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One of the best in this category for the price,
This review is from: JBL SB 300 Soundbar and 150-Watt Subwoofer (Discontinued by Manufacturer) (Electronics)
JBL has done a really nice job with this soundbar home theater solution. The styling is very nice on the soundbar itself, although the subwoofer is not quite as pretty, but it's wireless and you can hide it behind a plant if you don't like the looks. A couple of things impressed me. First, it really sounded good. Very balanced sound with completely flat tone control adjustments on the TV. I also like the fact that the subwoofer has an adjustable crossover, so if I want to boost the bass control on my TV, and can control how muddy the bass sounds by dialing down the crossover frequency to tighten it up and make it more musical. Most of the other soundbars I have auditioned are all preset with limited or no adjustability. The sub also has a sub level control on the sub itself. It would be nice to have that on the credit card sized remote, but with these type systems, you are probably gonna have it close to maximum output anyway in a good sized room. The fact that there are 2 inputs, one digital optical input and one analog is also helpful, so you can connect an mp3 player or your smart phone easily with a 3.5mm mini-plug to stereo rca cable adapter.
Bear in mind, if you are looking for the true surround sound experience, this will not be anywhere close to the sound of a high quality receiver with 5.1, 7.1, or 9.2 surround sound. But if you want to greatly improve TV sound, simply and easily, this is a great way to do it. Connection is simple: one optical digital cable from the TV to the soundbar. Plug it in, then plug in the subwoofer in the desired location. Press the pair button on the sub, the light flashes 2 seconds then goes solid. You are done. Enjoy.
Compared to The Bose Cinemate series II, the Bose might have a slight sound advantage, but requires a wire from the remote control receiver to the bass module and wires from the bass module to the 2 satellite speakers. The satellite speakers may require a wall mount speaker bracket or stands at additional cost (in addition to the $599 retail verses $499 on the JBL). The Polk IHT6000 is same retail price, or $50 less on sale, but sub has less punch and no adjustable crossover. The LG has bluetooth, and more inputs, but max volume is wimpy at best. My best advice, go listen to this at the store, bring your favorite bluray concert video and go from there. But this is a top ten contender.
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