JBL Bar 5.1 Ultra HD Wireless Soundbar

Last updated date: October 15, 2020

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7.9

JBL Bar 5.1 Ultra HD Wireless Soundbar

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We looked at the top Wireless Soundbars and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Wireless Soundbar you should buy.

Update as November 9, 2020:
Checkout The Best Wireless Soundbar for a detailed review of all the top wireless soundbars.

Overall Take


In our analysis of 32 expert reviews, the JBL Bar 5.1 Ultra HD Wireless Soundbar placed 6th when we looked at the top 7 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

The JBL Bar 5.1 transforms from a soundbar into a true wireless 5.1 home theater system for an epic movie and music-listening experience. With two detachable battery powered wireless surround speakers with 10-hours of playtime, 510W of total system power, a 10” wireless subwoofer, three HDMI inputs to connect 4K devices and Bluetooth, your movies, music and video games will never sound more incredible.

Expert Reviews

Expert Summarized Score

7.6
6 expert reviews

User Summarized Score

8.7
2,410 user reviews

What experts liked

JBL's surround sound system is the easiest to set up
- BestReviews
Powerful bass depth and crisp, clear highs
- PC Magazine
For movie lovers with a shortage of space, the JBL offers a seriously appealing prospect: totally wireless surround sound from a soundbar.
- Tech Radar
When it comes to big sound, JBL doesn’t hold back. As such, if you go loud or pump up the bass then you get a room-shaking experience from the 510W of power available to you.
- Trusted Reviews
This sound bar is unique. It has a 3.1 (Left/Centre/Right) soundbar, wireless subwoofer and two rechargeable wireless satellite L+R speakers.
- Gadget Guy
You get very good sound quality, a lot of different inputs, and a cool wireless surround feature for a mid-range price.
- Ultrabook Review

What experts didn't like

Users need to calibrate this model for the best sound quality
- BestReviews
its name implies a more fully immersive theater-like experience than it delivers.
- PC Magazine
The sound palette that it offers isn’t as rich as some of its competitors
- Tech Radar
Quiet listening performance is lacking
- Trusted Reviews
All that it is missing is Dolby Atmos sound.
- Gadget Guy
Having to use bluetooth to get the best sound quality despite having 3 other options is a bit ridiculous, the speakers not charging until the unit has been turned off can be a major bother if you forget to do it, and as a last nitpick, the remote is quite cheap and the buttons are very difficult to press.
- Ultrabook Review

An Overview On Wireless Soundbars

Wireless soundbars have grown in popularity, as their price makes them more attainable then what you find with full-size home theater systems. Soundbars also come in elegant designs that can be much smaller in size than traditional speakers and can add some style to your entertainment center.

There are a few things you’ll want to consider when shopping for a wireless soundbar. The first is where you plan to place the device. All of them are designed to rest on a tabletop, television stand or computer desk but they can also be mounted to the wall. If you’ve already mounted your television to the wall, you’ll probably want to make sure your new soundbar comes with a wall mount.

Although wireless soundbars are capable of syncing with your Bluetooth technology, you can also find plenty of models that also use a wired connection. If you’re interested in one of these dual models, look for an optical digital audio cable to connect to your television for optimal sound quality.

Determine whether the wireless soundbar you are looking at comes with a remote and what features the remote offers. For example, some remotes are more basic and simply allow you to turn the device on and off without getting up from the couch. Others have buttons to increase and decrease the bass levels, as well as buttons to switch between pre-set equalization modes that optimize the sound for various types of programming.

There are even soundbars with LED screens that allow you to quickly glance at the model’s current settings from across the room.

The Wireless Soundbar Buying Guide

  • Most wireless soundbars come with their own remote control, as many are not compatible with traditional universal remotes.
  • You may be tempted to go with a wireless soundbar that has more wattage than another, but what you really want to pay attention to is the sensitivity of the speakers. This is expressed in decibels. You’ll find many soundbars are sold with decibel ranges between 90-110.
  • Consider the number of speaker channels your wireless soundbar is outfitted with. Most models have two or three channels but some have as many as five or seven channels, which is the equivalent of a traditional home-theater system with up to seven speakers.
  • To keep your wireless soundbar in tip-top shape, make sure you dust it regularly.
  • Some soundbars are still sold with USB ports. You don’t really need this feature for updates anymore, but it is handy if you have a thumb drive full of your favorite music that you’d like to use.
  • Soundbars are sold in active and passive models. The difference is that active soundbars are made with built-in amplifiers to better project the sound. Passive models require a separate receiver or amplifier, so if you go that route, you’ll need to factor the additional purchase into the overall price.