Down-firing bass driver: Unlike conventional front-firing drivers, the SUB 140P Subwoofer interacts with the floor rather than nearby walls for improved bass quality
The JBL brand has been the recognized authority in movie sound for more than 60 years, responsible for well overhalf of all theater installations worldwide. The JBL Cinema 500 home theater speakers put all that experience to workin a high-style, high-impact system sized to fit comfortably in almost any environment. Dual-midrange center andsatellite speakers surround you with distinct dialog and crisp, accurate music and effects. A down-firing 150-wattpowered subwoofer adds the deep floor-rumbling bass today’s most exciting movies demand. There are larger, morecumbersome home theater systems out there. But for pure, unalloyed movie magic, the Cinema 500 experience yieldsto none of them. Works only with 110/120V, not a dual voltage system.
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This is a nice speaker set especially for the price. They have a very good, clean sound quality to them. I`m running them through a brand new Yamaha RX-V673 receiver which does itself deliever very good quality audio output. I just mention that because as alot of people know the quality of the reciever can affect the quality of the sound. I saw in another review prior to buying these a mention of the center speaker not being favorable to the reviewer and they had since purchased a better one. That is the only slight disappointment with this set. Of course All of the dialog on anything you watch comes out of the center speaker, and it would have been nicer if it was a little more "louder". It`s not too big of a deal because if you buy this system you have to have a seperate reciever to push them, and most (if not all) recievers have volume control for each channel, so you can adjust it and just make it louder like I did. The sub is pretty good also. It has nice clean...
We were looking for compact speakers with a big sound, oh, and affordably priced. The JBL 500s fit the bill exactly. They have big, solid sound, and because they are JBL, they have an incredible frequency response range. Our TV room is about 15 feet square and these babies fill up the room quite nicely. They have double the number of speakers as the JBL 300 for not much more in price. Also, the Woofer is very capable. We only have it turned up about three/fourths or else it is just too overwhelming.
On the downside, the cabinet structure is kind of funky--sort of a sports-banner theme--but the plastic cases are so thick and strong that they make the speakers that much more solid. All the sound comes out the front, and I do mean ALL the sound. The other thing to know is that wall mounting may be a bit difficult. The speaker cases only sport a slide-in keyhole with which to mount on a wall--like on a nail or screw head. Some fancy inventiveness will be necessary if...
I got this system to replace my previous smaller JBL system. I think it provides great sound quality. The old system's subwoofer stopped woofing so when I set up the new system it took me a while to figure out what that strange sound was - until I realized it was the subwoofer doing its job. I haven't cranked it up too loud - the neighbors are closer than I want and I don't want to lower their tolerance threshhold too soon. Setting the speakers up was straight-forward, they work well with my system, the back channels are distinct so they're doing their job too. All in all I'm glad I made the purchase.
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