THE ULTIMATE 3D SURROUND EXPERIENCE THAT WILL BLOW YOU AWAY
You’ve never heard anything like the JBL Bar 1300—in your living room or anywhere else.
More than just a great soundbar, it’s a full sound system. It features MultiBeam™ and six
up-firing drivers—four in the bar and two in the detachable battery-powered surround
speakers—that deliver massive Dolby Atmos® and DTS:X 3D surround sound, centering
you in your music, movies, and games. 1170W of total output power and thrilling bass from
a 10” subwoofer is more than enough to make the room shake. Though, you’ll never miss
a word with due to our PureVoice technology, which makes sure the dialogue is clear even
when other sounds are at their loudest. When you want to enjoy your favorite tunes choose
streaming via either AirPlay, Alexa Multiroom Music (MRM), or Chromecast built-in™ that
give you over 300 music streaming options.
Stylistically, JBL kept things simple. Easy to read buttons on the bar, sub, speakers, and remote. And everything is in that standard color of “AV gear greyish black.” The Subwoofer has a 12” down firing driver, and a rather large flow port in the back. The sound bar and rear speakers have a total of 11 audio channels for the front, surround, and surround rear channels, while on the top of the bar and surround modules, we have 4 channels for Atmos overhead audio. So in total we have an 11.1.4 channel Dolby Atmos capable sound bar.
On the top side of the bar, we have volume up, down, and input selection. On the front of the bar, hidden behind the grill, there is an LED display that will give you visual feedback on volume level, power state, and source selection. Moving around to the back of the bar, we have what I would say to be a generous amount of IO for a sound bar. Moving from left to right we have the AC power input, a USB port used for charging or MP3 file playback, an Ethernet port for hardwired internet connectivity, 3 HDMI ports for video pass-through, and HDMI ARC/eARC port, and an optical port. I would say that all bases have been firmly covered by JBL here.
AUDIO & PERFORMANCE
The surround sound and overhead audio effects were astounding. Most Dolby Atmos sound bars create the “illusion” of speakers in places where there are none by bouncing and reflecting sound off of your walls and ceiling. Be blown away at how realistic overhead effects sounded, the combination of 4 Atmos drivers and excellent room calibration.
There are fully independent Bluetooth speakers as well. So if you wanted to take one with you out on the deck for a little music playback while you fire up the grill, you can! You could even set them up as a little miniature stereo pair.