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JBL Link 500

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General Specifications

Transducer 2 x 89mm woofer, 2 x 20mm tweeter
Output power 4 x 15W
Frequency response 55Hz–22kHz (-6dB)
Signal-to-noise ratio >80dB
Power supply Internal 100-240V – 50/60Hz
Wireless network 802.11b/g/n/ac (2.4GHz/5GHz)
Bluetooth® version 4.2
Supported audio formats HE-AAC, LC-AAC, MP3, Vorbis, WAV (LPCM), FLAC, Opus
Dimensions (W x H x D) 370mm x 200mm x 157mm
Weight 3.5 kg

Features

Google Assistant Yes
Voice Assistant integration Yes
Bluetooth Yes
Wi-Fi support Yes
Auto-power off Yes
Multi-room Support Yes
Chromecast Built-in Yes
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The JBL Link 500 is a voice-activated speaker with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth® enabled that delivers amazing stereo sound with deep bass and clear highs for bigger rooms. It has the Google Assistant built-in. It’s your own personal Google. Always ready to help. You can ask it questions. And tell it to do things. The more you use it, the more useful it gets. Just start with “Ok Google” – a simple voice request triggers your JBL Link 500 to play music, podcasts or radio from services like Google Play Music, Spotify, Pandora and more. To amplify your party, speakers with Chromecast built-in can be grouped together to enjoy the same song in every room.

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JBL Link 500 is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 27.
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 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 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 5 out of 5 by from Love the link 500 I have a few of the jbl link products the link 10, 20 and 300 and love them. The link speakers sound great. I have the right size speakers for the respective rooms problem is the the kids love the speakers also and keep moving them around and taking them with them. I purchase the link 500 to replace 2 link 20 in the family room. The 500 sounds great it fills the room pluse you can hear it on the back deck with the windows open. Being that it’s a bigger speaker the kids dont move it around so the speaker is always available. The whole family uses this speaker every day and we have a big family 6 kids and all there friends.
Date published: 2019-03-26
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 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 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 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
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How many speakers can be connected to each other simultaneously ?

Asked by: Silver2004
You can connect as many Link speakers and other Google home speakers together as long as your WiFi bandwidth can handle it.
Answered by: Mario at Customer service
Date published: 2019-05-03

Can JBL Link series play music from my own library of digital music over my home wireless network? If so, is there capability to control Link speakers in different rooms or zones, even playing different playlists in different rooms at the same time?

Asked by: DAC1212
Yes, you can play music from your own library of digital music over your home wireless network! The best way I found it do it is by using apps on my Android phone or tablet. If you have an iPhone I don't know if these apps are available to you or not... probably are. The two best apps I found to do this flawlessly, are either "Hi-Fi Cast", my favorite, or "Pulsar+". They both look about the same except making playlist, like I do, is a lot easier in the "Pulsar+" app. I bought both of these apps because I couldn't decide which one I like the best. They have free versions of the app to try it out but believe me you'll end up buying them because of the ads, plus more features open up after you purchase... they're worth every cent! After using both, "HiFi Cast" is the one I use exclusively. It has great gapless playback and plays my flac files perfectly. Creating playlists in "Hi-Fi Cast" is a little challenging but luckily I found out, accidentally, that when I created playlist in "Pulsar+" they showed up in my "Hi-Fi Cast" app which I thought was great because I use a lot of different playlist and then just shuffle them. As far as controlling your different speakers in different rooms you can do all that on the "Google Home" app. First, you have to create a Speaker Group and name it. Once you do that, back out of that setup and you'll see the new Speaker Group you created on the same page that shows the icons of all your speakers... at the bottom of the page, I think. Enter into that Group and you'll see each speaker in your newly created Group listed separately from each other. Each speaker will have it's own slider bar for volume so you can control each one independently. One of the best features of the app, IMO. As far as playing different Playlist at the same time, that's something I haven't tried yet. Best thing you can do is just experiment. Don't forget Google searches your friend. That's how I learned everything I just told you about. Hope this helps!
Answered by: hey2goober
Date published: 2019-04-09

How do I adjust the bass and treble levels on my JBL Link 500? I am hard of hearing and it is a birth defect. So parts of speech I cannot hear unless it is turned up.

Asked by: AlanofDale
"The JBL Link 500 speaker does not have a built-in equalizer to adjust the bass and treble level unfortunately. When streaming music via Spotify Connect for example, the app itself will have a built-in equalizer to adjust this. Another possibility is to use an equalizer on the smartphone or tablet itself when playing local music from your device. If you need further assistance, please submit a case request at  https://www.harmanaudio.com/support-contact.html and the Customer Service Team will be more than happy to assist you."
Answered by: Harman Stefano
Date published: 2018-12-13

I have a bluetooth transmitter for my speaker. It is connected to my iMac computer. My Android phone asked me for the "Available Device". These are a list of codes and I don't know which one to pick to connect my speaker. Which code do I pick? 

Asked by: Anthony2012
We would like to work with you directly to help you with your issue. Please submit a case request at https://www.jbl.com/support-contact.html and the Customer Service Team will be more than happy to assist you.
Answered by: Mario at Customer service
Date published: 2018-12-12

Can use the JBL Link 500 with my iMac Computer? 

Asked by: Anthony2012
You can use it through Bluetooth with your iMac but in terms of setting it up with Google Home, you'll need an Iphone or an Android phone with the Google Home App to set it up through the internet.
Answered by: Mario at Customer service
Date published: 2018-12-12

Can this speaker connect to wireless microphone? Or any JBL products include wireless mic?

Asked by: Nov90
No. The Link 500 can only connect to Google Home assistant products via the Google Home App.
Answered by: Mario at Customer service
Date published: 2018-10-02

I'd like to improve the sound from my 55" Smart TV, with bluetooth. The room measures 4m x 4m.   Can I use two of these speakers with the TV, and get stereo sound at decent volume?  thanks 

Asked by: Neil583
Hi! You can group 2 Link 500 speakers in a room. However, they will play individually in stereo mode. If you are looking for a sound system for your room, we would suggest purchasing our soundbars instead.
Answered by: Nick F
Date published: 2018-11-20

Is this battery operated or direct output?

Asked by: Anton20000
The Link 500 does not have a battery and requires to be plugged in to work.
Answered by: Mario at Customer service
Date published: 2018-07-17
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