updated 11:30 am EST, Mon December 14, 2009
JVC intros first 5.1-channel sound system
On Monday, JVC introduced two new soundbar surround sound speaker systems, including the first wireless system, the TH-BA3, along with the slim but wired TH-BS7. The former is completely wireless between the subwoofer and rear speakers, and is rated at 280 watts across its 5.1 channels. The sound bar has four speakers, with the two outboard ones acting as the front right and left channels, with the two in the middle being the center channel. It also houses the power amplifier, surround decoding, system controls and the transmitter for the wireless surround speakers.
The rear speakers include a wireless receiver, and the system has one analog and two optical digital audio inputs. It supports Dolby Digital, DTS and Dolby ProLogic II signals.
The TH-BS7 is a 4.1-channel sound bar that can be mounted on a wall and is designed to be particularly unintrusive at 1.4 inches tall and 1.2 inches deep; the slim design is possible thanks to JVC's Direct Drive speakers, four of which are in the sound bar. Each gets 20W of power and are joined by a 6-inch, 100W wireless subwoofer as well. The TH-BS7 can play back Dolby Digital, DTS and Dolby ProLogic II surround signals while offering one analog and two optical digital inputs.
The JVC systems will be available soon, with the TH-BA3 priced at $550 while the TH-BS7 will cost $600.