JBL Bar 5.1
Powered home theater sound bar with wireless subwoofer and true wireless surround speakers
From JBL: Bar 5.1 Your ultimate all-wireless movie experience
JBL Bar 5.1 - Place detachable, battery-powered surround speakers behind you for true wraparound sound
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Our take on the JBL Bar 5.1 by Crutchfield's Jeff Miller
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.
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.
Substantial remote control options
For some sound bar manufacturers, the remote is an afterthought. Not so, here. The JBL remote gives you control over the subwoofer, so you can dial in the amount of bass from your seat. I found this extremely helpful, because different shows and movies can call for more or less low-end.
The remote also lets you adjust the volume on the wireless surrounds — handy, since you may move the speakers around a bit. And my low-key favorite feature? You can adjust the audio using the remote, to ensure it syncs up with the screen. It was much more convenient than diving into the TV settings menu.
- 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
- 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 (with wireless surrounds attached for charging)
- weight: 8.6 lbs.
- 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)
- 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
- gives you control over bass level and volume of surround speakers
- 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 sound is amazing. I did find it a bit tricky to dial in the bass correctly. Just know that you'll need to adjust the bass down if you want to listen to music clearly. As for movie sound, it is unbeatable!!!!!!
Chris, Houston, TX
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Features and Specs
|Pieces in System||4|
|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 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|
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.
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.
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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Why did you buy this?
The main reason was it gives me the ability to have rear surround sound speakers without having to run power to them. The other system I was considering had the option to purchase rear surround sound speakers but they required AC power run to them. The quality of the sound, based on the articles and reviews, was the second reason [ DOUG Oct 21, 2018 ]
JBL has always been of top quality as far as I am concerned and I would like to have wireless surround sound for my living room tv. [ ROBERT G Oct 04, 2018 ]
Recommended by many reviews. [ Michael Oct 04, 2018 ]
Wireless capability [ Brendan Sep 17, 2018 ]
Reviews, brand, and value. [ Chris Sep 11, 2018 ]
Great product reviews and fits my needs for newly constructed room. Could have ordered from Amazon Prime and received 2 day shipping but the Crutchfield tech support is why I went with you guys. Your support is excellent! [ Richard Aug 25, 2018 ]
My room is set up badly for surround sound. My current sound bar is not compatible with my new 4K DVD player (no HDMI connections). This will fit the bill perfectly. [ Richard Aug 07, 2018 ]
It received great reviews. [ Steve Jul 03, 2018 ]
Anniversary present for my parents. [ Arthur Jun 15, 2018 ]
Love the wireless rechargeable rear speakers. [ Lisa May 28, 2018 ]
Looking for quality surround sound without all the wires. [ John May 18, 2018 ]
Detachable & true wireless surround speakers [ C May 15, 2018 ]
Great solution! [ Walter May 08, 2018 ]
Like the detachable self-powered rear speakers. [ A May 04, 2018 ]
Only sounder/surround set up featuring battery-powered rear surround speakers - great for older homes with limited electrical outlets [ Duane Apr 26, 2018 ]
Will compliment my new OLE 4K TV [ Ted Apr 09, 2018 ]
JBL brand and space saving solution [ Carlos Mar 29, 2018 ]
I spoke to Rex a few days ago and advised him of my situation. He recommended this setup for the wireless surround speakers but said overall it puts out amazing sound for the size. I'm anxious to try it out. [ Michael Mar 27, 2018 ]
It has built in amp and fits our space. Also the rechargeable wireless detachable speakers will work well for us because we don't have a place to plug in rear speakers. [ Thomas Mar 13, 2018 ]
Seems like a convenient home theater solution for someone who is constantly moving. [ ROBERT Mar 11, 2018 ]
I had ordered the Samsung sound bar about a month ago and very happy with it. I'm going to hand it over to my mother. I wanted something with a little more punch and I like JBL. When I seen the 5.1 system I had to have it. My brother in Texas purchased the 3.1 JBL and had all good things to say about it. So here I am getting the 5.1 [ Steve Mar 06, 2018 ]
I wanted a system that was totally wireless [ Kenneth Feb 22, 2018 ]
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 ]
14 questions already asked
The soundbar/speakers do not have connections for home networks. It does not support wired or wifi network connections. The subwoofer and the small, removeable speakers communicate with the soundbar itself via wireless signals. I guess technically you could consider its Bluetooth connectivity as a 'network connection', for example we broadcast our Alexa device to the soundbar via Bluetooth when we want to 'fill the room' with streaming music. I hope this helps. [ Christopher Sep 03, 2018 ]
Mine is connected to the tv via HDMI, detachable speakers are at the back of the room about 25 feet from the sound bar and I've never lost the signal [ Stan Sep 02, 2018 ]
There is no network connection. There is Bluetooth so you can play from your phone etc that way. We have our JBL Bar 5.1 connected to our smart TV which is connected to internet with wi-fi. [ Thomas Sep 02, 2018 ]
Have had the JBL Bar 5/1 for a couple of months now with zero problems with connectivity either to my internet or iPad/iPhone. Although I could utilize bluetooth for my TV as well, I've utilized the optical hard connection for television sound. [ Timothy Sep 02, 2018 ]
4 answers I see that many people who buy the JBL 5.1 Soundbar also buy a CL3 rated optical audio cable. Is that necessary or does everything I need come in the box? The appeal of this system to me is that it's as close to wireless as you can get. Do I need to buy any cables for proper set-up? [ Juanchito Aug 06, 2018 ]
Hello, I used the supplied cables and power cords. Everything functions as it should without the need for extra cables. [ Francis Aug 06, 2018 ]
Yes, you have to get the sound from the source devices (cable box, Blu-Ray player, streaming device, etc.) to the sound bar. It has bluetooth capabilities for music streaming from phones or whatever, but most video based sources will need to be hooked up via HDMI or optical. And, of course, it has to be plugged in. [ Randall Aug 06, 2018 ]
Everything you need comes in the box, included an optical cable. it's not the best optical cable out there, but it works fine as that is what I use. You do not need to buy additional cables... [ CB Aug 06, 2018 ]
Hello juanchito, Short answer is no you don't need additional cables. The sub and detachable rear speakers are completely wireless. You do however need to connect to your television for surround via a cable. I used an hdmi cable. You can also connect via Bluetooth. I hope this answers your questions. Thanks Mark [ MARK Aug 07, 2018 ]
3 answers Has the issue with the remote for Frontier set top boxes overriding the 3.1 bar been resolved on this new 5.1 model? Loved the 3.1, but ultimately returned it because of the annoying issue of the volume going up or down based on tuning channels up or down. Frontier remote would take last 3.1 volume action and repeat it when changing channels. Got blasted too my times for my liking. I'd get this if that known issue was fixed. [ Todd May 21, 2018 ]
I have experienced no such volume problems with the 5.1 using my Samsung TV remote. . [ Joseph May 21, 2018 ]
I use a Harmony One remote and have had no such issues. [ John May 21, 2018 ]
I have not noticed anything resembling your description. Occasionally, the rear speakers seem weak, but that is probably caused by the surround signal than the system. No other issues have ocurred. [ Philip May 21, 2018 ]
We've never tested to see what the maximum setting is, but we consistently watch movies with a setting of 26 or 27 and it's plenty loud. There is no hint of stress or distortion at this level and our walls and kitchen shelves rattle from the bass at this setting. [ Robert May 17, 2018 ]
1 answer In his March 10, 2018 response to Robert's January 30, 2018 question, Martin said he planned to get USB chargers so that he could leave the rear speakers plugged in, and constantly charging. Martin (or anyone else), have you tried this? If so, does it work satisfactorily or is clumsy (e.g. do you have to disconnect the rear speakers from the USB chargers before they'll connect to the soundbar, etc.)? I'd appreciate any other experiences/observations with this type configuration. [ AndyP Apr 13, 2018 ]
Hi AndyP, I haven't tried this, but the rear speakers do charge up fast. The only fault I have with this sound bar is the instructions aren't very good, there is a little more instructions on the JBL website. [ Brad Apr 24, 2018 ]
No. Not sure why you would want to add more speakers since the detachable rear speakers give you full surround sound. BTW - it sounds great when watching surround sound movies. [ Scott Apr 07, 2018 ]
You really don't need additional speakers, the surround sound is amazing. I feel like I am in a movie theatre. [ Dave Apr 06, 2018 ]
That's a great question. I believe it's one of Crutchfield's advisors. I would personally say no. This model is available in a 2.1,3.1 and 5.1. No information given that speakers can be added. Hope this helps. I can tell you for it's size, it works real well. [ Michael Apr 06, 2018 ]
No, this is a proprietary 5.1 setup so there's no way to tie in any additional rears or height channels. Honestly the genius to this setup is that in the rare occasion you want the side or rear surround field you can detach the speakers and use them for a movie then reattach for aesthetics. For a more dedicated surround system you would want to go with something else; probably a wired system with separate decoder, etc. [ JARED Apr 06, 2018 ]
Yes I saw it at a local electronic store [ DEWITT Mar 23, 2018 ]
I can't help with your retail question, but the soundbar is great for television or playing music off my phone. I could open a dance club in my family room, and sound shift flips between systems well. If you decide to purchase, I bought a pair of Sanus speaker stands to hold the surround speakers. The speaker magnet holds them very securely when we set up temporary surround sound. Good luck in your decision. Steve [ Steve Mar 17, 2018 ]
I bought the JBL 5.1 from Crutchfield a month ago. I have a new LG OLED 65 in.TV. and the JBL Sound System is a great match to enhance your audio experience. [ IRA Mar 17, 2018 ]
I had reservations about not hearing it first as well, but once I reviewed the return policy of Crutchfield, I pulled the trigger. You won't be disappointed for the money, imo. [ Timothy Mar 17, 2018 ]
1 answer Is it best to always remove the surround speakers from the soundbar so the batteries can discharge? Love this sound bar but I don't always unplug the rear surround speakers when using it. I want to make sure that is not going to damage the battery life of the rear surround speakers. [ John S Mar 10, 2018 ]
Batteries these days are not supposed to experience a decrease in their life span even when you don't drain them before recharging them. I can tell you that nothing was mentioned during our demo of this system about special care being needed for the batteries. Personally, I would keep the batteries charged for when I want to listen to the system and then when done, put them back on charge for next time My Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=101 [ Paul Apr 02, 2018 ] Staff
According to the manual, the button on the included JBL remote is used to enable the soundshift feature. I would assume by the way it is worded that the button can also be used to disable soundshift. I honestly never new this feature existed until you asked the question. We have been manually selecting the source. Furthermore, my wife almost always has her phone connected to the soundbar and playing Pandora. We have watched several movies where my wife received a call and the system did not switch to her phone. [ Robert Mar 10, 2018 ]
I do use the JBL Bar 5.1 to stream music from my phone. The source is selectable from the remote, and does not pick up a bluetooth signal while it is in a different mode. You have to select Bluetoth, to stream. I do get a beep when a message is sent to the phone, but it is hardly an inconvenience. This is my third soundbar, and it outperforms a Martin Logan model I had. Hope this helps [ Francis Mar 10, 2018 ]
Soundshift can be turned off with the remote.Enter [ Eric Scott Mar 10, 2018 ]
The Sound Shift adds nothing to the Surround system. Martin [ Martin Mar 10, 2018 ]
You can turn it off. I think it is for BlueTooth devices. I'm not sure about the Surround Sound as I do not have any connected devices. My phone does not display phone calls - but my Comcast service does do that. Hope this is helpful. This is a great system - especially when it is on sale. Visitors are impressed and with the detachable speakers I can have music around the house. Go to YuTub - search Rodrigo Y Gabriela and crank it UP! Regards, Martin [ Martin Mar 10, 2018 ]
UUnknown [ Russell Feb 10, 2018 ]
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 ]
2 answers on the JBL 5.1 soundbar can you use it as a 3.1 soundbar and not use the rear speakers? What happens if you leave the rear speakers plugged into the bar for charging. Can you use the soundbar with the rear speakers plugged into the soundbar? Can you remove the rear speakers and not use them? Manual doesn't explain any of this. thank you [ ROBERT Jan 30, 2018 ]
If you leave the little speakers connected you do not have 5.1 system - it is just a sound bar - but a good one. If you detach the speakers you can move them about for 5.1 system. What I am doing is to get a couple of USB cables - detach the little speakers and have them connect to a charger on the table with the rest of the soundbar 24/7. Much better soundbar for basics with this set-up. They are always charging and if I want to move them about for a movie or whatever I can still do that. This is the way to go IMHO. Regards, Martin [ Martin Mar 10, 2018 ]
Yes. You can leave the speakers connected to the bar if need be. If you prefer not to use them at all, the recommendation would be to step down to the BAR 3.1 model which is essentially the same product but without the wireless surrounds: http://www.crutchfield.com/p_109BAR31/item.html I hope that helps. My bio: https://www.crutchfield.com/bio/Ryan [ Ryan Feb 07, 2018 ] Staff
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
I have it on a table in front of and below the TV. [ Martin Mar 10, 2018 ]
"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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