This week I was honoured to be a guest of JBL at their 5.1 Soundbar Launch.

At the historical Golden Age Cinema in the Sydney CBD, media were treated to an evening with Mad Max and audio supreme-ness.

After light refreshments, all attendees were ushered in to the medium sized theater and after a presentation and being informed that the only audio that we were about to experience was to be coming from the JBL 5.1 Soundbar system.

Golden Age Cinema – Sydney, Australia (photo taken with Samsung Galaxy S9)

Mad Max: Fury Road lit up the big screen as our ear drums vibrated to the rumbling bass of the action and our senses went into overdrive as the sounds of the action swirled around us.

At the end of the film, one of the media asked a JBL representative if they could assure us that the cinema audio we just heard was solely from their 5.1 Soundbar.

It was. JBL had bypassed the theater’s internal audio and all movie audio was being fed directly in to the Soundbar’s receiver.

So here we had been introduced to the all-new JBL BAR series.

Golden Age Cinema – Sydney, Australia (photo taken with Samsung Galaxy S9)

A line of high-performance soundbars with a slender design, Bluetooth 4.0 for streaming music and superior sound quality. Available in four models, the BAR STUDIO, BAR 2.1, BAR 3.1, and BAR 5.1, the series gives entertainment lovers customisable options to fit any home theater environment.

JBL’s most expansive soundbar series to date fills any room with theatre-quality sound to elevate the enjoyment of TV, movies, music and video games. In addition to featuring JBL Signature Sound and Dolby Digital decoding, the BAR series comes equipped with additional speakers to further enhance sound performance. Exceptional bass ensures viewers won’t miss a single beat or blast, whether listening to music or indulging in the latest Hollywood thriller.


Engineered to make entertainment simpler, the BAR series is easy to set up and has multiple convenient connections, including HDMI and HDMI ARC inputs as well as Optical and AUX wired connections. The higher models, including 3.1 and 5.1, come with multiple 4K HDMI pass-through inputs to connect additional devices like Blu-Ray players, game consoles and more. For increased ease of use, each soundbar is programmed to respond to the TV remote, eliminating the need for multiple controllers. For those who love the second screen experience, the JBL BAR series also comes equipped with JBL SoundShift technology, allowing users to instantly swap audio sources.

“With the all-new JBL BAR series, we redefine the home theatre experience by delivering epic JBL Signature Sound in a sleek and stylish package,” said Marcus Fry, Brand Activation Director, of AUNZ at HARMAN. “Designed with the user in mind, it is the ultimate home audio solution for every type of listener, and the perfect accent to any living space.”


The new BAR series meets the needs of every home setting without sacrificing sound quality and aesthetics. With premium material and surface finishes, slim designs to fit the latest TV form factors and a front visual display for a better user interface experience, the JBL BAR series delivers sound quality, simplicity and design wrapped into one.

JBL’s BAR series is available at Harvey Norman and JB HI FI (AU and NZ).

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