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JBL Cinema SB 100

Powered home theater sound bar

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Item # 109SB100

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Overview

Our take on the JBL Cinema SB 100

Not feeling the impact from your television's tiny built-in speakers? What if we told you that with AC power and one cable from your television we could up your audio game noticeably — with a little help from JBL, of course. This wall-mountable sound bar will give you the performance you've come to expect from a nameplate as distinguished as theirs, with 60 watts of ready power waiting to fill your room the minute you hook up the SB 100. Two premium 3.5" cone woofers and two 1.5" dome tweeters deliver clear, authoritative sound. Plus, JBL's surprising Display Surround technology will give you a surround-like soundstage that will help you be less of a spectator and more of a participant in whatever you're watching.

Not feeling the impact from your television's tiny built-in speakers? What if we told you that with AC power and one cable from your television we could up your audio game noticeably — with a little help from JBL, of course. This wall-mountable sound bar will give you the performance you've come to expect from a nameplate as distinguished as theirs, with 60 watts of ready power waiting to fill your room the minute you hook up the SB 100. Two premium 3.5" cone woofers and two 1.5" dome tweeters deliver clear, authoritative sound. Plus, JBL's surprising Display Surround technology will give you a surround-like soundstage that will help you be less of a spectator and more of a participant in whatever you're watching.

The SB 100 comes with all the cables you'll need to hook it up, and a wall-mounting bracket. It's a perfect complement to TVs that are 27 inches and up.

Love it!

Steve, Voorhees, NJ

What's in the Box:

  • Amplified soundbar speaker
  • 59" AC power cord
  • IR remote control (CR2025 3V battery installed)
  • 39" Digital optical cable
  • 4' Minijack-to-RCA cable
  • Wall-mount bracket
  • Quick-Start Guide
  • Important Safety Instructions

Product Highlights:

    Sound bar:
    • built-in amplifier with 60 watts (30 watts x 2)
    • two 3.5" cone woofers
    • two 1.5" dome tweeters
    • HARMAN Display Surround technology creates a surround-type experience from two channels
    • learns your TV remote's volume control command
    • requires AC power
    • 32"W x 4-3/8"H x 3-11/16"D
    • weight: 8.4 lbs.
    • includes wall-mounting bracket for easy mounting underneath wall-mounted TVs
    Connections:
    • 1 analog stereo minijack input
    • 1 optical digital audio input (TV output should be set to PCM)
    • dedicated subwoofer output
    General:
    • remote control
    • optical cable and analog stereo cable included
    • warranty: 1 year (electronics), 5 years (speakers)
    • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
    • If connecting to a TV, please make sure you can select "PCM" output in its audio menu. This sound bar is not compatible with Dolby® Digital signals.
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    Features and Specs

    General
    Enclosure Acoustic Suspension
    Design Bar
    Pieces in System 1
    Color Black
    Tweeter 1.5" Dome (2)
    Midrange None
    Woofer 3" Cone (2)
    Separate Subwoofer No
    Subwoofer Driver None
    Features
    Surround Sound Decoding No
    Dialogue Enhancement No
    Auto Volume No
    4K Video Compatible No
    HDR Video Compatible ---
    Audio Return Channel No
    Remote IR Passthrough No
    Works with TV Remote (IR) Yes
    Control by App N
    Bluetooth Connectivity No
    Wi-Fi No
    Wall-mountable Yes
    Mounting Bracket Included Yes
    Surface Mount Stand Included No
    Speaker Parts Warranty 5 Years
    Speaker Labor Warranty 5 Years
    Amplifier Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Amplifier Labor Warranty 1 Year
    Specifications
    System Frequency Response 80Hz - 18k 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 None
    USB Port No
    Subwoofer Output 1
    Dimensions
    Sound Bar (inches) 4-3/8H x 32W x 3-11/16D
    Sound Bar Weight 8.4 lbs
    Subwoofer (inches) No Subwoofer
    Subwoofer Weight N/A

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    Features

    Soundbar Speaker System: The JBL Cinema SB100 is a complete, integrated soundbar speaker system that dramatically improves the sound reproduction of your flat-panel TV. Designed to complement 27" and larger flat-panel televisions, the JBL Cinema SB100 is ideal for people who want premium sound quality with impressive bass performance in a nonintrusive, easy-to-install solution. The SB100 Soundbar system features exclusive Harman Display Surround, as well as analog and optical digital audio inputs. It can mount on a wall or sit on a shelf.

    Speaker & Amplifier Section: The SB100 Soundbar houses two 1.5" dome tweeters and dual 3" premium cone woofers powered by a 60-Watt amplifier.

    Harman Display Surround: Drawing from Harman expertise in movie theater audio, the Cinema SB100 lets you add cinema sound without adding multiple speakers. Employing proprietary Harman Display Surround technology, it creates a virtual surround-sound experience for multiple listeners from a single soundbar.

    Bass Boost: JBL is known for exceptional bass response, and the Cinema SB100 lets you increase low-frequency performance at the touch of a button on the included remote. The added bass impact is ideal for movie soundtracks.

    Analog + Digital Inputs: The Cinema SB100 features both analog (minijack) & digital (optical) inputs to connect your flat-panel TV and a Blu-ray/DVD player, or satellite/cable box to the system. The soundbar only supports 2-channel PCM through its optical digital input (not Dolby Digital).

    Note: If your television does not support 2-channel PCM through its optical digital output, you will need to connect the SB100 using the analog 3.5mm stereo input.

    Subwoofer Output: The Cinema SB100 soundbar speaker is fitted with a mono-subwoofer output (with built-in fixed low-pass crossover) to connect a separate powered subwoofer for added bass response.

    Remote Control: The Cinema SB100 comes with a credit card-sized IR remote. However, this soundbar speaker can also "learn" the IR (infrared) volume-control code of your existing TV remote control, taking away the need to keep track of yet another remote for controlling the volume on the soundbar.

    Mounting Options: You can place the Cinema SB100 on a shelf or tabletop, or wall-mount it with the included bracket. A dual-position equalization feature optimizes the soundbar's performance for any location. So you can position it where you choose without compromising sound quality.

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    4 questions already asked

    This is compatible with any tv that has an audio out [ DENNY  Mar 31, 2015 ]
    It is from an electronic standpoint however it is longer than 22 inches. [ MICHAEL  Mar 31, 2015 ]
    I would say yes. As long as your tv has some sort of audio out it will. For the most part the trick is to get the tv settings right. Enjoy! [ Mike  Mar 31, 2015 ]
    Check to make sure the set has compatible output. Also it may look a little strange since it is much wider than the tv. [ ARMAND  Mar 31, 2015 ]
    I think a 22 inch is too small for this sound bar. I have it on a 48 inch flat screen. It sounds great when I crank it up. Great buy for the money though. [ Sloane  Mar 31, 2015 ]
    It can sit on a shelf or it can be mounted [ DENNY  Jan 16, 2015 ]
    I placed mine at the foot of the TV and later on top of the TV. [ Donald R.  Jan 16, 2015 ]
    My unit was placed on top of our DVR and it was fine. Joe [ JOE R.  Jan 14, 2015 ]
    Sound bar can absolutely sit on a shelf. Great product, I love mine. [ BRIAN P  Jan 14, 2015 ]
    Ours sits on a shelf, no problem. [ KEVIN  Jan 14, 2015 ]
    It can be placed on a piece of furniture such as an entertainment console unit or on a shelf. It is well balanced and does not vibrate or move. [ STEPHEN M  Jan 14, 2015 ]
    It can sit on a shelf. [ MARGARITA  Jan 14, 2015 ]
    Oh, it does have little pads on it so it does sit on a shelf. I misread the question... [ Mike  Jan 14, 2015 ]
    It sits just fine on a horizontal surface. There's a setting in the back that adjusts the sound according to whether you have it mounted on a wall or sitting on a table/shelf. [ GAYLE  Jan 14, 2015 ]
    This does come with a wall mount bracket. Two screws and done deal. What I did find is that if the bracket is mounted directly on the wall the bass can be a little boomy. I spaced it out about 3/4" and it did make a difference. [ Mike  Jan 14, 2015 ]
    It can sit on a shelf. [ ARMAND  Jan 14, 2015 ]
    No, it does not have to. I have it on top of my entertainment cabinet. [ BRIAN  Jan 14, 2015 ]
    It's on my wall right now, but could rest atop the entertainment center. I recently bought a Bose Cinemate 15. This JBL product was a HUGE disappointment [ Miguel  Jan 14, 2015 ]
    No, it doesn't have to be mounted. My TV sits on a stand. The sound bar sits right under the screen. I was able to turn off the sound on the TV which was a distraction with the sound bar. Sounds good! [ Sloane  Jan 14, 2015 ]
    Can sit on a shelf or TV stand top [ CURTIS L  Jan 14, 2015 ]
    Mine is sitting right under my flat screen on the TV stand shelf, no mounting, unless you want to put it on a wall. [ KA  Jan 14, 2015 ]
    Yes it will work. And no additional purchases will be necessary. [ maybe2243  Jun 12, 2014 ]
    You can use RCA (the red and white plugs) or digital (fiber-optical) connectors to connect this sound bar to your TV. A digital connector is included with the sound bar, but RCA cables are not. Enjoy your new TV! [ GAYLE  Jun 12, 2014 ]
    hi, I have u-verse att and the surround would only work when I connected the red and white to (audio out) on cable box, also optical plug was connected to the cable box, when I connected the cables to the tv the sound bar would not work, it needed to come from source of signal, it does work well for the price. THE CRUTCHFIELD REPS helped me and they maybe able to help you, Neil [ NEIL R.  Jun 12, 2014 ]
    The best way to use the JBL SOUND BAR IS WITH a fiber optic cable. Your smart tv should have a location for fiber cable. You will get best sound that way. [ BRIAN  Jun 12, 2014 ]
    Hi I bought my jbl speakers for my ex BFs birthday. I do think you need speakers. I remember him going to local big box store to buy the cables. [ KA  Jun 12, 2014 ]
    I think your OK. A fiber cable came with the unit a plugged into my 5 year old set. I would assume your newer set has such a connection. Check the instruction book. Overall we are happy with the unit. Good luck. [ ARMAND  Jun 12, 2014 ]
    You may want to contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat to discuss compatibility with your original system. They will be able to pull up your TV and see if this will integrate. If it does not, then they will also be able to discuss other options with you. [ Greg  Jun 12, 2014 ]  Staff
    If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the settings on the product and see if there may be a fix. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer. You can also post your question in our forums: http://community.crutchfield.com. Or try our online support center: http://crutchfield.custhelp.com/app/answers/list/kw/. [ Jeff  Jan 27, 2014 ]  Staff
    Hi, Jim-- I had trouble getting local television broadcast audio through the sound bar (I don't have cable) and no one could figure it out for awhile. Finally, Steve Kindig, a Crutchfield TV guy, wrote me the following:> OK, I think I know what the problem is -- and you may have mentioned> this, and I just couldn't wrap my brain around it. The JBL sound ba> can only accept PCM audio through its optical input. It doesn't> support Dolby Digital audio which is the format for over-the-ai> broadcast TV. That's a terrible design for a sound bar -- which is> designed to be used with a TV -- but it's not the only model we> carry that is limited in that way.>I'm not conversant with the technical jargon, but did glean that the sound bar / LG TV combo might have some limitations. My guess is that VuDu is using audio signal that won't use the optical output to the sound bar.Steve was helpful. [ GAYLE  Jan 27, 2014 ]
    It works for me on Business. But if I pause the show for a long time it stops working and have to hit the on button n [ ARMAND  Jan 26, 2014 ]
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