The modern TV offers a lot of benefits – excellent picture quality, amazingly thin dimensions and the ability to wall mount as required.  But there is one thing they aren’t so great at – sound quality.  With little room to add good speakers, modern TVs can be erratic or even poor on the sound quality.  The best way to deal with this problem is to add a soundbar and the new JBL Bar 5.1 is an excellent way to solve your sound problems at $559.95 at the time of this writing.

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The JBL Bar 5.1 transforms from a soundbar into a true wireless 5.1 home theater system for an epic movie and music-listening experience. The soundbar features two detachable battery-powered wireless surround speakers with 10-hours of playtime, 510W of total system power, a 10” wireless subwoofer, three HDMI™ inputs to connect 4K devices and Bluetooth™. With Dolby® Digital, Dolby Pro Logic II and DTS, your movies, music and video games will never sound more incredible. The soundbar features JBL SoundShift®, which allows you to instantly switch between the sound from your TV and the Bluetooth sound from your mobile phone or tablet. The soundbar is programmed to respond to your TV remote, so you can control everything with your existing TV remote control. The JBL Bar 5.1 re-defines the soundbar experience. – via JBL

Dealing with poor sound

We’ve all been there – you are watching a film and there’s dialogue, so you turn the volume up.  Then the music comes on and you are nearly blasted into the next room.  That’s because speakers on TVs are thin, just like the TV themselves.  And it means they are an all or nothing affair that can’t handle all the jobs – so they tend to favor the big, loud sounds.

In fact, many TV manufacturers now recommend getting a soundbar for their TVs because they know sound quality can be a problem.  Soundbars are also now very easy to use and install because they simply connect to your TV.  Added to that, good quality soundbars have a wireless facility that minimalizes the cables involved.

The JBL Bar 5.1

That true wireless connection is just one of the big benefits of the JBL Bar 5.1 which uses detachable, battery-powered wireless surround speakers to create cinematic 5.1 quality sound in your living room.  Batteries have a 10-hour playing time and are easy to recharge.

The system also uses 4K connectivity with 3 HDMI in/Out ports that allows you to easily connect all 4K devices to the system and upgrade your entire home entertainment system.  you can even wirelessly stream music from any mobile device through the speakers via the Bluetooth system.

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Sound quality

Of course, the most important element with any soundbar is the sound quality that it offers.  The JBL Bar 5.1 offers Dolby Digital, Dolby Pro Logic II and DTS sound quality for your movies, TV shows and games as well as for music and also uses the JBL SoundShift to easily switch from TV to other Bluetooth connected devices if you are on the move.  You can easily operate it via your TV remote, so no extra controls are required.

In total, the system offers 510 watts of power for high-quality audio and has a 250mm (10 inches) wireless subwoofer to get those rich bass tones.  Being wireless it can easily be placed in the best location for the room, regardless of where this is in relation to the TV.

In the box

JBL also pride themselves on ensuring their equipment is easy to use.  The set comes with both an HDMI and AUX cable as well as an optical cable.  There is a calibration microphone and a wall mount bracket kit.

There is a specific remote if you don’t want to use your TV remote to control the system and the power cables are the only really wired element of the system.  The quick start guide means you can have the system set up in no time and enjoy quality sound from your TV once more.

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