Excerpt: Just opened this today. My only complaint is that the Bluetooth function has little range. you have to be sitting right in front of it to work and even then it cuts in and out. Fortunately I have a Logitech Bluetooth module that works way better and all I need is an HDMI to RCA cable to hook it up. I'm kinda disappointed in that aspect of it. But movise and tv wise it kicks! Easy to set up.
Summary: Let me begin by saying I am an average Joe. I have an excellent ear for detail but have absolutely no knowledge of technical jargon that can appeal to a true audiophile. In this review I will explain why this is a top quality sound bar for its range, but also why it might not be worth the trouble. Looks: This bar is gorgeous. From an aesthetic view, the bar and sub combo is simply gorgeous. The bar features a design gently curving back on its ends.
Great Sound, but BLUETOOTH security is non-existent
Mr. Andersen "4B11T S-AWC", Amazon
10 March 2014
Summary: The clarity of the sound is great. I kept getting compliments and people do not believe the sound is coming from this soundbar. BLUETOOTH security flaw: Bluetooth pairing mode is non-existent. Even when the soundbar is OFF, other bluetooth devices can easily pair with the JBL soundbar, turn the power on and start streaming music. There are no bluetooth pairing codes from the soundbar. Anyone with bluetooth device can just easily connect.
Summary: The only good thing (but most important) is the sound is pretty good....but I wouldn't buy it again!! I did not buy this product from Amazon and the salesperson in the retail store told me it simulates "surround sound" very well when you put the subwoofer is placed against a back wall. Not really - doesn't come even close! However the voice quality, music range, and strong bass are decent although not worth the high price.
Summary: Great sound. Easy set up. Would be 5 stars but the bar does not turn on when i turn the TV on which means I have to use the little disc remote to turn the unit on. Specs claim that it should auto turn on. I see other people have the same issue. I searched all over for a fix but could not find any. My connection is via HDMI with ARC.
Summary: The system sounds good, not great, in my opinion. The power switch is supposed to come on automatically when an HDMI input is activated, but doesn't on my unit. Also, the remote is incredibly flimsy and cheesy, and the volume control is erratic. Would be nice to have a power indicator light on the front rather than the top of the unit, so you could see it while sitting down.
Summary: I purchased the SB400 and found it easy to set up with my Panasonic Viera TC-P50ST50. The sound is very good. However, I have not been able to use the optical cable instead of a HDMI. The Time Warner said the sound quality would be even better with it. I have tried calling JBL twice and simply can have a very hard time understanding the support staff English. If anyone has similar system and got it to work would appreciate knowing how you set up the system.
Summary: I purchased this sound bar to replace an old "home theater system in a box." I wanted better sound quality and I liked the ability to route my Apple TV, DVR and DVD player through the bar with one HDMI to the TV. Set up was simple. However, the HDMI cables connect to inputs that point down. For table top installation, clearance makes bulky cables awkward.
Pros: Good looking, easy set up, sound quality
Cons: Poor placement of HDMI cable inputs, auto power-on feature not working.