JBL has recently announced the new JBL Bar 5.0 MultiBeam soundbar which is set for release in March this year. Available for £349.99, the JBL Bar 5.0 is the first soundbar from the company which combines Virtual Dolby Atmos with its MultiBeam technology.
JBL’s 5.0 Bar MultiBeam sports three forward-facing and two side-facing drivers, as well as four passive radiators. Apple AirPlay 2, Chromecast and Alexa are all supported, and the bar can stream via Bluetooth.
It was only a year ago when JBL launched the JBL Bar 9.1, its first Dolby Atmos bar, which used upward-firing drivers to allow sound to bounce off the ceiling and create the illusion of sound coming from above. The JBL Bar 5.0 uses virtualization to create a very similar effect, only this soundbar comes with a price tag of less than half of the 9.1. While the effect of the new JBL 5.0 MultiBeam is unlikely to be quite as impressive as its predecessor, the affordable price makes it an incredibly appealing product.
Also coming soon
The company further announced several other new products due for release in 2021. The first is the JBL Charge 5, a Bluetooth speaker that offers 20 hours playback and a 7500mAh battery which allows it to charge external devices. Due for release in March in the UK, the JBL Charge 5 costs £159.99.
Also available in March will be the JBL Live 660NC noise-cancelling headphones. Priced at £159.99, these over-ear headphones offer up to 50 hours of battery life. They will be released at the same time as the JBL Live 460NC headphones (£119.99), and the JBL Live Pro Plus noise-cancelling true wireless earbuds which will be priced at £169.99.
Finally, in May the company will release the JBL Tour Pro Plus noise-cancelling wireless earbuds, costing £179.99, and the premium JBL Tour One over-ear noise-cancelling headphones with 50 hours of playback for £279.99.