Summary: sounds good for music. Dialogues are not very clear, especially if the audio is 5.1 input. The product spec says it support converting 5.1 input to 2.1 but doesn't really do it. Bluetooth streaming needs line of sight and still doesn't work very well, it cannot handle minor movements between device...
Summary: Sounds quality is great but it keeps turning itself off randomly after 15-30 minute intervals. This was annoying. Plus the volume settings are reset to aa very low volume as soon as it turns off. Called customer service 3 times but couldn't get a person who understands English.
Excerpt: on occasion it puts out a loud 'POP' or 'Crackle" on the bar. It's loud enough that you think it blew. We have a PS3 hooked into this using a monster HDMI cable, and the sole purpose of this bar is for movies. We don't 'crank' it up but it's loud enough so we can hear everything.
Excerpt: I have purchased other JBL products in years past and the SB400 would get 5 stars if it not for the popping sound that happens around the 1 hour mark. Not sure if it's the signal, an over heating issue, or something else, but the point is, it ruins your TV experience which happened to me during...
if you have elder devices and no hdmi out in your TV then the bar's hdmi are most likely useless, and optical must have the sync
Brandt W Tierney, Amazon
8 October 2014
Summary: Jbl dropped the ball with this unit. There are no app or remote sync adjustments. I assume it may be due to the presence of ARC but if you don't have devices all with HDMI 1.4 or newer then you risk having sync issues which cannot be fixed. 1.3 fixed handshakes.
Summary: The SB400 was packaged well and was easy to set up. The bar easily connected to the subwoofer, and then via bluetooth to all mobile devices in the house. Hanging the bar didn't seem very stable though, as it has a very loose connection to the cleat you attach to the wall first.
Summary: I have already had to send this thing back once (advised to do so by JBL); although it was within the amazon return period. I will have to actually return the one i currently have to JBL. The system intermittently chirps/pops (nowhere near as bad or as loud as the first one I had).
Summary: JBL dropped the ball on what could have been a fantastic sound bar. Every aspect of this bar is great except for 2 details.
THE GOOD:The sound quality, the connectivity, ease of use and styling are all 5 stars.