Active Soundbar: The JBL
BAR 3.1's active soundbar speaker features a dedicated left, right, and center
channel for excellent stereo imaging and enhanced voice clarity. Each channel of the soundbar speaker houses one 1.25" tweeter and two 2.25"
racetrack drivers. The three 1.25" tweeters and six 2.25 racetracks drivers are powered by a
150 watt (Peak) amplifier for dynamic sound performance.
- 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
a Night mode that reduces major volume differences between soft and loud
passages, so a more uniform volume level can be maintained.
- Audio Sync: The Audio Sync feature makes sure that the sound from the BAR 3.1 is in sync
with the video on your TV; the Audio Sync can be adjusted from 0-250ms.
Wireless Powered Sub: The JBL BAR 3.1's wireless powered sub
features a down-firing 10" woofer in a bass reflex enclosure with a rear-firing
port. A built-in 300 watt (Peak) amplifier is used to drive the 10" 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 2.0a Connectivity: The JBL BAR 3.1 is equipped with
three HDMI inputs and one HDMI ARC output. All of its HDMI inputs and output
support the latest HDMI 2.0a specification with ultra high-definition 4K video
pass-through, HDCP 2.2 compatibility, HDR (High Dynamic Range), ARC, & Dolby
Digital (up to 5.1ch).
- 4K Pass-Through: The BAR 3.1 lets you maintain 4K
quality from source to screen by allowing 4K video to "pass through" and be
displayed on a 4K TV or projector, without compromising image quality.
Giving you the pure 4K experience makes this soundbar the perfect partner
for 4K-capable TVs and Ultra-HD Blu-ray players. 480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i,
and 1080p video signal are also supported.
- HDCP 2.2: HDCP 2.2 is supported by all of the
soundbar's HDMI jacks. HDCP 2.2 is short for "High bandwidth Digital Content
Protection" and is used for 4K video copyright protection for compatibility
with Ultra HD Blu-ray players and 4K Satellite/Cable providers.
- HDR (High Dynamic Range Video): HDR (High Dynamic
Range) reproduces a greater dynamic range of luminosity or brightness
levels, bringing greater contrast & wider color spectrum to the screen. This
increased contrast reveals the subtle nuances of the image, from detailed
blacks and shadows to the brightest whites and colors, plus greater depth.
Previously hidden areas of dark shadow and sunlight are now full of clarity
and detail. The BAR 3.1 supports HDR10, the most popular HDR format.
- ARC (Audio Return Channel): This feature of the
soundbar speaker system's HDMI output allows audio to be sent from your
compatible HDTV to the BAR 3.1 through the same HDMI cable already
being used to send audio and video to your HDTV. This eliminates the need
for extra cables connected to your television.
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 3.1 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
Digital 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 3.1 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 3.1 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
3.1, 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 3.1 does not support Bluetooth hands-free communication
for making and answering phone calls.
JBL SoundShift Technology: The JBL BAR 3.1 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 3.1 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 3.1 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 3.1
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 3.1'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
+ Standby: The JBL BAR 3.1 system will automatically power on whenever
it senses an audio signal from its HDMI & Optical source inputs. The JBL BAR 3.1 will automatically switch to standby mode after approximately 10 minutes of button inactivity and no audio playback
from a connected source.