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JBL Bar Studio

Powered sound bar with Bluetooth®

Item # 109BARST

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...

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...

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Item # 109BARST

About the JBL Bar Studio

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.  

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.

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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
  • MFR # JBLBARSBLKAM

No A/V receiver required.

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

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Features & specs

General
Design Bar
Amplification Self-powered
Separate Subwoofer No
Wireless Surrounds No
Number Of Channels 2.0
Surround Formats
Dolby Digital Yes
DTS No
Dolby Atmos No
DTS:X No
Audio Enhancements
Dialogue Enhancement Yes
Auto Volume No
Virtual Surround JBL Surround Sound
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 1.5" Dome (2)
Midrange None
Woofer 2" Cone (2)
Subwoofer Driver None
Enclosure Bass Reflex
System Frequency Response 60-20k Hz
Sound Bar RMS Power Not given
Subwoofer RMS Power N/A
Video Connections
HDMI Inputs None
HDMI Outputs 1
Video Specs
HDMI Video Pass-through Resolution N/A
HDR Video Compatible No
Control
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)
Apple AirPlay No
Chromecast built-in 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) 2-5/16H x 24-3/16W x 3-7/16D
Sound Bar Weight 3.1 lbs
Subwoofer Size (inches) No Subwoofer
Subwoofer Weight N/A
Speaker Parts Warranty 1 Year
Speaker Labor Warranty 1 Year
Amplifier Parts Warranty 1 Year
Amplifier Labor Warranty 1 Year

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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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Customer Q&A

2 questions already asked

Q
How to turn on and bluetooth my phone?
[ Uncledaddy  Jun 16, 2019 ]
2 answers
A
The most detailed information on pairing a Bluetooth device to the JBL Bar Studio can be found by searching JBL BAR STUDIO OWNER'S MANUAL online. Complete directions for using the sound bar are located there.
[ Ted  Jun 17, 2019 ]
A
Go to settings on your phone and click on Bluetooth. If it doesn't connect automatically, click on the JBL link.
[ Jean  Jun 16, 2019 ]
Q
Can I Pair this with a subwoofer?
[ Herb c  Sep 17, 2018 ]
1 answer
A
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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