Given the recent strengthening of JBL’s Bar Series of soundbars with Bar 2.0, 2.1 and 5.1, the reliable brand is now bringing its top-line JBL Bar 9.1 to Australia. Notably, this is the first JBL soundbar compatible with Dolby Atmos, adding a substantial punch to the series complemented by streaming support for Google Chromecast and Apple Airplay 2.
With Dolby Atmos becoming more commonplace, it’s valuable for JBL to now have a soundbar with support for this leading surround sound technology, built-in along with DTS:X 3D sound.
A sturdy 820W of total system power will be expressed by four upward-facing custom drivers which use room reflections to bounce audio from all angles. This is in concert with two battery-powered, detachable wireless rear speakers designed to shoot sound off to the ceiling and back.
The detachable speakers come with a promised 10 hours of playback and recharge while docked onto the soundbar, after which they can simply be detached and placed anywhere in the room for a more robust surround sound experience.
Rounding out the heavy-lifting is a 10-inch powered subwoofer which should translate to plenty of detailed bass.
To up the value, Bar 9.1 also touts support for Dolby Vision, which through input will optimise picture quality for any screen.
Bar 9.1 joins the recently launched Bar 2.0, 2.1 and 5.1 iterations, bringing a nice range to the series, and serving as its pinnacle thus far.
The new soundbar is available now from Harvey Norman and JB HiFi at $1499.95