JBL Bar 500 5.1 Channel Soundbar with 10" Wireless Subwoofer, Multibeam and Dolby Atmos Surround Sound Technology

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Model: JBLBAR500PROBLKAM UPC: 050036387743 Item: 179242

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Amazing 3D Sound with Thrilling Bass

What’s on the menu tonight? Movies, music or gaming? The JBL Bar 500 brings your movies to life with MultiBeam™ and Dolby Atmos® 3D surround sound. While PureVoice technology optimizes voice clarity to ensure you never miss a word. Feel the thrilling bass from the wireless 10” subwoofer. And with AirPlay, Alexa Multi-Room Music (MRM) and Chromecast built-in™, you’ve got over 300 easy streaming options to choose from, whether you want to dance or you’re ready to relax. Whatever you’re in the mood for, the JBL Bar 500’s got you covered.


  • Dolby Atmos® and MultiBeam™ surround sound
  • 10” wireless subwoofer
  • PureVoice dialogue enhancement technology
  • 590W output power
  • Built-In Wi-Fi with AirPlay, Alexa Multi-Room Music and
  • Chromecast built-in™
  • Works with voice assistant-enabled speakers
  • HDMI eARC with 4K Dolby Vision passthrough
  • Easy sound calibration
  • JBL One App

Dolby Atmos® and MultiBeam™ Surround Sound

Immerse yourself in theater-quality 3D surround sound. Hear extraordinary sound effects from everywhere in the room, without the need for extra surround speakers.

10” Wireless Subwoofer

Thrilling, precise bass from a mighty 10” wireless subwoofer brings the action to your movies and the emotion to your music.

Purevoice Dialogue Enhancement Technology

PureVoice technology uses JBL's unique algorithm to optimize voice clarity to ensure you never miss a word of dialogue, even when the surround effects are at their peak.

590w Output Power

With 590 watts of total system output power, the JBL Bar 500 transforms your movies, music and games into immersive sound experiences.

Built-In Wi-Fi with AirPlay, Alexa Multi-Room Music and Chromecast Built-in™

Get ready to explore. Access over 300 online music streaming services through AirPlay, Alexa MRM and Chromecast built-in™. Enjoy all of your favorite audio content, Internet radio, and podcasts in high definition. The Wi-Fi connection also allows automatic software updates, so you can always enjoy the latest features.

Works With Voice Assistant-Enabled Speakers

Simply link the JBL Bar 500 with your voice assistant-enabled device and you can instantly ask Alexa, Google Assistant, or Siri to stream all your favorite music to the soundbar.

HDMI eARC with 4K Dolby Vision Passthrough

Enjoy uncompressed Dolby Atmos surround sound through a single HDMI cable thanks to the HDMI eARC connection. The HDMI input connection also offers 4K video quality from a compatible video player or gaming console.

Easy Sound Calibration

Every room is different. JBL's audio calibration feature ensures that the JBL Bar 500 delivers the best 3D surround effects for any interior and room layout.

JBL One App

Customize EQ and control all of your compatible speakers with a single convenient app. The JBL One app helps you easily set up the soundbar, personalize settings, and browse the integrated music services to find your new favorite song



  • General Specification
    • Model: BAR 500 (soundbar unit), BAR 500 SUB (subwoofer unit)
    • Sound system: 5.1 channel
    • Total speaker power output (Max @THD 1%): 590W
    • Power supply: 100 - 240V AC, ~ 50/60Hz
    • Soundbar output power (Max @THD 1%): 290W
    • Subwoofer output power (Max @THD 1%): 300W
    • Soundbar transducer: 4x (46x90)mm racetrack drivers, 3x 0.75” (20mm) tweeters
    • Subwoofer transducer: 10” (260mm)
    • Networked standby power: < 2.0 W
    • Operating temperature: 0°C - 45°C
  • HDMI Specification
    • HDMI input: 1
    • HDMI eARC: 1
    • HDMI HDCP version: 2.3
    • HDR pass through: HDR10, Dolby Vision
  • Audio Specification
    • Frequency response: 35Hz - 20kHz (-6dB)
    • Audio inputs: 1 Optical, Bluetooth, USB
  • USB Specification
    • USB port: Type A
    • USB rating: 5V DC, 0.5A
    • Supported file format: MP3
    • MP3 codec: MPEG 1 Layer 2/3, MPEG 2 Layer 3,
    • MPEG 2.5 Layer 3
    • MP3 sampling rate: 16 - 48 kHz
    • MP3 bitrate: 80 - 320 kpbs
  • Wireless Specification
    • Bluetooth version: 5.0
    • Bluetooth profile: A2DP 1.2, AVRCP 1.5
    • Bluetooth transmitter frequency range: 2400MHz – 2483.5MHz
    • Bluetooth transmitter power: <15 dBm (EIRP)
    • Wi-Fi network: IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax (2.4GHz/5GHz) 2.4G Wi-Fi transmitter frequency range: 2412 - 2472 MHz (2.4 GHz ISM Band, USA 11 Channels)
    • 2.4G Wi-Fi transmitter power: < 20 dBm (EIRP)
    • 5G Wi-Fi transmitter frequency range: 5.15 - 5.35GHz,
    • 5.470 - 5.725GHz, 5.725 - 5.825GHz
    • 5G Wi-Fi transmitter power: <23dBm (EIRP)
    • 2.4G wireless transmitter frequency range: 2406 - 2474MHz
    • 2.4G wireless transmitter power: <10dBm (EIRP)
  • Dimensions
    • Soundbar dimensions (W x H x D): 40’’ x 2.2’’ x 4’’
    • Soundbar weight: 6.2 lbs
    • Subwoofer dimensions (W x H x D):  12” x 17.3” x 12”
    • Subwoofer weight: 22 lbs

What's in the Box

What's in the Box

  • Bar 500 5.1 Channel Soundbar with 10" Wireless Subwoofer, Multibeam, and Dolby Atmos
  • Remote control with 2 x batteries
  • Power cords 
  • HDMI cable
  • (2) L-shape wall-mount bracket with screws
  • Quick start guide
  • Safety Instruction and Warranty Card
  • Wall mount template


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Customer Reviews for JBL Bar 500 5.1 Channel Soundbar with 10" Wireless Subwoofer, Multibeam and Dolby Atmos Surround Sound Technology

4.6 / 5.0
27 Reviews
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Rated 4 out of 5
Big sound, small appearance
The Bar 500 black pairs well with my 42" tv that was in need of better sound. The sound bar is just slightly shorter than the horizontal length of my tv. I chose to have it just sit on the entertainment center. The subwoofer is sleek black in color and sits well, unnoticed next to my entertainment center.

Set up was easy. I utilized a Roku streaming stick, flatscreen tv, and the included HDMI cables to set up for my main living room tv.

The remote is small and slim. Buttons are easy to use and straightforward functions. Good remote range from across the room.

The first thing I watched after setting up was a NHL hockey game. Wow, big and clear sound as if you were there at the arena.

The bass effect outdoes the basic sound of my tv. No more boring movies. Even enhances regular tv shows with background music.

With the ability to connect to WiFi and also to Bluetooth, I plan to use the Bar 500 black to play internet streaming music services and to connect to a smartphone to play music on a playlist. Easy to connect to the Bluetooth.

Overall I'm pleased with the performance of the Bar 500 black. A great product for anyone looking to enhance their tv and music experience without committing to a full surround sound system.

The only drawback I've found so far is now needing the JBL remote to adjust volume and power on the Roku streaming stick that is plugged into the Bar 500 black. This results in needing three remotes to watch tv (tv remote for power, Roku remote to access smart apps and change channels, and the JBL remote to adjust volume and power on Roku stick). I maybe missing or overlooking an easier way to manage all the devices and how to simplify remote needs. I haven't researched enough yet though to tackle or resolve that minor con.
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February 14, 2023
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Rated 3 out of 5
First JBL product disappointment
Not impressed. I have a JBL 5.1 system with a Yamaha processor and it is a world better, but I tried to disconnect it and use the soundbar, but no dice. I disconnected the HDMI out from the Dish Network reciever/sound processor and connected it directly to the soundbar, then to the new 65" TV and I got mild sound from the bar but no video. The accompanying picture book was useless. Everything I could see said there was nothing more to do, but I spent 2 days messing with it before giving up.
I brought the set to my son's house and we connected it in his family room and we were able to get it to work.
Volume range seems a bit too wide at the lower volumes I tend to prefer. The bass is very subtle. Even at the highest setting it doesn't have the deeper reverb of my 5.1 system with a smaller subwoofer.
Also the inputs on the back point straight towards the wall despite the intention to mount it, meaning the cords would almost certainly hit or bend, and the cords it comes with don't even make up for it by being the 90 degree kind of plugs. It would be much better if the inputs were vertically accessible.
For the cost of the soundbar/subwoofer, I'd be brutally disappointed and steer folks to a real speaker system. This thing is not quick OR easy and the sound is inadequate for the cost.
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February 14, 2023
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Rated 5 out of 5
Simplify Your Audio
I was extremely apprensive about trying a Soundbar and Subwoofer combination as a surround sound option. It didn't seem likely that such a set-up would be able to deliver the sound you would normally expect from a traditional arrangement using 5 or more speakers. With this economical solution that was not the case. It delivered beyond my expectations and did this with a simpler, more minimalist look. The audio clarity was comparable to many higher priced products (unnecessarily high), found at audiophile stores. JBL is known for it's unflinching quality and high standards to please the most exacting customers. Give up the "stockpile" of speakers without sacrificing a true surround sound experience...
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February 11, 2023
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Rated 4 out of 5
It will make you happy
So I was pretty psyched to recieve this soundbar and subwoofer setup. Having built a full 5.1 Surround sound (Infinty speakers) setup like 5 or 6 years ago, I was curious as to how it would compare. And compare it did. First, it is a clean, quality look from JBL as far as the speaker design is. I have always been hesitant on the wireless subwoofer, but it left no questions on signal and ability to hit hard. It was easy to setup and calibrate. The only downside was having to get an audio only cable for hookup to my older TV. But to call that a downside is kinda bull to begin with. I was able to get everything unpackaged and setup while watching my three year old and 5 month old. And in less than an hour. This setup makes me question why I even need my fancy setup downstairs. Great sound and easily used. Loved the bass output button on the controller. Makes it nicer for less house shake when the kids finally fall asleep.
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February 8, 2023
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Rated 5 out of 5
I could close my eyes and see the sound stage!
Soundbars have come a long ways over the years.The JBL BAR 500 appears to be a reasonably good system evolved over the years. I am in the starting phase of building a video/audio area, I used what was available to play and test this system.
And came away with some thoughts.
1. Pretty much a plug and play unit
2. Initial setup easy but a little time consuming
3. Does not look correct with a 40" TV. Needs 50" or bigger
4. The height is amazing compared to the sound output
5. The width of the soundbar too much, but did change my mind later
6. LED's under mesh on right side eliminate guessing
7. The app for my phone followed the KISS principle. (keep it simple stupid)
8. Parts included: remote, batteries, brackets, HDMI cable and so on
9. Power cords plugged straight into subwoofer and soundbar without a power block
10. The products were packaged quite well, but see below in the negatives
Changes I can and will suggest.
1. In the app change to a 5 point equalizer from the three point equalizer
2. Add a one meter optical cable
3. The power cords to the sound bar and subwoofer could be 50% longer
4. Adjustable time for the LED's . Seemed too short a time for my taste
5. In the Phone app a button for a flat sound, no boost on anything/frequency
6. Might consider a 120V plug on the back of the soundbar for the TV.
A duplex is not enough to power the TV, soundbar and woofer.
The negatives.
1. Due to the unbalanced weight the package was hard to carry and maneuver.
How about a carry strap or maybe dual handles? My Grandson did the heavy lifting.
2. Kind of shy on the instructions. Bigger and bolder print would be a bonus for tired eyes
3. On the app, said Chromecast included. Never got that figured out.
Needed more info maybe in the instruction booklet?
Sound: the important subject.
1. The soundbar produces a vocal forward sound. Vocals are enhanced - wonderful!
2. Those with reduced hearing will appreciate the enhanced vocals
3. The subwoofer is not overwhelming and balanced to the soundbar output.
4. The five steps for the subwoofer loudness is effective.
5. The sound for music is quite good, but do not compare to a true HI-FI system
6. Side note: My Grandson felt the sound for his preferred music was excellent.
7. Depending on what is playing the sound can be immersive
8. The sounds are not harsh so listening for extended periods not an issue
Final thoughts
1. The design and execution of design works for the intended purpose
2. The sound is balanced for watching a wide variety of TV shows.
3. The best sound for me was centered a reasonable distance from the system
4. Off center listening still way more than acceptable
5. The design works. Now I understand the length of the soundbar
6. I will be using this system for a long time to come.
7. Overall a very favorable rating from Grandpa and Grandson
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February 7, 2023
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Rated 5 out of 5
Excellent quality and value!
JBL hasn't lost their touch! Sound quality and bass exposure is excellent at this price point. I did have a few issues with the bass not connecting to the sound bar but that was handled by my in-house IT (14 y/o son) with ease.
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February 7, 2023
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Rated 5 out of 5
Very Impressed with the Loud Sound!!!
Never been a fan of "Sound Bars" because I had heard other Bars and wasn't impressed. But this Sound Bar is not what I expected. The clarity and bass is outstanding. I installed in my son's room to his gaming console.. and wow!, what a difference. It shakes the bedroom door. The Bass is Solid and Clear, no distortion so far. Music sounds great as well. He plays Rock, Hip Hop, and some Cumbias lol and Sounds awesome. Cons... Iam having to tell him to lower the volume all the time.. lol and his sister now wants to watch movies in his room all the time lol. The remote is very easy to use as well. Sound Bar also works with the HDMI ARC compatible Tv's which makes it easier to control both devices (Tv & Sound Bar) with the same Remote. Definitely recommend it!!
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February 3, 2023
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Rated 5 out of 5
Very user friendly/ Amazing sound!
I have been in the market for a sound bar for a while now and I never really found one that met my expectations until now. This sound bar meets all expectations and then some. It has that JBL sound that you expect in a JBL product. The theater quality sound is above and beyond what I could of asked for. The setup out of the box was so incredibly easy and user friendly. The JBL One app made it very quick and easy to set up the Bluetooth for the subwoofer and bar. I was able to connect multiple devices to the system with ease, the whole process took about 10 minutes. One movie I watched was bond film and I was surrounded by all the action in the film thanks to the technology in this sound bar. The bass that came out of the subwoofer shook the whole house. If you're in the market for a sound bar for your home theater experience that is easy to set up and makes you feel like you're in the movie you're watching, you definitely want this for your home.
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January 31, 2023
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Rated 5 out of 5
Amazing sound if you cant place satellite speakers
For this JBL Bar 500, I'll skip the specs since that info is really available, and I'll stick with my impressions and recommendations. Overall, the sound is incredible and whatever magic JBL uses to create an Atmos soundstage, it works. Now that being said, I'm able to directly compare this against other types of sound systems. 1: A mid-to-low end soundbar with sub and rear satellites. 2. A mid-to-high end soundbar with sub. 3. My 5.2.1 Atmos home theater system, with a full receiver and a JBL subwoofer that costs as much as the entire Bar 500 system.

In regards to sound quality, the Bar500 sits right up at the top of that group, about even with another higher end soundbar and just below my full home theater. Really crisp, rich sound, and plenty of bass.

For soundstage, this is where things get interesting. Compared to the higher end bar with no rear speakers, the immersive, surrounding sound of the Bar 500 really grabs you. Now, comparing it to my home theater, and even the lower end soundbar with rear satellites, I DO notice the lack of actual speakers behind and above me. It seems to be that the engineers are able to bounce those rear and height sounds where they need to go, BUT, since they are bouncing there, you notice them in more spatial locations then JUST above or behind you. So the sounds ARE above and behind you, but also everywhere else a bit, too. To summarize: Uh-mazing for a soundbar with no satellites, but you just can't compare to real, physical speakers.

An area where the Bar500 really shines is the setup, ease of use features, and the app. Power it on and it will boot up, find and connect the sub and then auto sense the TV and any inputs. The remote is intuitive and feels great. I installed the JBL One app which sound the unit immediately, asked for my wifi password, and then updated itself. After that I could calibrate the sound, use the equalizer, change settings, or manage built in streaming services. Everything was very slick and well done.

One thing I hope JBL will change with an update is this: when the bar senses a new sound stream, it will let you know on the display. Unfortunately, I only ever saw it say: Multi channel signal, rather than a specific description such as Dolby Atmos, DTS, Dolby Digital, etc. If it doesn't recognize the signal, such as when I tried to send it a direct PCM stream, or just displays Unsupported Format. At the very least, if you could get more detailed info on the app, that would be nice.

To summarize, if you want to add amazing sound (with real surround sound) with just a soundbar and sub, and you want great streaming features and plug and play setup, this is for you. However, if you are looking for this soundbar package to replace or rival a full home theater system, it won't. Frankly, I don't think a soundbar without satellites can. But if your setup doesn't allow for rear speakers, or you don't want to deal with them, this is the next best thing.
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January 31, 2023
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Rated 4 out of 5
Great system for the size.
The JBL Bar 500. I must admit I was a bit skeptical when I opened the box. The bar was lighter than I expected at 6 lbs for the bar and 22 for the woofer. My other phone set is substantially heavier. I am presently surprised.

The Bar was extremely easy to set up. Best way for the system is via the eARC to the TV. This allows the TV/Bar to recognize each system and lets your TV remote control most functions of the Bar; on/off, volume, etc.

After plugging in the system, download the JBL One App which allows more settings, especially the equalizer. This bar isn't a sound beast, so crank up the settings to max. You can back off from there to your liking. Make certain to calibrate the bar from the remote. It maximizes the bar to it's environment so as to give you the best sound mix based on your room. Definitely makes a difference in surround sound.

Surround sound is not as effective as having separate speakers, but you're not paying for extras and not trying to find electrical outlets and a place to hide the speakers either. The Bar does a decent job, especially in smaller areas. When I initially plugged in the system, it sounded a bit "tinny", but after calibration and adjusting the equalizer, I am quite impressed.

The Bar 500 isn't quite the system I already had, but at about 1/3 the price, I'm impressed.

The additional attributes of the system are WiFi 6, latest Bluetooth (and simple set-up), as well as most interfaces you'd expect such as Alexa, apple airplay, etc.

Overall, a solid performer!
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January 31, 2023
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