The wireless subwoofer is larger than standard, and adjustment of frequency, voulme level and phase switch at the back makes the bass sound easily adaptable to the room. Delay and distance can not be set, so you may need to move the subwoofer around until you get an optimal cohesion with the sound bar.
The JBL sound bar is of simple design. It has no built-in blu-ray player and there is no display or menu system. Three HDMI inputs and optical digital input is however plentiful for such a device. The subwoofer and sound bar connects wirelessly with the press of a button. The system is controlled by a small remote control (that could have been bigger), where you also can choose between standard stereo and "quasi-surround". What is annoying is that the LEDs that show what is selected is located on top of the bar and not on the front, so it is impossible to see which mode is active when sitting down on the couch.
I do not like that the subwoofer shuts off when it is completely silent and then back on again a second after the speaker starts to play. It is somewhat annoying when listening to music and skipping between songs.
JBL SB400 has a surprisingly tough style of play, with plenty of power in the critical midrange. In this area, the dialog emerges nicely in the mix. The subwoofer takes care of the heavy bass register in a much more convincing manner than we can remember hearing from any other sound bar at this price. Impressive.
The treble does not have the airiness and gloss like some other sound bars in this price range and the surround effect is much more moderate. Sometimes it's hard to tell the difference between stereo and "surround". JBL, on the other hand, has better control in the bass and the dynamics are also better in general.
SB400 works fine even with music and surprises with rhythm and a really lively style of play. But the stereo width is limited by the width of the speaker, and it sounds pretty tight. Nonetheless, it is highly recommended!
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• Plug-and-play solutio
• Bluetooth connectivity
• Analog and optical digital audio inputs
• HDMI connectivity
• Exclusive HARMAN virtual surround sound
• Dolby Digital decoding
• Powered, wireless subwoofer
• Full bass control
• Dual-position equalization
• TV-volume “learning” capability
Cinema SB 400 System
Frequency response: 38Hz – 20kHz
Cinema SB 400 Soundbar
Midrange transducers: Two 2-1/4" (57mm) cones per channel, video shielded
High-frequency transducers: One 1" (25mm) dome per channel, video shielded
Amplifier power (@ 1% THD+N): 60 watts per channel
Enclosure type: Ported
Frequency response: 120Hz – 20kHz
Power requirement: 100V – 240V, 50/60Hz, 60W
Power consumption: <0.5W (standby); 60W (maximum)
Dimensions (H x W x D): 3-3/4" x 43-5/16" x 2-1/2" (95mm x 1100mm x 64mm)
Weight: 7.3 lb. (3.3kg)
Cinema SB 400 Subwoofer
Low-frequency transducer: One 8" (203mm) cone, down-firing
Amplifier power: 100 watts RMS, 200 watts peak
Enclosure type: Ported
Frequency response: 38Hz – 120Hz
Audio controls: Volume, phase, crossover frequency
Power requirement: 100V – 240V, 50/60Hz, 100W
Power consumption: <0.5W (standby); 100W (maximum)
Dimensions (H x W x D): 14" x 13" x 12-5/8" (355mm x 329mm x 320mm)
Weight: 23.1 lb. (10.5kg)
- 1 Cinema SB400 soundbar
- 1 8" (200mm) wireless subwoofer
- 1 IR remote control
- 1 power cable
- 1 optical audio cable
- 1 analog audio cable
- 1 wall-mounting bracket
- 1 warranty card
- Quick-start guide