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JBL Cinema SB 100

Powered home theater sound bar

20 Reviews | 4 questions - 31 answers

Item #: 109SB100

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Our take on the JBL Cinema SB 100

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.

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.

Love it!

Steve, Voorhees, NJ

What's in the Box:

  • 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

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.

    JBL Cinema SB 100

    Average Customer Review(s):

    (20 Reviews)

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    larry from Louisiana on 12/23/2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Purchased to hang below a 42" LG TV. Speaker delivered a much greater depth of sound than ones in the TV. Purchased a scratch and dent model from outlet stock.. Did not find and damage to the unit .Existing TV mounted on wall with a tilt and at and angle from wall. Unit did not come with the wall bracket in box. Needed this as it is made to clip into the sound bar. Called Crutchfield and one was send right out to me at no additional cost. Made a custom mounting plate to connect to back of TV. All is well. Now have a theater type sound in the master bed room with small foot print.



    Awesome sound!

    Steve from Voorhees, NJ on 9/13/2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Love it!



    Great inexpensive sound solution - JBL sound bar

    Rose from New Jersey on 8/3/2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    My elderly Mom, who loves opera, bought an inexpensive flat screen TV to replace a broken one that had much better sound. The new TV had limited options for sound output. This sound bar could receive output from the standard small headphone jack, and has improved her listening and viewing experience incredibly. We did have to purchase the cable for this hookup, but small price to pay.

    Pros: Good quality sound, not too boomy in the bass. Convenient connection options. Reasonable price.

    Cons: Wider than TV or stand. We wall-mounted it. Had to buy our own cable for the type of connection required.

    JBL Cinema SB 100

    Byron T from Texas on 4/12/2015

    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

    Miketn from Arizona on 4/2/2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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!

    seanO from Newtown Square, PA on 3/16/2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great low price solution

    Pros: Forward facing sound that's loud

    Cons: wierd shape

    Great Buy

    Rhys J. from Virginia Beach, VA on 3/14/2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Easy hookup. Excellent sound quality.

    Pros: Great sound, good poking.

    Cons: No connection for sub-woofer.

    JBL SB 100

    Mike O. from DL ND on 2/8/2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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

    Sam from Charlottesville Virginia on 1/29/2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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

    John S. from Fairfield, OH on 1/27/2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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


    WALLY from Arizona on 1/23/2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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

    Saffyre from Wilmington, DE on 9/24/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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

    Buck P from Closter, New Jersey on 4/16/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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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    Phil from Youngstown, OH on 4/14/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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 from Delray Beach,Florida on 1/26/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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

    CJ from Annandale, VA on 9/23/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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

    ACE from Tuckahoe NY on 7/12/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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..

    Terence G. from Newark, DE on 3/21/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.


    DOUG from FLORAL CITY, FL on 3/6/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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

    Jaime H from San Juan, PR on 2/25/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.


    Hands-on research

    Features and Specs

    Enclosure Acoustic Suspension
    Design Bar
    Pieces in System 1
    Color Black
    Tweeter 1.5" Dome (2)
    Midrange None
    Woofer 3" Cone (2)
    Separate Subwoofer No
    Subwoofer Driver None
    Surround Sound Decoding No
    Dialogue Enhancement No
    Auto Volume No
    4K Video Compatible No
    Audio Return Channel No
    Remote IR Passthrough No
    Works with TV Remote (IR) Yes
    Control by App N
    Bluetooth Connectivity No
    Wi-Fi 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
    Inputs and Outputs
    Mini Stereo Audio Inputs 1
    RCA Stereo Audio Inputs None
    Optical Digital Audio Inputs 1
    Coaxial Digital Audio Inputs None
    HDMI Inputs None
    HDMI Outputs None
    USB Port No
    Subwoofer Output 1
    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.

    Our Product Research Team

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    Staff Reviews

    Product reviews from the Crutchfield Labs

    Video: JBL Soundbars
    by Zak Billmeier

    JBL's soundbar speakers will help you get superior sound out of your TV. Three models are available, including one with a wireless subwoofer.

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    Customer Q&A

    4 questions already asked

    This is compatible with any tv that has an audio out [ DENNY  Mar 31, 2015 ]
    It is from an electronic standpoint however it is longer than 22 inches. [ MICHAEL  Mar 31, 2015 ]
    I would say yes. As long as your tv has some sort of audio out it will. For the most part the trick is to get the tv settings right. Enjoy! [ Mike  Mar 31, 2015 ]
    Check to make sure the set has compatible output. Also it may look a little strange since it is much wider than the tv. [ ARMAND  Mar 31, 2015 ]
    I think a 22 inch is too small for this sound bar. I have it on a 48 inch flat screen. It sounds great when I crank it up. Great buy for the money though. [ Sloane  Mar 31, 2015 ]
    It can sit on a shelf or it can be mounted [ DENNY  Jan 16, 2015 ]
    I placed mine at the foot of the TV and later on top of the TV. [ Donald R.  Jan 16, 2015 ]
    My unit was placed on top of our DVR and it was fine. Joe [ JOE R.  Jan 14, 2015 ]
    Sound bar can absolutely sit on a shelf. Great product, I love mine. [ BRIAN P  Jan 14, 2015 ]
    Ours sits on a shelf, no problem. [ KEVIN  Jan 14, 2015 ]
    It can be placed on a piece of furniture such as an entertainment console unit or on a shelf. It is well balanced and does not vibrate or move. [ STEPHEN M  Jan 14, 2015 ]
    It can sit on a shelf. [ MARGARITA  Jan 14, 2015 ]
    Oh, it does have little pads on it so it does sit on a shelf. I misread the question... [ Mike  Jan 14, 2015 ]
    It sits just fine on a horizontal surface. There's a setting in the back that adjusts the sound according to whether you have it mounted on a wall or sitting on a table/shelf. [ GAYLE  Jan 14, 2015 ]
    This does come with a wall mount bracket. Two screws and done deal. What I did find is that if the bracket is mounted directly on the wall the bass can be a little boomy. I spaced it out about 3/4" and it did make a difference. [ Mike  Jan 14, 2015 ]
    It can sit on a shelf. [ ARMAND  Jan 14, 2015 ]
    No, it does not have to. I have it on top of my entertainment cabinet. [ BRIAN  Jan 14, 2015 ]
    It's on my wall right now, but could rest atop the entertainment center. I recently bought a Bose Cinemate 15. This JBL product was a HUGE disappointment [ Miguel  Jan 14, 2015 ]
    No, it doesn't have to be mounted. My TV sits on a stand. The sound bar sits right under the screen. I was able to turn off the sound on the TV which was a distraction with the sound bar. Sounds good! [ Sloane  Jan 14, 2015 ]
    Can sit on a shelf or TV stand top [ CURTIS L  Jan 14, 2015 ]
    Mine is sitting right under my flat screen on the TV stand shelf, no mounting, unless you want to put it on a wall. [ KA  Jan 14, 2015 ]
    Yes it will work. And no additional purchases will be necessary. [ Matthew  Jun 12, 2014 ]
    You can use RCA (the red and white plugs) or digital (fiber-optical) connectors to connect this sound bar to your TV. A digital connector is included with the sound bar, but RCA cables are not. Enjoy your new TV! [ GAYLE  Jun 12, 2014 ]
    hi, I have u-verse att and the surround would only work when I connected the red and white to (audio out) on cable box, also optical plug was connected to the cable box, when I connected the cables to the tv the sound bar would not work, it needed to come from source of signal, it does work well for the price. THE CRUTCHFIELD REPS helped me and they maybe able to help you, Neil [ NEIL R.  Jun 12, 2014 ]
    The best way to use the JBL SOUND BAR IS WITH a fiber optic cable. Your smart tv should have a location for fiber cable. You will get best sound that way. [ BRIAN  Jun 12, 2014 ]
    Hi I bought my jbl speakers for my ex BFs birthday. I do think you need speakers. I remember him going to local big box store to buy the cables. [ KA  Jun 12, 2014 ]
    I think your OK. A fiber cable came with the unit a plugged into my 5 year old set. I would assume your newer set has such a connection. Check the instruction book. Overall we are happy with the unit. Good luck. [ ARMAND  Jun 12, 2014 ]
    You may want to contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat to discuss compatibility with your original system. They will be able to pull up your TV and see if this will integrate. If it does not, then they will also be able to discuss other options with you. [ Greg  Jun 12, 2014 ]  Staff
    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: Or try our online support center: [ Jeff  Jan 27, 2014 ]  Staff
    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 ]