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JBL Bar 5.1 Surround Soundbar w/ Wireless Subwoofer

MSRP 500 USDNEX score 76%

Product Overview

JBL Bar 5.1 is a mid-range soundbar with a wireless subwoofer designed for minimalist home theatre setup. With five full-range drivers, dual side-firing tweeters, and a wireless subwoofer, the JBL Bar 5.1 can deliver up to 550W output in a compact package.
JBL's MultiBeam technology produces an immersive listening experience from a single soundbar. Coupled with an easy-to-place wireless subwoofer, the Bar 5.1 fits easily into any modern home.
In the same generation, JBL also markets the 2.0-channel Bar 2.0, 2.1-channel Bar 2.1, and 5.1.4-channel Bar 9.1.

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Ratings

What we found**

Pros
  • Powerful, dynamic sound signature
  • AirPlay 2 and Chromecast support
  • Wireless subwoofer
Cons
  • Nothing in particular

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 76% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Impressive audio performance
  • Impressive sound quality
  • Excellent virtual surround sound
  • Comfortable remote control
  • Supports Atmos
  • Comfortable to use
Cons
  • No Dolby Atmos support
  • No Movie or Music mode
  • Not the most attractive design
  • Weak mids
  • No EQ presets
  • Doesn’t support Atmos
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Price Comparison (incl. referral links)*

Specifications

Variants:
Subwoofer

Connectivity

Ports
[Input] 1x HDMI | [Output] 1x Optical + USB (playback only in US)
Wireless Connectivity
Bluetooth 4.2

Construction

Drivers | Subwoofer
10" subwoofer
Drivers | Tweeter
2x 1.25" side-firing tweeters
Drivers | Woofer
5x racetrack drivers
Form Factor
Soundbar with wireless subwoofer

Dimensions

Size | Depth
100 mm / 3.94 inch
SubwooferSize | Depth
305 mm / 12 inch
Size | Height
58 mm / 2.28 inch
SubwooferSize | Height
440 mm / 17.3 inch
Size | Width
1018 mm / 40 inch
SubwooferSize | Width
305 mm / 12 inch
Weight
2.85 kg
SubwooferWeight
10.62 kg

Function

Audio
JBL Surround Sound, JBL MultiBeam
Bluetooth Profiles
A2DP V1.3, AVRCP V1.5
Channels
5.1-channel
Operating Temperature
0 - 45°C

Performance

Frequency Response
40Hz - 20kHz
Max Sound Level
103 dB
Power Output
5x50W (bar) + 300W (sub)

Production

Availability
2019-10
Debut
2019-09 IFA
Model Name
JBL2GBAR51IMBLKAM

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3rd-Party Review Videos

External Reviews

pcmag[1]

Sentiment Score 71%
Reviewers from pcmag have found the following***:
With the system's volume maxed out and the bass at its highest, you get a near-theater experience in terms of rumble. On tracks with intense sub-bass content, like The Knife's "Silent Shout," with bass levels at mid, the Bar 5.1 Surround delivers intense low-frequency response. The lack of a Movie or Music mode simply means you have to create your own settings.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Powerful, dynamic sound signature
  • Powerful subwoofer
Cons
  • No Movie or Music mode

techadvisor[2]

Sentiment Score 82%
Reviewers from techadvisor have found the following***:
The JBL Bar 5.1 Surround offers both AirPlay 2 and Chromecast support, connected either via built-in 2.4GHz Wi-Fi or Ethernet. The soundscape is nothing short of impressive, with incredible sound separation and simulated directional audio. JBL has been producing sound systems for cinemas for over 75 years, utilising the company's own MultiBeam technology.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Impressive audio performance
  • AirPlay 2 and Chromecast support
  • Comfortable remote control
Cons
  • No EQ presets
  • No Dolby Atmos support

techradar[3]

Sentiment Score 70%
Reviewers from techradar have found the following***:
The JBL Bar 5.1 Surround Sound is the biggest and boldest of its new soundbars. Announced at IFA 2019, the soundbar is the successor to last year's Bar Series 3.1. It uses Multi-Beam audio that hopes to mimic the effect of surround sound without needing a vast array of speakers around the room. We found the output impressive, with a strong and powerful roar.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Powerful sound
  • Multi-Beam audio
Cons
  • No separate tweeters
  • No EQ settings

techradar[4]

Sentiment Score 81%
Reviewers from techradar have found the following***:
The JBL Bar 5.1 is a low-fi surround sound system with wireless speakers. It can also be paired to a device over Bluetooth for wireless music playing. The speakers are able to produce room-shaking volume without ever losing clarity. The bass capabilities and sharp trebles mean you get both satisfying room-rattling sound, and crystal-clear dialogue.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Impressive sound quality
  • Easy to set up
  • Comfortable to use
Cons
  • Weak mids
  • Not the most attractive design

tomsguide[5]

Sentiment Score 78%
Reviewers from tomsguide have found the following***:
Bar 5.1 Surround's virtual surround sound worked surprisingly well and overall it produced a rich, encompassing sound. Voices were clear and easy to understand, though I found the treble to be a bit harsh in some cases. It definitely sounded better than cheaper alternatives, such as the Yamaha YAS-209, but can't match more expensive units with Atmos like the Sonos Arc.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Excellent virtual surround sound
  • Easy to set up
  • Supports Atmos
Cons
  • Doesn’t support Atmos

User Reviews

References

1. ^ JBL Bar 5.1 Surround Review. [pcmag]. https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/jbl-bar-51-surround. 2020-04-23. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
2. ^ JBL Bar 5.1 Surround review. [techadvisor]. https://www.techadvisor.co.uk/review/jbl-bar-51-surround-3792923/. 2020-07-17. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
3. ^ Hands on: JBL Bar 5.1 Surround Sound review. [techradar]. https://www.techradar.com/reviews/hands-on-jbl-bar-51-surround-sound. 2019-09-05. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
4. ^ JBL Bar 5.1 review. [techradar]. https://www.techradar.com/reviews/jbl-bar-51. 2021-11-23. Retrieved 2021-12-07.
5. ^ JBL Bar 5.1 Surround review. [tomsguide]. https://www.tomsguide.com/reviews/jbl-bar-51-surround. 2020-12-08. Retrieved 2021-03-22.

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