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JBL Bar 5.1

Powered home theater sound bar with wireless subwoofer and true wireless surround speakers

Item # 109BAR51

Until JBL showcased their Bar 5.1 sound bar system here at Crutchfield HQ, I'd never seen anything like it.

Until JBL showcased their Bar 5.1 sound bar system here at Crutchfield HQ, I'd never seen anything like it.

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About the JBL Bar 5.1

A wireless home theater like no other

Until JBL showcased their Bar 5.1 sound bar system here at Crutchfield HQ, I'd never seen anything like it. Sure, plenty of other sound bars use a sub and surround speakers to create full wraparound sound. But this is the first system to include battery-powered surround speakers that are 100% wire-free.
Wireless surround sound from the JBL Bar 5.1

The JBL Bar 5.1 system features the first completely wireless surround speakers we've ever seen.

A wireless home theater like no other

Until JBL showcased their Bar 5.1 sound bar system here at Crutchfield HQ, I'd never seen anything like it. Sure, plenty of other sound bars use a sub and surround speakers to create full wraparound sound. But this is the first system to include battery-powered surround speakers that are 100% wire-free.

Our JBL trainer detached the left and right surround speakers from either side of the bar, then walked them to the back of the room. He placed them right behind our seating area and fired up a home theater demo with truly wireless surround sound. No cables running to the back speakers — and no need to plug them into the wall.

How this system works

The surround speakers recharge when they are connected to the sound bar. A full charge gives you full surround sound for up to 10 hours of binge watching. Deep bass is provided by the down-firing 10-inch subwoofer.

The sub also receives signals wirelessly from the bar, so you can place it off in a corner or out of the way. But unlike the surround speakers, you will need to connect it to an AC outlet — this is a big, bad woofer that needs more power to deliver lots of thump.

JBL Bar 5.1 system

Recharge the wireless surround speakers by attaching them to the sound bar.

How this system sounds

We were shown a clip from the movie Mad Max: Fury Road. This sound bar system sounded as solid and seamless as a wired 5.1 system — no weird audio delays or dropouts. The scene started with creepy voices "worming their way" through the main character's brain. They seemed to swarm around my head — from behind, right next to me, even off in the distance.

Our training room is a pretty large space, and this system had no trouble bringing the heat. When motors cranked up to start a wild car chase, I could feel the impact. There wasn't much dialogue in the scene, but I was able to clearly hear and understand characters when they shouted over the revving engines and spontaneous blasts.

Space-friendly design with versatile connections

The bar is slim enough to fit under most TVs on a stand, but JBL included a bracket for wall-mounting. They even threw in brackets for the surround speakers. 

You'll find convenient home theater connections to go with this system's bona fide home theater performance. There are three 4K/HDR-ready HDMI inputs and one output for connecting the latest gear. Or you can simply connect your TV using the single included optical digital audio cable.

Substantial remote control options

For some sound bar manufacturers, the remote is an afterthought. Not so, here. The JBL remote gives you control over the subwoofer, so you can dial in the amount of bass from your seat. I found this extremely helpful, because different shows and movies can call for more or less low-end.

The remote also lets you adjust the volume on the wireless surrounds — handy, since you may move the speakers around a bit. And my low-key favorite feature? You can adjust the audio using the remote, to ensure it syncs up with the screen. It was much more convenient than diving into the TV settings menu.


Product highlights:

    • features a sound bar, wireless subwoofer, and true wireless surround speakers
      • surround speakers feature built-in batteries and recharge when attached to the sound bar
    • delivers 5.1-channel surround sound
    • included calibration mic captures the room's reflections and optimizes sound to your room
    • built-in Bluetooth® for wireless music streaming from smartphones and tablets
      • JBL Soundshift® automatically switches between your TV and Bluetooth audio sources
    • learns your TV remote's volume commands
    Sound Bar:
    • three-channel sound bar with nine total drivers
      • six 2-1/4" midrange drivers
      • three 1-1/4" tweeters
    • dedicated center channel for clear dialogue
    • Night Mode controls dynamic peaks for late-night viewing
    • Dolby® Digital and DTS® decoding
    • wall-mountable (brackets included)
    • 45"W x 2-1/2"H x 3-3/4"D (with wireless surrounds attached for charging)
    • weight: 8.6 lbs.
    Surround Speakers:
    • surround speakers connect wirelessly to sound bar
      • built-in rechargeable battery offers up to 10 hours of wireless surround sound
    • wall-mount brackets included
    • 6-1/2"W x 2-1/2"H x 3-3/4"D (each)
    • weight: 1.3 lbs. (each)
    • syncs wirelessly to sound bar for easy placement
    • 10" down-firing woofer
    • built-in amplifier
    • 16"W x 12"H x 12"D
    • weight: 26 lbs.
    Connections and General Info:
    • 3 HDMI inputs
    • 1 HDMI output with ARC (Audio Return Channel)
      • HDCP 2.2 compatible for connecting to 4K video sources
      • support 4K video with high dynamic range (HDR) and HDMI-CEC
    • 1 optical digital audio input
    • 1 analog stereo minijack input
    • USB port for connecting a thumb drive
    • HDMI cable, optical digital audio cable, and stereo mini audio cable included
    • total system power: 510 watts
    • system frequency response 35-20,000 Hz
    • remote control included
      • gives you control over bass level and volume of surround speakers
    • warranty: 1 year
    • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

    No A/V receiver required.

    What's in the box:

    • Active soundbar speaker
    • Wireless powered sub
    • 2 Wireless surround speakers
    • Two 5' AC power cords
    • Audio calibration microphone
    • Remote control
    • 2 "AAA" batteries
    • 6.5' HDMI cable
    • 4' Optical digital cable
    • 4' Stereo minijack cable
    • 2 Wall-mount brackets (for soundbar)
    • 2 Wall-mount bracket holders (for soundbar)
    • 2 Wall-mount brackets (for surrounds)
    • 2 Wall-mount bracket holders (for surrounds)
    • Quick-Start Guide
    • Wall-Mount Template
    • Important Safety Instructions
    • Warranty Card

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    Features & specs

    Design Bar
    Amplification Self-powered
    Separate Subwoofer Yes
    Wireless Surrounds Included
    Number Of Channels 5.1
    Surround Formats
    Dolby Digital Yes
    DTS Yes
    Dolby Atmos No
    DTS:X No
    Audio Enhancements
    Dialogue Enhancement Yes
    Auto Volume No
    Night Mode ---
    Virtual Surround No
    Auto Calibration No
    Audio Connections
    Optical Digital Inputs 1
    Coaxial Digital Inputs None
    HDMI ARC Input Yes
    HDMI eARC Input No
    3.5mm Stereo Analog Inputs 1
    RCA Stereo Analog Inputs None
    USB Type-A Input Yes
    Subwoofer Output No
    Audio Specs
    Tweeter 1.25" (3)
    Midrange None
    Woofer 2.25" (6)
    Subwoofer Driver 10" Cone
    Enclosure Sealed(spkr)/Ported(sub)
    System Frequency Response 35-20k Hz
    Sound Bar RMS Power 75
    Subwoofer RMS Power 150
    Video Connections
    HDMI Inputs 3
    HDMI Outputs 1
    Video Specs
    HDMI Version 2.0
    HDMI Video Pass-through Resolution 4K
    HDR Video Compatible HDR10
    Includes Remote Yes
    Voice Control No
    Control by App No
    HDMI CEC Yes
    Remote IR Passthrough No
    Learns TV Remote Yes
    Audio Streaming
    Bluetooth Connectivity Built-in 4.2
    Bluetooth Audio Playback Yes
    Bluetooth Transmitter Mode No
    Online Music Sources None
    Apple AirPlay No
    Chromecast built-in No
    Amazon Music No
    Apple Music No
    Pandora No
    SiriusXM No
    Spotify No
    TIDAL No
    TuneIn ---
    YouTube Music No
    Files on Your Network No
    Wi-Fi Networking
    Built-in Wi-Fi Version None
    Bands N/A
    Other Info
    Wall-mountable Yes
    Mounting Bracket Included Yes
    Sound Bar Size (inches) 2-3/8H x 33-3/8W x 3-11/16D
    Sound Bar Weight 8.6 lbs
    Subwoofer Size (inches) 17-5/16H x 12-1/16W x 13-11/16D
    Subwoofer Weight 28.7 lbs
    Speaker Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Speaker Labor Warranty 1 Year
    Amplifier Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Amplifier Labor Warranty 1 Year
    The JBL Bar 5.1 replaces these items:

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    5.1Ch Soundbar Speaker System: The JBL BAR 5.1 is a true 5.1 channel home theater system with 510 watts of total power, wireless connectivity, and support for Dolby Pro Logic II, Dolby Digital, DTS. The JBL 5.1 consists of an active soundbar speaker, a wireless subwoofer, and two wireless surround speakers. The soundbar features dedicated left, center, and right channels; along with HDMI 2.0a (4K) and Bluetooth connectivity. The wireless powered subwoofer only needs an AC power connection, while the two wireless surround speakers are battery powered. The JBL Bar 5.1 truly re-defines the "soundbar" experience.

    Active Soundbar: The JBL BAR 5.1'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 racetrack drivers are powered by a 150 watt (Peak) amplifier for dynamic sound performance.

    Wireless Powered Sub: The JBL BAR 5.1'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.

    Battery Powered Wireless Surround Speakers: The JBL BAR 5.1 features two 30W (Peak) wireless surround speakers that let you enjoy true wireless surround sound in cinematic 5.1 channel. These surround speakers are battery powered and feature rechargeable batteries that provide up to 10 hours of playing time. The battery powered wireless surround speakers charge by plugging them into the sides of the soundbar speaker (it takes approximately 3 hours to fully charge each speaker). You can adjust the volume level of the surround speakers independently from the overall system's volume.

    Note: The active soundbar speaker measures 45.25" wide when the battery powered wireless surround speakers are plugged in during charging. Make sure you have enough room on either side of the soundbar speaker (at least 6.75") to plug in the surround speakers.

    Dolby Pro Logic II, Dolby Digital, & DTS Surround Processing: The JBL BAR 5.1 soundbar speaker system will decode Dolby Digital & DTS soundtracks (up to 5.1ch) via its HDMI or Optical digital inputs. It also supports Dolby Pro Logic II, which lets you listen to 2ch soundtrack in 5.1ch surround sound. You can also choose between six Sound modes and a Night mode.

    • Sound Modes: Select between six sound modes - 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.

    Auto Calibration Mic: The JBL BAR 5.1 comes with an audio calibration microphone to optimize the speaker system's sound for your room. The microphone plugs into the side of the soundbar and should be positioned at ear-level at the main listening position.

    Mounting Options: The JBL BAR 5.1 offers flexible mounting options for the soundbar speaker, wireless powered subwoofer, and the two battery powered wireless surround speakers.

    • You can place the JBL BAR 5.1's soundbar speaker on a shelf or tabletop, or wall-mount it with the included brackets. The soundbar should be centered above or below your TV.
    • Because the powered subwoofer is wireless, you can position it any where in the room (within 25'). Ideally the subwoofer should be positioned along the same wall as the soundbar speaker. Placing the woofer in a corner will emphasizes the bass even more.
    • The wireless surround speakers can be placed on stands or shelves, or even wall-mounted using the included brackets or optional articulating brackets that are sold separately (there is a 4mm threaded insert on the back of each speaker). The surround speakers can be mounted and positioned vertically or horizontally. For best surround sound effect, position the wireless surround speakers to the sides and slightly behind the listening area (make sure the narrow part of the grille is facing your listening area).

    Power Requirements: Both, the active soundbar and wireless powered sub, come with a detachable 5' AC power cord and will need to be plugged into an AC wall outlet, surge protector, or power conditioner. The wireless surround speakers are battery powered and recharge from the soundbar speaker.


    HDMI 2.0a Connectivity: The JBL BAR 5.1 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/DTS (up to 5.1ch).

    • 4K Pass-Through: The BAR 5.1 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 5.1 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 5.1 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/DTS 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 5.1 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/DTS (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/DTS 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 satellite/cable box).

    USB-A 2.0 Port: The JBL BAR 5.1 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 WAV 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 connected device.

    • Supported MP3 Files: 16kHz-48kHz sampling rate with 80kbps-320kbps bitrate.
    • Supported WAV Files: 16kHz-48kHz sampling rate with up to a 3000kbps bitrate.
    Note: The USB port does not support Apple iOS or Android OS device playback.

    Bluetooth Audio Streaming: The JBL BAR 5.1 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 5.1 does not support Bluetooth hands-free communication for making and answering phone calls.


    Remote Control: The JBL BAR 5.1 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 5.1 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 5.1 to respond your TV remote's "Volume Up/Down" and "Mute" commands.

    JBL SoundShift Technology: The JBL BAR 5.1 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.

    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.

    Auto On + Standby: The JBL BAR 5.1 system will automatically power on whenever it senses an audio signal from its HDMI & Optical source inputs. The JBL BAR 5.1 will automatically switch to standby mode after approximately 10 minutes of button inactivity and no audio playback from a connected source.

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    23 questions already asked

    Just installed the sound bar and music sounds great. Was watching a tv show - comedy with a laugh track - and I can barely hear the dialogue at all, just the sound of the very loud laugh track. How can I fix this?
    [ T  Dec 13, 2019 ]
    6 answers
    Try the different "sound modes" by pressing the button on the remote. I find VOICE works best for lots of TV dialogue.
    [ Jason  Dec 14, 2019 ]
    I have never had that particular problem. Sometimes I have turned the TV on through my U-verse remote and thought the soundbar came on too (which it is programmed to do), but it did not and the sound was actually coming from the TV. I can usually tell and then I just need to turn the soundbar on. I have the U-verse receiver going into the TV with a standard HDMI cable and then the sound going from the HDMI (arc) port on the TV to the HDMI (arc) port on the soundbar using an HDMI (arc) cable. Maybe you are not using HDMI (arc) cable.
    [ Carolyn  Dec 13, 2019 ]
    Could be just that tv show , check to see if other stations are doing the same thing. Never had a problem with sound bar.
    [ DAVID  Dec 13, 2019 ]
    i don't know if you've tried this already, but if not adjust the volume on the surround speakers lower. Most likely the dialogue is in the front center channel. The laugh track would be in the rear to give the effect of you being in the audience. On your remote the controls for the surround are on the left, under the round control dial. Hope it works!
    [ Richard  Dec 13, 2019 ]
    Use your remote control and press the "music" note. That will change the sound. There are several different choices from "standard" to "movie". I suggest the standard or voice mode to fix the situation you are describing. If that does not work, you might check the bass level. Perhaps you need to decrease the bass. Good luck!
    [ Dolph  Dec 13, 2019 ]
    Can't answer this question now because my left speaker will not work when it is unattached. I was told by JBL that I would have to purchase a new speaker at a cost of 100 dollars because it was out of warranty. Mike Babb
    [ Charles  Dec 13, 2019 ]
    Will this pass Dolby Vision content? What is the best way to connect this to a 4k HDR TV with DV and a 4K blu-ray player to make sure all proper sound and display features get passed properly?
    [ BRIAN  Dec 08, 2019 ]
    1 answer
    It's only rated to pass HDR10 and not Dolby Vision HDR. To get the best video and sound, you will need to do one of two things. One option is a 4K Blu-Ray player with 2 HDMI outputs where one output can send the video to the TV and the second HDMI output can send audio to the bar. The second option is to use the HDMI ARC port on the the TV to send the audio back to this bar and connect the 4K player directly to the TV.
    [ Paul  Dec 23, 2019 ]  Staff
    How long does it take to recharge the surround speakers?
    [ Richard  Oct 08, 2019 ]
    2 answers
    It takes approximately 3 hours to charge the surround speakers fully.
    [ Cosmo  Oct 18, 2019 ]  Staff
    With them plugged in position on the sound bar and make sure you read the instructions on charging. It will take approximately 3 hours and you're ready to go for another 10 hours. Make sure you remove them from the sound bar because leaving them attached while using the wireless speakers they are not charging and their battery is being used.. You will need to set them up for charging because they don't just automatically go into the charging mode if you leave them plugged in. Hope this helps.
    [ Steve  Oct 17, 2019 ]
    How best to use with Firestick? My tv monitor doesn't have much for audio!
    [ Janne  Jun 12, 2019 ]
    1 answer
    Yes if your TV has additional HDMI inputs use the JBL bar on the ARC input and your fire stick on another HDMI input and ENJOY!!!
    [ DEWITT  Jun 19, 2019 ]
    I'd want to put the surround speakers on stands and keep them plugged in to power 24/7. Is that do-able? What stands/cables would I need?
    [ H  May 19, 2019 ]
    2 answers
    It appears that you can, although I haven't tried it. There is a micro USB port with a lightning bolt symbol next to it on the end of the speaker. It appears it is clearly designed for optional long-term power.
    [ Bob  May 21, 2019 ]
    thanks for asking. Any speaker stand will work. All you would need is power to keep charged. An android charger is what I used. Hope this helps.
    [ DEWITT  May 19, 2019 ]
    Are the rechargeable batteries replaceable?
    [ Justin  Feb 18, 2019 ]
    2 answers
    I asked the same question and never got an answer because I have one speaker that needs to have a new battery.
    [ Alan  Feb 18, 2019 ]
    I am afraid that I don't know the answer to this question. There is nothing that I saw in the documentation that addresses this one way or the other. Sorry.
    [ Randall  Feb 18, 2019 ]
    I only have one source plugged into the JBL Bar 5.1 soundbar, and that is my Comcast box. The bar is connected to the TV via HDMI ARC and the cable box is connected to the bar at HDMI 1. The problem is that every time I turn the system off, which powers off the bar and the TV, and then turn it back on I have no input from the cable box as the bar has automatically selected the source as HDMI ARC and not HDMI 1 where I left it. Is there a way to keep the bar's source from changing back to HDMI ARC when it is powered off and then on?
    [ Paolo  Dec 24, 2018 ]
    3 answers
    We have the HDMI ARC connected to the cable box and HDMI 1 to the TV and ( I think) an HDMI from the box to the TV. Then we have our TV set to use auxiliary sound and not TV sound. With this setup we don't have your problem.
    [ Thomas  Dec 30, 2018 ]
    Sorry, I'm not sure I can help as I no longer have a cable box. I do have my bar connected via the HDMI ARC but I stream YouTube TV now after dropping Comcast several months ago. I did have a Comcast box connected since I've had the JBL bar but I cannot recall for sure how I had it configured. I do know that I did not have the issue you are describing so there is definitely a work around to avoid it. Try connecting the bar directly to the TV separately from the cable box. That will mean you'll have to use both the TV and the JBL remotes to turn each on and I think that may be the way I had it connected. I know I disabled the TV speakers and only use the bar as I was getting an echo effect when trying to use both.
    [ Stan  Dec 30, 2018 ]
    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.
    [ Krissy  Dec 29, 2018 ]  Staff
    Can this soundbar work with alexa?
    [ MikeMC  Dec 04, 2018 ]
    1 answer
    The sound bar will reproduce whatever you TV is capable. It doesn't work directily with alexa but it is not supposed to. Again, your TV will define what output will be send to to the bar
    [ Jose  Dec 04, 2018 ]
    What type of network connectivity does this device have?
    [ D  Sep 02, 2018 ]
    4 answers
    The soundbar/speakers do not have connections for home networks. It does not support wired or wifi network connections. The subwoofer and the small, removeable speakers communicate with the soundbar itself via wireless signals. I guess technically you could consider its Bluetooth connectivity as a 'network connection', for example we broadcast our Alexa device to the soundbar via Bluetooth when we want to 'fill the room' with streaming music. I hope this helps.
    [ Christopher  Sep 03, 2018 ]
    Mine is connected to the tv via HDMI, detachable speakers are at the back of the room about 25 feet from the sound bar and I've never lost the signal
    [ Stan  Sep 02, 2018 ]
    There is no network connection. There is Bluetooth so you can play from your phone etc that way. We have our JBL Bar 5.1 connected to our smart TV which is connected to internet with wi-fi.
    [ Thomas  Sep 02, 2018 ]
    Have had the JBL Bar 5/1 for a couple of months now with zero problems with connectivity either to my internet or iPad/iPhone. Although I could utilize bluetooth for my TV as well, I've utilized the optical hard connection for television sound.
    [ Timothy  Sep 02, 2018 ]
    I see that many people who buy the JBL 5.1 Soundbar also buy a CL3 rated optical audio cable. Is that necessary or does everything I need come in the box? The appeal of this system to me is that it's as close to wireless as you can get. Do I need to buy any cables for proper set-up?
    [ Juanchito  Aug 06, 2018 ]
    4 answers
    Hello juanchito, Short answer is no you don't need additional cables. The sub and detachable rear speakers are completely wireless. You do however need to connect to your television for surround via a cable. I used an hdmi cable. You can also connect via Bluetooth. I hope this answers your questions. Thanks Mark
    [ MARK  Aug 07, 2018 ]
    Hello, I used the supplied cables and power cords. Everything functions as it should without the need for extra cables.
    [ Francis  Aug 06, 2018 ]
    Yes, you have to get the sound from the source devices (cable box, Blu-Ray player, streaming device, etc.) to the sound bar. It has bluetooth capabilities for music streaming from phones or whatever, but most video based sources will need to be hooked up via HDMI or optical. And, of course, it has to be plugged in.
    [ Randall  Aug 06, 2018 ]
    Everything you need comes in the box, included an optical cable. it's not the best optical cable out there, but it works fine as that is what I use. You do not need to buy additional cables...
    [ CB  Aug 06, 2018 ]
    Has the issue with the remote for Frontier set top boxes overriding the 3.1 bar been resolved on this new 5.1 model? Loved the 3.1, but ultimately returned it because of the annoying issue of the volume going up or down based on tuning channels up or down. Frontier remote would take last 3.1 volume action and repeat it when changing channels. Got blasted too my times for my liking. I'd get this if that known issue was fixed.
    [ Todd  May 21, 2018 ]
    3 answers
    I have experienced no such volume problems with the 5.1 using my Samsung TV remote. .
    [ Joseph  May 21, 2018 ]
    I use a Harmony One remote and have had no such issues.
    [ John  May 21, 2018 ]
    I have not noticed anything resembling your description. Occasionally, the rear speakers seem weak, but that is probably caused by the surround signal than the system. No other issues have ocurred.
    [ Philip L  May 21, 2018 ]
    What is the recommended max volume to play the soundbar and sub without blowing speakers?
    [ David  May 17, 2018 ]
    1 answer
    We've never tested to see what the maximum setting is, but we consistently watch movies with a setting of 26 or 27 and it's plenty loud. There is no hint of stress or distortion at this level and our walls and kitchen shelves rattle from the bass at this setting.
    [ Bob  May 17, 2018 ]
    can additional speakers be added?
    [ Travis  Mar 27, 2018 ]
    4 answers
    No. Not sure why you would want to add more speakers since the detachable rear speakers give you full surround sound. BTW - it sounds great when watching surround sound movies.
    [ Scott  Apr 07, 2018 ]
    You really don't need additional speakers, the surround sound is amazing. I feel like I am in a movie theatre.
    [ Dave  Apr 06, 2018 ]
    That's a great question. I believe it's one of Crutchfield's advisors. I would personally say no. This model is available in a 2.1,3.1 and 5.1. No information given that speakers can be added. Hope this helps. I can tell you for it's size, it works real well.
    [ Michael  Apr 06, 2018 ]
    No, this is a proprietary 5.1 setup so there's no way to tie in any additional rears or height channels. Honestly the genius to this setup is that in the rare occasion you want the side or rear surround field you can detach the speakers and use them for a movie then reattach for aesthetics. For a more dedicated surround system you would want to go with something else; probably a wired system with separate decoder, etc.
    [ JARED  Apr 06, 2018 ]
    Thanks for answering my question about soundshift. I really like everything I have read, but I want to hear it before I buy! is it carried in any retail stores?
    [ Jake  Mar 16, 2018 ]
    4 answers
    Yes I saw it at a local electronic store
    [ DEWITT  Mar 23, 2018 ]
    I can't help with your retail question, but the soundbar is great for television or playing music off my phone. I could open a dance club in my family room, and sound shift flips between systems well. If you decide to purchase, I bought a pair of Sanus speaker stands to hold the surround speakers. The speaker magnet holds them very securely when we set up temporary surround sound. Good luck in your decision. Steve
    [ Steve  Mar 17, 2018 ]
    I bought the JBL 5.1 from Crutchfield a month ago. I have a new LG OLED 65 in.TV. and the JBL Sound System is a great match to enhance your audio experience.
    [ IRA  Mar 17, 2018 ]
    I had reservations about not hearing it first as well, but once I reviewed the return policy of Crutchfield, I pulled the trigger. You won't be disappointed for the money, imo.
    [ Timothy  Mar 17, 2018 ]
    Is it best to always remove the surround speakers from the soundbar so the batteries can discharge? Love this sound bar but I don't always unplug the rear surround speakers when using it. I want to make sure that is not going to damage the battery life of the rear surround speakers.
    [ John S  Mar 10, 2018 ]
    1 answer
    Batteries these days are not supposed to experience a decrease in their life span even when you don't drain them before recharging them. I can tell you that nothing was mentioned during our demo of this system about special care being needed for the batteries. Personally, I would keep the batteries charged for when I want to listen to the system and then when done, put them back on charge for next time My Bio:
    [ Paul  Apr 02, 2018 ]  Staff
    Can you turn the JBL Soundshift feature off? other reviews I have read said the system switches to a connected device when it is in use as a surround sound, ie. when connected phone gets a call in the middle of a movie
    [ Jake  Mar 10, 2018 ]
    5 answers
    According to the manual, the button on the included JBL remote is used to enable the soundshift feature. I would assume by the way it is worded that the button can also be used to disable soundshift. I honestly never new this feature existed until you asked the question. We have been manually selecting the source. Furthermore, my wife almost always has her phone connected to the soundbar and playing Pandora. We have watched several movies where my wife received a call and the system did not switch to her phone.
    [ Bob  Mar 10, 2018 ]
    I do use the JBL Bar 5.1 to stream music from my phone. The source is selectable from the remote, and does not pick up a bluetooth signal while it is in a different mode. You have to select Bluetoth, to stream. I do get a beep when a message is sent to the phone, but it is hardly an inconvenience. This is my third soundbar, and it outperforms a Martin Logan model I had. Hope this helps
    [ Francis  Mar 10, 2018 ]
    Soundshift can be turned off with the remote.Enter
    [ Eric Scott  Mar 10, 2018 ]
    The Sound Shift adds nothing to the Surround system. Martin
    [ Martin  Mar 10, 2018 ]
    You can turn it off. I think it is for BlueTooth devices. I'm not sure about the Surround Sound as I do not have any connected devices. My phone does not display phone calls - but my Comcast service does do that. Hope this is helpful. This is a great system - especially when it is on sale. Visitors are impressed and with the detachable speakers I can have music around the house. Go to YuTub - search Rodrigo Y Gabriela and crank it UP! Regards, Martin
    [ Martin  Mar 10, 2018 ]
    Is the JBL Bar 5.1 compatible with the Music Hall USB1 turntable?
    [ john  Feb 07, 2018 ]
    2 answers
    Yes it is.
    [ DEWITT  Jun 19, 2019 ]
    [ Russell  Feb 10, 2018 ]
    Are all the speakers forward firing?
    [ Ken  Jan 31, 2018 ]
    3 answers
    Yes - this bar sounds awesome. Just wish it had a midrange control to adjust for dialog. Otherwise it's a great alternative to a full system.
    [ Mark  Feb 04, 2018 ]
    The sound bar sound seems to come from the top and front. Rear speakers are forward firing. I can assure you the system is truly outstanding. Bass is awesome sound quality good.
    [ Mark  Feb 03, 2018 ]
    Forward mostly, up somewhat.
    [ Ronald  Feb 03, 2018 ]
    on the JBL 5.1 soundbar can you use it as a 3.1 soundbar and not use the rear speakers? What happens if you leave the rear speakers plugged into the bar for charging. Can you use the soundbar with the rear speakers plugged into the soundbar? Can you remove the rear speakers and not use them? Manual doesn't explain any of this. thank you
    [ ROBERT  Jan 30, 2018 ]
    2 answers
    If you leave the little speakers connected you do not have 5.1 system - it is just a sound bar - but a good one. If you detach the speakers you can move them about for 5.1 system. What I am doing is to get a couple of USB cables - detach the little speakers and have them connect to a charger on the table with the rest of the soundbar 24/7. Much better soundbar for basics with this set-up. They are always charging and if I want to move them about for a movie or whatever I can still do that. This is the way to go IMHO. Regards, Martin
    [ Martin  Mar 10, 2018 ]
    Yes. You can leave the speakers connected to the bar if need be. If you prefer not to use them at all, the recommendation would be to step down to the BAR 3.1 model which is essentially the same product but without the wireless surrounds: I hope that helps. My bio:
    [ Ryan  Feb 07, 2018 ]  Staff
    articulating brackets can be found where? Idon't see any listed under "accessories". Thanks.
    [ Gregory  Jan 07, 2018 ]
    2 answers
    The brackets that are supplied are fixed not articulating. Thankfully the surround speakers have a wide listening stage.Enter
    [ Eric Scott  Jan 12, 2018 ]
    The Pinpoint AM30 & Sanus WMS3 are both listed under the "Accessories" tab. Be sure to click "Speaker Wall mounts" on the left had side after clicking the "Accessories: tab.
    [ Ryan  Jan 10, 2018 ]  Staff
    Is this soundbar required to be wall mounted (maybe due to down firing speakers in the underside of the bar) or can it just lay on the counter in front of the TV?
    [ NICHOLAS  Dec 18, 2017 ]
    2 answers
    I have it on a table in front of and below the TV.
    [ Martin  Mar 10, 2018 ]
    "You can place the JBL BAR 5.1's soundbar speaker on a shelf or tabletop, or wall-mount it with the included brackets." You will find this information, and more, by clicking the "Details" tab on the speaker's main webpage and scrolling down below the "Features & Specs" table. I hope that helps. My bio:
    [ Ryan  Dec 21, 2017 ]  Staff

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