JBL be­hind the Bar

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It’s JBL’s most ex­pan­sive sound­bar se­ries to date — and lit­er­ally ex­pan­sive in the case of the JBL Bar 5.1 (pic­tured right), which trans­forms from a sound­bar into a wire­less 5.1-chan­nel sys­tem when you de­tach two bat­tery-pow­ered wire­less sur­round speak­ers from the ends of the bar. It’s a con­cept we saw some years ago from Philips, and a clever one in that the wire­less speak­ers are used at the front, kept on charge, for nor­mal TV view­ing, pop­ping off for spe­cial oc­ca­sions such as movie nights and sports matches.

The Bar 5.1 in­cludes a wire­less 10-inch sub­woofer as well, with a to­tal quoted 510W of sys­tem power, three UHD-com­pat­i­ble HDMI in­puts, Blue­tooth, and both Dolby Dig­i­tal and DTS pro­cess­ing. The rears should last 10 hours on bat­tery power once charged.

The Bar 5.1 sys­tem is avail­able with an RRP of $999. The other three units in the range are the $699 JBL Bar 3.1, the $499 JBL Bar 2.1, and the $259.95 JBL Bar Stu­dio, this last of the four be­ing a 2.0-chan­nel bar with­out a sub­woofer. More in­for­ma­tion: www.jbl.com.au

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