In advance of, Google and JBL have announced the JBL Link Bar, a sound bar that builds on previous such as the and adds in media streaming. You can now preorder it for $400 (which directly coverts to about £310 and AU$545), at least from B&H, which expects it to become available in the middle of October.
For the amount of smart functionality onboard, including the number of HDMI ports, we expected it would cost in the region of $700 – $800 (about £550 or AU$1,000). So at almost half that, it looks like it’ll be a great value.
According to Variety, the companies will make a separate subwoofer that connects via , which means you can use it for the sound bar or any other compatible speaker on your network.
Meanwhile, the Link Bar has at least two competitors on the horizon. The first is the Echo Dot ($40 at Amazon.com) in the center. The second — a with on board — is expected to be announced in San Francisco in June., which is due midyear for $299 and incorporates an
Updated Aug. 21: Added price and availability information.