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JBL's new portable speakers and TV soundbar make a splash for CES 2021

By Liu Hongzuo - on 8 Jan 2021, 2:14pm

JBL's new portable speakers and TV soundbar make a splash for CES 2021

JBL Bar 5.0 MultiBeam.

Alongside its audiophile-grade audio solutions and its mainstream personal audio products, JBL also updated its portable speaker and soundbar lineup at CES 2021.

 

JBL Charge 5 portable Bluetooth speaker

JBL Charge 5.

The JBL Charge 5 is a bottle-shaped portable speaker that packs all the essentials with JBL's Original Pro Sound. In its latest version, the speaker uses silicon bumpers and a refreshed design. It's still the same durable, rugged speaker like its predecessors, with IP67 water and dust-proofing.

The Charge 5 packs a 7,500mAh rechargeable battery with up to 20 hours of playback via its sole driver, tweeter, and dual passive radiators. As a Bluetooth speaker, it uses Bluetooth 5.1 for connectivity with your audio source.

Globally, the JBL Charge 5 retails at US$179.95 starting in April 2021. We'll update the piece when local prices and availability are made known.

 

JBL Bar 5.0 MultiBeam soundbar for TVs

JBL Bar 5.0 MultiBeam.

The JBL Bar 5.0 MultiBeam's name encompasses several features offered by the TV soundbar. JBL packed Virtual Dolby Atmos and JBL's proprietary beamforming technology (MultiBeam) to deliver a "3D surround sound experience".

The Bar 5.0 MultiBeam has four passive radiators, making it a unique TV soundbar that doesn't necessarily require a separate subwoofer unit for heightened bass. It's compatible with other Alexa-enabled devices, Apple Airplay 2, and has Google Chromecast built-in. It also contains Bluetooth connectivity. In a way, it's a platform-agnostic soundbar that not only works with a TV but also with iOS and Android devices, too.

While the official dimensions and specs aren't out on Harman International's website yet, the soundbar appears massive, so it's better suited for living room spaces.

Globally, the JBL Bar 5.0 MultiBeam retails at US$399.95 in black, with Spring 2021 availability. We'll update if there are local prices and availability.

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