HARMAN has announced availability of the JBL SB 300, a soundbar-and-subwoofer system designed to create a surround-sound environment without speaker wires.
The JBL SB 300.
The two-piece home theater sound system simplifies set-up compared to traditional five-piece surround-sound systems while delivering an improvement in sound quality from a television, game console, or Blu-ray player, according to the company.
The soundbar can be mounted on a wall beneath a flat-screen television or on a TV stand; the subwoofer can be placed anywhere in the room near a power outlet. The two pieces are wirelessly connected and optimized to work together.
“A high-definition TV can produce sound just as dynamic as the picture quality, yet many people don’t take advantage of that because a traditional surround-sound setup is cumbersome. The JBL SB 300 two-piece approach changes that, providing terrific sound while eliminating wire clutter,” said David Slump, president of HARMAN Consumer Division. “This simple solution not only makes setup easier, it dramatically improves the viewing experience, whether you’re watching a Sunday-afternoon football game or enjoying family movie night.”
The JBL SB 300 soundbar, an enclosed single unit, includes left and right speakers, amplifiers, and top-mounted controls and features the JBL Weave design to complement a flat-panel TV. The enclosed speakers use DTS Digital Surround, Dolby Digital decoding and Dolby Virtual Speaker technology to create a virtual 5.1-channel surround-sound environment. The 100-watt wireless subwoofer adds deep bass for an authentic theater experience.
The soundbar is magnetically shielded to eliminate video interference, while the wireless subwoofer down-fires bass response to interact with a floor, avoiding the wall-reflection that can muddy sound in front-firing subwoofers. The JBL SB 300 offers traditional stereo playback and 3D surround processing. The complete two-piece home theater system ships with a credit-card-size remote control, wall-mounting brackets and audio cables.
The JBL SB 300 has a suggested retail price of $599.