Interested in the Google Home Max but don't have sh!t ton of money? You'll want to check out the JBL Link 300 with Google Assistant and Chromecast built in!
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I have a Klipsch iGroove SXT 30-Pin iPod/iPhone Speaker Dock which sounds amazing. It's going for about $80 for a used unit on Amazon. I originally used an old iPod touch with Airfoil speakers app and used Airfoil app on my MacBook to stream iTunes library. More recently I plugged in a Chromecast audio and stream Spotify. I installed a visualizer app (which reponds to mic input) on the docked iPod touch. So I have this cool little visualizer going on unit while I play music. I can't talk to it directly, but I can control it from my phone or Google home.
Tempting device (and great review!) but.... being an ex-Nexus and now Pixel pedant I'm kinda hesitant to buy a non Google GA device. In case there's updates to the GA/Chromecast protocol, will Google be able to push firmware updates or is that reserved for JBL? ...in case of the latter I doubt it would ever happen.
I bought one of these and the audio quality was pretty good. There were two things that the JBl can't do that the Google product can. The first is placing phone calls, and for me the second thing that I discovered didn't work was receiving intercom/broadcast messages from within the house. I liked the sound but end the end I returned it for a Google Home Unit and I'm going to try a separate Riva Chromecast enabled speaker for better sound.
I have this speaker. Surprisingly if you call Google support for help they have no idea what this speaker is. They wouldn't help me with a problem I was having with the google assistant. I had to call back and say I had a regular google home.
Hey Jared. Cheers again from Portugal! Hope you and your family had a great Christmas and wishing a Happy New Year too in advance! This is one of your best ones. Great lighting and sound for those moments... Just remember to turn off the microphones after when you get "busy" with your lady as Google is always listening!!! Hehehe. On a mor tech issue, people say Google Home Max is insanely loud with great quality, do you confirm this JBL is also that loud? I do like their speakers but not many are the loudest... Keep it going and cheers!
Martin Voynov the home max is built to be the best smart speaker available, sound quality wise. Super loud, amazing bass and great highs. JBL is about to release a new speaker in the link series, the 500, in February. It's meant to be as good as the Google home max. The 300 is a great intermediate speaker, price and music quality wise. It's a great buy if you don't wanna blow $400 on the max, but if you're an audiophile or want that great music blasting at the party, go for the max