CES is the time for electronics brands to become large, and when it comes to the sheer number of offerings, few companies go bigger than Harman, which owns everything from Harman Kardon to JBL.
JBL, in particular, has some impressive offerings this year, and nosotros’ve got the goods on the coolest gear from the brand straight from the Hard Stone in Vegas for CES 2020.
JBL Bar nine.one soundbar ($1,000)
This 9.1-channel soundbar is an intriguing proposition on several fronts. Outset, the arrangement is the first Dolby Atmos soundbar from JBL, significant its “ix.i” title is a bit of a misnomer, as four upfiring drivers actually make this a 5.1.iv-aqueduct organisation using traditional manufacture terminology — although, it’s still technically nine channels with a 10-inch subwoofer for the “.1.”
But even more interesting is how the soundbar accomplishes its surround sound immersion, using detachable wireless speakers that tin exist placed wherever you’d like around the room. The speakers are battery-powered, so they tin can’t stay undocked from the bar permanently, offering a claimed 10 hours of playback per charge earlier they must be reconnected. We’ve seen this earlier from JBL’s five.1 bar, so the Bar 9.1 is but the latest iteration of this unique design concept.
JBL says this is designed for those who want occasional Dolby Atmos immersion, but don’t want to run wires, including those that plug into a wall, for their satellite speakers. We’re still not sure if people will want to detach and reattach the speakers subsequently their x-hour batttery runtime calls for recharging, only it’s all the same a pretty absurd design nonetheless.
A quick demo of the bar impressed, with solid Atmos immersion that was squeaky clean and remarkably clear from the detachable speakers, and thunderous bass from that ten-inch sub.
Other features for the bar include 4K passthrough with Dolby Vision support for connecting a streaming device or Blu-ray player directly, as well as both AirPlay 2 and Chromecast support for streaming high-resolution audio to the arrangement.
JBL Live 300 TWS ($150)
JBL is rolling out two new pairs of fully wireless earbuds, both of which are priced to move. The company’southward Live 300TWS will run you $150 (i.e., AirPods money) and offer a squeamish slice of features for the coin.
Highlights include a solid six hours of playback time per charge (twenty hours full with the charging case), ambient sound and so you can hear the world around yous while yous jam out, and TalkThru way, which lets you lot tap the side of the earbud to amplify voices. The earbuds as well offer IPX5 water resistance and a quick-charge feature for an hr of playback time on x minutes charge.
JBL Tune 220TWS ($100)
Those on a tighter upkeep may want to check out this $100 pair of buds, which offering an AirPods-style blueprint and ramp upwardly the bass thanks to 12.5mm drivers. They’ve also got a metal finish for some style points forth with their golf game-tee housings, and admission to voice assistants via onboard controls.
One business organization for these earbuds is bombardment life — JBL mentions “19 hours total” with the charging case, but we’re not certain how much the buds offering per charge without information technology as it’s not mentioned (which usually isn’t a great sign). Still, they’re affordable, and we’ll take to get a closer look to run across if they’ve got other attributes or sound quality to make them stand to a higher place the crowd.
JBL Club One headphones
In addition, the company has a brand new lineup of headphones “inspired by touring musicians,” with the flagship Club One ($350) leading the way. Using graphene for low-cal, high-performance drivers, the Social club One are loftier-resolution certified.
They also offer plenty of other impressive features to take on noise cancelers like Sony’s pop WH-1000XM3, including active noise cancellation which JBL says utilizes a system that monitors your environs 50,000 times per second, and up to 23 hours of battery life with active dissonance counterfoil and Bluetooth engaged.
We’ll exist checking out all of Harman’s latest gear from JBL and its other brands at the show, so stay tuned for updates and our first impressions as CES 2020 gets underway.
Updated on January seven, 2020:
An earlier JBL press release misstated the price of the JBL Bar 9.1. It is priced at $ane,000.
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