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JBL BAR 9.1 Review Rundown

JBLPublished on 21 Mar 2021Last Edited on 27 Sep 2021Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer*

Overview

Photo of JBL BAR 9.1 Soundbar w/ Wireless Surround, Subwoofer, and Dolby Atmos
Neoscore* 79%
  • 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[*] 82%
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

rtings[3]

Sentiment Score[*] 82%
Reviewers from rtings have found the following[***]:
The JBL Bar 9.1 True Wireless Surround with Dolby Atmos is a high-end 5.1.4 soundbar from JBL's 2020 lineup. It has two detachable satellite speakers that can play your favorite audio wirelessly from anywhere in your room. While it doesn't have a dialogue enhancement feature, it has a neutral sound profile capable of producing clear and accurate dialogue. It also offers an immersive experience as it supports Atmos content.
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Pros[**]
  • Very balanced sound profile
  • Detachable satellite speakers
  • Supports Atmos and Dolby Atmos
Cons[**]
  • Some compression at max volume

t3[4]

Sentiment Score[*] 87%
Reviewers from t3 have found the following[***]:
The JBL Bar 9.1 is the most impressive and well-equipped JBL soundbar in its newest range. Like most of the best soundbars in 2020, the design here is focused around Dolby Atmos. Each detachable speaker has an upward-firing full-range driver to expand the Atmos overhead effect, and a 20mm tweeter for delivering rear-channel sound effects. Only having one HDMI input is a little cheap for this kind of price.
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Pros[**]
  • Dolby Atmos is fun to listen to
  • Smart and thoughtful design
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

techhive[5]

Sentiment Score[*] 79%
Reviewers from techhive have found the following[***]:
The JBL Bar 9.1 is one of the most unusual soundbars I've tested from a setup standpoint. Dolby Atmos- and DTS:X-capable soundbar doesn't disappoint in the audio department. The soundbar's 2.4-inch height won't block the bottom edge of most TVs.
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Pros[**]
  • Compact, battery-powered soundbar
  • Powerful Dolby Atmos and DTS:X sound
  • Auto-calibration
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

techradar[6]

Sentiment Score[*] 88%
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[7]

Sentiment Score[*] 79%
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[8]

Sentiment Score[*] 61%
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.
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Pros[**]
  • Powerful Atmos soundstage
  • Easy to set up and use
  • Easy-to-use rear speakers
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

references

1. ^ JBL Bar 9.1 review: Wireless Dolby Atmos with a few flaws. digitaltrends. 2020-04-27 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
2. ^ JBL Bar 9.1 Review. pcmag. 2020-04-27 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
3. ^ JBL Bar 9.1 Soundbar Review. rtings. 2020-08-10 Retrieved 2021-10-20.
6. ^ Hands on: JBL Bar 9.1 review. techradar. 2020-01-07 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
7. ^ JBL Bar 9.1 Review. trustedreviews. 2020-07-24 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
8. ^ JBL Bar 9.1 review. whathifi. 2020-06-15 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
*. 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.
**. 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.
***. 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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