I tried JBL’s Dolby Atmos soundbar with detachable rear speakers, and it hits like a hammer-Newshubweek

JBL Bar 1000 in cinema room
Written by Arindam

In August 2022, JBL announced a range of four new soundbars, from the small and cheap right up to a high-end 7.1.4 Dolby Atmos monster with battery powered rear speakers that magnetically attach to the end of the soundbar – so you can have all the power from the front, or go for a real surround experience. This model is the JBL Bar 1000, and I had the chance to try it out.

If the idea of the detachable speakers in a JBL soundbar sounds familiar, that’s because it was already done in the JBL Bar 9.1 – but now the new version has upgraded the package and brings some features to rival the best Dolby Atmos soundbars.

With JBL’s latest-gen ‘MultiBeam’ technology, it’s better at steering sound around the room for convincing surround (as we’ll come to in a minute), and it’s gunning to be one of the best soundbars for gamers thanks to its including of two HDMI 2.1 passthrough ports, with full support for 4K 120Hz images and VRR, as well as Dolby Vision.

JBL Bar 1000 in cinema room

Without the speakers, it’s a mid-sized soundbar – though the subwoofer is a beast, no question. (Image credit: Future)

That’s in addition to the HDMI eARC that goes to the TV, so if you bought a gaming TV like the Sony X90J that has a limited number of HDMI 2.1 ports, this soundbar actually adds to the number of HDMI 2.1 options you have available.

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