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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 616 reviews

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Solid performer, great value!

    Posted
    SolidPerformer
    • My Best Buy® Elite Member

    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 have 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 have 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 have 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 would 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 is 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 would 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

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    All the bass you could possibly want

    Posted
    100plus2Vegas

    I have been enjoying this system for a couple of weeks now. This is to compliment my new Samsung 65" MU8000 tv I bought last month. Setup was fairly easy. It took a couple minutes for the tv to acknowledge the sound bar and send sound. Once it did, it detected the subwoofer automatically. When comparing sound bars, I am surprised the manufacturers don't emphasize the importance of 4k pass through and why it matters. Case in point, I went to the store dead set on getting a Samsung sound bar since I read that I would be able to control the soundbar with the remote that came with my Samsung tv (one remote replaces the many) automatically. Reading the reviews, I thought I would get the 550 Samsung with the surround speakers(additional cost). I went to the sound bar display and found a lower model Samsung(350 or 450) and it sounded ok.....bass was not quite what I wanted. Then I listened to this JBL and it blew me away. I noticed that the Samsung had one hdmi input and the JBL had 3. I didn't understand why I needed that and would just use Bluetooth. I found a salesman and asked to see the 550 Samsung, since I didn't see it. It was connected to a tv in another area and I listened. It was good....not as much bass, but decent. So I asked him if I would have to manually connect the JBL over Bluetooth every time I turned on the Samsung. He educated me and said that's not the best way to do it because Bluetooth wont support Dolby Atmos. He told me to run all devices to the HDMI ports on the sound bar and run one to the ARC HDMI port on the tv. I realized id be limited with the Samsung I was looking at since it had one HDMI input compared to the 3 on the JBL. Doing it this way gives the best sound, I control it with the tv remote, and watching Game of Thrones looked even better. I attribute this to the tv processing video but leaving audio to the sound bar. The sound bar sounds clear and as loud as I want. The Sub hits low frequencies hard. Watching Force Awakens, Last Jedi, Predator, Game of Thrones and the Fast and Furious movies have never sounded so good and realistic. Only option that keeps me from giving it 5 stars is that it does not appear to be able to add surround sound speakers to it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Very Good

    Posted
    Paul
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Member

    I've been wanting to add a sound-bar to my TV for a while. My issue was spending the money to get the sound I wanted. I'm pretty picky and not easily satisfied. I really like the Bose Soundtouch 300 system, but at $1400, I just couldn't justify it. While browsing the Best Buy website I found this guy, saw the very high reviews and ordered it. I rarely order anything without hearing/seeing it in person but due to a savings on an open box unit I went for it. While I was waiting for it to be delivered I starting reading the negative reviews. This got me a bit nervous as I am a bit of an audio snob. It's what I do for a living. I decided then to give it a shot and if it wasn't good enough I would just return it and bite the bullet on the Bose system. Well, after setting it up, and setting up my TV to work with it correctly, it is very good. My only assumption is that most people who are unhappy with it don't have it configured correctly. Here are a few tips. My xfinity box had a default audio output setting of stereo. This is great for hooking up to your TV or a 2.1 sound-bar, but not a 3.1 or higher. You have to change that setting or you will not get the full benefits of this sound bar (or the center channel). I assume most other TV providers are set the same way. I also made sure my TV's audio settings were set up for Dolby as I'm using the ARC port from my TV to the sound-bar. This sound-bar did not sound nearly as good until I made these changes. I hope this helps someone who is unhappy. This is a great unit at $500. At the new lower price of $400 it's a no brainer. Buy it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Sound for the Price

    Posted
    kbdrigg
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Member

    I choose this bar over the new Polk 3.1 because I think for 3.1 soundbar systems in this price range with ARC capabilities, I'm not sure the sound gets any better. Listened to a variety of music and it performed well top to bottom. Watched the lightsaber battle towards the end of the Force Awakens, and I was blow away by the sound. It lead that scene more than the visuals did for me. Now, considering I decided on this one and like it, the reason why I didn't give it 5 Stars is for few minor reasons. The sound will more or less 'turn off' if no signal is coming through. For example, scrolling through my Xbox home scene slowly doesn't admit any sound because it's random spaced sound signals instead of a blank signal with bleeps of noise. Doesn't really bother me, but it does some off without it. With my TV remote, the sound will not increase by more than 10 if I hold down the volume up. I think it is to prevent the system from accidentally overload, but again odd. My google home can't set the volume on it. It can only go up/down one sound point instead of setting a number which is quite annoying since I can change my TV to any number I want. I think this is because the volume is 0-50 scale on the soundbar and not 0-100, but I can't verify that. I found the packaging to be lacking in ease and I didn't see any guide on the system itself that explains in detail what it was or how to use it. It's mostly common sense with soundbars, but I always like to read the guide because sometimes you learn something neat that you can use. I do feel like the looks are a little lacking compared to a lot of the other soundbar companies, but it is a soundbar not a lookbar. So for sound at a 3.1 level, I'm not sure it can be beat. If I had some advice for JBL, I would say to make the packaging experience better so it is a pleasant experience from purchase to install to use and not just use.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great, but...

    Posted
    JOSH
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Member

    Annoyingly, I like this soundbar more than I'd hoped I would. Bought this to replace a Bose system that was less than impressive. Boy, was I sure blown away by this system!!! The bass is UNBELIEVABLE. I like to feel my insides shake when bass notes drop, and even I keep this bar at bass level 15 (of 30). It gets LOUD, with no distortion. Negatives - Surround sound sucks. Seriously, if you're buying a soundbar and expect to get great-quality surround-sound, you're lying to yourself. Either adjust expectations or buy a full surround system. That said, this is worse than most on the "surround" setting. Doesn't add any effect, just adds an echo to everything. Keep it off. - Input delay. I have this hooked up via HDMI ARC and the delay is noticeable. On AppleTV, it refuses to select any audio decoder but PCM, and navigating through menus is frustrating because only every 3rdish navigation has sound feedback. Once running, it's flawless. I reached out to JBL, and got a professionally-worded "Sorry, that's the way it is" response. Seriously. Buy this. You won't regret it, even in spite of the negatives.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Sound bar but...

    Posted
    NascarGeek
    • My Best Buy® Elite Member

    I bought this sound bar not too long ago to replace my Vizio 2.1 sound bar. I have to say this was a huge upgrade in quality and bass. Crisp audio makes audiophiles like me very happy. However, one HUGE downside about this (at least for me) is that it does not support DTS Audio. I own a lot of movies on Blu-ray that use DTS HD audio and none of those play on my sound bar. I get an error displayed. I tried to remedy this by plugging in my Blu-ray player directly into my sound bar but any DTS audio from my Blu-ray plays as PCM which is a downgrade in quality. Sadly I might have to sell this one and get a sound bar that supports more audio including DTS or step up to their 5.1 channel sound bar which oddly enough supports DTS but is a bit pricier. Don’t get me wrong it’s a great sound bar with great quality but it just doesn’t cut it for me because of the lack of DTS support. Wish I had done my research but hey, trial and error.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Very good but lacking fine-tuning

    Posted
    slogans
    • My Best Buy® Member

    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

    GREAT BASS

    Posted
    natedog
    • My Best Buy® Member

    I love this system a lot. The only problem I am having with it right now is that one of the speakers has static in it, but the system has been well taken care of and professionally installed in my bedroom. I believe it might have to do with a grounding issue. If not, I will be returning this product or contacting JBL directly to resolve this issue. Besides the one issue I have, setup was easy. The subwoofer took some time to figure out, but once it was contected there has been no problems. I even installed the latest update from JBL directly that fixed the issue of delayed sounds from the connected device. For example, when scrolling through menus, there would normally be an audible sound, but with audio being played through the bar, it would cutoff or be delayed. I'm happy that JBL pushed this update out to their customers. I hope they continue to improve upon an already fantastic home theater system. 2 thumbs up!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Sound/Bass/Ease of Setup, One Complaint

    Posted
    Matt
    • My Best Buy® Member

    Love the sound, the Bass is Great, design is nice. Really like that my Sony TV remote not only synced with this sound bar but also my Apple TV so the only time I need to use more than one remote is when I want to adjust the bass. That said I have one complaint about the sound bar and if anyone else has experienced this or has a solution let me know. The sound bar speakers make a popping noise every time it shuts down. I’ve tried muting the sound bar/turning the volume down to 0 before shutting it down and there is still a large popping noise as it enters standby mode. I’m afraid the speakers will eventually get damaged by this so any help would be much appreciated. It also seems to do this scrolling through certain apps on my Apple TV. Other than that great purchase.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Very good soundbar

    Posted
    Arthur
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Member

    I think this soundbar is a very good choice for a small room. I found the sound to be rich overall. My former sound system did not handle voices/dialogue very well and the JBL is great with this. Lows sound great! Before buying, I read several reviews with many pointing out the lack of midrange. I this that's a fair criticism. It does feel at times that a middle range of sound is missing or very subtle if that. I am no audiophile, so I can't be too hard on that point because I like this soundbar so much more than my old 2.1 system. Set-up was easy and it sits right in front of my 50" LG on a TV stand. I have a cable box, blu-ray, and Apple TV hooked up to it. The subwoofer is huge! It does looks like it can serve as a small table for a plant. Overall, I am very happy with my purchase.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    RETURNED LACK OF ACCORIES

    Posted
    BJTNJ
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Member

    received unit from a return purchase and when they repacked the units there was a missing remote. and with out the remote you cannot setup the sound bar. Don't know how this could have left Best buys warehouse without checking that it had all the accessories in the box, as this was a returned Item that I bought. and they said it contained all accessories. I was able to listen to the sound bar but without the sub woofer. the remote is required for setup. The sound bar itself sounded clear and had enough power ,but could not test the Sub woofer..So I cannot blame the Sound bar due to the lack of parts and I cannot give a five star as I could not her the unit with the base connected.If this unit goes on sale again I will update this review,and maybe we can give it a five...

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Very good soundbar!

    Posted
    JNH1984
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    • My Best Buy® Elite Member

    I have been putting off a new soundbar for a while. After a ton of research I decided to try the JBL. I was only able to compare similar priced soundbars in-store as this particular model wasn't hooked up to test. I bought the bar based on reviews, and am pleased with the sound. Huge subwoofer, great bass response and clear center channel. I really like the "voice" option for watching tv at night (sleeping kids) and keeping the volume low. My only slight annoyance is how "surround" doesn't automatically default to being "on". I feel like I have to have the remote handy every time I turn the TV on because it's not always defaulting to the last settings. It's not a Bose but it's worth the money.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good system

    Posted
    ejohnson53

    Replaced old TV with a new LED 4K ultra but needed a sound bar to make up for the poor TV sound. Had a JBL home theater that died, too. Compared sound bars in the store and this one clearly stood out. Best features are the preset surround sound options. The Voice mode does a great job of raising dialog above the overwhelming music common in most movies and shows. The only con and it is a small one is that you can't add rear speakers and you can't adjust the cut in frequency of the subwoofer. Both are minor but sufficient to give it 4 out of 5 stars.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Sound...meh interface

    Posted
    DanKBeMe
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    The over all sound is nice. The bass will run you out of the room, injure your spleen and shake frames off the wall if turned up all the way...so that's nice. ;) But I do wish it worked better with my tv and the cable box. If you switch from Roku on the TV to Xfinity box you must change the input on the bar via the remote. It says it will sense the input but I can;t seem to make it work. So for that I give it a ding.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    TONS of bass, clear voice, no bass/treble controls

    Posted
    MikeKV
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Member

    This sound bar sounds quite good. The sub is FAR over-powered (for lack of a better term) for this bar, so I have to keep its volume to around 13-15. There are zero audio controls (bass / mid / treble) -- you only have four "sound modes" to select from, and three of them sound the same to me. For watching TV shows and listening to music, it's been an excellent product - just wish JBL had let us have a bit finer control over the EQ...

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    So far ok

    Posted
    Gigi
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
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    First time buying open box item. First of instructions were not in the box and a cord that we thought should be in box. Made a trip back to store for copy of instructions and cord. They said cord wasn’t part of the box contents. They gave a us the cord a long with the instructions. So far we are happy with the sound bar but have only had it a few days. Saturday is movie night so we will test it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Amazing Bass and Easy Hookup

    Posted
    Sarah
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus Member

    This sound bar is so easy to set up as it comes with an HDMI cable. It mentions an optical cord in the instructions which I went out to buy, but I didn't need it. The bass is strong making it perfect for music and movies! The quality of the body of the equipment is notable, too. It doesn't feel too cheap nor too heavy. It is literally perfect for my living room.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great sound, remote sucks

    Posted
    JAB62
    • My Best Buy® Member

    Hooked up system and was pleased with the sound especially the bass. I had returned s Sony soundbar for lack of bass.. I have to say though that the remote response sucks. at times there is no response and other times it tries to perform the previous function I had used.. But the sound and quality are very good. Also no optical cable included.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good higs and Lows

    Posted
    Fritzgellar
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase

    Awesome bass!!! A little too much if there is such a thing for a living room. The highs were awesome too!! I really wanted to keep this soundbar and I would have if there was some mid range. Unfortunately it just wasn't there and didn't complete the whole audio range. Picked up the Klipsch RSB-11 and am blown away with the mid range. Everything is just so full. Bass isn't quite like the JBL but enough to satisfy most people.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great sound for watching TV

    Posted
    kkbgrt
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    I love the simplicity and design of the soundbar with few wires and the wireless subwoofer. The 3 channel sound is great for watching TV. However, I don't get that great surround sound like the movie theatre, but the usual TV channels don't really project that audio and I haven't really tested it with a 4K movie yet. Still love the design and sound. Much better then the actual TV audio

    I would recommend this to a friend