Historically, Google and Amazon haven't been besties, but this collaboration marks a shift in their relationship. While the voice assistants aren't directly linked, they are "aware" of each other, thanks to the Multi-Agent Experience (MAX) Toolkit. The toolkit enables them to control each other's timers and music without interfering with one another.
These new JBL speakers also extend their multi-assistant capabilities to smart home devices, streamlining control for users who previously needed separate speakers for different voice assistants. But it's worth noting that while the JBL speakers offer convenience, they come at a higher price point than some other options (prices range from around $350 to $700).
The JBL Authentics series includes the JBL Authentics 200, JBL Authentics 500, and the portable JBL Authentics 300. These speakers boast high-end audio features like Dolby Atmos, Bluetooth, ethernet, and Wi-Fi connectivity. You can even take the Authentics 300 on the go for up to eight hours of battery-powered music.
The JBL Authentics 500 offers an impressive 3.1 channel sound with virtual Dolby Atmos, powered by three one-inch tweeters, three 2.75-inch midrange woofers, and a 6.5-inch down-firing subwoofer. On the other hand, the Authentics 200 provides a more compact option with a pair of one-inch tweeters, a five-inch woofer, and a six-inch passive radiator.