Are you looking for a solution to your TV’s poor sound that offers a lot of power, performance, and inputs? Well, JBL’s got an excellent product for you to check out. This soundbar got everything you need for an immersive home theater experience without having to run wires all over the place. It looks wise, and it’s pretty decent. On typical soundbars, you have your grill on the front, and the top and sides are usually a solid material of some sort. This one’s got a wire mesh grill that runs across the front and wraps around the top, so it’s not radically different than other soundbars out there, but it is different. We think that looks are secondary to sound when it comes to this type of product.
The JBL Bar 3.1 has a combined maximum total power output of 450 watts. That’s broken down as a max of 150 watts to the soundbar and up to 300 watts to the sub. Inside the soundbar’s forty-inch wide cabinet you get six 2.25-inch racetrack drivers and three 1.25-inch tweeters. Bass is supplied through a driver in the subwoofer. Vocals come through nicely with a dedicated center channel, and the left and right channels cover the rest of the mids and highs adequately for a setup that’s around five hundred dollars. But, as you probably know, pricing can change. Bass was substantial, as it should be with the power this sub gets and gives you some great bottom end for those big booms and explosions. Plus, it makes your music listening experience more enjoyable too. Any sound test will be excellent. You also get a bunch of inputs. There’s three HDMI ins and an out with ARC, an analog, optical and USB input along with Bluetooth.
This is going to be an excellent solution for someone who’s got a lot of AV sources but may not have enough connections on their TV. Controlling the soundbar is easy and can be done with the basic onboard controls. If you want to change around your sound settings, do it through the provided remote. Plus, in most cases, you can program your TV’s remote to work with the soundbar, which saves you the headache of looking for another lost remote. There’s a fair amount of soundbars available at this price point so it can be tough to choose which one to go with, but we recommend giving this one a try before you make your final decision.
Is this one you’d put in your home theater? That’s your call.