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
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
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
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
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
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 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.
+ 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.