JBL Pulse 4
First up is the JBL Pulse 4, the latest entry in the company’s line of portable Bluetooth speakers. As with previous Pulse speakers, the Pulse 4 delivers 360-degree sound and LED lights. The JBL Connect app is available to customize the colors and turn the lights off, in case you find them obnoxious.
The Pulse 4 also features an IPX7 rating for use in up to three feet of water, up to 12 hours of use, and JBL PartyBoost to connect over 100 other PartyBoost-enabled speakers.
The Pulse 4 will be available September 24 for $199.95.
JBL Link Music and JBL Link Portable
Next up are the two latest entries to JBL’s Link series: the Link Music and Link Portable.
The Link Music and Link Portable have several things in common: built-in Google Assistant and Chromecast, support for AirPlay 2 and HD audio streaming (24-bit/96K), 360-degree sound, and connectivity over Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
Whereas the Link Music is firmly attached to your wall outlet, the Link Portable can be taken anywhere. As such, the Link Portable boasts an eight-hour battery life and IPX7 rating for protection against water spills and submersion up to three feet.
The Link Portable’s slightly-larger feature set comes with a slightly-higher price tag — $149.95, compared to $99.95 for the Link Music. The speakers will launch sometime soon in Ocean Blue, Sienna Brown, Straw, yellow, green, black, and grey.
JBL Bar 2.0, JBL Bar 2.1 Deep Bass, and JBL Bar 5.1 Surround
Last up are a trio of soundbars: the JBL Bar 2.0 All-In-One, JBL Bar 2.1 Deep Bass, and JBL Bar 5.1 Surround.
All three soundbars feature Bluetooth, HDMI out, optical input, and Dolby Digital audio decoding. The differences begin with the maximum sound power, with the Bar 2.0 maxing out at 80W. Meanwhile, the Bar 2.1 and Bar 5.1 max out at 300W and 500W, respectively.
The Bar 5.1 gets a leg-up on the other soundbars with JBL’s MultiBeam and built-in Wi-Fi, though the Bar 2.0 and Bar 2.1 still have surround sound. The Bar 5.1 also features HDMI 4K and Dolby Vision passthrough, along with support for Chromecast and AirPlay 2. The Bar 2.1 and Bar 5.1 come with a subwoofer and feature HDMI in. Finally, only the Bar 2.1 comes with a front display.
The Bar 2.0 will be available for $179.95. Meanwhile, the Bar 2.1 and Bar 5.1 will sell for $299.95 and $499.95, respectively.