To be able to enjoy its films and series or play in the best conditions, the screen is not everything. Audio is an equally important component. The must remains the home-cinema installation. But you still need to have the space and the budget. More compact, and less expensive, is the sound bar. These have made enormous progress in recent times. The proof is in this new reference signed JBL.
JBL unveils its Bar 5.0 Multibeam
Sound bars are good alternatives to traditional speakers, which can be cumbersome in a room. It’s important to note that these devices are designed and engineered to fit right under a TV or monitor. In other words, if you’re limited in space, or if you don’t want to swear in your decor, the sound bar is a very good option.
First in its class with Virtual Dolby Atmos compatibility
JBL has just officialized a new reference in this segment, the JBL Bar 5.0 Multibeam sound bar. At first glance, one would swear a conventional sound bar, but the big difference here is that it is compatible with Virtual Dolby Atmos technology – this is a first!
Thanks to the built-in multibeam technology. The latter uses algorithms, particularly virtualization algorithms, to recreate the same effect as Dolby Atmos. And in the end, the bill remains much cheaper than investing in a complete Dolby Atmos configuration.
The JBL Bar 9.1 offers Dolby Atmos but uses front-end drivers to help recreate precisely this Dolby Atmos effect. Having additional physical drivers obviously increases the cost, whereas with sound virtualization, the idea is to reproduce this effect at a lower cost. We’ll have to wait for the first tests in real conditions to know if the result is up to expectations, but at $400, this JBL Bar 5.0 Multibeam could be very interesting.
Inside the sound Bar 5.0 Multibeam
Inside this sound bar, there are a total of 5 speakers – three front and two side ones. The device is also compatible with AirPlay 2, Bluetooth and Chromecast wireless protocols. Note that JBL is already announcing future support for the Amazon Alexa PDA.