Wireless Streaming with Bluetooth
  • 8Multi-Room Capable
  • 9Optional Wireless Subwoofer

Enjoy enhanced sound quality and voice control with the JBL Link Bar 100W Stereo Soundbar. It delivers up to 100W of power for more powerful sound than your display can produce and has the Google Assistant and a far-field microphone built-in, enabling you to search for movies, TV shows, and more with just your voice. Bluetooth is onboard for wireless audio streaming from compatible devices such as smartphones and tablets. The Link Bar has three HDMI inputs with one HDMI output with ARC capability, plus an optical and an 1/8" AUX input. To expedite setup, the soundbar includes an HDMI cable. The included remote control also has a built-in microphone.

Android TV Operating System

Android TV is designed to deliver a smarter viewing experience, allowing you to find and watch programs simply.

Integrated Google Assistant

Search with your voice by saying, "Hey, Google," to find the latest blockbuster movie or game score, or control compatible smart home devices. The Google Assistant also enables far-field hands-free voice control, and voice search via the remote control.

PrivacySwitch for Far-Field Microphone

The PrivacySwitch enables you to mute the soundbar's microphones for enhanced privacy and security protection while the Google Assistant isn't in use.

4K-Compatible HDMI Inputs

With three HDMI inputs and one HDMI ARC output, the Link Bar can become your 4K entertainment hub for video or gaming devices, with just one cable connecting to your display.

Chromecast built-in

Chromecast built-in enables you to stream your favorite music, radio, or podcast from your compatible mobile device directly to the Link Bar.

Wireless Streaming with Bluetooth

Wirelessly stream audio and video from your compatible device. The soundbar supports high-definition sound streaming, up to 24-bit / 96 kHz.

Multi-Room Capable

The Link Bar supports multi-room setups, allowing you to stream the same audio in multiple rooms throughout the house.

Optional Wireless Subwoofer

Connect an optional wireless subwoofer to enhance the reproduction of low-frequency effects (LFE).

JBL Link Bar Specs

System
Maximum Power Output100 W
High Frequency Drivers2x 0.8" / 20 mm tweeters
Low Frequency Drivers4x 1.7 x 3.2" / 44 x 80 mm woofers
Frequency Response75 Hz to 20 kHz
Signal-to-Noise Ratio>85 dBA
Connectivity
Inputs3 x HDMI
1 x optical TOSLINK
1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm AUX
Output1 x HDMI with ARC
Other Connections1 x RJ45 Ethernet LAN
HDCP Version2.2
Bluetooth Version4.2
Bluetooth Frequency2402 to 2480 MHz
Wi-FiDual-band (2.4/5 GHz) 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
Maximum Resolution SupportedUp to UHD 4K
HDR SupportYes, Dolby Vision & HDR10
Dolby DigitalYes
Physical Specifications
Power Requirements100 to 240 VAC, 50/60 Hz
Dimensions40.16 x 2.36 x 3.66" / 1020 x 60 x 93 mm
Weight5.5 lb / 2.5 kg
Packaging Info
Package Weight10.05 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)44 x 7 x 7"

JBL Link Bar Reviews

Love AndroidTV functionality

By powerje
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-07-20

Great sound quality and very cool to have my apps on the soundbar, which is perfect for my minimal setup.

Terrible soundbar from an otherwise fine company

By Slanky
Rated 1 out of 5
Date: 2019-12-22

I waited and waited for the Link Bar. The idea of getting a soundbar that would act as the Google Assistant from a company whose products I generally like was too good to pass up. So color me surprised when I say this is the worst sound bar I've ever owned. One - Getting it to work with my older TV is beyond a chore. It doesn't like the idea of letting the TV just feed it sound through optical, and while I usually consider myself fairly technically adept, I'm completely lost on how to get it to work. Specifically, I can only occasionally get the sound bar to work when it's not the sound bar broadcasting through its app. Sometimes it does. Sometimes it doesn't. It's certainly not a set-up issue as it works a fair amount of the time - but sometimes it just doesn't want to do anything except let you play audio through its interface. Gods forbid I want to use my Amazon Fire Stick, it hates that probably 80% of the time. Two - I've not had to reboot technology as much as I do this soundbar. I'd say the remote stops working roughly once every three to four days. Unplug and plug it back in again? Works fine until the next time it doesn't. Three - Holy lag Batman. The Google Assistant is so laggy I had to turn it off because the Home Hub in my kitchen, an entire room over, usually registers the request before the TV does. The primary reason I considered buying the soundbar, to act as my Home Assistant Speaker in my living room is thrown out the window. It cannot work properly in this role. Four - The sound is pretty good, I'll give it that. When it's working. Five - The remote is downright terrible. Phantom button clicks when it's sitting across the room. Not registering button clicks when I want it to. It ate the first two batteries in a month of ownership. I honestly thought the remote was broken because what remote runs out of battery juice in a month - of something that wasn't even in the warehouse that long? I want this gone. My girlfriend has told me to get rid of it because she can't stand seeing my blood pressure rise like this. It's seriously made me reconsider buying anything from JBL that has an interface, the interface is so bad. Honestly, this soundbar just makes me sad.

Doesn't live up to my expectations.

By Nicaducci
Rated 2 out of 5
Date: 2019-12-09

Doesn't link up to my other speakers. Fades the black of my TV service.

Great with some minor negatives

By RedShirtPaul
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2019-12-06

While I enjoy the advanced features, my main reason for purchasing this model was the multiple HDMI inputs. It's difficult to find a reasonably priced soundbar with more than one HDMI input. The built-in Android TV, Google Assistant, and Chromecast support are just bonuses. So far I'm very happy with it. THE GOOD -- Sound quality. Audio is very clear and clean, and it has more bass than I expected. I actually dropped the bass level to -1 for regular TV viewing. -- Streaming. I've only tried a couple of services so far but the streaming quality is quite good. Shows start fast and stream reliably. -- Appearance. -- Android TV. I've seen a lot of complaints about laggy response from the interface, but I find it perfectly acceptable. I've used many different streaming devices, and I would rate it faster than an Amazon Fire Stick but slightly slower than a Roku. -- Ease of setup. It guided me through using my phone for setup, and in no time it was connected to my wifi and my Google account. -- Input switching. It's easy and fast. -- The remote has good button layout and the unit responds quickly to it. -- Wifi reception. The unit is located in an area in my house where some devices struggle to get a strong wifi signal, but it has a strong connection. THE BAD -- The unit has no power light. If your Link Bar is not controlled by your TV via ARC (as mine isn't), it's easy to forget to power off the Link Bar when powering off the TV, and there's no way to tell if the Link Bar is on without turning the TV back on. -- 4 orange LEDs stay on the front of the Link Bar when the Google Assistant mic is muted. -- Some of the pre-installed apps can't be deleted. -- Can't customize Favorite list of apps. You can remove or re-order apps in the main app drawer but not in the Favorites list. I don't use Netflix but I'm stuck with it being the first app in the Favorites list.

Audio cut off...

By Joelc
Rated 2 out of 5
Date: 2020-05-17

Help Audio cuts off about 2-4 times every hour..? Any suggestions?

A bit Disappointed

By Arbie
Rated 2 out of 5
Date: 2020-05-05

Had this for about 4 days and I'm 90% decided on returning. I hate the thought of returning it as I really want to like this soundbar. I have the soundbar and the subwoofer and the combination actually sounds really really good! If it was a stand alone soundbar, I would actually be very happy with it, but I bought it with the purpose having it as my Google assistant in the living room replacing my home mini. While watching from my FireStick - I have not set up the built-in Android TV as the Apps are limited, try to give it a command to do anything, it's reply's volume is to the roof! Now, while listening to Spotify sounds great, but it either loses connection midsong or sometimes when you look at the LinkBar from Google Home, the volume is all the way down to zero but when you try to turn it up from your phone, it won't really do anything. Sometimes skipping your current song works. Now, I thought about maybe I can just move back my Home mini to the living room and use this solely as a soundbar for the TV and turn the Mic off. I can't really do that because when you have the mic off, the indicator lights at the front stays ON in orange ahich is very distracting while watching TV. Like I said, I really want to like this system but unfortunately it's looking like I'll be returning them. Very sad.

Decent sound but don’t buy it for connectivity

By Marketingvp
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2020-02-12

The sound on this soundbar is actually quite good, particularly from TV, which was my main purpose. Unfortunately it’s really let down by pathetically slow Google assistant and freezing of video content from sites like Vimeo and even YouTube. I’ve had to reboot on many occasions which is frustrating. Also, there is the strange problem that when I ask for my daily news briefing all I get is foreign language newscasts. I have no idea why, all of my other Google assistants work fine on the same Google account. Something is buggy. It’s a shame. I ultimately returned the soundbar because of all the issues. It could have been an amazing product at a good price. Oh well, maybe in the next generation!

The response from google assistant is toooo slow!

By Tortose
Rated 2 out of 5
Date: 2020-01-22

I like the idea that the link bar can integrage google assistant, chromcast and JBL sound bar into one. The sound quality is also good. But there is a big bug behind the sound bar is it has very slow response when you use google assistant to command. From experience, sometimes, I will have to use the remote to wake up the JBL link bar to send my command through the google assistant. JBL is a large company and I really don't know what happened to this bug. I really hope that the research team can fix the bug using software upgrade.

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When will Prime Video be supported as an application on the Android OS? The built in Chromecast also won't support Prime video; so this makes this difficult to sell as a one-stop shop. Also video freezing on YouTube TV is constant; hopefully a fix soon?

Asked by: Geek Out Solutions
An unofficial app can be downloaded through an app called Downloader. Look on YouTube for tutorials about this.
Answered by: Marlitonl
Date published: 2020-08-23

Can I order extra mounting kits so I can move this to different rooms?

Asked by: IndyLux
For checking availability and place an order, please call us at (877) 871-6755.
Answered by: Jemson G
Date published: 2020-07-08

Are there plans to update the Link Bar to Android TV version 10? Thanks!

Asked by: DuMKa
We don't have news to share when an update will be available for our JBL Link Bar. You could sign up for the JBL Newsletter or follow us for news and updates.
Answered by: Jemson G
Date published: 2020-07-07

Is there a way to adjust the google assistant volume level? If I'm watching TV at a higher volume and ask Google a question, the response is very loud.

Asked by: imdjg
The Google Assistant (GA) volume follows the general volume set on the bar. The GA volume CAN'T BE adjusted independently from the Link Bar volume.
Answered by: Chastine
Date published: 2020-07-07

There is a glitch with the application YouTube TV; after ~20 minutes the video will freeze when streaming TV; but the audio continues. Tested on 7 different bars; all the same. Channel change resumes normal video. Youtube TV Devs say to go to JBL. Ideas?

Asked by: Geek Out Solutions
An unstable or weak Internet connection can lead to skipping videos from YouTube and other streaming services. Check that you have a strong connection to the Internet by watching an online video from another source or by downloading a test file. We'd like to work with you directly and try some other steps, please reach out to our Customer Support. We're here to help.
Answered by: Chastine
Date published: 2020-07-07

Will JBL/Harman have a firmware update to support Dolby Atoms for JBL Link Bar? If yes, by when?

Asked by: kats
We have no news to share if JBL Link Bar will be supporting Dolby Atmos. As of the moment, we have our JBL Bar 9.1 TWS which supports Dolby Atmos.
Answered by: Chastine
Date published: 2020-07-06

My JBL Link Bar keeps goin into ARC Audio anytime I am streaming anything or while on the home screen. I have to hit the home button to return home. Is there any way to stop it from happening

Asked by: Gringoo
We'd like to work with you directly so we could try some troubleshooting with your JBL Link Bar. Please reach out to our Customer Support through here: https://bit.ly/2Jc8wJp
Answered by: Jemson G
Date published: 2020-08-11

It works fine but after using it one day and try to use it again the next day it does not responde and I have to disconect it from power to make a hard reset and make it work again. This happens every single day. Any idea?

Asked by: Rescor
If you mean to say that your Link Bar isn't responding to voice commands, try to check for the following: - Check if the Privacy Switch (Mute) button is enabled. - On the Settings menu, go to Device preference > Google, and check if "Ok, Google" detection is enabled. - Make sure that there isn't anything blocking the microphones. However, if what you meant was your Link Bar isn't responding at all to button presses or voice commands, please reach out to our EMEA Support for direct assistance. https://eu.jbl.com/contactus
Answered by: Homer DLR
Date published: 2020-06-11
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