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JBL BAR 9.1 True Wireless Surround with Dolby Atmos®

The JBL Bar 9.1 soundbar brings audio experience of a movie theater into your home with two detachable surround speakers and the added punch of Dolby Atmos® and DTS:X™ 3D sound. With 820 watts of total system power, you can enjoy every Oscar-worthy performance through powerful, crystal-clear audio. Turn up the 10’’ subwoofer for pulse-pounding bass or turn it down and relax with Chromecast and AirPlay music streaming. Immerse yourself in the latest blockbuster or re-live your favorite movie or sport scenes. The most incredible home cinema sound experience is here.

Product Specifications

General Specifications

5.1.4 channel
Power supply 100 - 240VAC, ~ 50/60Hz
Battery charge time 3 hours
Total speaker power output (Max. @THD 1%) 820 W
Main Soundbar output power (Max. @THD 1%) 400
Surround speakers output power (Max. @THD 1%); 2 x 60W
Subwoofer output power (Max. @THD 1%); 300
Soundbar transducer 4×racetrack drivers + 2 × up-firing full-range drivers+3 × 0.75” (20mm) tweeter
Surround transducer (per piece) up-firing full-range driver + 0.75” (20mm) tweeter
Subwoofer transducer 10"
Operating temperature 0°C - 45°C
Standby for Soundbar (when all wireless connections are deactivated) < 0.5 W
Networked standby (Soundbar) < 6.0 W
Networked standby (Subwoofer) < 2.0 W
Time to standby <10 minutes
This equipment complies with European Commission Regulation (EC) No 1275/2008 and (EU) No 801/2013. The Soundbar unit is considered as networked equipment with high network availability (HiNA equipment and equipment with HiNA functionality) as it provides wireless network access point for two wireless Surround speakers and one wireless Subwoofer.

Audio Specifications

HDMI HDCP version 2.3
1 Optical, Bluetooth, Chromecast, AirPlay2, USB

Dimension Specifications

Soundbar dimensions (WxHxD); 884 x 62 x 120 (mm)/ 34.8” x 2.4” x 4.7”
Detachable surround speaker, per piece 173 x 60 x 120 (mm) / 6.8” x 2.4” x 4.7”
Subwoofer dimensions (WxHxD); 305 x 440 x 305(mm) / 12.0" x 17.3" x 12.0"
Soundbar weight 3.64 kg/ 8.0 lb
Detachable surround speaker 0.72 kg x 2/ 1.6 lb x2
Subwoofer weight 11.10 kg / 24.5 lb

Control Connect Specifications

USB port Type A
USB rating 5 V/ 500 mA
Supported file format MP3
MP3 codec MPEG 1 Layer 2/3, MPEG 2 Layer 3, MPEG 2.5 Layer 3
MP3 sampling rate; 16 KHz - 48 KHz
MP3 bitrate 80 kbps - 320 kbps
USB Port; (USB playback is available in US version. For other versions, USB is for Service only.)
Bluetooth version 4.2
Bluetooth profile A2DP V1.2/ AVRCP V1.5
Bluetooth frequency range; 2402MHz-2480MHz
Bluetooth Max. transmitting power 13dbm  (EIRP)
Modulation Type GFSK, π/4 DQPSK, 8DPSK
Wi-Fi network IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4GHz/5GHz)
2.4G Wi-Fi frequency range 2412 – 2472 MHz (2.4GHz ISM Band, USA 11 Channels, Europe and others 13 Channels)
2.4G Wi-Fi Max. transmitting power 20 dBm (EIRP)
Modulation Type DBPSK, DQPSK, CCK, QPSK, BPSK, 16QAM, 64QAM
5G Wi-Fi frequency range 5.15 - 5.35 GHz, 5.470-5.725 GHz, 5.725 - 5.825 GHz
5G Wi-Fi Max. transmitting power 22 dBm (EIRP)
Modulation Type QPSK, BPSK, 16QAM, 64QAM, 256QAM
5G Wireless frequency range 5180.0 - 5240.0MHz (Except Europe), 5725.0 - 5825.0MHz
5G Max. transmitting power 13 dBm (EIRP)
Modulation Type QPSK
Please consult the documents for in-depth specs

Documents & Downloads


What’s in the Box

  • 1x Main Soundbar
  • 2x Detachable wireless surround speakers
  • 1x Wireless subwoofer
  • Remote control with 2 x batteries
  • Power cords (up to 8pcs depending on region SKUs)
  • HDMI cable x1
  • 2 x L-shape Wall-mount bracket (Main Bar) + 2 x U-shape Wall-mount bracket (for Surround Speakers) kit with screws
  • Quick start guide
  • Warranty card
  • Safety sheet
JBL BAR 9.1 True Wireless Surround with Dolby Atmos® - What's in the Box

FAQs & How-Tos

How to perform sound calibration?

− Make sure that your room is quiet;
− Make sure that the soundbar and the two detachable rear speakers are fully in sight of each other, without obstacles in between.
− Make sure that the left and right rear speakers are properly placed, the L speaker on the left and the R speaker on the right.

The calibration is done in two steps: Listening zone & Speaker position

Calibrate the listening zone

1. Place the detachable rear speakers beside your seating position.

2. On the remote control, press and hold HDMI until “1-CALIBRATION” is displayed on the soundbar.
→ Countdown starts from 5 to 1.
→ Calibration tone is heard. Audio calibration starts.
→ “CALIBRATING”: Calibration ongoing.
→ “1-DONE”: Calibration of the listening zone is completed successfully.

Calibrate the speaker position

1. Place the detachable rear speakers in your desired location.

2. On the remote control, press and hold HDMI until “2-CALIBRATION” is displayed on the soundbar.
→ Countdown starts from 5 to 1.
→ Calibration tone is heard. Audio calibration starts.
→ “CALIBRATING”: Calibration ongoing.
→ “2-DONE”: Calibration of the speaker position is completed successfully.
3. To select suitable surround sound level, press repeatedly to switch between high, low or middle (default).

− During calibration, all buttons on the remote control are disabled except for STANDBY and HDMI.
− “SETUP FAILED” is displayed if calibration failed.

When trying to set up my speaker with the Google Home app, I get a message that says “Device needs to be activated before setup”. How do I proceed?
If you see this message, you must download the Device Utility app from the Google Play Store. Follow the instructions in the app to activate your speaker, and then return to the Google Home app to complete the setup.
My sound bar's dialogue is too low/the surround effects are too loud.
When listening to multichannel content you may find that your dialogue isn’t coming in as clear, or your surround effects are louder than you’d like. Our sound bars have a feature called ‘Smart Mode’ that implement our unique JBL Surround Sound as well as other tailored EQ settings. While these are great for content that needs a helping hand, for some multi-channel content it can be overwhelming. If you feel like you’re running into this, you can disable ‘Smart Mode'.

To disable the smart mode, do the following:
1. On the remote control, press and hold MUTE for more than 3 seconds. Press Volume Up (+)
--> Current mode is displayed. "ON SMART MODE": The smart mode is enabled. 
2. Repeat Step 1.
--> You Switch to another mode. "OFF SMART MODE": The standard mode is enabled
--> Next time you switch on the sound bar, the smart mode is enabled again automatically. 
How to connect to your WiFi network
You can enjoy streaming your favorite music over WiFi to your JBL BAR 9.1 Surround by adding it to your network. Turn on your soundbar. Download the Google Home app to your phone. Enable Bluetooth and Location services on your device. Open Google Home app Follow the instructions given in the app. You are now connected to your WiFi network and can enjoy streaming music to your system. The soundbar will now be able to automatically update, to make sure the performance is the best at all times.
I have connected my speaker using the Device Utility app, but the Google Home app cannot find the speaker. What should I do?
Close and restart the Google Home app, or restart your phone. Start the Google Home app again, and the speaker should now appear.
BAR 9.1: Software Update Release Notes
BAR 9.1
Software Update Release Notes
Version:  V22.01.31.80
Release Date:  May 19, 2022
Release Media:  OTA (over the air) Automatic Upgrade and/or USB
Filename:  JBL Bar9.1 TWS ver
  1. Fixed a grouping issue with other Chromecast built-in speakers (read below):
    1. 3rd party Chromecast built-in speakers using a Google SDK less than 1.52GM2 can not be grouped with 1st party Google speakers any longer. This update brings the Bar 9.1 up to 1.52GM2, which means once again, it can be grouped with 1st party Google speakers
  2. Software update resolves the issues with the "Google Home" app if you are using an Android phone (read below):
    1. Speakers with an SDK less than 1.52GM2 set up with a Google Pixel phone need to use a new, additional app called the "Device Utility app" to complete the Wi-Fi setup. After this update, customers may use the Google Home app as normal for Wi-Fi setup
  3. General software and performance improvements:
    1. Sometimes there was a 0.5sec audio drop during ARC streaming with PCM format, now improved!
    2. Import MTK patch to solve continuous distortion after connecting Apple TV to a Sony TV while playing PCM stream in eARC source.

Note:  This software upgrade is not applicable for JBL Bar 9.1 China version.
注意:此软件升级不适用于JBL Bar 9.1中国版。

Version:  V21.23.11.80
Release Date:  June 8th, 2021
Release Media:  OTA (over the air) Automatic Upgrade and/or USB
Filename:  JBL Bar9.1 TWS ver

1.    Improve calibration success rate in some cases.
2.    Improve compatibility of some “ATMOS” Netflix streaming content. 
3.    Improve LED Display messages.

Note:  This software upgrade is not applicable for JBL Bar 9.1 China version.
注意:此软件升级不适用于JBL Bar 9.1中国版。

Version:  V21.13.11.80
Release Date:  April 8, 2021
Release Media:  OTA (over the air) Automatic Upgrade and/or USB
Filename:  JBL Bar9.1 TWS ver
  • Improves Soundbar Optical, HDMI, and ARC Compatibility with TV.
  • Improves Bluetooth connectivity for mobile devices.
  • Improved LED Display Messages.
  • Bug fix to remove detachable speakers battery level checking due to imprecise readings.
NOTE:  This software update is not applicable to the JBL BAR 9.1 China version.

注意:此软件升级不适用于JBL Bar 9.1中国版。

When using the Device Utility app to set up my speaker, my Wi-Fi network is not appearing in the list. How can I connect to my Wi-Fi network?
If the network does not appear, you can manually type in the network name (SSID) and password to connect.
BAR 9.1 - battery status
The Mute+ATMOS combination button press to determine the Battery Status was originally designed for production line testing, not for consumer usage.  We determined that this testing method was inaccurate and began testing using specialized external equipment.  As of Software Version V21.13.11.80, the ability to check Battery Status inaccurately has been removed.

When charging the satellite speakers you can be confident that the Battery Status is 100% when the LED indicator goes  out.  As well, when the LED begins blinking red, you are at 20% and should recharge or plug in your speakers.
What is the length?
JBL Bar 9.1 is 884 mm (without the surrounds in charging position). Surrounds add approx. 160 mm on each side, in charging position.
How to restore factory default settings on your device
With our JBL BAR 9.1 Surround there is two types of resets, one is to reset the WiFi settings and last one is to restore factory default settings. Let us walk through each one of them. Resetting WiFi settings Turn on your JBL BAR 9.1 Surround. Press and hold POWER button down for more than 10 seconds. All of your WiFi configuration is lost and you need to reinstall it again. Use the Google Home app to install the device on your WiFi network. Resetting to Factory default settings Turn on your JBL BAR 9.1 Surround Press and hold POWER and SOURCE button for 3 seconds. Your device is now reset. You can now start allover with installing your BAR 9.1 Surround.
How can I play content with Dolby Atmos and DTS:X sound?
To play the surround sound with DOLBY ATMOS or DTS:X, connect your Blu-ray player or other digital device to the HDMI input connector on the soundbar. If the TV support Dolby ATMOS, served over HDMI ARC, just make sure it is selected in the TV setting menu. To select the most suitable amount of sound effect of DOLBY ATMOS and DTS:X, press on the remote control ATMOS level button, to switch between MID, HIGH, LOW or OFF. Note: If your TV has an eARC HDMI input, you can connect your Blu-ray player or other digital device to the HDMI IN connector on the TV.
My wireless surround speakers are experience sound interference.

If you find yourself encountering audio dropouts or interference coming from your surround speakers when they are not docked on the main unit, here are a couple of tips to try to remedy that.

1. Try moving any wireless routers that are near the sound bar further away.

2. Reboot router so it can auto select a new frequency channel, since the sound bar and router may be on the same channel resulting in audible interferences

3. Re-position the surround speakers so they are closer to the main unit.

4. Re-calibrate the surround speakers

5. Adjust the volume on the sound bar and gradually raise the volume, if driven to hard the sound bar speakers can distort

What are the benefits of having the soundbar connected to WiFi?
You are able to enjoy wireless streaming via Chromecast and Airplay from your devices. This will also give you the opportunity to do multi-room playback. At the same time, the product will be able to automatically update, when there is software improvements available.
Why is my soundbar having interference issues with my mesh network?

If you have a mesh network (more commonly seen in Eero Mesh networks), it is possible that you may experience your satellite speakers or subwoofer intermittently disconnecting from the soundbar. This is similar to normal interference that occurs with products on a similar wireless frequency. The special thing about Eero mesh networks is that they do not allow you to move a device to the 5Ghz or 2.4Ghz band. The system will automatically decide which devices should be on which band and will move them accordingly (switching whenever needed). Some of our soundbars run on a 5Ghz frequency which is where the interference can occur. Since we cannot change the signal in which they operate and we cannot change the band they are connected to via their Eero mesh network, there are a few things you can do to try and stop this from occurring. 


  1. Move the mesh nodes far away from the soundbar 
  2. Use the 2.4Ghz band instead of the 5Ghz band (if your mesh system allows this) 
  3. Ensure to enable/utilize the MU-MIMO setting (not applicable to all mesh systems). Please refer to your router's website to see if MU-MIMO is being utilized by default. 


What is MU-MIMO? 

MU-MIMO stands for Multi-User, Multi-Input, Multi-Output. This allows for the router to send a signal to multiple devices at one time vs. the previous version in which the router would be able to connect to multiple devices, but only send the signal to one device at a time. 


NOTE: You may notice that when the soundbar is turned on, there may be a dip in the immediate internet speed, but it will go back to normal within less than a minute.

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