JBL Ships First Soundbar

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Stamford, Conn. - JBL is shipping its first soundbar, the $599-suggested Cinema SB 300 with included wireless subwoofer.

The soundbar incorporates Dolby Digital and DTS 5.1 decoding and Dolby Virtual Speaker technology to deliver virtual surround sound from the bar's two-channel driver complement. For each channel, the bar uses dual 2-inch midrange drivers and a single 1-inch tweeter, all driven by a 2x50-watt amp. The 8-inch down-firing subwoofer is driven by a 100-watt amp.

JBL's Cinema SB 300

The bar measures 3.6 inches by 45.75 inches by 3 inches and features the front-panel weave design adopted by JBL in other in-room speakers. Inputs consist of analog RCA inputs and a digital Toslink optical input that receives Dolby Digital and DTS streams.

Because it can be mounted on the wall or on a table with included hardware, the bar features a two-position EQ switch.

 Other features include top-mounted controls, auto power on, and IR remote that controls power, volume and audio-input selection.

The subwoofer is shaped like a trapezoid on each of four sides and is capped by a weave-style dome. It features volume, crossover and phase controls and measures 19 inches by 14.25 inches by 14.25 inches.

The system's frequency response is 42Hz to 20kHz (-3dB).

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