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JBL Cinema SB 100

Powered home theater sound bar

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by Woody Sherman
JBL

Sound bar speakers: room-filling sound with less clutter

Add big sound to your TV without a roomful of speakers. Sound bars require minimal space and wiring, and their sleek designs complement today's flat-panel TVs. Most sound bars have their own built-in amplification, so you won't need to use a home theater receiver. Some models use advanced surround processing and carefully aimed speaker drivers to simulate the effects of a full home theater audio system.

Not feeling the impact from your television's tiny built-in speakers? What if we told you that with AC power and one cable from your television we could up your audio game noticeably — with a little help from JBL, of course. This wall-mountable sound bar will give you the performance you've come to expect from a nameplate as distinguished as theirs, with 60 watts of ready power waiting to fill your room the minute you hook up the SB 100. Two premium 3.5" cone woofers and two 1.5" dome tweeters deliver clear, authoritative sound. Plus, JBL's surprising Display Surround technology will give you a surround-like soundstage that will help you be less of a spectator and more of a participant in whatever you're watching.

The SB 100 comes with all the cables you'll need to hook it up, and a wall-mounting bracket. It's a perfect complement to TVs that are 27 inches and up.

Highlights:

    Sound bar:
    • built-in amplifier with 60 watts (30 watts x 2)
    • two 3.5" cone woofers
    • two 1.5" dome tweeters
    • HARMAN Display Surround technology creates a surround-type experience from two channels
    • learns your TV remote's volume control command
    • requires AC power
    • 32"W x 4-3/8"H x 3-11/16"D
    • weight: 8.4 lbs.
    • includes wall-mounting bracket for easy mounting underneath wall-mounted TVs
    Connections:
    • 1 analog stereo minijack input
    • 1 optical digital audio input (TV output should be set to PCM)
    • dedicated subwoofer output
    General:
    • remote control
    • optical cable and analog stereo cable included
    • warranty: 1 year (electronics), 5 years (speakers)
    • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
    • If connecting to a TV, please make sure you can select "PCM" output in its audio menu. This sound bar is not compatible with Dolby® Digital signals.
     

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    Features and Specs
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    Color
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    Black
    Tweeter
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    1.5" Dome (2)
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    Woofer
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    3" Cone (2)
    Separate Subwoofer
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    Bluetooth Connectivity
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    Wall-mountable
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    Yes
    Mounting Bracket Included
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    Surface Mount Stand Included
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    5 Years
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    1 Year
    Specifications
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    80Hz - 18k Hz
    Powered System
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    Audio Inputs
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    RCA Stereo Audio Inputs
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    4-3/8H x 32W x 3-11/16D
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    8.4 lbs
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    What's in the box?

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    • Amplified soundbar speaker
    • 59" AC power cord
    • IR remote control (CR2025 3V battery installed)
    • 39" Digital optical cable
    • 4' Minijack-to-RCA cable
    • Wall-mount bracket
    • Quick-Start Guide
    • Important Safety Instructions

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    Features

    Soundbar Speaker System: The JBL Cinema SB100 is a complete, integrated soundbar speaker system that dramatically improves the sound reproduction of your flat-panel TV. Designed to complement 27" and larger flat-panel televisions, the JBL Cinema SB100 is ideal for people who want premium sound quality with impressive bass performance in a nonintrusive, easy-to-install solution. The SB100 Soundbar system features exclusive Harman Display Surround, as well as analog and optical digital audio inputs. It can mount on a wall or sit on a shelf.

    Speaker & Amplifier Section: The SB100 Soundbar houses two 1.5" dome tweeters and dual 3" premium cone woofers powered by a 60-Watt amplifier.

    Harman Display Surround: Drawing from Harman expertise in movie theater audio, the Cinema SB100 lets you add cinema sound without adding multiple speakers. Employing proprietary Harman Display Surround technology, it creates a virtual surround-sound experience for multiple listeners from a single soundbar.

    Bass Boost: JBL is known for exceptional bass response, and the Cinema SB100 lets you increase low-frequency performance at the touch of a button on the included remote. The added bass impact is ideal for movie soundtracks.

    Analog + Digital Inputs: The Cinema SB100 features both analog (minijack) & digital (optical) inputs to connect your flat-panel TV and a Blu-ray/DVD player, or satellite/cable box to the system. The soundbar only supports 2-channel PCM through its optical digital input (not Dolby Digital).

    Note: If your television does not support 2-channel PCM through its optical digital output, you will need to connect the SB100 using the analog 3.5mm stereo input.

    Subwoofer Output: The Cinema SB100 soundbar speaker is fitted with a mono-subwoofer output (with built-in fixed low-pass crossover) to connect a separate powered subwoofer for added bass response.

    Remote Control: The Cinema SB100 comes with a credit card-sized IR remote. However, this soundbar speaker can also "learn" the IR (infrared) volume-control code of your existing TV remote control, taking away the need to keep track of yet another remote for controlling the volume on the soundbar.

    Mounting Options: You can place the Cinema SB100 on a shelf or tabletop, or wall-mount it with the included bracket. A dual-position equalization feature optimizes the soundbar's performance for any location. So you can position it where you choose without compromising sound quality.

     

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    5 out of 5

    JBL Cinema SB 100

    Written By Buck P, Closter, New Jersey on Wednesday, April 16, 2014
     
    This was a better deal than the SB200 due to a) subwoofer outlet and b) less expensive. Does a great job for regular television.
    Pros:
    Awesome! Shook my livingroom!
    Cons:
    None
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    5 out of 5

    JBL cinema review

    Written By Phil, Youngstown, OH on Monday, April 14, 2014
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    Very good sound quality and clarity. great improvement over television speakers.
    Pros:
    quality of the sound, ease of use and ease of installation
    Cons:
    none
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    4 out of 5

    JBL Cinema SB 100

    Written By jmays1137@gmail.com, Delray Beach,Florida on Sunday, January 26, 2014
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    Big improvement over TV speakers.
    Pros:
    for the money well worth it
    Cons:
    could not get it to work with RCA cable had to use optical cable
    1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    It Fills a Need

    Written By CJ, Annandale, VA on Monday, September 23, 2013
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    Certainly a better sound than what comes out of my tinny flat screen TV speakers. If you are looking for real oomph, suggest you check out a model that comes with a separate subwoofer. Easy to hook up, and program your cable/TV remote to operate the sound bar. Now the Caveat: make sure you can turn off -- not just mute -- your TV's internal speakers, otherwise your cable/TV remote will operate both the sound bar AND your TV speakers. You DO NOT want that. My last option is to see if the cable/TV remote can be de-programmed so it does not control the TV volume. For me, the sound bar, although good, will not justify having to use the separate, sound bar-only remote.
    Pros:
    Ease of set up. Sound is markedly better than TV's speakers.
    Cons:
    TV speakers conflict with sound bar (this is a TV problem. See above.)
    5 out of 5 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    Great to Improve TV Sound

    Written By ACE, Tuckahoe NY on Friday, July 12, 2013
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    The sound on my TV is much improved. But it took me a while to get it right. The process of optimizing the sound is not clear in the manual particularly what you can do on the TV to help.
    Pros:
    Very much improved sound
    Cons:
    Obscure tuning instructions
    3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    Not to Shabby..

    Written By Terence G., Newark, DE on Thursday, March 21, 2013
     
    Definitely a great addition if you need more volume for your flat screen.
    Pros:
    Loud sound, doesn't take up much space and price.
    Cons:
    Built in Surround sound sounds like regular stereo setting.
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    5 out of 5

    NOT DISAPPOINTED

    Written By DOUG, FLORAL CITY, FL on Wednesday, March 06, 2013
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    Take the time to actually listen and compare your TV's sound to the JBL Unit. The sound is clear and the EQ is just right; and it even gets better when you turn it up. Add in the surround sound and bass boost and it fills the room very nicely. Just what you'd expect from JBL.
    Pros:
    Improves TV audio.
    Cons:
    None
    6 out of 6 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Great for limited spaces

    Written By Jaime H, San Juan, PR on Monday, February 25, 2013
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    Sounds great and takes no space at all!
    Pros:
    Good sound, specially when paired with a subwoofer. No need for bulky amplifiers and electronics.
    Cons:
    I like the sound of a big speaker home theater with bulky amplifiers.
    7 out of 8 people found this helpful
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    1 question already asked

    when I watch movie on VuDu, why doesn't my sound bar work? Only TV speaks come on. [ Jim  Jan 26, 2014 ]
    3 answers
    • If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the settings on the product and see if there may be a fix. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer. You can also post your question in our forums: http://community.crutchfield.com. Or try our online support center: http://crutchfield.custhelp.com/app/answers/list/kw/. [ Jeff Staff  Jan 27, 2014 ]
    • Hi, Jim-- I had trouble getting local television broadcast audio through the sound bar (I don't have cable) and no one could figure it out for awhile. Finally, Steve Kindig, a Crutchfield TV guy, wrote me the following:> OK, I think I know what the problem is -- and you may have mentioned> this, and I just couldn't wrap my brain around it. The JBL sound ba> can only accept PCM audio through its optical input. It doesn't> support Dolby Digital audio which is the format for over-the-ai> broadcast TV. That's a terrible design for a sound bar -- which is> designed to be used with a TV -- but it's not the only model we> carry that is limited in that way.>I'm not conversant with the technical jargon, but did glean that the sound bar / LG TV combo might have some limitations. My guess is that VuDu is using audio signal that won't use the optical output to the sound bar.Steve was helpful. [ GAYLE   Jan 27, 2014 ]
    • It works for me on Business. But if I pause the show for a long time it stops working and have to hit the on button n [ ARMAND   Jan 26, 2014 ]

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