JBL Bar 3.1
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Awesome bass great sound
Pros: Jbl awesome sound
The powerful JBL Bar 3.1 system includes a wall-mount to fit neatly into your TV setup.
Sound bars in general are an easy, space-friendly way to improve TV sound. But the JBL Bar 3.1 solves one very specific problem. Our customers often tell us that TV dialogue is too hard to hear and understand. JBL includes a center channel that's dedicated to making speech loud and clear — even in movies and shows with heavy action.
But it's not all about speech. This system gives you a fully-formed home theater experience with deep bass and simulated surround sound. The bar features nine total drivers, positioned to deliver sound to a wide viewing area. And the included sub adds hard-hitting emphasis to big effects.
I heard this system briefly in our training room — a large space with a lot of open air. The Bar 3.1 was able to cut through the dead spots with full-bodied, exciting sound. Frankly, the sound added some depth and character to the mindless movie clip I was watching! I paid more attention to the on-screen action than I otherwise would have.
The bar is slim enough to fit under most TVs on a stand, but JBL included a bracket for wall-mounting. You'll find convenient home theater connections to go with this system's 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.
Sound bars have now become one of the more popular ways to listen to music, too. So JBL made it easy to pair up and play. Their SoundShift feature swiftly — and automatically — switches over from your TV input to Bluetooth when it's time for some tunes.
Awesome bass great sound
Tom, Lanoka Harbor, NJ
Average Customer Review(s):
Awesome bass great sound
Pros: Jbl awesome sound
Crisp, clear sound reproduction, with an awesome base. The remote is great, and the sound bar synced easily with our new Samsung 4G TV. Thank you, Crutchfield!!
Pros: Great looks and attention to detail Easy to set up Top rate brand reputation - you can't go wrong with JBL
Cons: More often than not I'm dialing back the subwoofer (it's a monster)
Do not buy this sound bar if you expect technical help from customer service. The bar sounds great unfortunately the sub only paired with the bar the first 2 days. Now it will not connect. I contacted customer service, waited two days for a response only to be told I was being referred to a "specialist". Wait another two days for an email telling me to do exactly what I had been doing which was attempting to do a manual pairing. I respond that it doesn't work and wait a few more days. Their technical specialist doesn't know jack. They are reading from a book. Now I have a bar without a sub. I wish it had a wired option that would be easy. My next one will and it will not be a JBL prank or any associated company.
Pros: When it works it sounds great
Cons: Sub does not pair to bar Customer service is extremely poorCrutchfield response on 1/29/2018 We're sorry you're having issues with your sub. Whenever you encounter a problem with anything you purchase from Crutchfield, please contact our Tech Support team. They can help you solve the problem or set up a return within 60 days of purchase. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.
Great sound I know there are probably better systems out there that cost over twice as much but for the price difference they are really not worth it. The sound (highs and lows) are excellent. Setup was a breeze and I'm so glad we have evolved to wireless subwoofers because it gives better options for placement. I would highly recommend this system. Pairing was a breeze with the Xfinity remote.
Pros: pairs easily if you have a Comcast Xfinity remote. Subwoofer can be placed anywhere in the room. the Price!
Cons: i can't think of any yet
Great sound good bass easy to set up
Pros: Great sound
Awesome sound bar, great clarity. Tons of bass, for a small sub.
I bought this JBL sound bar and wireless sub and have been totally impressed with the sound quality. At first I purchased the Sony HT-CT800 and returned this product. The system just didn't produce the quality I was looking for. The bass and highs were very weak! The JBL however is in my opinion the next best thing to the Bose or Sonos especially if you don't want to spend $1300. For the price, the JBL will not disappoint you! The bass is incredible with it's 10" woofer!
Pros: See above!!!
|Pieces in System||2|
|Surround Sound Decoding||5.1-channel|
|4K Video Compatible||Yes|
|HDR Video Compatible||HDR10|
|Audio Return Channel||Yes|
|Remote IR Passthrough||No|
|Works with TV Remote (IR)||Yes|
|Control by App||N|
|Bluetooth Connectivity||Built-in (4.2)|
|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|
|System Frequency Response||35-20k Hz|
|Sound Bar RMS Power||75|
|Subwoofer RMS Power||150|
|Inputs and Outputs|
|Mini Stereo Audio Inputs||1|
|RCA Stereo Audio Inputs||None|
|Optical Digital Audio Inputs||1|
|Coaxial Digital Audio Inputs||None|
|Sound Bar (inches)||2-3/8H x 40-1/8W x 3-1/16D|
|Sound Bar Weight||5.1 lbs|
|Subwoofer (inches)||17-5/16H x 12-1/16W x 13-11/16D|
|Subwoofer Weight||26.7 lbs|
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.
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).
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 satellite/cable box).
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 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.
Note: The USB port does not support Apple iOS or Android OS device playback.
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 power conditioner.
Auto On + 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.
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Compared to the other soundbars I looked at, this one looked like the best one at a great price. [ Thomas Jan 23, 2018 ]
Jbl rocks [ TOM Jan 20, 2018 ]
i have JBL home theater speaker.. and still working excellent... [ ulysses Dec 14, 2017 ]
This was on my Dad's Christmas list. [ Heather Dec 05, 2017 ]
Very Good Audio brand and the good reviews about this product [ Shane Dec 03, 2017 ]
after reading about the various types of sound bars, I felt that getting one that supports 4k and HDR technology would be the way to go to improve my experience. as a new tv is also in my future. [ Deborah Nov 26, 2017 ]
3 HDMI inputs with 1 output to the TV. So, I will only have 1 cord running up the wall. [ DAVID Nov 18, 2017 ]
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