JBL BAR 9.1 Review Rundown

JBL | Published on 21 Mar 2021 | Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer

Overview

Photo of JBL BAR 9.1
  • Simple to set up and use
  • Dolby Atmos built-in
  • Built-in subwoofer
  • Subwoofer isn't as good as wired rear speakers

Summary

JBL Bar 9.1 is an innovative solution to an age-old problem: Getting better immersive sound without losing the simplicity of a soundbar. It's JBL's first soundbar with Dolby Atmos built-in, and in addition to a subwoofer, it comes with two small wireless speakers that charge by attaching to the left and right ends of the bar. Watching movies is definitely the main reason to spring for the $999.99 bar, but music also sounds excellent through its drivers.
This rundown provides our analysis on 8 third-party reviews. The sentiment scores, summaries, and key takeaways that we select are based on these reviews and may differ from the original publication.

Rundown

digitaltrends[1]

Sentiment Score[*] 78%
Reviewers from Digitaltrends have found the following[***]:
The JBL Bar 9.1 uses a pair of battery-powered totally wireless satellites. It not only promises the true acoustic separation of physical speakers, it also throws Dolby Atmos into the mix for an immersive 3D experience. With the Bar 91, you would expect some serious bass and it does not disappoint. With its dual onboard mics, it hasn't been equipped as a true smart speaker.
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Pros[**]
  • Dolby Atmos is a true sound separation
  • Solid build quality
  • Wireless satellites
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

pcmag[2]

Sentiment Score[*] 86%
Reviewers from Pcmag have found the following[***]:
The $999.99 JBL Bar 9.1 is the first soundbar with Dolby Atmos built-in. In addition to a subwoofer, it comes with two small wireless speakers that charge by attaching to the left and right ends of the bar. At maximum bass levels (5), the rumble is theater-level intense.
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Pros[**]
  • Powerful audio performance with Dolby Atmos built-in
  • Two small wireless speakers
  • Easy to install
Cons[**]
  • Subwoofer settings will need to be changed depending on genre

techradar[3]

Sentiment Score[*] 84%
Reviewers from Techradar have found the following[***]:
The JBL Bar 9.1 comes with upward-firing drivers, detachable wireless surround speakers, and a 10-inch wireless subwoofer. Available in April, the soundbar will cost $999 – that works out at around £760 / AU$1450 based on current conversion rates. Dolby Atmos audio feels truly spacious thanks to those upwards firing drivers that bounce sound off of your ceiling.
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Pros[**]
  • Dolby Atmos audio is powerful and immersive
  • Detachable rear speakers
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

trustedreviews[4]

Sentiment Score[*] 78%
Reviewers from Trustedreviews have found the following[***]:
The JBL Bar 9.1 is a wireless surround system capable of playing Dolby Atmos soundtracks. The central portion is roughly 88cm long, and at either end there's a detachable module of 17cm or so. JBL reckons authentic Atmos performance can be delivered without the need for miles of wiring or, indeed, carving into the ceiling of your room. With the modules deployed as rear speakers, the auto-calibration process is much more reminiscent of a true Dolby atmos system than any other system.
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Pros[**]
  • Impressive Atmos sound quality
  • Decent driver placement
  • Dolby Atmos performance
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

whathifi[5]

Sentiment Score[*] 77%
Reviewers from Whathifi have found the following[***]:
The JBL Bar 9.1 is a full home cinema speaker package and amplifier. The main bar is a practical 88cm across and, at just 6.2cm high, it's short enough to sit at the feet of most TVs without obscuring the screen. The removable rear speakers on each end are attached by a set of good, strong magnets. When the effects are static, this JBL delivers Atmos with a sense of height and depth that you don't get with more conventional alternatives.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Powerful Atmos soundstage
  • Easy to set up and use
  • Easy-to-use rear speakers
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

references

  1. 1. ^ JBL Bar 9.1 review: Wireless Dolby Atmos with a few flaws. Digitaltrends. 27 April 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  2. 2. ^ JBL Bar 9.1 Review. Pcmag. 27 April 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  3. 3. ^ Hands on: JBL Bar 9.1 review. Techradar. 07 January 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  4. 4. ^ JBL Bar 9.1 Review. Trustedreviews. 24 July 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  5. 5. ^ JBL Bar 9.1 review. Whathifi. 15 June 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  6. *. Neoscore is our sentiment analyzer based on natural language processing (NLP). Scaled in the range of 0 to 100, Neoscore eliminates scoring biases from each publisher; it likely differs from the publisher's own rating, if available, as a result.
  7. **. Neoanalyzer is our summarizer based on NLP. It identifies key takeaways from each third-party review. The takeaways that it produces likely differ from the publisher's own bullets points, if available, as a result.
  8. ***. Neosummarizer is based on NLP. It extracts summaries from third-party reviews. It likely that these summaries differ from the publisher's own, if available.

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