Everyone has a widescreen TV and HDTV has become part of daily language. But the conversion to digital TV broadcasting also brings vast improvements in TV sound. You can’t really find it coming from those 2 speakers on your TV. You need a home theater sound system. Now there are many home-theater in a box (HTiB) sound systems available but many home owners are reluctant to place speakers front and rear within the traditional surround set-up. JVC introduced a marvelous new system, at CEDIA 2009 USA, that will change all that.
The new TH-SB100 is a 4.1-channel system that features a low-profile front surround sound bar and wireless subwoofer. The system includes speakers, a 220-Watt receiver, and a Blu-ray player (for that true 1080p viewing experience). It offers extremely simple setup with performance that delivers clear dialog and convincing surround sound.
The sound bar is configured to fit neatly under a TV or can be wall-mounted. Its front surround technology eliminates the need for rear speakers and the placement problems, clutter and extra wiring that comes with them. A single cable connects the sound bar to a source (Blu-ray player) or TV via each systems’ two HDMI and one analog input. And to further simplify setup, the included subwoofer is wireless.
The black, low-profile sound bar includes four speakers, an amplifier and a sound processor. It also features built-in Dolby Digital, Dolby Pro Logic II and DTS decoding. Total system power is 220 watts, with each speaker within the sound bar amplified and housed in a separate internal structure to prevent interference. The virtual surround sound is based on JVC’s own front surround technology. The two outboard speakers deliver the left and right channel information, while the middle two speakers each deliver center-channel information plus the surround/left and surround/right channels. The result is clear dialog and an immersive soundfield.
The subwoofer features a 6-5/6-inch (8cm) driver and is powered by its own built-in 100-watt digital amplifier. 2.4GHz digital wireless technology connects the subwoofer to the sound bar, and eliminates the need for a cable connection, providing simple setup and placement flexibility.
Power on/off, volume adjustment and source/surround mode selection can be operated using the provided remote control.
The JVC TH-SB100 is expected to be available around the holiday season. It will definitely enhance HDTV experience as the Super Bowl approaches.