Only a few weeks after JBL released its Google Assistant-enabled soundbar, three sibling products – all of which can connect over Wi-Fi or Bluetooth to your phone or TV – have joined the roster for a variety of different audio needs, whether you want dedicated surround sound or just a small boost to your living room audio.
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At the top of the range is the JBL Bar 5.1 Surround (£549), is a successor to last year’s JBL Bar 5.1, slimming down the wireless soundbar / subwoofer system to a sleeker 1108mm width – while adding in Airplay 2 and Chromecast support, with 4K passthrough for HDR10 and Dolby Vision too. You likely won’t notice the 10W drop in volume (to 500W), but there has been a significant price drop from the £699 2018 model to smooth it over. There’s still no Dolby Atmos support, however.
Next is the mid-range JBL Bar 2.1 Deep Bass (£299). With a 300W output this soundbar features only two drivers and one subwoofer to put a heavier emphasis on the bass.
At £159, the JBL Bar 2.0 All-In-One is the cheapest model, and only has an 80W output, with two drivers and no subwoofer to help out. It’s aimed more as a supporting speaker for small TVs, rather than something for a truly big movie night, but may offer a suitable halfway house for those who aren’t trying to keep the whole street awake.
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Henry is a freelance technology journalist, and former News & Features Editor for TechRadar, where he specialized in home entertainment gadgets such as TVs, projectors, soundbars, and smart speakers. Other bylines include Edge, T3, iMore, GamesRadar, NBC News, Healthline, and The Times.