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JBL Link 20

JBL

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Item# JBLLINK20WHTUS

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Get help from your Google Assistant

Get help from your Google Assistant

JBL Link 20 has the Google Assistant built-in. It is your own personal Google. Always ready to help.

Get help from your Google Assistant
Hands-free voice control
Hands-free voice control

Hands-free voice control

Far-field voice recognition allows for easy hands-free operation. Ask questions across the room and the JBL Link 20 will respond. Check out compatible services and more at assistant.google.com/discover/

Simple setup with the Google Home app on iOS & Android (Simple setup & use)

Simple setup with the Google Home app on iOS & Android (Simple setup & use)

With the free Google Home app on iOS & Android, you can easily setup and manage your JBL Link 20.

Simple setup with the Google Home app on iOS & Android (Simple setup & use)
Chromecast built-in

Chromecast built-in

Let you instantly stream your favorite music, radio, or podcasts from your mobile device to your speakers. Discover more apps at google.com/chromecast/built-in/apps/#?speakers

24 bit/96kHz High quality sound, powered by the cloud

24 bit/96kHz High quality sound, powered by the cloud

Chromecast streams directly from the cloud, so you get the highest sound quality. Enjoy crystal clear sound exactly the way the artist intended.

Multi-room playback across speakers that have Chromecast built-in

Multi-room playback across speakers that have Chromecast built-in

Easily set up your system and control multi-room playback with the Google Home app. A step by step guide allows you to quickly start streaming your music.

2.4/5GHz Wi-Fi connection network support

2.4/5GHz Wi-Fi connection network support

Support both 2.4GHz and 5GHz Wi-Fi connection, resulting in a faster, robust and more stable wireless connection.

Wireless Bluetooth® streaming

Wireless Bluetooth® streaming

Wirelessly stream high-quality sound from your smartphone or tablet.

Up to 10 hours of playtime

Up to 10 hours of playtime

Built-in 6000mAh rechargeable Li-ion battery supports up to 10 hours of playtime.

IPX7 Waterproof

IPX7 Waterproof

No more worrying about rain or spills; you can even submerge Link 20 in water.

Lifestyle material

Lifestyle material

The durable fabric material and rugged rubber housing allows your speaker to outlast all your adventures.

Get help from your Google Assistant

Get help from your Google Assistant

JBL Link 20 has the Google Assistant built-in. It is your own personal Google. Always ready to help.

Hands-free voice control

Hands-free voice control

Far-field voice recognition allows for easy hands-free operation. Ask questions across the room and the JBL Link 20 will respond. Check out compatible services and more at assistant.google.com/discover/

Simple setup with the Google Home app on iOS & Android (Simple setup & use)

Simple setup with the Google Home app on iOS & Android (Simple setup & use)

With the free Google Home app on iOS & Android, you can easily setup and manage your JBL Link 20.

Chromecast built-in

Chromecast built-in

Let you instantly stream your favorite music, radio, or podcasts from your mobile device to your speakers. Discover more apps at google.com/chromecast/built-in/apps/#?speakers

24 bit/96kHz High quality sound, powered by the cloud

24 bit/96kHz High quality sound, powered by the cloud

Chromecast streams directly from the cloud, so you get the highest sound quality. Enjoy crystal clear sound exactly the way the artist intended.

Multi-room playback across speakers that have Chromecast built-in

Multi-room playback across speakers that have Chromecast built-in

Easily set up your system and control multi-room playback with the Google Home app. A step by step guide allows you to quickly start streaming your music.

2.4/5GHz Wi-Fi connection network support

2.4/5GHz Wi-Fi connection network support

Support both 2.4GHz and 5GHz Wi-Fi connection, resulting in a faster, robust and more stable wireless connection.

Wireless Bluetooth® streaming

Wireless Bluetooth® streaming

Wirelessly stream high-quality sound from your smartphone or tablet.

Up to 10 hours of playtime

Up to 10 hours of playtime

Built-in 6000mAh rechargeable Li-ion battery supports up to 10 hours of playtime.

IPX7 Waterproof

IPX7 Waterproof

No more worrying about rain or spills; you can even submerge Link 20 in water.

Lifestyle material

Lifestyle material

The durable fabric material and rugged rubber housing allows your speaker to outlast all your adventures.

Product Details

The JBL Link 20 is a voice activated portable speaker with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth® enabled that delivers rich stereo sound. 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 20 to play music, podcasts or radio from services like Google Play Music, Spotify, Pandora and more. This compact speaker is powered by a 6000mAh rechargeable Li-ion battery that offers up to 10 hours of continuous, high-quality audio playtime. Sporting durable, waterproof fabric materials, JBL Link 20 is ready to take the party everywhere. And with the Chromecast built-in, you can instantly start streaming to JBL Link 20 from your favorite music apps.

What's in the box?

  • 1 x JBL Link 20
  • 1 x USB cable
  • 1 x USB adapter
whats in box

General Specifications

Maximum music playing time (hrs)10

Output power (W)2 x 10

Dimensions

Dimensions (cm)9.3 x 9.3 x 21

Dimensions (in)3.66 x 3.66 x 8.26

Weight (kgs)0.95

Weight (lbs)2.09

Control and Connection Specifications

Battery

Battery capacity (mAh)6,000

Charging time (hrs)4.5

Features

Auto-power offYes

BluetoothYes

Chromecast Built-inYes

Google AssistantYes

Multi-room SupportYes

WaterproofYes

Wi-Fi supportYes

1 Year

Products purchased online or from an authorized local retailer and under warranty may qualify for an exchange with a valid receipt.

Purchases made from an unauthorized dealer will not be eligible for exchange.

Request an Exchange

Specs

Product Details

The JBL Link 20 is a voice activated portable speaker with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth® enabled that delivers rich stereo sound. 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 20 to play music, podcasts or radio from services like Google Play Music, Spotify, Pandora and more. This compact speaker is powered by a 6000mAh rechargeable Li-ion battery that offers up to 10 hours of continuous, high-quality audio playtime. Sporting durable, waterproof fabric materials, JBL Link 20 is ready to take the party everywhere. And with the Chromecast built-in, you can instantly start streaming to JBL Link 20 from your favorite music apps.

What's in the box?

  • 1 x JBL Link 20
  • 1 x USB cable
  • 1 x USB adapter
whats in box

General Specifications

Maximum music playing time (hrs)10

Output power (W)2 x 10

Dimensions

Dimensions (cm)9.3 x 9.3 x 21

Dimensions (in)3.66 x 3.66 x 8.26

Weight (kgs)0.95

Weight (lbs)2.09

Control and Connection Specifications

Battery

Battery capacity (mAh)6,000

Charging time (hrs)4.5

Features

Auto-power offYes

BluetoothYes

Chromecast Built-inYes

Google AssistantYes

Multi-room SupportYes

WaterproofYes

Wi-Fi supportYes

Product Details

The JBL Link 20 is a voice activated portable speaker with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth® enabled that delivers rich stereo sound. 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 20 to play music, podcasts or radio from services like Google Play Music, Spotify, Pandora and more. This compact speaker is powered by a 6000mAh rechargeable Li-ion battery that offers up to 10 hours of continuous, high-quality audio playtime. Sporting durable, waterproof fabric materials, JBL Link 20 is ready to take the party everywhere. And with the Chromecast built-in, you can instantly start streaming to JBL Link 20 from your favorite music apps.

FAQs

Warranty

1 Year

Products purchased online or from an authorized local retailer and under warranty may qualify for an exchange with a valid receipt.

Purchases made from an unauthorized dealer will not be eligible for exchange.

Request an Exchange

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When buying speakers, JBL is a safe choice; they make nice, highly speakers with great sound for the money. But like with any electronics, things don’t always go according to plan, which is very frustrating when it does happen. In the case of battery troubles, it can turn your nice equipment into a brick.

If your JBL isn’t charging or is depleting in battery quickly, it could be a bad battery, but more often than not, it is a software issue rather than a hardware one. If it is a hardware issue, it could be a bad cable. Try factory resetting and swapping to a different cable.

JBL Speaker Won’t Charge or Stay Charged

We will be going over the various charging related issues that a JBL speaker can have; if you would like to learn more, we encourage you to read further.

JBL Speaker Won’t Charge: Cause/How to Fix

JBL Speaker Won’t Charge: Cause/How to Fix

There are a variety of reasons why a JBL speaker suddenly stops charging. The first thing you need to do is try another cable if it’s a micro USB cable. If the connector wiggles around in your speaker’s USB port, then that is possibly the problem at hand. This problem is more apparent with Micro USB cables.

However, USB C cables may also give out, but it is less likely since they are sturdier. Even if this form of cable is compatible with your speaker, it is still good to try another cable before continuing further. 

Sometimes, the connector plating whatever type you have is not well constructed or just simply because of wear and tear similar to this Apple lightning cable which started to chip off. Check your connectors to see if you have this problem.

Apple Lightning Cable Plating Coming Off

If your JBL Bluetooth speaker does not charge and checking with other cables would not charge it and you are positive your wall outlet is working. See if the newest software update is on your speaker. The software can contain bugs that mess up the ability to charge properly. 

You can reset the speaker on the JBL by holding down the Bluetooth and volume down buttons for 5 seconds. This works on the JBL Go and JBL Flip. To reset The JBL charge, hold the play pause and volume up buttons until you see the power button glowing. 

If this hasn’t resolved your issue, there might be a hardware issue with the speaker itself. Possible problems are as follows:

  • Charging port. It is surprisingly easy for a charging port to be compromised in the right situations. Debris can get into it, which prevents the cable from sitting into the USB port as it should; additionally, the connector pins can get bent if force is applied. If the pins look fine, look for any debris in the port and fish it out with a thin object such as a sewing needle. In case of water damage, you can use a hairdryer to remove the moisture. 
  • Charging circuit. It is the responsibility of the charging circuit to pass power to the battery. If it isn’t working, then there will be no way for the battery to charge it needs to function, as with a damaged charging port. This is always a failure, and it is important to service the system.
  • Battery. It’s not common for the battery to cease to function, but it happens. The batteries in JBL speakers are user-replaceable, although it won’t be as easy as popping off a cover and swapping it out by hand. Methods differ by model even in the same lineup. NewPower99 sells battery replacement kits that include everything you need with video tutorials that show you how to service the device.

JBL Speaker Won’t Stay Charged: Cause/How to Fix

JBL Speaker Won’t Stay Charged: Cause/How to Fix

If your speaker is not holding a charge, it likely means that the battery has surpassed the number of charge cycles that lithium-ion batteries are rated. These batteries are only rated for so many charge cycles before the battery life begins to deplete. This naturally occurs over time. Thus, you won’t notice it right away, but if your speaker is 5+ years old, then there is a good chance it has had more charge cycles than what it was rated for.

Lithium-ion batteries are expected to hold 300 to 500 charging cycles overall. On smartphones, this depletes much more rapidly than the average Bluetooth speaker. Aside from the JBL Go, the latest JBL wireless speakers have a battery of around 12 hours, which lasts multiple days. So while the charge cycle rating may seem low, at minimum, assuming the speaker is charged every 3 days will give you plenty of years of optimal battery performance. 

If the battery is not lasting that long any more, we’ve looked at replacement batteries at amazon and they seem reasonably priced and also rated well by other customers. You might want to check that option out.

JBL Speaker Won’t Fully Charge: Cause/How to Fix

JBL Speaker Won't Fully Charge: Cause/How to Fix

If your speaker is charging but stops partway through, this could indicate damage to the charging part. It’s not uncommon for the metal connectors to become bent if the USB cable has had force applied to it. 

Another reason why the speaker isn’t charging fully can come down to a loose connection between the cable and the charging contacts inside the USB port. If the connector easily wiggles inside the port, it is very easy for the connector and charging part to lose contact with each other mid-charge even if you shift the device only slightly. 

This is particularly a problem with micro-USB cables. In recent years most tech has moved onto USB C as a standard, and has been working out very well. You’ll find them on laptops, smartphones, speakers, and more. They are more durable, can transfer data, and can be plugged in reverse.

This can happen with USB-C cables as well, but it is less likely. Many times the problem is due to debris getting into the USB port. You can remove the debris carefully with a long, thin object such as a sewing needle. If something comes out, then you should be good to go!

When to Buy a New JBL Speaker

When to Buy a New JBL Speaker

JBL has been making speakers for many years now, and many people tend to hold on to them for a while. If you currently have a 5+ years old speaker and are experiencing shorter battery life, loose cables, and other problems. It probably makes the most sense to upgrade at this point rather than repairing depending on how much money you initially spent. 

Newer wireless JBL speakers are fantastic for the money and offer sound quality that often punches above their weight. 

There are multiple models to pick from based on your needs:

  • The JBL Charge 4 provides a powerful sound and a battery bank, and long battery life. 
  • The JBL GO 2 is very portable and affordable. 
  • The JBL Xtreme 2 is waterproof. 
  • The JBL FLIP 5 is the mid-range option of the bunch. 

They are all great in their own way, and if you are having trouble deciding which one you should pick up, which, to be fair, isn’t uncommon due to how similar the Xtreme 2 and Charge 4 appear at first glance. 

This video explains each of the models and who they are best suited for:

If you already have one of these recent models and none of the troubleshooting methods above has worked, you should contact JBL about the possibility that the device is defective. It isn’t normal for these speakers to have battery issues, especially if they are the more recent model. 

Final Thoughts

JBL speakers are great products, and having battery issues with something meant to be portable is very frustrating, especially when you are in the middle of a party. Your music suddenly shuts off way faster than it should. 

Most often, when a speaker stops charging or won’t charge all the way, it is due to problems with the charging port itself or the cable. Debris can easily find its way into an exposed charging port in the right circumstances. Many people have experienced the dread of accidentally bending the charging connector or USB cable. 

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JBL Link 20 review: specs and price

Why is JBL Link 20 better than the average?

  • Lowest frequency?
    65Hzvs74.73Hz
  • Volume?
    1816.29cm³vs4409.9cm³
  • Highest frequency?
    20000Hzvs19983.29Hz
  • Bluetooth version?
    4.2vs3.72
  • Battery power?
    6000mAhvs2663.85mAh
  • Signal-to-noise ratio (SNR)?
    80dBvs78.61dB
  • Number of microphones?
    2vs0.91
  • Weight?
    950gvs1.55kg

User reviews

Overall Rating

JBL Link 20

1 User reviews

JBL Link 20

Features

Build quality

Sound quality

Value for money

Portability

Design

Volume is the quantity of three-dimensional space enclosed by the product's chassis or, in simpler terms, the space the product occupies.

A speaker driver is an individual transducer that converts electrical energy to sound waves. More drivers may result in better sound quality.

There is a control panel on the device body, so you can easily access the volume control or remote without having to interact with a cable or another device it's connected to.

The driver unit is the component that produces sound in the device. Bigger drivers are more powerful and can produce better bass.

The device is dustproof and water-resistant. Water-resistant devices can resist the penetration of water, such as powerful water jets, but not being submerged into water.

Devices with neodymium magnets are lighter and more powerful than those which use ferrite magnets. They also have more bass and clear high notes.

When covered under the manufacturer’s warranty it is possible to get a replacement in the case of a malfunction.

With a detachable cable you can use alternative cables, and if the cable is pulled it will pop out instead of breaking.

Sound quality

Devices with stereo speakers deliver sound from independent channels on both left and right sides, creating a richer sound and a better experience.

The lowest frequency at which the device produces audio. The lower the low-frequency response, the stronger and juicier the bass.

Devices with a subwoofer have a higher quality, deeper bass.

A passive radiator is a type of driver (speaker) that doesn't have a voice coil and a magnet. The sound vibrations produced by a passive radiator depend on its mass and the size of its enclosure. It is usually used in combination with a woofer to produce deep bass tones.

Audio output power is based on the number of speakers and their power in watts. High audio output power results in loud, clear sounds.

The highest frequency at which device produces audio. The higher the high-frequency response, the clearer and crispier the treble.

These microphones are designed to filter out background noise from the desired sound. Especially useful in noisy environments.

Signal-to-noise ratio is a measure that compares the level of a desired signal (meaningful information) to the level of background noise (unwanted signal), the bigger the less perceived noise.

More microphones result in better sound quality and enable the device to filter out background noise.

Power

Battery power, or battery capacity, represents the amount of electrical energy that a battery can store. More battery power can be an indication of longer battery life.

The device's battery life (when in use) as given by the manufacturer. With a longer battery life you have to charge the device less often.

The manufacturer offers a branded wireless charging kit. To charge the device, you simply put it down on its charging base.

Connectivity

An auxiliary input allows you to play other audio sources by connecting them through a simple audio connection like a 3.5mm jack, i.e for MP3 or portable DVD/CD player.

Bluetooth is a wireless technology standard that allows data transfers between devices placed in close proximity, using short-wavelength, ultra-high frequency radio waves. Newer versions provide faster data transfers.

Device supports fast Bluetooth pairing using NFC so it can communicate with other devices over Bluetooth. You can fastly pair devices without entering a code by simply holding one device next to the device with which it is to be paired.

With more USB ports, you are able to connect more devices.

Wi-Fi 4 (802.11n) is a wireless standard released in 2009. It has faster transfer rates and improved security compared to its predecessors – a, b, and g.

Multipoint allows you to link to more Bluetooth devices and switch between them. For example you can easily switch calls from one device to another without having to manually disconnect and reconnect.

Features

A built-in FM radio tuner allows you to listen to most of the live-broadcasted FM radio stations without using the internet.

The device has an option to mute/unmute a conversation directly from the device.

You can use your voice to control key functions of the device and you can easily access your device without pushing any button.

A sleep timer is a function that shuts off the power after a preset amount of time.

With voice prompts, you will automatically receive information via audio messages – for instance, you may find out that the battery is running low, and it's time to recharge the device.

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Charging jbl port 20 link

JBL LINK 20 Speaker for Portable use Wireless Bluetooth, Wi-Fi 20 Watt White

JBL LINK is a hands free voice-activated speaker series with the Google Assistant built-in. Users can stream music, ask questions, manage everyday tasks, and easily control smart devices around the home - simply by using voice commands. By saying “Ok, Google,” the device can help perform tasks like playing a favorite song, finding delicious recipes for dinner parties, or even checking traffic before leaving the house.

INK 20 speakers are designed to be highly portable with long battery life, and the IPX7 waterproof design gives LINK even more versatility for enjoyment outdoors. Multiple speakers can be easily linked together for a big, bold multi-room listening experience - within reach of any home Wi-Fi network.

Tech Specs


Quick Specs


Product Type

Smart speaker - for portable use

Nominal Output Power

20 Watt

Frequency Response

65 - 20000 Hz

Interfaces

Bluetooth, Wi-Fi

Intelligent Assistant

Google Assistant - direct

Streaming Services

Pandora, Spotify, Google Play Music, Chromecast

Audio Formats

WAV, MP3, FLAC, AAC-LC, LPCM, HE-AAC, OPUS, Vorbis

Speaker Details

Speaker - stereo x 2 - 10 Watt

Power Options

USB charging

Battery

Speaker battery rechargeable - lithium polymer

Dimensions - Diameter

3.7 in

Product Type

Smart speaker - for portable use

Nominal Output Power

20 Watt

Frequency Response

65 - 20000 Hz

Interfaces

Bluetooth, Wi-Fi

Intelligent Assistant

Google Assistant - direct

Streaming Services

Pandora, Spotify, Google Play Music, Chromecast

Audio Formats

WAV, MP3, FLAC, AAC-LC, LPCM, HE-AAC, OPUS, Vorbis

Speaker Details

Speaker - stereo x 2 - 10 Watt

Power Options

USB charging

Battery

Speaker battery rechargeable - lithium polymer

Dimensions - Diameter

3.7 in

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General


Product Type

Smart speaker - for portable use

Speaker System


Nominal Output Power

20 Watt

Frequency Response

65 - 20000 Hz

Signal-To-Noise Ratio

80 dB

Maximum Sampling Rate Supported

96 kHz

Interfaces

Bluetooth 4.2, IEEE 802.11b/g/n/ac

Internet Streaming Services

Pandora, Spotify, Google Play Music, Chromecast

Audio Formats

WAV, MP3, FLAC, AAC-LC, LPCM, HE-AAC, OPUS, Vorbis

Internet of Things (IoT)


Intelligent Assistant

Google Assistant

Speaker System Details


Speaker Details

Speaker - stereo x 2 - 10 Watt

Driver Details

2 x full-range driver - 1.97"

Connections


Connector Type

USB (power only)

Miscellaneous


Included Accessories

USB power adapter, charging cable

Max Depth of Water Resistance

3.3 ft

Power


Battery


Type

Rechargeable - lithium polymer

Run Time (Up To)

10 hour(s)

Dimensions & Weight


General


Product Type

Smart speaker - for portable use

Speaker System


Nominal Output Power

20 Watt

Frequency Response

65 - 20000 Hz

Signal-To-Noise Ratio

80 dB

Maximum Sampling Rate Supported

96 kHz

Interfaces

Bluetooth 4.2, IEEE 802.11b/g/n/ac

Internet Streaming Services

Pandora, Spotify, Google Play Music, Chromecast

Audio Formats

WAV, MP3, FLAC, AAC-LC, LPCM, HE-AAC, OPUS, Vorbis

Internet of Things (IoT)


Intelligent Assistant

Google Assistant

Speaker System Details


Speaker Details

Speaker - stereo x 2 - 10 Watt

Driver Details

2 x full-range driver - 1.97"

Connections


Connector Type

USB (power only)

Miscellaneous


Included Accessories

USB power adapter, charging cable

Max Depth of Water Resistance

3.3 ft

Power


Battery


Type

Rechargeable - lithium polymer

Run Time (Up To)

10 hour(s)

Dimensions & Weight


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JBL Link 20 Review

The JBL Link 20 comes in a few different color options, but you can’t go wrong with black.

Plenty of people have found that having a speaker with a smart assistant built-in can be useful for quick Google searches and controlling your music hands-free, but they’re not always the most portable solutions. Speakers like the Home Max from Google or even the Apple HomePod require that they are plugged into a wall and connected to Wi-Fi in order to work. Not to mention they’re quite expensive. Luckily, if you want something less expensive and way more portable, there’s the JBL Link 20. Unlike the Google Home Max, you’re able to connect to this speaker using either Bluetooth or Wi-Fi. But is it any good?

Who’s the JBL Link 20 for?

  • People without a smart speaker. If you haven’t yet bought a HomePod, Amazon Alexa, or Google Home, then the JBL Link 20 is a good choice for you as it combines the smart capabilities of those speakers with the ruggedness of one of the best Bluetooth speakers around.
  • Android phone owners. If you have any of the Google Home speakers or plan on getting some in the future, this speaker will fit perfectly into that ecosystem.
  • People that want the best of both worlds. If you can’t decide between a good, portable Bluetooth speaker or a smart speaker for your home, then the Link 20 was made for you.

How is the build quality of the JBL Link 20?

The JBL Link 20 isn’t a small speaker, but it’s still portable enough to throw in a bag when you need to.

One thing that I’ve been noticing about speakers made by JBL is that they all share similar build materials, and the Link 20 is no exception. The speaker stands about 21cm tall and is wrapped in the same kind of fabric covering that you’ll find on the JBL Charge 4, Flip 4, and Clip 3. This means that besides looking really premium and feeling great in the hand, it’s also IPX7 waterproof which isn’t something you normally hear when it comes to smart speakers. Whether you’re using it in the kitchen and spill a drink, or in the yard and accidentally drop it in the pool this speaker can take it without breaking a sweat. One thing worth mentioning is that the speaker is fairly large, so even though it’s Bluetooth capable: I find it more useful indoors connected over Wi-Fi since you don’t have to move it around too much. If you’re looking for a portable speaker, then you’d probably be better off just getting something like the Flip 4 or the Clip 3.

The JBL Link 20 is wrapped in a tough, waterproof fabric that is IPX7 rated.

On either end of the speaker, you’ll find a smooth plastic finish, though the bottom has some added textured rubber to help with grip. On top is where you’ll find the playback controls along with a Bluetooth pairing and Google Assistant button. Then on the spine of the speaker are two more buttons. One is a mute switch that will turn off the microphone when you don’t want it to be listening for the “Okay Google” smart word, and the other is a power button which has fives small LEDs accompanying it to let you know how much battery life is left. On the bottom of the speaker is a small rubber flap that protects the micro-USB charging port from water damage, so take extra care to keep that closed shut as it’s basically the only weak point of the speaker.

On the back is where you’ll find the power button as well as a mute switch to disconnect the microphone.

As a smart speaker, the JBL Link 20 has a few more things to get right when compared to its Bluetooth-only siblings like the Flip and Charge series. For one, it has to be able to detect your voice from various distances and in a variety of settings. There are two far-field microphones up top that can pick up your voice, even when there’s music playing at max volume. It may not sound like it, but that’s really impressive and useful. You don’t know how annoying smart speakers can be until you’re yelling “Okay, Google” at the top of your lungs and not getting any kind of response.

Voice commands also work fine outside, but I found that you have to be closer to the speaker for it to register since there’s so much going on outdoors. Another nice touch is the four LED lights built into the top plastic of the speaker which light up at the sound of your voice so you know exactly when the speaker is listening. They also act as volume indicators when you’re raising or lowering the volume.

Using the JBL Link 20

As similar as the JBL Link 20 is to other JBL speakers in build quality, it really sets itself apart when it comes to connectivity. As I mentioned already, on top of having Bluetooth 4.2, it also connects over Wi-Fi. Unfortunately, it’s lacking any high-quality streaming codecs if you want to connect over Bluetooth, but thankfully the Wi-Fi capability makes up for that. This means that you can extend the normally 30-foot range to as far as your router range. For me, this meant that while visiting family over the weekend I was able to listen to a podcast while showering and then bring the speaker straight to the backyard to the play music seamlessly and without a single skip. The JBL Link 20 has Chromecast built-in so if you’re using a streaming service that supports it, then you can connect to the speaker and control music easily if you don’t feel like using your voice.

What sets the JBL Link 20 apart from regular Bluetooth speakers is the option to connect over WiFi and have full Google Assistant integration.

Connecting to the Link 20 is easy. All you need is the Google Home app on your phone which is available on both iOS and Android. Open the app and select “Add” in order to start searching for the speaker. Following the on-screen instructions had me connected within a minute or two, and I don’t see it being too much of a problem for the technology-inclined so if you’re looking to get this as a gift for something they shouldn’t have any issues. Of course, you can also sync this speaker up with any other compatible speakers via the Google Home app, so if you already have a Google Home or JBL Link 300 then you can easily get an entire home system if you wanted to.

The hardest part is customizing everything that the Google Assistant can do as even I find the app can be overwhelming, confusing, and jumbled at times. But if you just want to keep it simple, play and control music, and occasionally ask about the weather it’s super simple. As long as you don’t care about having the Assistant read out loud your upcoming events from your Google Calendar, you/they shouldn’t have any issues.

What’s the battery life like?

The JBL Link 20 charges via micro-USB, which isn’t ideal in 2019.

The JBL Link 20 is rated to provide you with 10 hours of constant playback, but at a constant output of 75dB we were able to get 8 hours and 45 minutes of playback. This isn’t great considering the size of the speaker and if you compare it to the 13-ish hours that the Charge 4 got during our testing, it’s not too far off. Still, it’s enough to get you through a day at the beach until you get home and can plug it back in. Another issue I found is that there’s a surprisingly long period of time before turning the Link 20 on and actually being able to use it. There’s a long pause between the power button lighting up and the sound that lets you know it’s ready to connect. It was so bad that I took out my stopwatch to time it and on three different attempts, I got an average of 29 seconds startup time. Not a huge deal to the overall usefulness of the speaker, but it’s definitely annoying.

Sound Quality

When it comes to sound quality, the speaker leaves a bit to be desired. I was expecting the same quality of something like the JBL Charge—not the most amazing sounding speaker, but still really good. Instead, the Link 20 doesn’t sound nearly as well-rounded. It isn’t terrible, but the low end is quite as defined and the bass in the song I’m Still In Love With You by Al Greene just felt like a lot of rumbling rather than a clear bass line.

The JBL Link 20 frequency response is lacking in low end power, but it makes up for it in mids and highs.

Though the emphasis is consumer friendly, this is one of those times where an upgrade to a larger speaker will earn its keep. Though the Link 20 is an affordable smart speaker, if you care about sound you want the JBL Link 300, Google Home Max or Apple Homepod.

On the bright side, the mids and highs were pretty great. The claps and hi-hats throughout the song Shooting Stars by Bag Raiders all sounded nice and crunchy and the rising synths behind the vocals, which has a ride in prominence as the song goes, never took over and masked the vocals in the mids. It handled everything pretty well, though again the thinking low end wasn’t my favorite.

Conclusion

While you’d probably be better off with something like the JBL Charge 4 if your main concern is portability and durability, the Link 20 makes a strong case for having one speaker that can do it all. The ability to take it outside while also adding it to your existing Google Home setup (if you have one) makes for a seamless Wi-Fi speaker setup that works anywhere around the house. Not to mention that the microphones do a solid job at picking up voices, even if the functionality is going to vary depending on how you use it. Plus, the IPX7 build makes it safe to use poolside or even in the shower. There’s also the solid 8-hour battery life which should definitely get you through a solid day at least.

Still, as versatile as the JBL Link 20 is, the speaker isn’t perfect. Bass response is underwhelming and the lack of codec support means that your sound quality will suffer even more when connected via Bluetooth. Plus, it charges over micro-USB which is unacceptable at this point, regardless of the price point. Speaking of which, this speaker can be yours for around $100 which despite its flaws, makes this one of the better smart speaker options around.

Sours: https://www.soundguys.com/jbl-link-20-review-23006/

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TL;DR

The JBL LINK 10 and LINK 20 should have been amazing products. Unfortunately, all three units purchased from two different Best Buy stores have the same major audio problem. The audio cracks and pops even at medium volume of the most delicate content. I cannot get through Clair de Lune (at medium volume) or even streaming of voice content from NPR without very noticeable popping at random instants – the kind of popping you might expect if you had a loose connection within a speaker amplifier that generates discontinuous movements of a speaker every time it vibrates loose for a moment. We have returned all three speakers. I do not recommend you waste your time or money with these things.

I was originally very excited by the announcement of the JBL LINK Series, with the JBL LINK 10 (below, left) and the JBL LINK 20 (below, right) models being particularly interesting to me.

JBL LINK 10: New Google-Assistant-enabled speaker from JBL (available at Best Buy)            JBL LINK 20: New Google-Assistant-enabled speaker from JBL (available at Best Buy)

In short, both speakers are like portable versions of the traditional Google Home with the promise of potentially better audio quality because they are made by speaker companies. There have been several 3rd-party Bluetooth speakers with Amazon Alexa integration, but they are more similar to the Echo Tapthan the full Echo because they required pressing a button to call up Alexa. Instead, members of the JBL LINK series are fully voice activatedjust like Google Home, and the LINK 10 promises a 5-hour battery life when unplugged and the LINK 20 promises a 10-hour battery life when unplugged. Furthermore, both the LINK 10 and LINK 20 have an IPX7 waterproof designwhich means you can not only take them outside but you can put them in the shower. My wife and I have been looking for an elegant way to extend our voice assistants and multi-room audio systems outside, and this new line of speakers seemed perfect for that. Plus, when we brought them inside, they could serve as full-featured voice-activated Google Home replacements (albeit without the beta features that we get early on our real Google Homes).

On the day the JBL LINK 20 was released, we purchased a $199 JBL LINK 20 from a local Best Buy. Setting it up was identical to setting up a Google Home. The unit came with a JBL's characteristic orange 10W USB charger and micro-USB cable; however, the unit had plenty of charge and could be used off the charger out of the box. Once I set it up, I asked Google Assistant to stream from our local NPR station. I was surprised to hear subtle but very noticeable popping at random times during the stream. I thought this could be a problem with the stream (although I did not notice these popping noises when I streamed on true Google Home or Amazon Echo devices in our home), and so I played a nice song called "Tennessee Whiskey" by Chris Stapleton, and I noticed the same problem. Finally, I played the gentle, all-piano "Clair de Lune" by Claude Debussyat medium volume (2 or 3 dots on the front of the unit) and heard the same random popping. The popping is unrelated to whether the speaker is plugged into the charger or not; it is consistent in all operating conditions.

Being an optimist, I assumed I must have received a dud. Trying to minimize the chances of getting another from a batch of duds, I returned the unit back to a different Best Buy and purchased BOTHa $149 JBL LINK 10and a brand new $199 JBL LINK 20to try them out. I was surprised to find out that the $50 difference between the two not only paid for the larger speaker and battery but also paid for the USB charger! Although the LINK 20 comes with a 10W charger, the LINK 10 only comes with the cable. Regardless of that, they BOTH had the exact same problem as the first LINK 20 we purchased – they couldn't pass the "Clair de Lune" test at medium volume! So I have to conclude that there is something fundamentally wrong with the JBL LINK series(at least in the LINK 10 and LINK 20 varieties).

I'm extremely disappointed by this result. It makes me think that the sale of Harman(and JBL) to Samsungearlier this year is starting to take its toll on product quality. I guess I should be happy the device didn't explode in my hands. Still, I'm sad it doesn't provide the awesome sound quality of the much older JBL products I own. Even the $80 JBL FLIP 4'sthat I have clearly out-perform these much more expensive LINK 10 and LINK 20's. I was thinking about pairing the new Google Home Miniwith a JBL FLIP 4, but I just learned that the Google Home Mini has no 3.5mm audio jack and only has Bluetooth support as a target speaker and not as a source (so you are stuck with the Mini's apparently crappy speaker). If only the Chromecast Audiocould directly connect to a Bluetooth speaker (without some ugly dongle), then at least I'd have a path toward an elegant solution to outdoor casting. Meanwhile, back to the drawing board!
Sours: http://phaseportrait.blogspot.com/2017/10/review-dont-buy-jbl-link-10-or-jbl-link.html


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