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JBL - 3.1-Channel Soundbar System with 10" Wireless Subwoofer and Digital Amplifier - Black-Front_Standard

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Rating 4.6 out of 5 stars with 617 reviews

93%
would recommend to a friend

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great soundbar

    Posted
    1996
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    I would say that this soundbar is perfect but it's missing the mids badly

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Soundbar and Sub

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    Sammo
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    The sound produced by this soundbar and subwoofer is great. It is crystal clear with fantastic simulated surround. My only complaint is there are no separate treble, mid and bass controls. Sometimes the sound is too high and crispy.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great soundbar for a beginner

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    Mubooh
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    Love it, both the style and sound quality. If you're looking for a soundbar under $400, that comes with a full sub, it could be your choice. High bass, clear voice. the only weakness I found is somewhat the lack of mid-range sound.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    jbl knows speakers

    Posted
    nate
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    had the jbl sb400 before and after about 5 years of use at max volume I decided to get the new model of soundbar from jbl. glad I did. they fixed all the stuff I didnt like about the sb400 and now have a product I cant complain about. deep house shaking bass and loud mids and highs. still sticking with jbl soundbar and no need to get a suround sound setup

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    This Aint it, Chief

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    PalaciosAA1
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    I started out loving the soundbar at first, but unfortunately it wasn't until after the return date that I noticed how flawed it is. To start, this soundbar has terrible mids, there have been times where I would switch to the TV speakers just to hear whats happening or being said. Another problem I was having: Any time I was watching a media that was dialogue driven, and not heavily reliant on action, bgm, or loud sounds, the soundbar would cut off immediately and then turn back on after detecting an audio signal. JBL has come out with an update, which I assume addresses this issue... Unfortunately post update; The soundbar will cut off during during scenes that have various noises going on, or usually after a bass drop in a horror movie. Were I able to know then what I know now, I would not have bought this sound bar. Here's hoping jbl releases an update so that I can at least bump this bar up to 3 stars

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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      JBL Support

      Thank you for your review, our sincerest apology for the inconvenience. Your feedback will be communicated to the proper department to improve our current and future product line. We would like to work with you directly, please submit a case request at www.jbl.com/support-contact.html and the Customer Service team will be more than happy to further assist you. JBL

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    incredible highs but mids??

    Posted
    arsi
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    Well I bought this after I returned samsung ms650 sound bar. First thing I noticed was the mids were completely missing. For me mids are very crucial for any type of listening. The highs are exceptional on this bar but overpower the mid sound and that unacceptable for me. Subwoofer is power ful and I was lowering it to have a comfortable listening. I can recommend this if you just want to enjoy the high sound effects in the movies.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Overall good sound

    Posted
    Michael
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    This product has good sound. It does lack in the mids, and you cannot control that or the treble. Bass is fantastic however. Gets very deep. I am bummed about the "surround sound" feature. It basically just gets a little louder on certain parts of whatever you're watching. But for the money, this is the best soundbar you can get.

    I would recommend this to a friend

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      JBL Support

      Thank you for your review. Your feedback will be communicated to the proper department to improve our current and future product line. JBL

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Sound

    Posted
    Chico
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    I got this on blackfriday special for $299 I could not be happier, the bass is amazing and the center channel adds so much imaging to the sound. . its all I need for my bedroom setup. . The mids could be better but for $299 I can not complain. . great buy. . I highly recommend it. you wont be disappointed

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Very good but lacking fine-tuning

    Posted
    slogans
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    I got this to replace a similarly-priced LG soundbar and am very glad I did. The LG lacked any bass whatsoever. The JBL offers it in spades. I should note that your opportunity to tweak the sound is very limited, which it seems to be with most sound systems today. You can increase or decrease the bass volume and that's about it. There's no way to tweak the midrange or treble. How hard would it have been to provide EQ for this? Your only option is to choose from the provided presets "Movie," Sports," "Voice," "Standard" and "Music." And you have to turn up the volume to really appreciate any difference between them. HINT: "Music" is useless; if you want to enjoy your music played through the JBL, pick "Movie" or "Standard." For some reason, the "Music" setting trims the bass substantially. I like the 3.1 as it makes dialogue easier to understand, although it's a bit shrill. Again, having control over mids, lows and highs would have made this a near-perfect system.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Solid performer, great value!

    Posted
    SolidPerformer
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    After trying out the Samsung 2.1 (hw-m450) for a couple of days, I wasn't impressed due to its hollow sound, lack of bass, and no muddled midrange, I quickly decided to return it to swap up to the 3.1 due to the addition of the center channel. After trying it out in the store, I was still not impressed. I've 4 Samsung TVs in my House and love them, and though the Samsung soundbars look sleek and integrate well via the HDMI ARC (allows auto on/off, volume and full soundbar equalizer control via Samsung TV), I couldn't bring myself to give them more money for a subpar audio experience. So I did some testing... I made sure to leave the wife and child at home, because I knew I'd be spending hours at the store listening to every option they had. So I began testing. Knowing full and well that there are better sounding options available, I needed to keep a smaller form factor due to the mounting location above the fireplace, but under the TV. As a control, I started out in the Magnolia room to listen to the higher end bars with a few different source Blue Ray scenes. I grabbed one of the sales people, who helped setup the Martin Logan Vision Soundbar with builtin subwoofer. This thing sounded great, very crisp and clear sound, the bass was actually quite impressive itself, but there were two main areas that this didn't hit for me. One, the form factor - it was too deep, too tall, and frankly, kind of ugly for what I was looking for. It probably wouldn't bother me if I was going to put it in a full theatre room, but that being the case, I'd have a full surround setup, and not just a soundbar. The other area that fell short was the configuration menu was difficult to understand, and some of the settings seemed a bit strange. Not critical once it's setup, but if you're one to adjust settings based on source material, you probably wouldn't like the Martin Logan. Still, the sound was pretty stellar for a 5.1 channel all in one bar with building subs and 7 discreet amplifiers. Next I tried the Definitive Technologies microbar, which was much sleeker, but the sound was severely lacking. Bass response was ok, but the bar itself lived in the high end, with virtually no midrange. After reading some reviews on it, it seems like most people that own the DT have technical issues with the wireless connectivity, so because of those two issues, decided to not bother adjusting the audio for further testing. Of course there's the Sonos. I've a couple of Play 3s already that sound good, but by my standards, not incredible. They're solid speakers, but not worth it for the price. I've a hard time wanting to give Sonos my money, but nevertheless went to the floor to take a listen to the Play Soundbar and sub. The sound quality isn't course decent, they perform solidly over the entire spectrum, but I'd say the value just isn't there for the Sonos. For more than $1200 out the door, it just doesn't make sense for my purposes. I've had several full theater setups over the years, and still have one (Yamaha/Cambridge Model Six - LOVE those) in my basement, but just need something simple for our main floor. The Sonos isn't it. On to the Bose, which rivals the Sonos pretty well. When I used to work at Best Buy back in the 90s, I used to sell Bose, and was never really a fan of the company, but still loved their model 701, 901 and even had a pair of their 501s that I really liked and kept in great condition before selling them off several years later. Pleasantly surprised by the sound quality of their soundbar and separate sub, I still couldn't justify $1200 out the door. And to tell you the truth, as in true Bose fashion, their midrange was lacking behind their SUPER bright high end. At least their consistent, as this was a problem with the majority of their Acoustimass setups for decades. Over to the Klipsch... Now, the ones on display were only 2.1 setups, but they had the best balanced sound than any of the soundbar setups I've heard up til that point. Of course, there's always tuning you can do, but both of the Klipsch models were notable. I guess considering theyre reference series bars, they should sound great. The only problem was the lack of center channel - oh, and the fact that they're god awful to look at. Over to the Polk. Now, I will say that I had one of the original Polk SurroundBars that I picked up years ago, paired with a 10" Polk powered sub in a similar room in my old condo, and loved it for what it was. So I was surprised that the Polk offerings - at least the displays were kind of lacking... to be honest, they sounded pretty bad, even for 2.1, so I quickly moved on. Over to the Samsung bars again just for the sake of sanity checking everything I had just heard, and after having tested so many, found the Samsung sounded just as bad as I had remembered. Even the hw-m550 with the center channel, though it was supposed to have better imaging, still sounded hollow. That when I noticed the fairly new JBl that wasn't properly hooked up, so I had to work with the sales associate to find a remote to connect the subwoofer. That took about 10-15 minutes, but once we did, we both listened and found it to be fairly surprising. The highs were crisp, the mids were only slightly lacking, but the bass was super clear and really filled out the setup. We did some tweaking and made some basic adjustments, but overall, this soundbar sounded like a real contender. The sale price at the time was $449, but I just so happened to find one that was open box. The look of the bar, the fact that this can be controlled from my Samsung TV via the HDMI ARC, the deep, clear bass, the crisp highs, the adequate mids, along with the fact that the imaging for the center channel were all present, made this the pick of the day. Top it off with a virtually new open box buy, I got this thing for a steal. Later, I came to find out that the reason this one was returned is because it was stuck in demo mode and refused to play anything other than through optical 1. Basically all that was needed was to reset the bar by holding the volume and source buttons on the bar for 5 seconds, and I was in business! After setting up the bar and mounting to the wall, I found the "appropriate" sound mode (movie or sport), adjusted the sub volume slightly using the remote, and let the thing eat. If I had to do it all over again, I'd have saved myself some time and listened to the JBL first. In terms of quality, the build is solid, the look is sleek, and the bass is incredible, tight, low and clean, even for a ported enclosure. Glad to see Hartman International still cranking out some quality products.

    I would recommend this to a friend