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JBL Bar 9.1

JBL Bar 9.1
alaScore 95

17 reviews

May, 2022

alaTest has collected and analyzed 17 reviews of JBL Bar 9.1. The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. Reviews about the reliability and design are overall positive. The bass quality and usability are also mentioned favorably. Views about the size and price are mixed. There are some negative comments about the soundstage.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the JBL Bar 9.1 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 95/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by : Simon Cohen (

JBL Bar 9.1 review: Wireless Dolby Atmos with a few flaws


There's no doubt that the JBL Bar 9.1's detachable fully wireless Dolby Atmos surround modules are convenient, but are they worth $1,000? We put it to the test.

Super simple setup ; Big, powerful bass ; Convincing Dolby Atmos and 5.1 sound ; Convenient wireless speakers ; Supports eARC, 4K, Dolby Vision

Not enough inputs ; Not enough EQ settings ; Dialogue needs a boost ; Mediocre for music

Apr, 2020

Expert review by : Tim Gideon (

JBL Bar 9.1 Review


Powerful audio with thunderous bass depth ; Dolby Atmos drivers ; Wireless rear channel speakers ; Easy setup

Expensive ; Large ; Could use more precise EQ controls

The JBL Bar 9.1 soundbar might be expensive, but it delivers powerful, thunderous audio with detachable rear channels for an immersive listening experience.

Apr, 2020

Expert review by : John Panoryios (

JBL Bar 9.1 Review


Note 09/11/2020: Thanks to user input, we have verified the claim that this soundbar upmixes all content into 5.1.4 audio. If you're listening to a stereo file, ...

Supports Atmos for an immersive experience. Can get loud. Completely wireless subs can play audio while charging. Full wireless connectivity options. Well-balanced sound profile.

No graphic EQ and limited EQ presets. No dialogue enhancement feature.

The JBL Bar 9.1 is great for mixed use. It has a balanced sound profile right out-of-the-box with just a touch of extra bass, thanks to its subwoofer. Its detachable satellites also help to create a more immersive listening experience, whether you're...

Aug, 2020

Expert review by : Ben Patterson (

JBL Bar 9.1 review: This 5.1.4 soundbar boasts truly wireless surround speakers


For once, the wireless surround speakers on JBL's first Dolby Atmos-enabled soundbar are, in fact, truly wireless.

Truly wireless surround speakers ; Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, and eARC support ; Auto room calibration ; Crisp, tight sound

Wireless surround speakers must be charged frequently ; Very few audio settings

Overall, the JBL Bar 9.1 does what it does quite well; the question, however, is whether you what it does. Yes, the idea of truly wireless surround speakers that you can put anywhere in your living room (well, within reason) has a certain appeal, but...

Expert review by : Jason Bouwmeester (

JBL Bar 9.1 review: Dolby Atmos sound in a relatively compact package


Our JBL Bar 9.1 review takes a look at a soundbar that offers up an 820W 5.1.4 Dolby Atmos configuration in a small and affordable package.

Compact design ; Fantastic sound ; Easy setup ; Google Home, AirPlay, Bluetooth support ; Comes with wall-mounting hardware ; Decent battery life on detachable speakers

Only one HDMI input ; Subwoofer connection status indicator on back ; End caps only available in some regions ; MP3 playback only available in U.S. ; Limited EQ/sound settings

Apr, 2020

Expert review by : Leslie Shapiro (

JBL Bar 9.1 Soundbar Review


Performance Features Ergonomics Value

The JBL Bar 9.1 soundbar system provides one of the easiest ways to get a realistic Dolby Atmos and DTS:X immersive audio experience. JBL's secret? The Bar 9.1 uses a pair of detachable wireless, battery-operated surround speakers that can be situated...

Sep, 2020

Expert review by : Geir Nordby (

Review: JBL Bar 9.1 | Hard-hitting 3D Sound JBL Bar 9.1


The first Atmos soundbar from JBL is called JBL Bar 9.1 and has detachable, completely wireless rear speakers.

Powerful sound, hard-hitting bass and true surround sound from wireless rear speakers. With Atmos sound both front and rear.

Sounds too grainy to beat the best.

JBL Bar 9.1 has a lot going for it. Especially when we talk about muscles, not many people can assert themselves. Action film works great, with tough dialogues and lots of power in the special effects. And with real rear speakers – which are completely...

Aug, 2020

Expert review by : Steve Withers (

JBL BAR 9.1 soundbar review: Putting the bar into bargain


This 5.1.4-channel soundbar features fully immersive Dolby Atmos and DTS:X thanks to upward-firing speakers and a pair of detachable wireless rears.

Full immersion ; Powerful and well-integrated bass ; Dolby Atmos and DTS:X ; Detachable rear speakers ; EARC support ; Automated audio calibration ; Proper display and decent remote

Front soundstage could be wider ; No HLG/HDR10+ passthrough ; Only one HDMI input ; No dedicated remote app

This 5.1.4-channel soundbar features a fully immersive Dolby Atmos and DTS:X experience thanks to upward-firing speakers and a pair of detachable and rechargeable wireless rears. It's good value, with few compromises.

Jul, 2020

Expert review by : Ray Shaw (

Review: JBL Bar 9.1 with Dolby Atmos - the best value 5.1.4 soundbar


Before you get excited at the prospect of 9.1 Dolby Atmos – it is not. JBL Bar 9.1 with Dolby Atmos refers to the number of audio channels, so it is a JBL Bar 9.1 with Dolby Atmos

Sep, 2020