JBL has reportedly delayed the release of its Android-powered Link Bar soundbar, despite pledging to land in the United States and Australia this month.
According to Ausdroid, several US-buyers who pre-ordered the device have received emails advising retail deliveries have been delayed.
The emails do not reportedly offer fixed alternate date, simply pledging to be filled by the end of the year.
From a local front, JBL Australia has not opened pre-orders for the Link Bar online.
First unveiled in May, JBL assert the Link Bar is the first Android TV-powered soundbar to feature built-in Google Assistant.
The Link Bar claims to turn any TV “regardless of make or model” into a smart TV, with voice controls via Google Assistant.
JBL claims the Link Bar is among the first of series of ‘hybrid’ devices, offering both full Google Assistant and Android TV functionalities.
As previously reported, in August B&H Photo Video opened pre-orders for the Link Bar in the US, with shipping to Australia totalling around US$426 [A$580].
Purchased from B&H, shipping was scheduled to commence October 16th, with Aussie customers advised to purchase a robust power adaptor.
In terms of audio, JBL’s Link Bar incorporates 100W speakers, three HDMI-inputs, optical input and a single ARC HDMI output.
Consumers may have to hold their breath a bit longer, for the release of this hybrid smart soundbar.