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JBL has unveiled its latest all-in-one soundbar ahead of , the JBL Bar 5.0 MultiBeam, which offers Wi-Fi streaming including and simulated effects.
The soundbar uses JBL’s proprietary beam-forming technology, MultiBeam, to bounce surround channels off your side walls while Virtual Dolby Atmos gives you height effects (it lacks height speakers). It uses an “onboard” subwoofer with four passive radiators for “deep and punchy bass,” JBL says.
Notably, JBL says the Bar 5.0 MultiBeam will be compatible with Polk Command Bar.protocol, which lets you group speakers together. The only other non-Amazon product to support it so far is the
The JBL Bar 5.0 follows the excellent JBL Bar 2.1 Deep Bass, which came out last year and offered excellent sound for the money. Given the new bar lacks a sub, I expect the Deep Bass model to sound better, especially with movies.
The JBL Bar 5.0 MultiBeam will be available in spring 2021 for $400 (£350).