JBL Cinema SB 100

Powered home theater sound bar

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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.

Product 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
    • 1 analog stereo minijack input
    • 1 optical digital audio input (TV output should be set to PCM)
    • dedicated subwoofer output
    • 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.

    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.

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    JBL Cinema SB 100

    Written By Byron T, Texas on Sunday, April 12, 2015

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    great product for my use, easy wall mount, great for the bedroom flat screen

    Pros: speakers in front, easy hook up, digital audio capable

    JBL Cinema SB 100 Excellent for the Price

    Written By Miketn, Arizona on Thursday, April 02, 2015

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    I don't think you could get a better power home theater for the price. I have a hearing impairment and this sound bar has really made movies enjoyable.

    Pros: Excellent clarity and easy to use.

    Cons: None that I can find.

    Good bar!

    Written By seanO, Newtown Square, PA on Monday, March 16, 2015

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    Great low price solution

    Pros: Forward facing sound that's loud

    Cons: wierd shape

    Great Buy

    Written By Rhys J., Virginia Beach, VA on Saturday, March 14, 2015

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    Easy hookup. Excellent sound quality.

    Pros: Great sound, good poking.

    Cons: No connection for sub-woofer.

    JBL SB 100

    Written By Mike O., DL ND on Sunday, February 08, 2015

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    Like most others I bought this sound bar to help out the dialog and general sound of my new LED TV. After getting things figured out as far as settings on the TV it is a great price point sound bar. Of course it isn't going replace a decent theatre system but for general listening it is great! I ended up buying two of them. One is in my garage with an MP3 player plugged in. Fills a 900 sq.ft. garage quite nicely!

    Pros: Really helps the dialog and general sound of the television. As usual Crutchfield is great to work with and I will be using them in the future!!! Thanks Crutchfield! The TV remote works with it. And no issues with the optical or mini plug at all.

    Cons: Getting the sound controls right is not all that clear. Through searching on the net and trial and error I found that turning the TV speaker setting to 'off' and the volume setting to 'fixed' seems to work the best for me.

    Good Sound Bar

    Written By Sam, Charlottesville Virginia on Thursday, January 29, 2015

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    Good sound bar for money. Looks good at bottom on flat screen TV.

    Pros: Much better sound than TV speaker. Surround sound and base good features.

    Cons: TV remote does not work. Must use sound bar remote.

    Good Product

    Written By John S., Fairfield, OH on Tuesday, January 27, 2015

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    This is a good product. It sounds really good and it is very easy to hookup. It is a nice upgrade from my TV's cheap speakers. A good deal for the price.

    Pros: Sound. Ease of hookup.

    Cons: None


    Written By WALLY, Arizona on Friday, January 23, 2015

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    I have always liked the sound of JBL speakers and this soundbar is no exception. A huge improvement over the flat screen speakers. Installation was easy, the controls are intuitive, and I like that the soundbar turns on and off automatically with the TV and can be synched to the TV remote. I initially had a problem with the optical cable supplied because I didn't realize the ends of the cable had protective covers which needed to be removed before use. If the bar is mounted high on a wall as mine is,. the manual controls won't be visible as they are located on the top of the bar.

    Pros: nice size, good sound, easy controls, mounting options

    Nice sounding sound bar

    Written By Saffyre, Wilmington, DE on Wednesday, September 24, 2014

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    This sound bar sounds good! I bought a new flat screen tv that amazed me with how bad it sounded. This sound bar made a world of difference! The tv sits on a stand but I was able to slide the sound bar underneath the tv and it sounds just like it's coming from the tv. The remote has a button to add bass to those action movies. This was a great buy for the money.

    Pros: Rich sound for the size. Easy to connect.

    Cons: None

    JBL Cinema SB 100

    Written By Buck P, Closter, New Jersey on Wednesday, April 16, 2014

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    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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    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

    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

    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.)

    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

    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.


    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

    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.

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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

    Scratch & Dent items may be missing non-essential accessories. In some cases the manufacturer's accessories have been replaced with generic equivalents.

    Features and Specs

    Enclosure Acoustic Suspension
    Pieces in System 1
    Color Black
    Tweeter 1.5" Dome (2)
    Midrange None
    Woofer 3" Cone (2)
    Separate Subwoofer No
    Subwoofer Driver None
    Bluetooth Connectivity No
    Wall-mountable Yes
    Mounting Bracket Included Yes
    Surface Mount Stand Included No
    Speaker Parts Warranty 5 Years
    Speaker Labor Warranty 5 Years
    Amplifier Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Amplifier Labor Warranty 1 Year
    System Frequency Response 80Hz - 18k Hz
    Powered System Yes
    Sound Bar RMS Power Not given
    Subwoofer RMS Power N/A
    Audio Inputs
    Mini Stereo Audio Inputs 1
    RCA Stereo Audio Inputs None
    Optical Digital Audio Inputs 1
    Coaxial Digital Audio Inputs None
    HDMI Audio Video Connections
    HDMI Inputs None
    HDMI Outputs None
    Sound Bar (inches) 4-3/8H x 32W x 3-11/16D
    Sound Bar Weight 8.4 lbs
    Subwoofer (inches) No Subwoofer
    Subwoofer Weight N/A

    Product Research


    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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