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More than adequate for the job.
on September 1, 2013
Having gotten tired of hearing my Samsung Plasma TVs speaker bottom out at the slightest hint of bass, I went and got the JBL SB100 sound bar and in my medium sized apartment living room, it more than satisfies. I'm even a bit impressed, which is hard to do with anything audio. It was on sale this Labor Day at Frys for only $149 so hurry up and try one before the sale is over. At the store, it was nearly impossible to ascertain the sound and the salesman tried to steer me away twice to something else I didn't need so I'm glad I took it home to try it out.
Set up was a breeze but I recommend getting a better optical cable than the one that comes with it as it's almost toothpick thin and for around $10.00 you can get a RoHS certified optical cable. Once set up, I'm quite taken on the sound: full bodied, mid range centered (where 90% of all sound resides) which imparts a naturalness to conversation and a fullness to movies. Highs don't sear ones ears but are extended and there's a bass boost for things that explode (if you're into that). There's also a surround sound feature but I'm not ready to say if using it makes things better or not.
The remote learning steps only take you part way there and I had to experiment a bit by following directions and then modifying them as I went and all it took were two attempts. Now my cable/TV remote works the volume of the sound bar. One nice feature is that you can leave it on 24/7 as it goes into standby mode after 10 minutes of inactivity and comes back on when you power up the TV.
In closing, I'll say that sure, there are better sound bars out there but you need to pay a whole lot more for not much more improvement if all you need is something better than the speakers that come with your TV, and this is for regular, casual broadcast viewing as my stereo rig is reserved for the Blu-Ray player and who needs to turn on all of that just for regular programming?
PS: One thing I'd like to mention is that there is a tiny switch on the back of the unit near the inputs that, when selected, optimizes the unit for placement against the wall or when placed on a rack/shelf in front of the TV. When the setting is selected for placement in front of the TV, it becomes too bass heavy for my tastes and seems to lack a bit of air and extension on the upper end. Choosing the wall mounted setting makes for a much more believable and satisfying presentation. In fact, the more I listen to it at this setting, the more I like it. Go figure. But make sure to check it out to see which setting you prefer.