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JBL Bar 5.1

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

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Overview

Our take on the JBL Bar 5.1

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. 

Product Highlights:

    System:
    • 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
    • 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)
    Subwoofer:
    • 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
    • warranty: 1 year
    • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

    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

    The JBL sound bar works great. It was a little challenging connecting to TV and cable box correctly.

    Anonymous, Harrisonburg, VA

    Reviews

    JBL Bar 5.1 Reviews

    Average Customer Review(s):

    (13 Reviews)

    Great Support and Great Sound

    Carlos from Carlsbad, CA on 2/19/2018

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I've been waiting and waiting for a Sound Bar system that is truly capable of actual surround sound. I've tried older models in the past resulting in returning the product, and since then, decided to wait for technology to advance. Fast forward to 2018, I read an article pertaining to Dolby ATMOS, and thought maybe it was time to check out Sound Bars again. Unfortunately, all the Sound Bars capable of Dolby ATMOS was way beyond the budget I had for my bedroom setup (Sony 49" 4k). However, while also catching up on Sound Bar advances, I found the JBL Bar 5.1, and thought; "What great idea!". I found the JBL Sound Bar in the Crutchfield in their Open Box/Scratched its section for $100.00 less than retail. I ordered the item. Once the item arrived, I noticed the left speaker (detachable) was distorting for the higher frequencies. I quick to Crutchfield, and new left speaker was sent out. Although, the left speaker distorted, I the rest of the components lived up to my expectations. I received the new left speaker, switching them out easily (returning the old one in the same box of the new one). I let charge for a bit, and fully tested the Sound Bar using Movies (ID4, Transformers, Gravity), and found the system did provide what I was looking for a full 5.1 surround sound in one neat small package. The ability to remove the both the left and right speakers placing them accordingly to the right and left of the seating area provided movie like sound experience in

    Pros: Removable left and right speakers, for true surround sound Sleek minimal design Easy hook up 100% Wireless

    Cons: I can't think of any I'm too busy listening to my awesome sound bar

    Excellent Wireless 5.1 Sound Bar & Great Price

    John from Orlando, FL on 2/9/2018

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The JBL Bar 5.1 is an excellent choice for cost conscious buyers looking for great sound and great looks. While the sound is not quite as rich and tight as the Bose 300 series you should not expect a Bose replacement for 1/3 to 1/2 the price of Bose and the sound IS excellent filling my living room. Streaming 4K Ultra HD movies with the surrounds detached is an epic cinema quality experience with NO wires cluttering the room. And this sound bar looks beautiful, nearly invisible in front of my 55" LG OLED TV. The only issue I have experienced is that the battery life of one of the detachable surrounds was only a couple hours (not the 10 hrs. advertised) so I had to send the entire bar back to JBL for a replacement.

    Pros: True 5.1 wireless surround 4K Ultra HD Beautiful looking low profile sound bar Easy to set up with great sound Excellent price point Detachable rechargeable surround speakers for 5.1 wireless surround

    Cons: Battery life of detachable surround speakers is a question (see review)

    JBL Bar 5.1

    Anonymous from Harrisonburg, VA on 2/9/2018

    The JBL sound bar works great. It was a little challenging connecting to TV and cable box correctly.

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    JBL nailed it with this model

    Dana from Memphis, TN on 2/7/2018

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This sound bar has done exactly what I wanted from a sound bar. The only gripe I will say is that the midrange is a bit lacking. It reminds me of my old BOSE Acoustimass series days. This is a fair sacrifice with a sound bar though....you aren't constructing a dedicated 5.1 home theater. Prior to purchasing the JBL, I auditioned the Def Tech W Studio and the Samsung 950 which are both over $1000. They both had a fuller and more dynamic sound from my memory of nearly a year ago, but both had limitations. DT with no actual rear speakers and Samsung was defective and very difficult to operate. I was fortunate to pick the JBL up when it was on sale so my expectations are less than my expectations would be for the MSRP. That said, I still think I would choose the JBL over the others for a $300ish savings. I will also concur with everyone on the sub...it is very tight and clean bass. I rarely have the setting over half. The remote is laid out very well to adjust the surround and bass volumes independent. All source material is different so this is nice to be so simplified as you go from show to show. My main 2-channel system is currently down and I have a mobile bluetooth speaker for music. I remembered that this offers bluetooth and connected to my phone in 30 seconds and changed to music mode and it really sounded nice. If you too are in the sound bar market I find it hard to imagine you not being happy with this system......and the reviews back this up.

    Pros: bass true surrounds easy set up and day to day use

    Cons: weak midrange

    Nice Sound bar

    BMG1 from Green Valley, AZ on 2/4/2018

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Nice sound bar, but instructions incomplete.

    Pros: Built in surround speakers, lots of inputs.

    Cons: Very incomplete instructions from JBL, their website wasn't much help either.

    Side speakers are a major plus

    Steven from Arvada, CO on 2/2/2018

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is the perfect sound bar for our home set up - The removable side speakers are a major plus - Great unit

    Pros: Size & sound & 3 HDMI in ports & an ARC HDMI port - Side speakers can be charged without hooking them back to the main sound bar

    Cons: Often have to unplug the side speakers from the chargers to turn them on after the unit has been off for a long period of time

    Immense sound, great price!

    Brycin from Las Vegas, NV on 1/27/2018

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great set of speakers. First day 2 days I had trouble with the satellite speakers, but after leaving them alone and charged on the sound bar for 24 hours straight, they started working perfectly fine and now every thing sounds amazing. The bass is incredible!

    Pros: Easy set up, and perfect sound. Simple to use.

    Cons: Wasn't able to use the satellite speakers effectively until fully charging after 24 hours of leaving the entire sound bar and satellite speakers alone.

    JBL Bar 5.1

    Anonymous from Ashburn, VA on 1/18/2018

    Great sound and easy setup. Lots of fun when you separate surround speakers and place them in different areas. I live in a townhouse and can play music in my bedroom and still listen to surround speakers in basement. Love the sound of sub with bass adjustment. Still wish it cost less but you do get a bang for your buck.

    Pros: Great sound easy setup.

    Cons: Price.

    SOUND IS GREAT!!!!!

    Anonymous from Dateland, AZ on 12/30/2017

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    GREAT PRODUCT JUST AS DESCRIBED!!!! QUICK SHIPPING.

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    Amazing sound!

    Joe from Bronx, NY on 12/26/2017

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Absolutely amazing! I went to lots of places and tried out plenty of sound systems and when I got to the JBL Bar 3.1 I was blown away at how deep and clear the bass was. That being said everything else was perfectly matched and as I turned up the volume it was like it never ended and just kept getting better and better. Compared to Klipsch, Bose, Sonos and everything else that was there. Nothing came close. So when I saw \there was a 5.1 with wireless rechargeable surrounds about to be released I decided to wait and boy am I glad I did. The sound added by the surrounds is definitely worth getting over the 3.1 if your looking for a 5.1 system. I upgraded from a Bose acoustimass 10 and a Samsung 1080p TV to an LG 65B7A with a JBL BAR 5.1 and am loving it. Fantastic setup. If youre looking for Dolby Atmos look elsewhere but if you dont need that then youd be hard pressed to find anything close to this for twice the price or more. If you can listen in store then do that if not and youre on the fence no worries this will surely impress everyone who listens except the neighbors when the rumble invades their home!

    Pros: Clarity Thunderous bass 4K Pass through TV Arc cable included Wiress Surrounds Room filling volume levels

    Cons: No Atmos

    JBL Bar 5.1

    Anonymous from Thornton, CO on 12/11/2017

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Love the removable Bluetooth surround sound speakers. Easy set up. You can feel the vibration from the monster sub woofer. The sound experience is truly theater quality. At this price point you won't be at all sorry. Compares very favorably to more expensive systems.

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    Good sound, reasonable bass

    Mark from Berlin, MD on 12/11/2017

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I really like this soundbar's design. Truly "wireless" surround speakers, and the design to plug those speakers into the main soundbar while still maintaining a sleek look is slick. All the primary speakers, middle/left/right/surround, sound very good. The left/right separation is not as evident as my Klipsch 2.1 (RSB-11) soundbar so the soundstage is a bit small, but the sound quality is good. I am a bass man. I love a good subwoofer. I have bought and returned a number of soundbars because their subwoofer just didn't have the punch I wanted. The JBL subwoofer is acceptable to me, so for most people I think it will be more than adequate. Fairly tight and clean low end. Few adjustments are provided on either the subwoofer (none), nor the primary speakers outside of a few standard preset modes. That level of adjustment on a soundbar system is to be expected, especially at this price point. Conclusion: A soundbar set up will never rival a true 5.1 system (or 7.x for that matter), but I am very please with the performance of this product at this price point. I took away one star because of the limited front channel separation, but I am being picky considering it is a soundbar. As always try to listen to the system before you buy it if you can, but if you are buying blind I think most people will enjoy this system. I would recommend it.

    Pros: Great design, easy set up, good bass, nice looking solution that still looks good when you mate the surround speakers for charging.

    Cons: Not a large soundstage

    Great sound and awesome sub woofer

    Craig from Salt Lake City, UT on 12/7/2017

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Was pretty easy to set up, ARC port works well, sometimes when you turn the tv on, there is no sound, just have to cycle through the inputs with the remote once. Minor inconvenience. Great sounding bar with good bass and surrounds.

    Pros: Easy set-up, love the battery surrounds, ARC works well.

    Cons: Sometimes will not synch when turning tv on, just need to cycle through the inputs once.

    Details

    Hands-on research

    Features and Specs

    General
    Enclosure Sealed(spkr)/Ported(sub)
    Design Bar
    Pieces in System 4
    Color Black
    Tweeter 1.25 (3)
    Midrange None
    Woofer 2.25 (6)
    Separate Subwoofer Yes
    Subwoofer Driver 10
    Features
    Surround Sound Decoding 5.1-channel
    Dialogue Enhancement Yes
    Auto Volume No
    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)
    Wi-Fi No
    Wall-mountable No
    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 35-20k Hz
    Powered System ---
    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
    HDMI Inputs 3
    HDMI Outputs 1
    USB Port Yes
    Subwoofer Output N
    Dimensions
    Sound Bar (inches) 2-3/8H x 33-3/8W x 3-11/16D
    Sound Bar Weight 8.6 lbs
    Subwoofer (inches) 17-5/16H x 12-1/16W x 13-11/16D
    Subwoofer Weight 28.7 lbs

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    Features
    Connections
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    Features

    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.

    Connections

    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.

    Controls

    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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    JBL legacy Crutchfield customer service and knowledge also reviews [ DEWITT  Feb 04, 2018 ]
    Wireless rear speakers and 4K sound capability. Will be paired to an LG OLED 55B7A as soon as my tax return arrives. [ Robert  Feb 03, 2018 ]
    The customer reviews the creative way the sounder come apart to provide true surround sound without needing to buy a Home Theater Receiver and speakers. [ CB  Jan 25, 2018 ]
    True wireless system. Also Ive been using JBL in my car, Bluetooth speaker and has never mal function! [ Jose  Jan 23, 2018 ]
    True Wireless 5.1 [ dhruthiman redd  Jan 21, 2018 ]
    am just trying it out. and i want it like a home theater but less pace usage. [ WILLIAM  Dec 16, 2017 ]

    5 questions already asked

    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 ]
    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
    "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: https://www.crutchfield.com/bio/Ryan [ Ryan  Dec 21, 2017 ]  Staff
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