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JBL Bluetooth Speaker w/ Google Assistant (Refurb): Link 20

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I know it might be tempting, is it possible to get a smart home speaker that sounds great, is portable, has bluetooth capability and is reliable for under fifty dollars? Well, the JBL Link (in my case the 10 but I think the 10 and 20 are pretty interchangeable) does sound great...unfortunately, it fails in every other department.
The bluetooth function (ie, use it as a standalone BT speaker) can only be used AFTER it has been hooked up to Google Home/Assistant. After it is part of your Google Home, it might let you use bluetooth function, mine did about 20% of the time (and even then, bluetooth would just cut off). But the real zinger is the speaker decides when it wants to power on and off. Yes, you can press the power button and it appears to be off, then at two in the morning, you realize its back on because you hear that awful chime, and volume is mid-range so everyone hears that chime. Mine was so bad that even as I had it packed up and ready to go back, I could hear it go on and off...desperately grasping for life. It's sad because this could be the greatest cheap smart speaker around.
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IPx7 Waterproof, not bad. Been looking for a Decent speaker in the $50-$70 price range
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I know it might be tempting, is it possible to get a smart home speaker that sounds great, is portable, has bluetooth capability and is reliable for under fifty dollars? Well, the JBL Link (in my case the 10 but I think the 10 and 20 are pretty interchangeable) does sound great...unfortunately, it fails in every other department.
The bluetooth function (ie, use it as a standalone BT speaker) can only be used AFTER it has been hooked up to Google Home/Assistant. After it is part of your Google Home, it might let you use bluetooth function, mine did about 20% of the time (and even then, bluetooth would just cut off). But the real zinger is the speaker decides when it wants to power on and off. Yes, you can press the power button and it appears to be off, then at two in the morning, you realize its back on because you hear that awful chime, and volume is mid-range so everyone hears that chime. Mine was so bad that even as I had it packed up and ready to go back, I could hear it go on and off...desperately grasping for life. It's sad because this could be the greatest cheap smart speaker around.
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I know it might be tempting, is it possible to get a smart home speaker that sounds great, is portable, has bluetooth capability and is reliable for under fifty dollars? Well, the JBL Link (in my case the 10 but I think the 10 and 20 are pretty interchangeable) does sound great...unfortunately, it fails in every other department.
The bluetooth function (ie, use it as a standalone BT speaker) can only be used AFTER it has been hooked up to Google Home/Assistant. After it is part of your Google Home, it might let you use bluetooth function, mine did about 20% of the time (and even then, bluetooth would just cut off). But the real zinger is the speaker decides when it wants to power on and off. Yes, you can press the power button and it appears to be off, then at two in the morning, you realize its back on because you hear that awful chime, and volume is mid-range so everyone hears that chime. Mine was so bad that even as I had it packed up and ready to go back, I could hear it go on and off...desperately grasping for life. It's sad because this could be the greatest cheap smart speaker around.
Wait, is this all true? Does hooking up one of these speakers to google home or whatever mean setting up an app on my phone or buying a separate thing?
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Wait, is this all true? Does hooking up one of these speakers to google home or whatever mean setting up an app on my phone or buying a separate thing?

I was able to use the speaker with bluetooth from my phone when I was in my camper( no GH) but it was a pain to connect, I vaguely remember.Disclaimer: I did initally set it up with my GH before camping, so maybe that's why it worked for me.
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can't comment on the bluetooth aspects, but as a Google Home smart speaker, the Link 20 works well.
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I have two 10s and one 20. I love them. Great sound. The assistant is useful. I use them as a whole house audio system for a fraction of the price of Sonos.

However regarding reliability, I did have to send one back for replacement. Which JBL did.
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Wait, is this all true? Does hooking up one of these speakers to google home or whatever mean setting up an app on my phone or buying a separate thing?
I have a few 20s and couple 10s and I have had no problem connecting over Bluetooth. But I also set them up through the Google home app first.
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I have the 20 from the previous sale and everything works as it should. TU
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Got a new Link 20 for $59.99 at Target a few weeks ago. Not sure if they're still available.
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I bought this from Target on sale last month to replace a Sony someone stole from my job. I would not recommend it! This speaker is just awful. It is slow to connect to bluetooth and any commands from the connected phone. Sound is average at best! Terrible product!!!
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I have a few 20s and couple 10s and I have had no problem connecting over Bluetooth. But I also set them up through the Google home app first.
Can anyone speak to how receptive the mic is? In other words, do you have to be near it to activate the assistant or will it pick up if you're in another room?
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Can anyone speak to how receptive the mic is? In other words, do you have to be near it to activate the assistant or will it pick up if you're in another room?
In my experience the mic works well, but not as well as my Google Home hub
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I use the Link 10 every single day working from home and I have yet to have any of the problems described above.

Connected to Google Home as part of my whole-home surround sound to listen to podcasts and music while I get ready for the day. Works perfectly with my Home Mini and Home Hub display so I can listen as I move from bedroom to bathroom to kitchen to office.

Then, once I'm at my desk I connect either Bluetooth from my Win 10 PC or Fire tablet to play training videos or have Netflix on in the background, or again connect to Google Home to continue my podcast or music on just the JBL speaker. I've even taken a conference call or two through it (usually because I'm too lazy to switch the audio device.

My only issue is the connectivity with Windows 10. For whatever reason, clicking the play/pause button doesn't affect whatever is playing, and the volume control isn't perfect.

All in all, if I had a place to put another one, I'd jump on this.
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