As expected of the IFA, manufacturers are trying their best to beat the competition and enter different segments that have been introduced by other manufacturers. JBL will be taking their expertise to bring forth a few new audio devices that will attract new consumers and early-adopters, with devices like the JBL Link, the JBL Boombox,JBL Free and the UA Sport Wireless Train.
The Link will be the company’s first smart speaker series, which will include the Link 10, the Link 20 and the Link 300. They will all come with Google Assistant on-board and users can activate functions and commands using the “Ok Google” Hot-word. The speaker also has built-in Chromecast support. The Link 10 will cost 169 Euros, the Link 20 will cost 199 Euros and the Link 300’s price tag will be a hefty 300 euros and will feature a bigger speaker at 50W. They will be available from select retailers in the UK, Germany and France starting this Fall. The series will also come with IPX7 waterproofing.
JBL is going to bring back the ‘80s with their new stereo speakers called the JBL Boombox. This speaker will also come with the Google Assistant on-board and will be the company’s largest speaker offering of the show. On the inside, the speaker packs four active transducers and two bass radiators along with a massive 20,000mAh battery that should last for a full day’s worth of use. Like the Link series, this speaker also come with IPX7 waterproofing to eliminate fears of damaging the internals when users take them to the pool or the shower. Further, the speaker also supports JBL’s Connect+ speakers that can be connected through Bluetooth for a multi-speaker setup. The JBL Boombox will be available in stores starting September 19 and will come with a price tag of 499 Euros.
JBL did not leave earphones in its line-up, which included a direct competitor to all of the wireless ear buds out there with the JBL Free earphones. The pair can produce music for up to four hours continuously. The earphones, much like the AirPods from Apple, come with their own charging case which can hold up to 20 hours of charge for power backup. The earphones also come with a built-in microphone for calls and voice-recording and will be priced at a competitive 149 Euros, which is good value, considering it is a high-quality JBL product. These earphones will start shipping in October.
UA Sport Wireless Train
Perhaps the first Under Armour branded pair of headphones, the take-away features of the product will be the use of Under Armour’s proprietary SuperVent fabric that is found in much of the company’s sport-wear. There is also audio-pass through in-built, that will allow for the wearer to hear what is happening around them without the need for taking off their headphones. The headphones also come with Speed Charge Battery, which JBL promises provides an hour worth of playback in the span of just five minutes of charge. They will be available in December and will come with a price tag of 199 Euros. For fans of The Rock, this will be the headphones to get.