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JBL Bar 9.1 - Channel Soundbar System with Surround Speakers and Dolby Atmos
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- 820W Output power
- Built-in Dolby Atmos and DTS: X decoding
- With detachable, battery powered surround speakers you can enjoy real surround sound without the wires
- Experience deep bass with a 300W, 10" powered subwoofer
- Ultra HD 4K Pass-through with Dolby Vision
- Connector Type: Optical
- Included Components: Main Soundbar, Detachable Wireless Surround Speakers (2), Wireless Subwoofer Remote Control, Power Cords, Hdmi Cable, (2)L-Shape Wall-Mount Bracket (Main Bar), (2) U-Shape Wall-Mount Bracket (For Surround Speakers), Kit With Screws
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JBL BAR 9.1 Soundbar with Dolby Atmos
Feel like you're right in the scene with 3D surround sound
The JBL Bar 9.1 soundbar brings audio experience of a movie theater into your home with two detachable surround speakers and the added punch of Dolby Atmos and DTS:X 3D sound. With 820 watts of total system power, you can enjoy every Oscar-worthy performance through powerful, crystal-clear audio. Turn up the 10" subwoofer for pulse-pounding bass or turn it down and relax with Chromecast and AirPlay music streaming. Immerse yourself in the most incredible home cinema sound experience possible
JBL BAR 9.1 Soundbar with Dolby Atmos
The Ultimate 3D Sound Experience
Upgrade your viewing or gaming experience from ordinary to extraordinary. Built-in Dolby Atmos, DTS:X and four upfiring speakers bounce sound up to the ceiling back down to you for an awesome, true 3D sound experience
JBL BAR 9.1 Soundbar with Dolby Atmos
Real surround sound in a second
Instantly enjoy a true, cinematic 9.1 surround experience. Simply place the two detachable surround speakers behind you. No extra wires, no extra power connections so no extra hassle.
JBL BAR 9.1 Soundbar with Dolby Atmos
Detachable speakers that go anywhere
Built-in batteries mean audio freedom. Place the two detachable surround speakers anywhere in your room to enjoy an incredible audio experience. After 10 hours of playback, simply dock them to the soundbar to recharge
Punchy, precise bass from a mighty 10" wireless subwoofer brings the action to your action movies and the emotion to your music
Powerful JBL Sound
With 820 Watts of system output power, you'll hear your movies, games and music like never before. Let the immersive, powerful sound take your viewing or gaming experience to the next level.
Ultra HD 4K with Dolby Vision
Incredible 4K video resolution deserves incredible sound. The JBL Bar 9.1 soundbar makes the ultimate dynamic duo when paired with your TV
Built-in Wi-Fi and compatibility with Chromecast means you can stream all your favorite online music in high clarity with a simple finger tap.
And if you want to stream your content with Airplay, built-in Airplay2 capability will let you stream seamlessly from your Apple device
Bluetooth Wireless Streaming
With the JBL Bar 9.1 soundbar you can also enjoy wireless music streaming via Bluetooth from your mobile or tablet
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The JBL Bar 9. 1 soundbar brings audio experience of a movie theater into your home with two detachable surround speakers and the added punch of Dolby Atmos and DTS: X 3D sound. With 820 watts of total system power, you can enjoy every Oscar-worthy performance through powerful, crystal-clear audio. Turn up the 10" subwoofer for pulse pounding bass or turn it down and relax with Chromecast and AirPlay music streaming. Immerse yourself in the latest blockbuster or re-live your favorite movie or sport scenes. The most incredible home cinema sound experience is here.
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First and foremost, you should understand that the 9.1 in the Bar 9.1 name is just that, a name. This isn’t a 9.1 surround sound unit; it is a 5.1.4. (5 main signal drivers, 1 subwoofer, 4 Atmos/DTS:X effect drivers)
You should also know that JBL is shipping different accessories depending on location. The US version I received from Amazon came with the main sound bar, 2 wireless/rechargeable surround speakers, 1 subwoofer, 2 power cables (bar and sub), 1 HDMI cable, and the wall mount hardware for the bar itself. Unlike the UK version, mine did NOT include the magnetic cover end caps for the charging ports, USB micro charging cables, or wall mount hardware for the surround speakers. I don’t need any of those things, just pointing it out because so many of the online review sites mention it including these extra accessories.
I was not able to test the eARC because my 2017 model Sony TV doesn’t support it. Instead, I am feeding the Bar 9.1 with an HDMI cable from my nVidia Shield TV (2019 version) into the HDMI IN on the bar, then an HDMI out to the TV. With this setup, I am able to get Dolby Atmos and DTS:X on the Bar 9.1 when playing media from Kodi and Amazon Prime Video. (Disney+ is currently blocking Atmos due to coronavirus bandwidth issues) I don’t have a Netflix subscription to test with.
Almost immediately I ran into some serious issues and limitations with the Bar 9.1. For starters, I couldn’t get it to complete Auto Calibration. The older Bar 5.1 had an external mic input you could use for calibration. Plug the mic in, set it in your preferred seat, and let it do it’s thing. JBL decided to eliminate that option for the 9.1 and rely solely on a mic built into the soundbar itself. Auto-Calibration requires 2 steps, first you put the surround speakers next to where you will sit so they can send audio to the soundbar mic, (step 1) then you move them to where they’ll be placed for surround sound and repeat the test. (step 2). Despite multiple attempts and moving the surround speakers all over my living room, I couldn’t get it to complete step 1. And obviously, it won’t let you start step 2 until step 1 is complete. There is absolutely no way to manually calibrate it. The remote gives you Low, Medium, High options for the Rear channel level and Atmos effect, as well as 1-5 volume settings for the sub. But there is no way to set individual channel levels or distance. So if Auto-Calibration fails, you are just stuck. I was eventually able to get it to complete both steps by moving the soundbar about 4’ in front of my TV and placing the speakers up on some tall stands. Obviously, this did not give me a proper calibration for the room, but it at least confirmed the hardware wasn’t defective.
I’ve also had the issue than in 10 days with it, there have been 3 times I’ve gone to turn it on and found it completely unresponsive to the remote and the buttons on the bar itself. Each time I had to pull the power cord for a few seconds before it would come back to life.
I sent an email to JBL support detailing the problems and everything I had tried. 4 days later, I received a most unhelpful reply back. I’m pretty sure someone ran the calibration section of a foreign language manual through Google Translate. Nothing new, just a completely messed up version of what I’d already read in the English manual. 3 more emails back and forth like that before I realized I was never going to get help from them.
And a final complaint is that they’ve stripped away a lot of the features you would normally find on a soundbar in this price range. (or even a lot less) There is no EQ of any kind. As mentioned above, no way to manually set individual speaker levels or distance. There aren’t any user-selectable sound modes such as Action, Movie, Music, etc. There is a Night Mode option, but it gets reset every time the bar is turned off, and you can only access it by holding Mute for 5 seconds then Volume down. There are a couple of other long press, multiple key combinations, all of which you’ll only find on internet forums. They aren’t documented in the manual at all.
It isn’t all bad though. Even without being correctly calibrated, the bar sounds pretty good in my living room. The volume is there, the quality of the sound is there, even the surround sound effect isn’t too bad. It’s really just the Atmos sound lift that is noticeably out of sync. And I’m hopeful this is something JBL can fix with new firmware. The completely wireless surround speakers are extremely convenient if you don’t have a good way to permanently mount your surrounds. Dialog can be a bit muffled with a stereo signal, but not too bad. I haven’t had any issues with it on 5.1 channel (and above) content. It is certainly better than it was on the older Bar 5.1. The sub has plenty of punch for everything I've thrown at it.
I’m convinced this COULD be a really amazing sound bar if they can work out the auto-calibration and power problems. I can live with everything else. My guess is, Corona virus shut-downs cut short a lot of the last-minute testing, and they started shipping before they’d worked out all of the bugs. I’m going to wait until the very end of my Amazon return period to give JBL a chance to fix the issues with a firmware update. But JBL support has proven to be a complete waste of time, so if the Bar 9.1 isn’t working right by the end of my return window, it is going back.
It looks like the Fire TV Stick 4K doesn't do Atmos with the JBL Bar 9.1. I don't think the Cube TV does it too. I just picked up a Shield TV 2019 and Atmos works on Netflix and Disney+. The system will tell you in the front that it's doing Atmos so don't believe on what you see just on screen on any app. The trick with the Shield TV is that you need to turn off Dolby Surround in the audio settings.
The Sonos Arc is out now and honestly it's a good system but overall this JBL Bar 9.1 fits my needs better. It's has Bluetooth, HDMI IN, chromecast, DTS-X, and fully wireless up-firing rears. If all you want to do is get a single sound bar setup and didn't want to spend more then $800 then get Sonos Arc as it's a great speaker just by itself. If you want more and want the complete package then just spend $200 more period.
US version doesn't get the 4 side caps after all. Which sucks and u wish you could just buy them separately. I'm still talking to JBL about giving them to me so we'll see. JBL should've included them in the first place, come on we are spending $1,000 on this.
I don't write a lot of reviews and honestly this is probably my first one ever on Amazon. I feel like I need to with this product just to defend it after reading the other reviews so far.
I got my unit about 1 1/2 weeks ago and so far it's been near perfect. There were some hiccups in the beginning but I haven't had any issues since. This is an excellent surround system period! Yeah it's true that this isn't a ture 9.1 system like one of the reviewer said but what it does have is 9 separate channels of sound though. It's all just marketing from JBL. I don't mind it being just a 5.1.4 system as all I really wanted were the up firing Atmos speakers. One thing that I do wish this had are some side firing speakers to make it 7.1.4 like the Q90R. That system is $1,600 though.
In the box I was missing the 4 side caps though but I think that was by accident maybe. I did reach out to JBL to see why it was missing. They didn't mention that it wasn't part of the US packaging. They don't have it in stock at this time but will ship them out to me once they are. I did get the mounting brackets though unlike the other reviewer. Also I didn't know it was supposed to come with micro USB cables as well but that's fine as I will just get some later on if I decide to hard power the rears.
I was able to calibrate my system just fine. It's a 2 stage process and takes a few minutes. I didn't have to do anything extra then what I saw in the manual. I do wish the remote had more buttons for Night Mode, Smart Mode (Hold mute for 5 secs, let go and hit VOL +), & Sound Mode (EQ modes if they did support it like the Bar 5.1). Yeah I do wish this system had more refine settings to mess with like the menu system on my Sony. It would've been great if it did have an app for it as well.
My TV does support Atmos but I plugged my Fire Stick 4K directly into the Bar 9.1. My Disney+ does show Atmos along with Vision. Netflix is showing Vision only but I wasn't aware that the app on the Stick 4K doesn't support Atmos. I'm looking to either get the Shield TV (2019) or the new Apple TV 4K whenever it comes out. The Stick 4K does support YouTube HDR though. I'm planning to upgrade my TV either this year or the next with eARC support and ATSC 3.0. I'm eyeballing the Sony 900H at this time.
The rear battery life have been great so far. I have been able to watch several TV shows and movies the night before then wake up to watch additional TV without charging them again. It does prompt you when they are low though so you could either charge them via micro USB or with the bar. I believe it does have quick charge but I'm not too sure. I do wish you could tell how much battery life is left though. You could however hit the power button to see the LED indicator, again app support would've been nice. Having no wires is awesome though and it's nice knowing that I could always hard wire them in the future if I wanted to.
Chromecast aka Google Cast + Airplay 2 support are great and was one of the main reasons why I got this unit over the Samsung Q90R plus I'm a Google fan! The bass is booming and I love being able to turn it up or down. I use this for music too over Bluetooth and casting, both sound awesome but casting will give you higher fidelity. Of course each peices of this setup won't sound as nice as a Sonos setup (~$1,800 total for ARC, Sub, 2 Ones) but it's not meant to be at almost half the price. Sonos doesn't have have DTS-X or HDMI INs though which are deal breakers for a lot of people out there. I does have support for Airplay 2 but I don't think you could Chromecast though. Having 820W on the JBL Bar 9.1 makes this system louder then the Q90R which was one of the main complaint about it.
Overall it's an awesome system that is near perfect. I'm still giving it 5 stars though because basically JBL gave us everything necessary in a modern system without any extra for a great price. Yeah this system will be on sale eventually at $800 or less but I couldn't wait and I'm glad that I got it now instead. They're still hard to find at this time though being sold out everywhere. If you could get one now you should. It's worth every penny like most JBL products are. Good luck with your shopping and thanks for reading my long review.
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Le son des grave est exellente
les deux enceinte détachable propose une autonomie de batterie raisonnable pour l'écoute de 1 ou 2 films
la configuration du son est a son plus simple mais tres efficace
First of all NOTE: I am not a sound engineer nor an expert and JLB did not pay me for this.
I happen to have the hears for High Quality Sound I have greater acoustics than average people. Also, like many other love great sound.
I have had 4 speakers BOSE (Redline cube) and 1 non-redline centre speaker, over 15 years I enjoyed listening to music and watched 5.1 and 9.1 surround movies. I can attest Sound quality of Soundbar is 'really'. really. Good.
Weeks after the item had arrived, yesterday Dec 25, 2020 I opened the box. Setup JLB Soundbar. Listened to my favourite music watched Dolby Vision+Atmos movies. This morning watched and enjoy (Loreena McKennitt, Peter Gabrial & Pink Floyd) concerts.
Unknowingly I happened to compare it because it so noticeable and clear Highs and Lows. Here is how on MP3 320kbps (hi-res) high-resolution audio performed.
- I can hear Every Single Instrument. drums pads, cymbal, base and guitar.
- - Clear Vocal 'near-perfect'
- - Sampling frequencies clear
- - Immersive listening experience with JBL 9.1 *sound of rain-drops (on a leave) above the head!
- - I think this is 'Near' High-End
*Dolby Vision+Atmos is influencer for greater quality vs my BOSE Redline Cubs
Well, then I turned it on... Ouch! The sound quality just wasn't there. It's not just flat and unimpressive, it just sounds like a glorified set of small inexpensive speakers. It sounds highly metallize (or plastic if you prefer) and even with the subwoofer on high, there is no presence in the room. None. As a matter of fact, the speakers I used with my computer did seem to have a much nicer sound. Surely with today’s tech, and at that price point, there is no way a true surround sound bar with a sub can be outclassed by a pair of small speakers. Maybe it's because they're in a smaller room?
Just to be sure, I moved the pair (Edifier Luna Eclipse – $250 CAD) in the much larger living room besides the JBL 9.1 bar, so I can compare fairly. The difference was jaw-dropping. The JBL 9.1 was not event close to the quality and richness of sound coming from the two small Edifier speakers — and I'm not even going to start comparing with a set of full-size speakers. Even with the JBL subwoofer at 3 out of 5, the small Edifier speakers had more bass presence. Boosting the sub further on the bar does add some boom, but no richness. It still sounds like it's coming out of a tin can.
To compare with something you can relate, the bar kind of sounds like my iPhone internal speakers, but with more volume and a deeper echo. You can tell there is more, but in terms of sound quality and richness, it still feels like a phone.
Sure it has a true surround sound! And the rear speakers are detachable! But really, that does not make it sound it any better, and with the poor sound quality, it just doesn't do what it’s supposed to do: immerse you in a movie. That’s what the full surround is all about, right? My small speakers do a significant better job at it, even in plain stereo and for 1/5 of the price.
Bottom line, do your research, find a good bar. At this price point, the sound should be half-decent and be at least pleasing to listen without fussing about it. This bar is not close to deliver. I’m very disappointed.