JBL Pull Apart 5.1 Speaker Bar

SmartHouse - - CONTENT - Writ­ten by ROMA CHRIS­TIAN

Har­man-owned JBL has launched its new ‘5.1’ sound­bar, which is set to re­place the now de­funct Philips Fide­lio, fol­low­ing the col­lapse of Gib­son brands.

The new JBL 5.1 sound­bar mim­ics Philip’s [nearly three-year-old] of­fer­ing, fea­tur­ing pull apart rear speak­ers.

Sources have in­formed SmartHouse, Har­vey Nor­man has se­cured ex­clu­sive lo­cal dis­tri­bu­tion of JBL’s 5.1, whilst JB Hi-Fi will range the new ‘Bar 3.1’.

In a press re­lease, JBL has con­firmed its ‘Link Bar’ with Google As­sis­tant will land in Aus­tralia later this year.

JBL’s Bar se­ries is mar­keted as slen­der “high­per­for­mance” sound­bars with Blue­tooth 4.0 for “su­pe­rior” mu­sic stream­ing.

Avail­able in sev­eral mod­els the range in­cludes; the Bar Stu­dio, Bar 2.1, Bar 3.1 and Bar 5.1.

The Bar 5.1 fea­tures two de­tach­able rear speak­ers, which can be placed around a room to cre­ate a sur­round sound ef­fect. Rear speak­ers are bat­tery pow­ered, recharge­able, wire­less and fea­ture a 10hour bat­tery life.

The 5.1 is the “most ad­vanced” in the Bar se­ries and claims to de­liver a “flag­ship sound ex­pe­ri­ence”.

The Bar 3.1 claims to of­fer “best-in-class” sur­round sound, with a 10″ wire­less sub­woofer, and 450W to­tal sys­tem power.

With JBL SoundShift, the 3.1 in­stantly switches be­tween TV, sound and mo­bile/tablet in­puts.

The Har­man and Sam­sung owned sub­sidiary claims the sound­bars de­liver “theatre-qual­ity sound” to fill any room.

JBL’s Link Bar claims to be the in­dus­try’s first sound­bar pow­ered by An­droid TV with built-in Google As­sis­tant: “The Link Bar turns any TV, re­gard­less of make or model, into a Smart TV. Just by say­ing ‘Hey Google’ you’ll open the door to a world of pro­gram­ming avail­able hands-free through An­droid TV,” JBL as­serts.

Fur­ther in­for­ma­tion on JBL’s Link Bar is set to be pro­vided in Q3Y18.

Boast­ing easy set-up, JBL’s Bar se­ries fea­tures mul­ti­ple con­nec­tion points in­clud­ing HMDI, HDMI ARC and Op­ti­cal and AUX wired con­nec­tions.

The 3.1 and 5.1 fea­ture mul­ti­ple 4K HDMI passthrough in­puts for con­nec­tion with Blu-Ray play­ers, game con­soles and more.

The sound­bars are pro­grammed to re­spond to the TV’s re­mote, elim­i­nat­ing the need for mul­ti­ple con­trollers.

Mar­keted as an “en­try-level” sound­bar, JBL’s Blue­tooth en­abled Bar Stu­dio is tai­lor made for smaller rooms.

For more power, users have the op­tion of the Bar 2.1 – an “in­ter­me­di­ate” sound­bar with a wire­less sub­woofer.

The 5.1 is the “most ad­vanced” in the Bar se­ries and claims to de­liver a “flag­ship sound ex­pe­ri­ence”.

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