Best Dolby Atmos Soundbar 2022 – JBL SB190 Review

Do you want a soundbar that is good but not so expensive? A soundbar that suits well the needs of everyone? A soundbar that also supports Dolby Atmos? The answer to all these questions is the JBL SB190 soundbar which is the Best Dolby Atmos Soundbar 2022.

JBL SB190 Review – JBL Dolby Atmos Soundbar:

We bought this JBL soundbar to make JBL SB190 Review as it was popular news that this JBL soundbar has a little integration of Harman curve.

What is a Harman curve?

Harman curve is a type of sound signature admired by everyone. Power distribution to low, mid, and high notes vary among various brands. But when it is done most accurately, then the Harman curve is formed. Such a kind of sound signature is fancied by everyone, be it rock listeners or be it ghazal listeners.

Looks:

It is sleek and stylish. In the front is a grey mesh grill and the top is a Piano black plastic look that looks premium. Touch controls are also given on top.

Specs and Output:

In the front are 2×3.5 inch full-range speakers along with 2×1.25 inch tweeters. The wireless subwoofer that comes along is a 6.5-inch down-firing subwoofer. The total output of this soundbar is 180W and that of the subwoofer is 200W. Therefore the total output is 380W.

Speaker Details2.1 Channel Soundbar;
2 Speakers;
2 Tweeters;
1 Wireless Subwoofer
Sound OutputTotal 380W;
Soundbar (90W+90W);
200W Subwoofer
Size of Speakers3.54 Inch Soundbar Drivers;
1.25 Inch Tweeters;
6.5 Inch Subwoofer;
Frequency response:
40 Hz – 20 kHz
Dimensions35.4 Inch Soundbar (1.9 kg);
16.1 Inch Height Subwoofer (5.6 kg)
Connectivity2 HDMI (1 eARC);
USB Port;
Optical Port;
Bluetooth 5.1
Price26,000
Best Dolby Atmos Soundbar 2022

Connectivity options- Best Dolby Atmos Soundbar 2022

It has 2 HDMI ports (1 eARC and 1  HDMI IN port), 1 USB port (songs can’t be played with it), and 1 optical port. It supports Bluetooth 5.1.

This soundbar supports Virtual Atmos.

What are virtual atmos?

You can never get the actual atmos from small soundbars or speaker sets until you get ceiling speakers that throw sound from above. Soundbars are compact and hence they can’t give actual Atmos. Low notes (bass), mid notes (vocals), and high notes (trebles) are delivered amazingly.

But how can a soundbar deliver all the frequencies with such accuracy?

It is super easy to produce bass and all soundbars can do it. The main task is to produce clear music. Balancing the low, mid, and high notes is difficult. The amount of power given to each frequency decides the frequency range of a soundbar. We checked the frequency of this soundbar and to our surprise, it is actually quite close to the Harman curve. JBL is now a Harman brand. The full-range drivers deliver all kinds of frequencies. But does it matter if you have a tweeter and a subwoofer too? Of course, it does!

*We advice you to listen our sound recording given in the link. We recorded all these audios after burning its burn-in period. Please listen to them as it will help you in deciding what we are trying to tell in this article”

Testing:

  • The first song we recorded was ‘Pasoori’ and this soundbar plays it melodiously. The audio quality it gives is fantastic. The lower and upper bass is played beautifully. Both the bass i.e lower bass (ground to up) and upper bass (felt at heart) can be felt from this soundbar simultaneously.
  • The second song is the ‘Hamma’ song and this soundbar leaves a magical effect by giving a surround effect. This is achievable only because of these drivers present in this soundbar.
  • This soundbar decodes Dolby Atmos by attaching it to the TV. We played a movie clip and as result, we notice the sound in the action scene coming from all four directions. You will feel the surround which is made possible by tweeters and drivers. Try to listen to it by sitting in the center as then you will observe the sound coming from all directions. This soundbar gives virtual atmos but even that virtual atmos is superb.

Intelligent Soundbar:

It is an intelligent soundbar, particularly the subwoofer. The bass of this soundbar is different from the bass of other budget soundbars. Giving bass is a piece of cake for both soundbars as well as a subwoofer. But the tricky thing is to produce clarity in that bass.

It is difficult to decide how much bass should be given to each frequency and this is called a frequency chart. The power distribution in this soundbar is amazing. It starts giving bass from 40Hz. You will hear even the slightest bass on the lowest volumes. You can enjoy songs from all genres. To differentiate between various frequencies is the most difficult task and this is the best part of this sound soundbar.

Remote control- JBL SB190 Review

  • Remote control comes with a dedicated button for Dolby Atmos. It can be switched on/off from the remote. Another button is for bass. After pressing a bass button, you get more sound from the subwoofer. We didn’t like that response as we found it an artificial base.
  • The second button is the voice button that gives clarity like that at night. Bass goes lower and vocals and dialogues are more clear. This is a good feature to have.
  • After connecting Amazon Firestick 4K with HDMI IN port and then choosing HDMI IN option, then Amazon Firestick’s OS will play rather than the TV’s Android OS. You can also get the HDR passthrough via HDMI IN port. This is wonderful in this price range.

Cons:

1. This soundbar comes with a down-firing subwoofer. If you have tiles on the floor, then avoid this soundbar. This soundbar will ruin your experience if you have a tiled floor. Go ahead with this soundbar for any kind of floor except tiles. Down-firing subwoofers don’t give good bass on vitrified surfaces.

2. There is no display on this soundbar. A fancy display would have been preferable rather than reading the manual all over again.

Conclusion- Best Dolby Atmos Soundbar 2022

It is an amazing soundbar for heavy bass lovers. This soundbar is also perfect for people who like slightly lower bass. The soundbar plays the bass intelligently. This soundbar plays the bass exactly like the bass recorded by the composer. The clarity of this soundbar is extremely good. The separation is awesome. This soundbar has perfect clarity. There is no issue in high notes due to the presence of tweeters.

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Disclaimer: Please note that the prices mentioned in the article were recorded on the publishing date. Prices may change with time.

FAQs:

What are the specifications of this Soundbar?

In the front are 2×3.5 inch full-range speakers along with 2×1.25 inch tweeters. The wireless subwoofer that comes along is a 6.5-inch down-firing subwoofer. The total output of this soundbar is 180W and that of the subwoofer is 200W. Therefore the total output is 380W.

What is the cost of this JBL 2.1 soundbar?

This JBL 2.1 soundbar costs Rs 26,000.

Does it support virtual atmos?

Yes

What is a Harman curve?

Harman curve is a type of sound signature admired by everyone. Power distribution to low, mid, and high notes vary among various brands. But when it is done most accurately, then the Harman curve is formed. Such a kind of sound signature is fancied by everyone, be it rock listeners or be it ghazal listeners.

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