If you have to regularly turn on subtitles, constantly ask your husband what that guy just said, or perpetually rewind in 10-second bursts to hear a conversation in a movie, then you need a soundbar. Also, if you just want epic audio, booming bass and an overall higher-quality experience. Yup, soundbar.
What is a soundbar? It’s that long item pictured below — an add-on for your TV that can seriously improve your home audio experience. One we love is the JBL Bar5 soundbar, and just for today, it’s on sale for $230—that’s $170 off—at Amazon.
Like being in a movie theater
This JBL Bar5 can give you audio akin to what you’d hear in a movie theater, plus dialogue clarity and heart-thumping bass, all thanks to the power this sleek device brings. Once it’s in your home and you can compare the sound to what you get from the speakers on your TV, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without a soundbar.
Amazon reviewers are thrilled with the JBL Bar5’s clarity and bass, which doesn't require a separate subwoofer!
"This is loud and shakes the room," said a five-star reviewer. "Our living room is 21x14 and this is perfect, it shakes the whole house. Outside of my wife telling me to turn it down, I have no complaints. Bass volume is set to 1 for normal television viewing and bass is not too loud. Set it to 4 or 5 for movie viewing to get the full sound effect. This is a great system."
This soundbar couldn’t be easier to use. Just take it out of the box, plug it into one of your TV’s HDMI ports, and it’s good to go. No complex audio or picture calibration required. Purely plug and play.
Play music from your phone
On top of upgrading your TV’s audio, the JBL Bar5 also has Bluetooth connectivity. You can sync your smartphone or tablet with it to give your favorite music and podcasts the same kind of power as movies and TV shows.
Finally, you can hear all that movie dialogue you thought was too quiet. Some reviewers even pointed out how this soundbar improved the experience of watching older TV shows.
Shared one satisfied customer: "I have hearing loss and was worried how it would sound. To my surprise it sounds great. Great bass, works great with my Bluetooth, works great in a large room as well!"
If you have Amazon Prime, you’ll get free shipping, of course. Not yet a member? No problem. You can sign up for your free 30-day trial here. (And by the way, those without Prime still get free shipping on orders of $25 or more.)
The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.
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