JBL unveiled four new Dolby Atmos fed sound barswith the range completed with a 7.1.4 system that features wireless rear speakers.
The flagship JBL Bar 1000 uses four trigger drivers to create a bubble of surround sound, with support for Dolby Atmos and rival 3D audio format DTS:X.
replacing the company Bar 9.1 Launched in 2020, the Bar 1000 shares the main feature of its predecessor of with two detachable battery-powered, up-firing speakers.
They can be conveniently placed behind the viewer to create a wire-free surround sound setup.
The system also comes with a 10” wireless subwoofer, with JBL claiming the overall output measures 880W annoying neighbors.
As with the Bar 9.1, the new Bar 1000 uses JBL’s multibeam technology to help create a wider soundstage, reflecting sound off the walls, while a new PureVoice technology, which stands out across the range, aims to optimize clarity. of the voice.
Below the Bar 1000 in the new lineup is the JBL Bar 800, which also has detachable rear speakers, but in a more compact 5.1.2 configuration, with just two upfiring drivers and a reduced 720W output.
The Bar 800 also has a wireless sub and the same 3D audio, voice assistant and streaming compatibility as its bigger brother, but lacks JBL’s MultiBeam technology.
A notch down is the JBL Bar 500, a more conventional 5.1 system with 590W of power that doesn’t have detachable rear speakers but does include a wireless sub and MultiBeam.
Rounding out the lineup is the entry-level Bar 300 – a 260W 5.0 system that includes MultiBeam but doesn’t include a separate wireless sub, with the low-end delivered via a woofer built into the bar.
All four soundbars support the new JBL One app, which allows users to customize the EQ as well as browse the built-in music services.
The JBL Bar 1000 and Bar 800 will go on sale in October, priced at $1,149 / £1,000 / €1,149 and $899 / £800 / €899 respectively.
Meanwhile, the Bar 500 and Bar 300 will be available in September, with the 500 priced at $649 / £500 / €649 and the 300 priced at $399 / £350 / €399. Australian pricing is yet to be confirmed.
Review: Wireless rears point to a hassle-free future for home cinema
With flat TVs still providing audio as an afterthought, the rise of the soundbar was welcome, if not surprising.
But instead of just giving extra oomph to the anemic sound provided by your monitor, we’re now entering an era where soundbar setups are finally delivering the kind of satisfying experience that can match conventional home theater systems. , while providing extra features and flexibility.
Recent news around Only U.S and Sennheiserin new cinema settings, along with a host of new models that will be revealed at IFA this monthseem to point towards a new wave of soundbar that makes full use of advances in wireless technology.
JBL may have hit the surround sound sweet spot with the form factor of the JBL Bar 1000 and Bar 800; The convenience of being able to place wireless backs in your room as and when you need them was a genius idea when JBL first introduced the concept with the Bar 9.1 in 2020.
That system was hampered a bit by sometimes mediocre dialogue performance and limited options for tuning the sound, but with these new models set to address both issues, could these new theater systems take home audio to the next level?