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JVC Home THBA3 280W 5.1-Inch Surround Sound System with Bar Speaker, Wireless Subwoofer and Rear Wireless Kit
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- The TH-BA3 is a dual wireless soundbar system. The 280-watt, 5.1-channel surround sound system includes a soundbar, wireless subwoofer and wireless rear speaker kit.
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I was frustrated and the few people that had reviewed this product and became slightly leary that it was not going to meet my needs as no one seemed to be buying it. I cannot express how wrong I was. I finished my hookup on Saturday (everything for my television and soundbar have been wired through the wall using the Datacomm recessed wall plates) and it looks fantastic. The soundbar is currently mounted on the wall below the television which I like as I am using my new 55" Vizio as my HDMI point and its optical audio out (Toslink) to the soundbar.
Sound is fantastic on all three settings (Dolby Digital, PCM, and Dolby ProLogic II). The fade to mute function is interesting as I have not seen this on a surround unit before. Wireless functionality seems flawless in its transmission (I currently have my subwoofer under an end table and the wireless receiver mounted behind my couch on the wall - JVC customer support was fantastic answering questions about link of sight and distance from soundbar!).
Shortcomings are hard to come by on this unit, but I feel I should touch on them to provide a thorough review. I do not like that when using the dimmer function on the soundbar the red indicator lights do not dim with the blue power light.Read more ›
and boy was I right! I had this thing set up under my 42 inch 240Mhz Vizio (sorry crappy Vizio soundbar) in less than 1 hour), synched with the sub and the wireless and ready to go. I watched "The Patriot" and was surprised as the sound. Then I turned on some reagular TV.... that is where I got the REAL surprise! My wife and I watched the show Psych and during a scene where everyone was in the police station, the surround sound came alive. It was like we were in the middle of the station! You could hear EVERYTHING! Typewriters, people shuffling paper, people walking around. It was crazy! But the BEST part was YOU COULD STILL HEAR THE MAIN CHARACTERS TALKING!
Do the setup and set the speakers up properly (measure your distances and enter them in as recommended).
If you cable provider and blue ray outputs to PCM mode .... USE IT!!! This receiver will take uncommpressed PCM (which is the "real" sound before all of the encoding and re-coding"). Set you bluray to the highest bit-rate (like an mp3 song 192 vs 90)... you will get rain drops instead of just "rain" all around you.... It is awesome.
GREAT PRODUCT!Read more ›
Some people argue that the rear speakers defeat the purpose of what a soundbar is supposed to do, simulate 5.1 without the rear speakers but this gives you the real thing in a very very compact design. I'm really surprised that the unit has not gotten more attention.
Note: Everyone should understand by now what "wireless" means. There is no way with our current battery technology that you can have a truly wireless speaker system that provides any real wattage. The JVC BA3 doesn't have the same wattage that other similar priced systems do but it still sounds very crisp and clear. You can still shake the house pretty good if that's what your after. This system took me about 40 minutes to read the directions, plug it in, link the sub-woofer and rear speakers and start watching a movie.
There are a few drawbacks but again for $400 I think there are acceptable compromises. The only audio inputs are two optical inputs. I only have to use one that I run into my Samsung 52" LCD and it plays TV as well as Blu-ray. An HDMI would be nice but the system seems to interpret analog signals quite well. With the exception of some HD programs you can definitely tell a difference between a Blu-ray movie and watching regular TV though. As I said earlier it is not a Bose but seems to have good general sound with CDs as well as Music from the Satellite channels. There is no equalizer or any real tweaking that can be done so if you really like to adjust your sound this isn't for you. At lower volumes it sounds very similar to the regular TV speaker but with more richness and base.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
As always JVC has outdone themselfs. This is a easy to set up system. Excellent sound quality and very easy to set up sound levels. Read morePublished on September 29, 2012 by Rusty Russell
As documented by at least 5 other reviewers, my JVC TH-BA3 soundbar system also randomly increases volume to max warp decibels. Read morePublished on August 3, 2011 by Dan
I placed an order for the JVC Surround Sound system however did not receive any of the connection cables to both the wireless subwoofer or for the TV to Bar speaker. Read morePublished on May 23, 2011 by Richard Sexton
This unit was a disappointment. The rear speakers drop out occasionally even with only 12 ft line-of-site. Read morePublished on May 19, 2011 by Jonny D
The other reviews explain some of the unbelievable engineering mistakes of this system. Like some other reviewers stated, the volume on my system goes way up for no reason. Read morePublished on April 28, 2011 by jbowen
Well, I really, really wanted this purchase to work out okay. The first one I bought had a noticeable squeel in the rear speakers. Read morePublished on April 23, 2011 by dash
I read the reviews before I purchased and I think some of them went overboard. I product is OK but not what some claimed.Published on March 16, 2011 by steve
Got this for Christmas 2010. My wife told me it was turning itself up, way up. I thought she was crazy, or that one of our rug rats was messing with a remote on the sly. Read morePublished on January 23, 2011 by DSV
Had this for a couple months and the volume level has a mind of It's own. I would not recommend this product. Check out the other reviews on the ghost sound levels.Published on January 22, 2011 by shaft