Sunday , May 16 2021

JBL Link 20



Last week I visited the royal capital (also called Fjolltrask) to participate in a demonstration of products signed by JBL. I did not have any real expectations and I was not so interested in this with "smart speakers", but I got out of my mind so impressed that since then I thought unreasonably when this technology would lead us where we are going.

Because I'm an educated conservative person, I feel too much change and I love things I know, I can and feel familiar – these are information I never deprived you. So I do, and along with it (in combination with Google Home / Assistant that does not work so well with, for example, Itunes Music), I did not buy smart speakers or asked for a purchase in the future. With the same wine, with some curiosity, I obviously followed the development and saw that 22% of the American population was breathless. What makes this type of technology the most dominant launch from TV (in countries, that way).

JBL Link 20
The Link series is published in black or light gray.

The display of products in Fjolltrask was structured around everyday life in the regular (now) penthouse in Odenplan where comedian and program leader Jakob Okvist (best known from Vake with NRJ) went through a plain day in life with ŽBL's lifestyle technology hotspot. He woke up at 7:40 and instead of playing with his iPhone X for a quarter (as he always did before he received a smart JBL speaker) started the morning by saying the second time later "Hello Google" turn on the lights in the apartment, start the coffee machine and read the time. Then he asked JBL Link 20 (and Great Britain Link 500) to start TV, play Bodiguard (BBC) on Netflik, then ask Link 500 to play Swedish home mafia in all home speakers.

After that we got an opportunity to hide in the floor and control the house with Google Assistant. I switched off and lit the light, switching colors to light (thanks to Philips Hue), started the dishwasher and switched from terrible, terrible home music to Best of John Maier via Spotifi (in all speakers). And despite the new technology that feels it usually causes many childhood illnesses and painful new problems, the "smart home" seemed unhindered and it was clear during these hours that we experienced something that would be standard in our homes in the future. But, on the way home, I began to think like that. Is this something I really want? Do I want to talk to my technology at home? Would you rather remove voice commands instead of controlling my lights and music choices with my mobile phone (or my Apple Vatch 4)? The answer is no. Today, I do not feel like allowing my home to start with speakers, although the JBL's production impression was very impressive. When I say it, my skepticism for my own use does not mean that the average price speaker Link 20 is not good. On the contrary. That's great, and my statement comes.

JBL Link 20
Link 10, Link 500 and Link 20 are now out and the idea is to compete with Sonos.

Link 20 looks exactly like the JBL Flip 4 with its long lasting rubber threads and the iconic JBL logo that adorns the center of the speaker. Link 20 is at the top and top of the Google Assistant logo and volume buttons, although the reservoir is obviously no one should use the keys, but instead ask only the speaker to raise or lower the volume.

How does all this work? Very easy. You are loading a free Google app, running a speaker, and implementing a Sonos-smack, super-light installation process, where the speaker learns to recognize your voice, among other things. Then start the conversation and talk to the speaker starting with the voice command "Hello Google". When the loudspeaker is listening to this, the four buttons flash at the top of the speaker and as soon as you give it a command or ask a question, the lights will flash again before you answer / command. During my test hours, I asked, among other things, whether the pit is there, as the pig sounds, who Petter Hegevall (ego trip, yes!) And a lot of other pointless questions and just like in the case of Alek or Siri, it's good and a quick assistant who finkammar internet can find answers to what you are asking. Of course, this means that Link 20 and all other Link speakers require vi-fi which is a little embarrassing. It would be nice if you could turn on a blue tooth and instead use the network on your cell phone. The other part of the speaker that I think deserves a little is the fact that the 3.5 mm input is completely missing.

JBL Link 20
At the top of all Link speakers, the Google Assistant logo is captured with four colored balls.

Fortunately, the credit is much more than minus points, as Link 20 offers the same dense sound features as JBL Charge speakers as well as editorial favorite JBL Boombok. As usual with American speakers, I rarely hear or experience a sound like a tough or corner, on the contrary. Link 20 sounds very similar to Bose's wireless speakers and I think it's a really good thing. It is also shock-resistant and waterproof that we tested during display of the product by placing the speakers in the shower.

JBL is among the first of the really big manufacturers to jump on a smart train and there is no doubt that Link 20 is a good product. It's rap, durable, durable, versatile and offers a sound that's easy to love, just like the JBL speakers.


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