JBL has added another sound bar to its ‘Bar Series’ which it says will “bring the audio experience of a movie theater” to living rooms. Known as the JBL Bar 9.1, the new $1k set includes wireless surround, Dolby Atmos audio and streaming support via Google Chromecast and Apple Airplay 2.

According to JBL, Bar 9.1 is the first of the company’s sound bars to include Dolby Atmos with four upward-facing drivers using room reflections to bounce audio back to the listening position, and two battery-powered detachable, wireless rear speakers also pushing sounds to the ceiling for immersive audio playback. JBL claims 820 watts of total system power and there is a 10-inch powered subwoofer rounding out the package. Dolby Vision is supported via a 4K video input optimizing the picture for your display.

“The JBL Bar 9.1 True Wireless Surround Sound with Dolby Atmos sets a new standard for in-home audio,” said Dave Rogers, President, Lifestyle Audio Division at HARMAN. “At JBL, we are excited to offer Dolby Atmos for the first time to bring professional, cutting-edge audio technology right to consumers’ living rooms.”

The surround speakers have built-in batteries, but after ten hours of playback these can simply be docked to the sound bar to recharge. JBL has quite a formidable legacy of producing reference equipment for both professional cinemas and homes, so this new package should warrant a listen if you have a local dealer planning to stock it.

The Bar 9.1 will be available from JBL in the Spring of this year for $999.95.

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I just got one of these 2 weeks ago... and I can say that my expectations were exceeded. Full rich sound. Clear dialogue. Loads of power for the average Joe, (the sub set to max will rattle your windows !) Suoer easy set up. While the detachable speakers might seem gimmicky they really work well and it's great for experimenting with different room placements. Atmos and DTS:X work great (yes when it rains it sounds like it's coming from the ceiling lol). I could quibble about some minor things like wishing for another HDMI input , but at this price point I'd be nitpicking.
 

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Not sure I want to have to worry about charging speakers. Any idea on how long a charge lasts?
 

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They say it lasts 10 hours ... I've never run mine that long yet ... I have gotten a little more than 8 hours so far .. they also have micro USB ports, so if the location you choose for the rears allows you to run a micro USB cable to them, presumably you won't need to ever redock them. They say they need 3 hours to fully recharge. I can't vouch for this as I've watched 2 or 3 films in a row, redocked them overnight and they've been good to go. I forgot to mention in my original post, that the system has an easy 2 step auto calibration feature, so if you do experiment with moving the rears around the room don't forget to recalibrate.