JBL Bar 5.1 Surround
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Powerful sound

JBL MultiBeam™ technology brings the ultimate cinematic experience to your home. No extra speakers or wires are needed.

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You got the power

With 550 Watts of system output power, experience your movies and music like never before. Immersive, powerful sound to match your viewing pleasure.

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Feel the bass

Punchy, precise bass from a mighty 10’’ wireless subwoofer brings the action to action movies, and ensures any soundtrack sounds epic.

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Chromecast and Airplay 2 built-in

Built-in WiFi and compatibility with Chromecast and Airplay 2 means you can stream your all favourite online content with amazing sound, with a simple finger tap.


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True HDMI 4K Pass-through

The best 4K video resolution deserves the best sound to go with it. Your TV and the JBL Bar 5.1 Surround are the ultimate power couple.

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Stream it all

Not in the mood for a film? No problem. With the JBL Bar 5.1 Surround, you can also enjoy wireless music streaming via Bluetooth from your mobile or tablet.

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Experience panoramic surround sound

The impressive JBL Bar 5.1 Surround delivers the ultimate home cinematic experience. Bring everything you watch to life with 550 Watts of power and a 10’’ subwoofer: the driving bass of an action movie, the tension of a thriller or the beauty of a nature documentary. Built-in Chromecast and Airplay 2 lets you stream and manage online content, and Bluetooth means your streamed music sounds great, too. Amazing surround sound comes from JBL MultiBeam™ technology. JBL has powered the world’s movie theatres for more than 75 years. Now you can bring that power home.

General Specifications

Bar 5.1 CNTR (Soundbar Unit), BAR 5.1 SUB (Subwoofer Unit)
Power supply
100 - 240V AC, ~ 50/60Hz
Soundbar output power (Max. @THD 1%)
5 x 50W
Subwoofer output power (Max. @THD 1%)
standby power
networked standby power
Operating temperature
0°C - 45°C

BAR 5.1 SURROUND is in compliance with European Commission Regulation (EC) No 1275/2008 and (EU) No 801/2013.

Off Mode
Network Standby
Time to standby
* Standby
in the condition of all wireless connections of Soundbar are deactivated, if no provide any audio or video signal to the Soundbar unit, the Soundbar unit will automatically into standby mode in 10 minutes.
* Networked standby
in the condition of any wireless connection of Soundbar is activated, if no provide any audio or video signal to the Soundbar unit, the Subwoofer and Soundbar unit will automatically into networked standby mode in 10 minutes.

Any audio or video recover will bring device from standby to operation mode.

Audio Specifications

Total speaker power output (Max. @THD 1%)
Frequency response
40Hz - 20KHz
Audio inputs
1 Optical, Bluetooth, USB (USB playback is available in US version. For other versions, USB is for Service only.)
MP3 Codec
MPEG 1 Layer 2/3, MPEG 2 Layer 3, MPEG 2.5 Layer 3
MP3 sampling rate
16KHz - 48 KHz
MP3 bitrate
80kbps - 320kbps


Soundbar transducer
5 x 4690” racetrack drivers +2 x 1.25” side-firing tweeters
Subwoofer transducer
Dimensions (W x H x D)
1018 x 58 x 100mm / 40” x 2.28” x 3.94” (Soundbar); 305 x 440 x 305mm / 12” x 17.3” x 12” (Subwoofer)
2.85KG (Soundbar); 10.62Kg (Subwoofer)

Control and Connection Specifications

USB port
Type A
USB rating
5V DC, 0.5A
Supporting file format
mp3, wav
Bluetooth version
Bluetooth profile
A2DP V1.3, AVRCP V1.5
Bluetooth frequency range
2402MHz - 2480MHz
Bluetooth Max. transmitting power
<11dBm (EIRP)
Modulation Type
Wi-Fi network
IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4GHz/5GHz)
2.4G Wi-Fi frequency range
2412 – 2472MHz (2.4GHz ISM Band, USA 11 Channels, Europe and others 13 Channels)
2.4G Wi-Fi Max. transmitting power
Modulation Type
5G Wi-Fi frequency range
5.15 - 5.35GHz, 5.725 - 5.825GHz
5G Wi-Fi Max. transmitting power
Modulation Type
5G Wireless frequency range
5161.35 - 5245.35MHz, 5736.35 - 5820.35MHz
5G Max. transmitting power
<9dBm (EIRP)
Modulation Type

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Reviews and Q&A

Customer Reviews

Product Q&A

Hello! We have a jbl bar 5.1 (550w) and since yesterday the volume became very low. Previously we used it on volume 3-4, which now equals to 11-12. Is this the result of a software update maybe? Power off &amp; reset did not solve the problem. Peter

Asked by: PeterHU
Is it possible to roll back to previous firmware?
Answered by: AlexandruG
Date published: 2023-02-07

I just bought the 5.1 surround system and the volume seems way lower then 5oo watts more like 50 why wont this go any louder ?

Asked by: Davesbuds
@JBL support - soo may of the same issues reported for years and nothing has been done. One issue in particular has been reported in almost every post , how can you not see this or acknowledge it ? - The issue .....The sound of this bar is not loud enough. 32 is Max and its not loud. Cheaper soundbars sound better. Whats the update on this issue which has plagued us owners for going on 3 years now ? Please update ?
Answered by: Jamesse
Date published: 2023-05-02

It seems the bass levels have changed from low, mid, high to levels 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. Was this from a software update and was anything else changed?

Asked by: Anonymous
This was as a result of software update
Answered by: Mac01
Date published: 2022-01-06

I just got this bar and can't get smart mode to toggle off. Any suggestions? Holding the mute button does nothing.

Asked by: Greg84
To disable the smart mode, on the remote control, press and hold the mute button for more than 3 seconds then press vol +. If you need more help, please reach out to our Customer Support. https://bit.ly/3r5oWYM
Answered by: Iggy at Customer Support
Date published: 2021-12-11

What the difference with the other 5.1

Asked by: Edwardccc
Homer at Customer Support &middot; 7 months ago The JBL Bar 5.1 Surround actually uses Dolby Audio (Dolby Digital) instead of DTS. Dolby Digital allows higher compression ratios with similar results. That said, both audio formats are capable of achieving almost similar results by providing surround sound, however, Dolby Audio allows a much wider range of input signals without overloading the connection, thus increasing compatibility. Furthermore, DTS requires a different decoding chip and the Bar 5.1 cannot be DTS compatible via a firmware update.
Answered by: RafaelB
Date published: 2021-06-06

Is there a way to turn off the chime that sounds every time the volume of the soundbar is raised or lowered?

Asked by: John MD
Go into the Google Home app and open the settings on the jbl 5.1 surround, look for playback sounds and disable it. Your JBL 5.1 needs to be connected to wifi to turn this off, its a feedback sound for Chromecast that makes this sound!!
Answered by: Lou2744
Date published: 2021-11-13

HDMI Cable in HDMI/ARC port on TV does not produce sound, with or without an optical cable. Only the Optical cable alone works, which is not included. Problem - HDMI cable connections, can you suggest a solution so there's no need for optical to be used?

Asked by: Bobm2t
I am facing the same problem. There is no sound when I connect it via HDMI ARC with Netflix/DIsney in 5.1 audio setting(RAW/NO PCM). If I select stereo 2.0 then it worked. Serious problem with HDMI ARC. I further connect it via SPDIF/optical, it worked with 5.1 showing &quot;Dolby Audio&quot;. So problem with HDMI, unable to decode RAW format 5.1. Kindly fix this ASAP.
Answered by: Sumanta
Date published: 2022-11-15

I just purchased this today and like it however I have a question. Is the max volume 32? When I was turning it up listening to a son after 32 it said &quot;max&quot; and wouldn't get any louder? Is that right? I've had cheaper sound bars that went louder.

Asked by: Adam1982
Please share what's being done about this? Seen lots of comments around this on forums, reviews and FAQs . Seems to be the downfall of this soundbar. Can you please fix this asap?
Answered by: Gazzioo
Date published: 2022-07-23
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