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JBL Cinema SB 200

Powered home theater sound bar with Bluetooth®

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by Woody Sherman
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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.

The JBL SB 200 Sound Bar

The JBL Cinema SB 200 sound bar's good looks and rich sound add enhance your TV experience.

Hidden within this handsome but compact sound bar is the sound your TV wanted to have, but was too crowded to house. It doesn't take a lot of depth to make a small speaker sound good, though. The Cinema SB 200 is barely 4 inches deep, yet its performance bears a strong family resemblance to the classic soul-satisfying sound that has made JBL a household name for decades.

Though the JBL Cinema SB 200 has two channels, it's capable of generating a generous surround-like soundfield through their innovative Display Surround technology. And this sound bar's inputs aren't restricted to improving your television's audio. Built-in Bluetooth® circuitry will receive signals from your smartphone, tablet, or other compatible streaming devices, so you can fill your viewing room with the music that's available at your fingertips.

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Highlights:

    Sound bar:
    • 120 watts max. system power
    • two 3-1/2" premium cone woofers
    • two 1" dome tweeters
    • built-in Bluetooth® for wireless audio streaming from compatible smartphones, tablets and laptops
    • HARMAN Display Surround technology creates a surround-type experience from two channels
    • Dolby® digital decoding
    • learns your TV remote's volume control command
    • requires AC power
    • weight: 11.5 lbs.
    • 35-3/8"W x 4-9/16"H x 4-1/8"D
    • includes wall-mounting bracket for easy mounting underneath wall-mounted TVs
    Connections:
    • 1 analog stereo minijack input
    • 1 optical digital audio input
    General:

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    Features and Specs
    General
    Enclosure Bass Reflex
    Pieces in System 1
    Color Black
    Tweeter 1" dome (2)
    Midrange None
    Woofer 3.5" cone (2)
    Separate Subwoofer No
    Subwoofer Driver None
    Bluetooth Connectivity Yes
    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
    Specifications
    System Frequency Response 55-23k 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
    Dimensions
    Sound Bar (inches) 4-9/16H x 35-3/8W x 4-1/8D
    Sound Bar Weight 11.5 lbs
    Subwoofer (inches) No Subwoofer
    Subwoofer Weight N/A
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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 SB200 is a complete, integrated soundbar system that dramatically improves the sound reproduction of your flat-panel TV and wirelessly streams music from your Bluetooth-enabled devices. Designed to complement 32" and larger flat-panel televisions, the JBL Cinema SB200 is ideal for people who want premium sound quality with impressive bass performance in a nonintrusive, easy-to-install solution. The SB200 Soundbar system features exclusive Harman Display Surround, built-in Dolby Digital decoding, as well as analog and optical digital audio inputs. It can mount on a wall or sit on a shelf.

    Speaker & Amplifier Section: The SB200 Soundbar houses two 1" dome tweeters and dual 3.5" premium cone woofers powered by a 120-Watt amplifier. The two high-excursion woofers and the enclosure's dual port design, let you enjoy impressive bass performance without making you find room for an external subwoofer.

    Harman Display Surround + Dolby Digital Decoding: Drawing from Harman expertise in movie theater audio, the Cinema SB200 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. The Cinema SB200 can also decode Dolby Digital soundtracks, which eliminates conversion stages that reduce sound quality.

    Bluetooth Technology: The Cinema SB200 features built-in Bluetooth A2DP, which allows you to wirelessly stream audio from your Apple iPod/iPhone/iPad, Android smartphone/tablet, Blackberry, laptop/computer, or other Bluetooth-enabled device to the JBL soundbar speaker system.

    Bass Boost: JBL is known for exceptional bass response, and the Cinema SB200 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 SB200 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.

    Remote Control: The Cinema SB200 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 SB200 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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    4 out of 5

    JBL Cinema SB 200

    Written By Anonymous, Missoula, MT on Monday, June 23, 2014
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    Great sound, easy to install and configure
    Pros:
    Great sound for the price, bluetooth connectivity a big plus
    Cons:
    A little tall for 32 inch tv on tabletop mount
    1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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    3 out of 5

    JBL Cinema SB 200

    Written By Buck P, Closter, New Jersey on Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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    Overall effect was good, but it needed more bass
    Pros:
    Overall effect was good
    Cons:
    Needed more bass
    2 out of 3 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    Great Sound, But Has Problems

    Written By Dentondog, Denton MD on Wednesday, November 27, 2013
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    Sound quality is great. Much better than the TV speakers. However the auto on feature does not work. The SB200 goes into standby mode and stays there until manually switched back on. The Quick Start manual (pg. 5) states that it should automatically go on when an audio signal is received. I noticed that the "new" manual on JBL's web site has this sentence removed.
    Pros:
    Excellent sound Good price
    Cons:
    Auto on feature does not work.
    7 out of 7 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    JBL Cinema SB 200

    Written By Anonymous, Austin, MN on Sunday, July 21, 2013
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    Easy set up, great sound. Great help from Tech Guys.
    4 out of 4 people found this helpful
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    3 out of 5

    Good sound

    Written By RyanRip, Austin, MN on Friday, April 05, 2013
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    Provides excellent, richer sound than my Sony Bravia's built-in speakers. I can actually understand more dialogue in more shows! However, I have struggled with programming my remotes to control the device. My wife gets mad when it doesn't power up with the TV and is vocal about having to have yet another remote. For this I have to give it fewer stars. I also struggled with short cords when wiring to my set-up, but I have that with most products.
    Pros:
    Sound
    Cons:
    setting up other remotes
    7 out of 7 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    SB200

    Written By RonW, Warwick,MD on Saturday, March 30, 2013
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    Nice sound, good base. Not too overpowering.
    Pros:
    Plug and play. Had to connect soundbar to TV.
    Cons:
    None
    3 out of 5 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    Good sound, decent value, but some bugs too

    Written By DaleT, Vancouver, WA on Thursday, February 21, 2013
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    I give the JBL Cinema SB200 4/5 stars, but really must elaborate because my impression is mixed. It meets my needs perfectly, and I am quite satisfied with my purchase. The most important attributes for me are sound quality and value. While I think it is actually too expensive, the fact of the matter is that this JBL outperforms even more expensive alternatives. The SB200 is even better at dialog (and all but the bass range) than the more expensive model that JBL replaced it with (though that one does benefit from a subwoofer).

    There are some problems I've discovered with the SB200, however. -The unit's auto-off feature doesn't work if Bluetooth has been used, even if no longer "paired" with a compatible device and its own input has been switched to either analog or optical digital. The unit must be powered-off manually with the toggle switch in order to restore the auto-off feature next time it is turned on. - When the auto-off feature does work, the SB200 will only turn itself back on properly when it senses an analog signal. An optical digital signal will not 'wake-up' the SB200. - The simulated surround feature is just as bad as on all other similar soundbars.

    Summary: The SB200 sounds much better than similar competition. Build quality is great. Bluetooth works well, but the auto-off/on feature doesn't work as well as advertised. I wish there were a cheaper version without simulated surround or Bluetooth.
    Pros:
    Sounds good. Sounds much better than similar competition. Build quality is great.
    Cons:
    There are some problems with the auto-off/on feature (see my post above for more info).
    22 out of 22 people found this helpful
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