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December 14, 2009

JVC outs world's first wireless soundbar home theater systems

JVCSoundbars.jpgToday JVC has introduced two new soundbar home theater systems--the 5.1-channel TH-BA3 and the 4.1-channel TH-BS7.

JVC claims the TH-BA3 is the world's first dual wireless home theater soundbar featuring both a wireless subwoofer and wireless surround speakers. The system pumps out 280 Watts and built into the soundbar is a power amplifier, surround decoding, system controls and the transmitter for the wireless surround speakers. Capable of decoding Dolby Digital, DTS and Dolby ProLogic II surround signals, the TH-BA3 also includes one analog and two optical digital inputs. The soundbar system is now available for $549.95.

The TH-BS7 is differentiated by its slim design meant to complement today's super-thin HDTVs and its ability to be wall-mounted. The soundbar is only 1.4 inches tall, the wall-mountable amplifier is even slimmer (1.2 inches) and the unit also includes a wireless subwoofer (with a 6-inch woofer powered by a 100 Watt amp). According to JVC's press release, the slim design is in part due to the design of its "Direct Drive speaker technology that uses a unique voice coil design and strong neodymium magnets" to deliver sound. The four Direct Drive speakers are all pushed by 20 Watts while the entire system boasts 180 Watts overall. Like the TH-BA3, the TH-BS7 is capable of decoding Dolby Digital, DTS and Dolby Pro Logic II sound and has one analog input. However the TH-BS7 throws in an extra optical digital input making it three available for use. Also available this December, the TH-BS7 costs $599.95.

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Posted by Justin Davey at December 14, 2009 5:55 PM

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