Active Soundbar: The JBL
BAR 2.1 system is a great choice for movie and music soundtracks. The JBL BAR
2.1's active soundbar speaker houses two 1.25" tweeters and four 2.25"
racetrack drivers powered by a 100 watt (Peak) amplifier.
- JBL Surround Technology: The soundbar incorporates JBL's Surround Sound Technology with six sound modes to choose from
- including Standard, Movie, Music, Voice, Sports, and Off (Stereo).
- Night Mode: There is
also a Night mode that reduces major volume differences between soft and loud
passages, so a more uniform volume level can be maintained.
- Audio Sync: In addition, the Audio Sync feature makes sure that
the sound from the BAR 2.1 is in sync with the video on your TV; the Audio
Sync can be adjusted from 0-250ms.
Wireless Powered Sub: The JBL BAR 2.1's wireless powered sub
features a down-firing 6.5" woofer in a bass reflex enclosure with a rear-firing
port. A built-in 200 watt (Peak) amplifier is used to drive the 6.5" woofer and
deliver deep, impactful bass. Because the powered sub is wireless, it puts no
unsightly cables between the soundbar and subwoofer (still requires a AC power
cord connection). You can adjust the bass level (0-20) of the powered sub from
the included IR remote.
HDMI 1.4 Input/Output (ARC): The JBL BAR 2.1 is equipped
with one HDMI 1.4 input and one HDMI (ARC) 1.4 output. The HDMI input and output
support up to 1080p video (including 3D), as well as 5.1ch Dolby Digital and 2ch
PCM. The HDMI (ARC) output allows audio to be sent from your ARC compatible TV
to the BAR 2.1 through the same HDMI cable already being used to send audio and
video to your television, eliminating the need for extra cables connected to
Note: The ARC-enabled HDMI input of many televisions only sends
an audio signal in 5.1ch when receiving Dolby Digital from
the TV's built-in tuner, network connection, or connected USB device; and will
output only 2ch stereo from sources connected to the TV via HDMI, or RCA (like
your Blue-ray/DVD player or satellite/cable box).
Optical Digital & Analog 3.5mm Inputs: In addition to HDMI
connectivity, the JBL BAR 2.1 is outfitted with one optical (toslink) digital
input and one analog stereo minijack (3.5mm) input. The optical digital input
will support 2ch PCM and Dolby Digital (up to 5.1ch).
Note: The digital optical output terminals of most newer
flat-panel TVs only send an audio signal in 5.1ch when receiving Dolby
Digita surround sound from the TV's built-in tuner, network connection,
or connected USB device; and will output only 2ch stereo from sources
connected to the TV via HDMI, or RCA (like your Blue-ray/DVD player or
USB-A 2.0 Port: The JBL BAR 2.1 features a USB (type-A) 2.0
port for connection of a USB MSC (mass storage class) device, such as a USB
thumbdrive or portable digital audio player. You'll be able to playback MP3 and
music files stored on a USB MSC device (formatted in FAT 16/FAT32) through the
JBL soundbar system. The system can recognize up to 2,000 MP3 files. You'll also
get basic playback control (such as Play/Pause, Previous/Next Track, and
Random/Repeat) from the
included IR remote. Advanced music browsing and song/artist/album info display
are not supported. The USB port can also be used to charge (5V/1A) your
- Supported MP3 Files: 16kHz-48kHz sampling rate with
- Supported WAV Files: 16kHz-48kHz sampling rate with up to a
Note: The USB port does not support Apple iOS or Android OS device
Bluetooth Audio Streaming: The JBL BAR 2.1 is equipped with
built-in Bluetooth 4.2 with support for wireless audio streaming (A2DP 1.3) and
playback control (AVRCP 1.6). You'll be able to wirelessly stream stored music,
music apps, and other audio content from your Bluetooth-enabled device (such as
your smartphone, tablet, laptop, or computer) to the soundbar speaker system.
You'll also be able to control basic playback functions (such as Play/Pause &
Previous/Next Track) from the included IR remote. You will still use your
Bluetooth source device for advanced music browsing and to view
song/artist/album info. You can pair multiple Bluetooth devices with the BAR
2.1, but only one device can be used for playback at a time. The system has a
wireless Bluetooth range of approximately 32'.
Note: The JBL BAR 2.1 does not support Bluetooth hands-free communication
for making and answering phone calls.
JBL SoundShift Technology: The JBL BAR 2.1 is further
enhanced with JBL SoundShift technology, which allows you to instantly switch
between sound from your TV and sound from your Bluetooth source device.
Remote Control: The JBL BAR 2.1 comes with an IR remote for
wireless control of the soundbar system, as well as basic playback control of
USB & Bluetooth connected devices. The system also supports "System Standby" and
"One Touch Play" HDMI CEC commands. In addition, the BAR 2.1 can
respond to "Volume Up/Down" and "Mute" commands from most Samsung, Sony, LG, and
Vizio TV remote controls automatically (no programming required). If your TV's
remote does not control the soundbar automatically, you can program the BAR 2.1
to respond your TV remote's "Volume Up/Down" and "Mute" commands.
Front-Panel Display: The front-panel display indicates source
selection, surround modes, and other audio settings. The front-panel display can
be dimmed and will disappear after five seconds. The front-panel display does
not offer song/artist/album information.
Mounting Options: You can place the JBL BAR 2.1's soundbar
speaker on a shelf or tabletop, or wall-mount it with the included brackets.
Because the powered subwoofer is wireless, you can position it any where
in the room (within 25').
Power Requirements: Both, the active soundbar and wireless powered
sub, will need to be plugged into an AC wall outlet, surge protector, or power
conditioner. Each includes a detachable 5' AC power cord.
Auto On + Standby: The JBL BAR 2.1 system will automatically
power on whenever it senses an audio signal from its HDMI & Optical source inputs. The JBL BAR 2.1 will automatically switch to standby mode after approximately 10 minutes of button inactivity and no audio playback from a connected source.