JBL unveils more Soundbar home audio gear with rechargeable rear speakers
The flagship JBL Bar 1000 is an 11.1-channel product that includes four upward-firing speakers for Dolby Atmos 3D sound. It also has a wireless subwoofer that supports DTS:X 3D surround sound.
JBL has built a very similar version of the sound bar for 2020, called the Bar 9.1, which also has cool removable rear speakers, but the new JBL Bar 1000 adds two drivers to the 7.1.4 arrangement and puts the power out Boosted to 880W, compared to 820W for the Bar 9.1.
There is no need to connect speakers or power cables to the rear satellite speakers, which is handy for smaller spaces or rental locations where cabling cannot be run.
The JBL Bar 1000 retails for $1,149, and the company also released a cheaper $899 version called the Bar 800. This version has 7.1 channels and lacks two upward-firing speakers. Both sound bars will ship in December this year.
For those who just want to comparetelevisionFor those with better sound quality from built-in speakers, JBL also released the Bar 500 and Bar 300. Both use virtual “multi-beam” technology for Dolby Atmos, but no actual rear- or upward-firing speakers.
As with more expensive options, users can stream music to these bars via AirPlay 2, Alexa MRM, and Chromecast, and they can be controlled by voice assistant-enabled devices. All new sound barriers use JBL’s PureVoice technology to optimize dialogue clarity and connect to the JBL One app for EQ adjustments and music platform integration.
The Bar 500 includes a wireless subwoofer for $649, and the Bar 300 has a built-in subwoofer for $399. Like the Bar 1000 and 800, they will also ship this December.