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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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Technical Details

  • Model: TH-BA3
  • Item Package Quantity: 1

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 38 x 15.2 x 13 inches ; 32.3 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 33.5 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0036RFKOU
  • Item model number: TH-BA3
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #153,604 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: September 14, 2004

Product Description

280W 5.1ch Surround Sound System with Bar Speaker, Wireless Subwoofer and Rear Wireless Kit

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Customer Reviews

How's that for prompt customer service?
jbowen
Everyone else is asleep in the house, and this thing turns itself up as high as it can go, blow out the windows loud.
DSV
It seemed that either the product designer or assembly worker made a mistake.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Casey Cowburn on April 12, 2010
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About a month ago I started the research process for upgrading my entertainment system in my living room. I was operating on a 37" Sony tub television, Panasonic surround sound and Panasonic DVD player. Functioning was sufficient on all pieces, but I wanted to enhance my space and experience with a system overhaul. This surround sound system caught my eye as it functions as a soundbar (which I really wanted mounted below my television) and still offers my the 5.1 surround sound speakers wirelessly.

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.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Chris Moran on March 4, 2010
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I have been waiting for a system like this with REAL surround capability. The issue with the Vizio system is that is didn't have a rear channel, the issue with the Sony you had to spend and extra 200-300 to get extra speakers, wireless somethings to patch it all together and it wasn't "native" to the system. When the JVC TH-BA3 came out, I KNEW I wanted it and it would be perfect for my small house.

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!

My advice:

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!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Joe on October 18, 2010
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I wanted to upgrade my TV's standard sound and decide a soundbar was the simplest and easiest answer. I didn't want to settle for the simulated 5.1 sound that most soundbars produce. No mater how good they are you figure they can't beat two rear speakers. I've had the unit for over six months now and couldn't be happier. The sounds is great and the systems for the most part performs flawlessly. Every once in a while there's a litttle static pop sound in the rears but it happens rarely and I'm overall impressed by the wireless performance. As others have mentioned it's not going to rock the house walls down but for small to medium sized rooms it certainly delivers a great surround sound experience. Scenes in movies comes alive, PS3 and Xbox games sound great.

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.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By K. Giles on November 6, 2010
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As the other reviewer, I did quite a bit of research as well. We've had a Bose for the last 12 years and it finally quite. I wanted something that wasn't too expensive but still gave me good surround sound for movies as well as music and it had to have wireless rear speakers. The JVC doesn't have as rich of sound as the Bose but for the price, ease of setup and the wireless Sub-woofer/rear speakers it fits our needs quite well.

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.
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