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JBL Bar Studio

Powered sound bar with Bluetooth®

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Overview

Our take on the JBL Bar Studio

As much as I love the picture on my 4K TV, there's no way I would ever rely on the flat screen's built-in speakers. The JBL Bar Studio is an affordable way to get clearer dialogue and larger sound effects. It comes from the sound experts at JBL — not some no-name brand you've never heard of — so you can expect real-deal, reliable performance at a reasonable price.  

A solid sound bar at a solid price

As much as I love the picture on my 4K TV, there's no way I would ever rely on the flat screen's built-in speakers. The JBL Bar Studio is an affordable way to get clearer dialogue and larger sound effects. It comes from the sound experts at JBL — not some no-name brand you've never heard of — so you can expect real-deal, reliable performance at a reasonable price.  

Speedy setup and switching between TV sound and Bluetooth

These days, many of us use a single speaker as our main home theater and music system. The Bar Studio is a versatile option for both. It connects to your TV with one cable. The system comes with its own remote, but you can also teach it the volume commands of your existing TV remote for convenient control.

You can also play music wirelessly from your phone or tablet. There's Bluetooth built-in, and you can quickly toggle between the audio from your TV or Bluetooth-enabled device.

Product Highlights:

  • two-channel sound bar with simulated surround sound
  • slim design sits on your TV stand or mounts on your wall
  • built-in Bluetooth® for wireless audio streaming from compatible smartphones and tablets
    • JBL Soundshift™ automatically switches between your TV and Bluetooth audio sources
  • learns your TV remote's volume commands
Sound Features:
  • 30 watts of amplification
  • four built-in drivers:
    • two 1-1/4" tweeters
    • two 2" low-frequency drivers
  • dual bass ports reinforce the low frequencies
  • Dolby® digital decoding
  • JBL's digital signal processing creates surround-like effects
Connections and General Info:
  • HDMI output with Audio Return Channel for single-cable connection to compatible TVs
    • video pass-through up to 1080p (no 4K pass-through)
  • 1 optical digital audio input
  • 1 stereo minijack audio input
  • USB port for connecting a thumb drive
  • remote control
  • 24-3/16"W x 2-5/16"H x 3-7/16"D
  • weight: 3.1 lbs.
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • Active soundbar speaker
  • AC power adapter (attached 46" DC cord)
  • 5' AC power cord
  • Remote control (CR2025 3V battery installed)
  • 4' Optical digital cable
  • 4' Stereo minijack cable
  • 2 Wall-mount brackets
  • 2 Wall-mount bracket holders
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Important Safety Instructions
  • Warranty Card
  • Wall-Mount Template

Very happy with my purchase and exceeded my expectations.

Ed, Sturgeon Bay, WI

Reviews

JBL Bar Studio Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(21 Reviews)

Amazing bang for your buck!

Kyle from TROY, AL on 12/18/2018

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I really like this soundbar. I own alot of JBL products and have been very happy with them. This soundbar is perfect for my small room and mounted very easily. Sound is clear and bass is better than expected. I like the way JBL stuff looks too, just has a clean classy design. I could see where it may not be enough for a larger room so keep that in mind. I bought my gf one also so we'll see how she likes hers. For the price this really can't be beat. A++

Pros: Crisp sound, clean bass. Easy to use.

Cons: None so far.

Great sound at a reasonable price

Nora from Charlottesvle, VA on 12/11/2018

When I explained to Kirt that we were having difficulty hearing some of the vocals from our old Sony flat screen tv, he knew just what we needed: a sound bar. When we explained that we had a smaller, 40 inch tv, Kirt recommended the perfect size sound bar at a great price for us: the JBL Bar Studio. The JBL sound bar works perfectly for us because it is slightly shorter than the width of the tv and the sound is great, with settings for music, verbal clarity, and even great bass for those blockbuster movies. Now we do not have to have the volume super loud in order to hear verbal conversations from the inferior tv speaker; we hear clearly at a normal volume from the sound bar! I anticipate we will return to Crutchfield and Kirt when we are ready to replace our old Sony tv.

Pros: Clear, normal volume conversations, small size, works great with the technology of our older tv

Cons: No cons to the JBL Bar Studio, nor to Crutchfield

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Crutchfield customer from Nashville, TN on 12/10/2018

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Sounds terrible using the optical input

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Good sound, great value

Michael from Troy, NY on 12/1/2018

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It is perfect to fill small room with big sound; the highs are clear and the lows are full. Easily connects to my phone and tablet via bluetooth. Love having the option to load a thumb drive with MPS for direct playback. The unit is tiny and light, so it hides on a floating shelf. Only gripes: there is no display so you have to decipher the lights to read the unit. There is a short delay from when you start streaming until the songs starts playing, so you miss the first few seconds of the first song you play. I loved this device enough to buy a second one for another room.

Pros: small, light, bass, good sound, easy to connect

Cons: no display

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Ed from Sturgeon Bay, WI on 10/28/2018

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Very happy with my purchase and exceeded my expectations.

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Michael from Austin, TX on 10/15/2018

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So far so good. I don't watch TV or movies very often so I've only used it once or twice. I had been using the Klipsch 3 for a minute for sound but got tired of having to move it back and forth for different application. Compared to the Klipsch 3, of course, it is weak. But for the money, definitely a whole lot better than reggie TV audio.

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Crutchfield customer from Livonia, MI on 9/14/2018

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nice compact unit for the price good sound...but a little underpowered

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Good sound in a good size.

James from New Orleans, LA on 8/13/2018

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Good sound for this size unit. It retains settings when controlled by DVR remote.

Pros: Good sound for this size unit. It retains settings when controlled by DVR remote.

Cons: Sound bar to TV connection is optical, not HDMI.

JBL - Just Basically Low (in sound)

Lamont S. from Brooklyn, NY on 7/29/2018

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I tried this new JBL Bar Studio sound bar for a week. I'm not saying it's a bad sound bar but remember the specs on it. It's only 30 total watts of power. For anyone who needs just a little boost to TV sound, it's great. But when you may really need an overwhelming lift for TV sound or a movie, you're definitely going to wish you chose something with more power. I had to send this back to Crutchfield for these reasons and selected the Yamaha YAS 107.

Pros: Good sound for a minimal sound boost, good input features and not too long to take up space.

Cons: Not enough sound for the times you may need more than a little boost to enjoy cinema.

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Crutchfield customer from Bakersfield, CA on 7/29/2018

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This Jbl soundbar is great for the price. I especially like that it has Bluetooth capabilities and is also automatically controlled with my tv remote when I use it with my Sony tv. Great sound I use this soundbar for my outdoor patio living room setup.

Pros: Sounds good and looks good.

Cons: The remote control is required to sync new Bluetooth devices.

Claims are legit!!

John from Dunedin, FL on 6/17/2018

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It is what it purports to be. It is great for my small apartment.

Pros: Does exactly as promised.

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Crutchfield customer from Dearborn, MI on 5/28/2018

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Very nice sound for such a slim design.

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Crutchfield customer from Bristol, CT on 5/23/2018

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Good overall unit. I am using it mostly for USB and it could be a little more intuitive, but once up and running it works great. Good price and great sound.

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Crutchfield customer from San Antonio, TX on 5/20/2018

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Not very satisfied at all with this tube Maybe the source it's coming from, but still very week lows Sounds are not crisp at all sounds like a tv speaker Would not recommend to any one

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Crutchfield response on 5/21/2018 This customer contacted our Customer Support team and set up a return. Purchases from Crutchfield can be returned or exchanged within 60 days.

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Crutchfield customer from Saint Augustine, FL on 5/1/2018

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Great sound- so glad I bought sound bar- had no idea what a difference it makes for everyday use and wonderful for movies

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Crutchfield customer from Bedford, OH on 4/13/2018

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I was impressed with the sound quality at such a modest price

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Crutchfield customer from San Juan, PR on 4/8/2018

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Excellent sound. Easy TV connections.

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Awesome Product

Jon from Williamsville, NY on 4/1/2018

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Great Sound Easy to Use!!

Pros: ease of use, Performance

Cons: None

A Sound Buy

Bklyn from Mount Arlington, NJ on 2/15/2018

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A Sound Buy I bought this low profile sound bar to go with a 32" TV. The sound coming from this 24" speaker is astounding. I hooked up the optical connection to a 32" TV that I since got rid of. The sound was good coming from this sound bar. I replaced the 32" TV with a newer 32" smart TV and the sound that comes out of the JBL Bar Studio is simply outstanding. This is a low cost bargain upgrade for a small TV. I recommend this product to anyone that is looking to upgrade their TV sound system without going broke.

Pros: Small Size with a great sound. Dolby Audio and surround sound are available. Responds to most Samsung, Sony, LG and Vizio TV's remote controls automatically. You have the option to disable this function if you want to.

Cons: NONE

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timothy from Blue Ridge, GA on 1/29/2018

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The jbl sounds great but Crutchfield needs to correct the dementions they have for this product, the length they list is incorrect, glad it ended up working out for me , its a bit long but will work, please review your dementions on your web page and correct Crutchfield!

Pros: sounds great

Cons: dementions listed on web site are incorrect itover 24 inchs not 14

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Crutchfield customer from Oakton, VA on 1/17/2018

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For the money it's fine. My remote control was damaged out of the box so I'm dealing with JBL on sending me a new one. It's great if you need something for a little boost but do not expect this soundbar to deliver on a pro audio level.

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Features and Specs

General
Enclosure Bass Reflex
Design Bar
Pieces in System 1
Color Black
Tweeter 1.5 Dome (2)
Midrange None
Woofer 2 Cone (2)
Separate Subwoofer No
Subwoofer Driver None
Features
Surround Sound Decoding 5.1-channel
Dolby Atmos No
DTS:X No
Dialogue Enhancement Yes
Auto Volume No
4K Video Compatible No
HDR Video Compatible No
Audio Return Channel Yes
Remote IR Passthrough No
Works with TV Remote (IR) Yes
Voice Control No
Apple AirPlay N
Control by App N
Bluetooth Connectivity Built-in (4.2)
Wi-Fi No
Wall-mountable Yes
Mounting Bracket Included Yes
Surface Mount Stand Included No
Speaker Parts Warranty 1 Year
Speaker Labor Warranty 1 Year
Amplifier Parts Warranty 1 Year
Amplifier Labor Warranty 1 Year
Specifications
System Frequency Response 60-20k 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 1
USB Port Yes
Subwoofer Output N
Dimensions
Sound Bar (inches) 2-5/16H x 24-3/16W x 3-7/16D
Sound Bar Weight 3.1 lbs
Subwoofer (inches) No Subwoofer
Subwoofer Weight N/A

Product Research

Features

Active Soundbar w/ JBL Surround Technology: The JBL BAR STUDIO is a 2ch active soundbar speaker with two 1.5" dome tweeters and two 2" cone woofers powered by a built-in 30 watt (Peak) amplifier. Dual front-firing bass ports are utilized to reinforce lower frequencies. The soundbar incorporates JBL's Surround Sound Technology with six sound modes to choose from - including Standard, Movie, Music, Voice, Sports, and Off (Stereo). 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.

HDMI 1.4 Output (ARC): The JBL BAR STUDIO features one HDMI ARC output to connect the soundbar to your TV's HDMI ARC input. The BAR STUDIO's HDMI ARC output allows audio from your TV to be sent through the soundbar system. The HDMI ARC output supports Dolby Digital (up to 5.1ch) and 2ch PCM.

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 Blu-ray/DVD player or satellite/cable box).

Optical Digital & Analog 3.5mm Inputs: In addition to HDMI connectivity, the JBL BAR STUDIO 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 Blu-ray/DVD player or satellite/cable box).

USB-A 2.0 Port: The JBL BAR STUDIO 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 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. The USB port can also be used to charge (5V/0.5A) your connected device. From the included remote you can select Shuffle or Repeat playback options (no other playback or search commands supported).

Note: The USB port does not support Apple iOS or Android OS device playback.

Bluetooth Audio Streaming: The JBL BAR STUDIO is equipped with built-in Bluetooth 4.2 with support for wireless audio streaming (A2DP. 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 can pair multiple Bluetooth devices with the BAR STUDIO, but only one device can be used for playback at a time. Playback control and song/artist information will still be done from your Bluetooth source device (not the soundbar speaker). The system has a wireless Bluetooth range of approximately 32'.

Note: The JBL BAR STUDIO does not support Bluetooth hands-free communication for making and answering phone calls.

Remote Control: The JBL BAR STUDIO comes with an IR remote for wireless control of the soundbar system. The system also supports "System Standby" and "One Touch Play" HDMI CEC commands. In addition, the BAR STUDIO 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 STUDIO to respond your TV remote's "Volume Up/Down" and "Mute" commands.

Mounting Options: You can place the JBL BAR STUDIO's soundbar speaker on a shelf or tabletop, or wall-mount it with the included brackets.

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

Power Requirements: The active soundbar speaker includes an AC power adapter (with attached 46" DC cord) and a detachable 5' AC power cord that will need to be plugged into an AC wall outlet, surge protector, or power conditioner.

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Why did you buy this?

Good reviews. Nice price. [ Norman  Dec 17, 2018 ]
Have had excellent success with JBL for quality and $value [ JAY EDWIN  Nov 26, 2018 ]
It is a present for my son. [ Guest  Nov 10, 2018 ]
Lowest price for sound bar with dialog enhancement feature [ robert  Nov 05, 2018 ]
parents want a simple to use sound bar with ability to use tv remote. [ mary  Sep 26, 2018 ]
Think it will be good for my room. I already own JBL products. [ Ronaldo  Jul 31, 2018 ]
It was in my budget range [ B  Jun 04, 2018 ]
Seems to be right for my small apt., especially with Bluetooth connectivity. [ John  Jun 01, 2018 ]
I've always loved JBL products. I think the JBL Bar Studio is just what I need to enhance my TV sound. [ Bobby  May 26, 2018 ]
Based on good reviews. [ ALEX  Apr 11, 2018 ]
Well rated, good brand and price was right [ Dale  Mar 13, 2018 ]
Small short low height profile. Great size for a 32"" TV. JBL is a division of Harman. Harman is one of the best companies in the audio sound business! [ Johnny  Feb 07, 2018 ]
It has no subwoofer, which I have no room for, it has bluetooth which will eliminate a speaker on my kitchen counter. I am not an audiophile, I just want better sound from my little kitchen TV. [ Jean  Dec 30, 2017 ]
best value for what I needed [ LEWIS  Dec 28, 2017 ]
I have not received the item yet. I was looking for a device with a small footprint from a quality manufacturer. JBL is a good name brand. [ John  Nov 25, 2017 ]
Using this outside on my covered patio to link with my TV to enhance the sound. Price is where I want to be for something left outside. And the advisor said it's a decent unit for the price. [ Dominic  Nov 24, 2017 ]

1 question already asked

There isn't a subwoofer output on the sound bar itself, but its own speakers provide pretty solid bass sound powered by its 30-watt amp. I use it with a 32-inch TV. I suspect that someone with a larger TV located in a big viewing area will prefer a more powerful sound bar with a subwoofer. [ Ted  Sep 18, 2018 ]
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