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JBL's Google Assistant soundbar finally released after a year-long delay

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It's been a while since the JBL Link Bar was announced – nearly a year, in fact – but the all-in-one soundbar, Android TV box, Chromecast device, and Google Assistant speaker has just become available to buy. 

According to Engadget (opens in new tab), pre-orders started almost a year ago too – but now the Link Bar can finally be purchased from the JBL website (opens in new tab) and approved retailers for $399.95 / £349.99. This works out at around AU$630; however it doesn't appear to be available in Australia yet. 

If you want a little extra bass with your new bar, you can also purchase an optional subwoofer for an additional $299.95 (around £240 / AU$430). 

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Smart soundbar

As well as boosting your home cinema sound, this nifty soundbar can also turn your regular old 'dumb' TV into a smart TV with Android TV built in, which gives you access to apps like Netflix, YouTube and Hulu.

It also comes with Google Assistant built-in, which means you can search through your Android TV content using your voice alone, as well as controlling your smart home.

If you'd rather browse your music, shows, and radio stations via your smartphone or laptop, the JBL Link Bar comes with Chromecast built-in as well. 

With all these smart features, it appears that you get a lot for your money with the JBL Link Bar; even so, $400 is a significant amount to spend, and some of the best soundbars are much cheaper, like the $250 (£249 / AU$649) Polk Audio Command Bar.

Of course, if you bought a budget soundbar, a Google Assistant speaker, and Chromecast device separately, you could be looking at a bill well over $400 – in which case, the JBL Link Bar is a very attractive prospect indeed.

Via Engadget (opens in new tab)

Olivia is TechRadar's Senior Editor - Home Entertainment, covering everything from headphones to TVs. Based in TechRadar's London offices, she's a popular music graduate who worked in the music industry before finding her calling in journalism. She's previously been interviewed on BBC Radio 5 Live on the subject of multi-room audio, chaired panel discussions on diversity in music festival lineups, and her bylines include T3, Stereoboard, What to Watch, Top Ten Reviews, Creative Bloq, and Croco Magazine.  In her spare time Olivia likes gardening, painting, and hanging with her cat Ethel and golden retriever Dora.