JBL Bar 9.1 Soundbar with Dolby Atmos Review

JBL Bar 9.1 Soundbar with Dolby Atmos Review

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For a lot of people, the JBL Bar 9.1 will open the door into high-performance cinema. This includes everything you’ll need for an immersive Dolby Atmos experience without breaking the bank. The first thing you’ll notice is the smart design of this wireless surround-sound system. As a package of 4 pieces bundled together, you get a soundbar with two wireless rechargeable rear-speakers plus a wireless subwoofer. All the pieces in this bundle have matching rounded edges and a graphite finish that has just the right amount of sheen for a nice modern look.

The Bar 9.1 is designed to sit under your TV or it can be wall-mounted. We think most people will probably just position this on top of a piece of furniture underneath their TV, and the rear-speakers on top of tables or even a pair of stands in the rear of the room. The rear-surrounds are wireless and rechargeable. So, when it’s time to charge them, they dock into the magnetic charging-stations on the sides of the bar, and in about 3 hours they’ll be ready for 10 hours of playtime! With the rear-speakers attached, the bar spans 47-inches wide. But, when you remove these, the bar spans just shy of 35-inches long. Visually, this will look great with TVs that are 43-inches or more.

The Bar 9.1 is a 9-channel surround-sound system that comes with a single sub bass channel — hence the numbers in the name “Bar 9.1.” We’ll break down what all these numbers and channels really mean and why this is cool. But first, let’s talk about that subwoofer. The size of the wireless sub makes the biggest statement in this system. The subwoofer stands a little over 17-inches tall, 12-inches wide, and 12-inches deep. It weighs in at 24 ½ pounds because there’s a massive 10-inch down-firing transducer housed inside the unit that will deliver deep floor-shaking low-end. To present sound across a full-range of frequencies, JBL uses an array of drivers to present sound from 34Hz to 20KHz with a maximum SPL of 103dB. JBL doesn’t provide a plus or minus point on the 34Hz, so we’re not sure if the sub really gets that low, but it sure feels like it! Three front-facing speakers provide the horizontal left, center, and right channels while four height-channels fire sound up to the ceiling for that top-to-bottom sense of vertical elevation. Then, JBL goes the extra mile by giving you two more surround-sound channels in the rear-speakers. So, when the rear-surround speakers are placed in the back of your room, you’ll be completely immersed in a 9-channel “bubble” of 3D sound!

From talking with our customers, we know how excited people are getting about Dolby Atmos. People want better sound than their TV speakers can provide. And as television and movies start to prioritize Dolby Atmos and streaming, this trend is the future. However, not everyone has the space for an entire system of separate speakers and a home theater receiver, so it’s really cool to see how far some of these high-performance soundbars have come. Soundbars are more mobile and affordable than a full surround-sound installation, and while not quite the same, there are a few of them that can offer a comparable sound.

For less than $1,000, JBL gives you the whole Atmos experience complete with a soundbar, a subwoofer, plus rear-speakers. When you compare this with other systems, it stands out as a total package for the money. Similar systems might include a sub, but the rears are usually optional add-ons and more expensive after you expand some of these other systems. At this price point, we like that there’s no extra wires or extra power connections needed. The battery-powered rear-surrounds are not only convenient, they added more to the experience without having to spend any extra money. They did a nice job recreating the elevation in our soundstage, but it was the exhilarating bottom-end weight from the sub that over-delivered on performance.

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  1. the red bearded fox
    the red bearded fox 17 May, 2022, 13:06

    I think I'm going to get this, I currently don't have a surround sound set up, so looking at options. I definitely like being able to adjust the volume of the rear surround speakers. Wonder if there's a place near me where I can sample the sound.

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  2. Tony Okami
    Tony Okami 17 May, 2022, 13:06

    I got it for 900 dollars, crazy it went up to 1200 now

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  3. Timmy4Realz
    Timmy4Realz 17 May, 2022, 13:06

    i bought this today, so of course now is the time to read reviews!

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  4. Jason Shimrah
    Jason Shimrah 17 May, 2022, 13:06

    You did not mention about the price and sound test and the link to where we can buy this product.

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  5. Shlok Gala
    Shlok Gala 17 May, 2022, 13:06

    I’m about to buy one next week …please someone tell me how reliable is this product …$1000 is not a small amt to spend without reliability

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  6. Jay Lucot
    Jay Lucot 17 May, 2022, 13:06

    Klipsch the fives will murder this unit.

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  7. Paul Jenkins
    Paul Jenkins 17 May, 2022, 13:06

    I think there is a debate about whether this is a 9-channel system or a 5.1.4 system. Most reviews say it is the latter and JBL is being slightly misleading with their naming.

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  8. Davehiphop
    Davehiphop 17 May, 2022, 13:06

    Does this have a AUX input?

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  9. Rajay Bhat
    Rajay Bhat 17 May, 2022, 13:06

    Campared to Sony HT-A7000 7.1.2ch Soundbar which one you suggest to buy? Sony of JBl 9.1. Also tell about Battery Life of detachable speakers of JBL soundbar. Can the battery be replaced after the battery dies in natural course of time? Please explain

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  10. Himanshu Choudhury
    Himanshu Choudhury 17 May, 2022, 13:06

    Is this soundbar perfect for room size of 10 ft. Into 14 ft pl answer

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  11. Ghost Gutarist
    Ghost Gutarist 17 May, 2022, 13:06

    what if the Baterry of the detachable part gone bad? can it be replaced?

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  12. Bobby K
    Bobby K 17 May, 2022, 13:06

    Hi brother , is pen drive option is available or not

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  13. Sal Agnello
    Sal Agnello 17 May, 2022, 13:06

    I love theJBL 9.1 the only thing that would make it better is optional wireless ceiling speakers. I really wish they would do that, it isn’t even that difficult an option to make. You could incorporate speakers with ceiling can lights too so if you already have ceiling can lights no cutting or additional wiring for power wouldn’t be needed. It’s a perfect addition for an Atmos setup and for this JBL because the back side speakers are already a part of the bar and function similarly.

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  14. Matteo Bedetta
    Matteo Bedetta 17 May, 2022, 13:06

    JBL 9.1 OR SAMSUNG Q950T?

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  15. Vitor Camargo
    Vitor Camargo 17 May, 2022, 13:06

    Awesome review. Buying it RN.

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  16. WHITEBOY 39TH
    WHITEBOY 39TH 17 May, 2022, 13:06

    I love this system but I hate the fact that the detachable speaker batteries run low way to fast🤦🏻‍♂️

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  17. PikaPool
    PikaPool 17 May, 2022, 13:06
  18. Mad Brawler
    Mad Brawler 17 May, 2022, 13:06

    Thanks JARED LETO for this awesome reviews 😅

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  19. Seaweedy | 我會成世反對共產黨!!!
    Seaweedy | 我會成世反對共產黨!!! 17 May, 2022, 13:06

    Does 7.1 channel DTS MA movies work with this?

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  20. SoundGuyDave
    SoundGuyDave 17 May, 2022, 13:06

    :mentions detachable, rechargeable rear surrounds:

    Other audio companies pound keyboard :why didn’t we think of that!?!:

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  21. SoundGuyDave
    SoundGuyDave 17 May, 2022, 13:06

    Great video! I like that there is NO unboxing and doesn’t speak too fast.

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  22. SoundGuyDave
    SoundGuyDave 17 May, 2022, 13:06

    Watching this on Christmas and I was waiting for Bruce Willis to come in.

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  23. Bo Yu
    Bo Yu 17 May, 2022, 13:06

    The name Bar 9.1 but the specification show the item is 5.1.4 channel, not 9.1 channel.

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  24. Hey Evan Lets Go
    Hey Evan Lets Go 17 May, 2022, 13:06

    hello!! would this work good also if you have a big living room area with higher ceilings

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  25. spencerfourhigher
    spencerfourhigher 17 May, 2022, 13:06

    rechargable speakers? every 10 hours? eff that. why not just have a plug to plug them in 24/7

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  26. Lee Madden
    Lee Madden 17 May, 2022, 13:06

    Where are the cords or cables from the sound bar to the tv in this picture

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  27. great teacher
    great teacher 17 May, 2022, 13:06

    C’est quoi cette coupe de cheveux ?

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  28. kramer513
    kramer513 17 May, 2022, 13:06

    Do the magnetic speakers attach strong enough to support their own weight? Considering this for a mantlemount mm540.

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  29. almanu04
    almanu04 17 May, 2022, 13:06

    Is this way better than the old 321 bose?

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  30. Kiwi Gooner
    Kiwi Gooner 17 May, 2022, 13:06

    When listening to music, can it out put the sound from all speakers equally, like All Channel Stereo on AV receivers.

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  31. saamejia
    saamejia 17 May, 2022, 13:06

    Excellent review, I hope soon you can make a review about this soundbar vs New Bose Soundbar 900 and test the Dolby Atmos sound, I know LG soundbar came with surround wireless speakers already but also Bose soundbar 900 can add wireless surround speakers, I wonder which one is better. I hope you or someone already test this two excellent soundbars.

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  32. Dsa Alexander
    Dsa Alexander 17 May, 2022, 13:06

    So informative 😍 I am struggling to buy subwoofer for my 20ft ceiling 19ft by 19ft living room, stuck between JBL 9.1 and Bose 700 with woofer. What do you recommend?

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  33. daman singh
    daman singh 17 May, 2022, 13:06

    Don't buy 9.1 sound bar , its bass system is zero . Don't buy it . Buy 5.1 which us better . 9.1 is waste of money . JBL sound quality for 9.1 is zero . Having both system 5.1 bar is superb & 9.1 is garbage

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  34. Tig
    Tig 17 May, 2022, 13:06

    Umm… This feels more like an advert than a review.. 🤔

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  35. ClixT
    ClixT 17 May, 2022, 13:06

    This vs Sony's new HT-A5/7000 and A9? I'm in the market to replace my old home theater setup. Building my own Atmos setup can add up the costs so I'm thinking of going for a high end sound bar setup instead.

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  36. Hamid Kheirkhah
    Hamid Kheirkhah 17 May, 2022, 13:06

    Hi, very good reviewe Just a question. I have a Samsung Tv Q series. I have a small living room and base on my budget, I don't know to buy Samsung Q900A or JBL 9.1. Could you please recommend?

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  37. Ray Garcia
    Ray Garcia 17 May, 2022, 13:06

    Can you a video of this sound bar vs the Nakamichi 7.2.4 sound bar they both the same price and wanting to your opinion

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  38. Joychamp Somber
    Joychamp Somber 17 May, 2022, 13:06

    man I don't know, this review sounds like sponsored by jbl

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  39. Peter W
    Peter W 17 May, 2022, 13:06

    Customer support will screw you over
    I bought the JBL 9.1 and shortly after I bought it, it started skipping and cutting out while in use every few minutes. It tends to do it more when watching higher quality movies with Dolby ATMOS or Dolby digital. So I call up their customer service which in turned had me on a wild goose chase of troubleshooting and replacement soundbars, yep multiple bars. Back and forth sending the defective one back and getting replacements to no avail. Then after the date I can return it and get a refund they tell me that its probably not compatible with my brand new TV. So now that its not "their" fault they can't help me. They lead me on this pointless troubleshooting journey then after its too late to return it they pretty much politely say go –yourself, And hope your TV may one day be compatible. So now I'm out my money and still need to buy a new sound system

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  40. abhi shetty
    abhi shetty 17 May, 2022, 13:06

    Nicely done by John wick 🤣🤣🤣

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  41. Doc Robotnik
    Doc Robotnik 17 May, 2022, 13:06

    How do these things perform for gaming, I'm using a wired surround atm living in the 90s but I've heard all wireless bars have heavy lag for gaming?

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  42. Thebeastfromnorth75
    Thebeastfromnorth75 17 May, 2022, 13:06

    Just bought it. Worth the money? Not exactly. Never had a problem with out of sync sound before with older systems. This one´s driving my crazy

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  43. Simon czesak
    Simon czesak 17 May, 2022, 13:06

    This is stupid, you have to detach the speakers, move them to their spot then sit back down. Then you have to move them back to charge.. they should’ve just done rears like Samsung and it would’ve sold better.

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  44. Löwenherz
    Löwenherz 17 May, 2022, 13:06

    Without breaking the bank? I believe this cost about 1000 usd?

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  45. Peter Chabanowich
    Peter Chabanowich 17 May, 2022, 13:06

    JBL, yet again! 👍

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  46. C Rodriguez
    C Rodriguez 17 May, 2022, 13:06

    It's worth it

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