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JBL Bar 1000 Soundbar Review

Tested using Methodology v1.2
Reviewed Mar 21, 2023 at 10:17 am
Latest change: Test bench update Jun 02, 2023 at 10:56 am
JBL Bar 1000 Picture

The JBL Bar 1000 is a premium 7.1.4 setup released in 2022. Like the JBL Bar 9.1, it stands out from the crowd thanks to its unique satellites, which you can attach and remove from the bar based on your preferences. Since they're truly wireless, you can set them up anywhere without worrying about plugging them into an outlet. Unlike the JBL Bar 700, these satellites come with up-firing drivers, too, which is great for listening to height content like Dolby Atmos.

Our Verdict

N/A Mixed Usage

The JBL Bar 1000 is great for mixed usage. This 7.1.4 setup offers a versatile performance that can please many different listeners. Voices and lead instruments in your favorite tunes reproduce with clarity, and thanks to its discrete center, dialogue in movies and TV shows is clear and easy to follow. Plus, its sub brings lots of rumble in the bass for action-packed scenes. Its detachable satellites give you lots of flexibility in your setup, too, though you'll have to recharge them every once in a while.

Pros
  • Graphic EQ.
  • Room correction tool.
  • Extended low-bass.
  • Truly wireless satellite speakers.
Cons
  • No bass and treble adjustments.
  • Need to recharge satellites.
N/A Dialogue/TV Shows

The JBL Bar 1000 is excellent for dialogue-centric content like sitcoms and podcasts. Its discrete center channel is designed to improve vocal reproduction, so you can easily follow along with the characters in your favorite shows. Plus, there's a dialogue enhancement tool on hand to make voices crisper, if you like. With lots of wireless playback support, including Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Apple AirPlay, and Chromecast, you can easily stream podcasts and audiobooks right to the bar.

Pros
  • Graphic EQ.
  • Room correction tool.
  • Dialogue enhancement feature.
Cons
  • No bass and treble adjustments.
N/A Music

The JBL Bar 1000 is very good for music. Like most premium bars on the market, it has a room correction feature that calibrates the bar's output based on your room's unique acoustics. Its default sound is fairly balanced, making it suitable for listening to many different genres. There's a touch of extra brightness, but you can always adjust its sound using the graphic EQ in the JBL ONE app. It gets plenty loud, too. While the sub brings the rumble in bass-heavy genres, we noticed some fluttering with tracks that had a lot of bass mixed in, which impacts the overall clarity of your audio.

Pros
  • Graphic EQ.
  • Room correction tool.
  • Extended low-bass.
Cons
  • No bass and treble adjustments.
N/A Movies

The JBL Bar 1000 is great for movies. This 7.1.4 setup supports many audio formats that are common on streaming platforms and Blu-rays, including Dolby Digital and Dolby Atmos. Thanks to its two satellite speakers, you get a clear and real feel, with sound effects that stretch into the space all around you. Since they're truly wireless, too, you can place them anywhere you want for the best possible sound. Dialogue is clearly reproduced as well, and the bar's sub brings plenty of rumble for those action-packed scenes. However, you may notice some fluttering with these bass-heavy scenes, as we did during our tests.

Pros
  • Room correction tool.
  • Extended low-bass.
  • Truly wireless satellite speakers.
Cons
  • Need to recharge satellites.
  • N/A Mixed Usage
  • N/A Dialogue/TV Shows
  • N/A Music
  • N/A Movies
  1. Updated Jun 02, 2023: Converted to Test Bench 1.2. Updated the results for audio format support via ARC/eARC, HDMI In, and Optical. Added Video Passthrough to TV results as well.
  2. Updated May 11, 2023: Added market comparison with the JBL Bar 1300X in the Height (Atmos) box.
  3. Updated Mar 21, 2023: Review published.
  4. Updated Mar 16, 2023: Early access published.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The JBL Bar 1000 is available in Black, and you can see the label for the model we tested here.

If you come across another version of this soundbar, let us know in the discussions, and we'll update our review.

Compared To Other Soundbars

The JBL Bar 1000 is a premium Dolby Atmos soundbar with many premium sound enhancement tools like room correction. It stands out, thanks to its detachable rear speakers, which let you remove the ends of the bar to place the satellites in the room around you. You have fewer wires in your setup as a result, though you'll have to recharge the satellites every once in a while. It has some extra features compared to the JBL Bar 9.1, including dialogue enhancement and Spotify Connect support.

See also our recommendations for the best soundbars, the best Dolby Atmos soundbars, and the best soundbars for movies.

JBL Bar 9.1

The JBL Bar 1000 is a touch better than the JBL Bar 9.1 overall. The 1000 is a newer model with some extra features, including Spotify Connect support. Unlike the 9.1, it has a dialogue enhancement tool and two extra HDMI In ports. Sound-wise, there isn't much difference between these bars, even though the 1000 comes with two extra surround channels. They both upmix stereo content, but the 9.1 has better focus, so sound effects are more accurately localized within the soundstage.

Samsung HW-Q990B

The Samsung HW-Q990B is better than the JBL Bar 1000, though both of these premium soundbars offer different strengths. The Samsung is better-built, with built-in voice assistant support. It has more sound enhancement features, including bass and treble adjustments, and it gets louder overall. The JBL still gets quite loud and supports third-party voice assistant devices. Plus, the JBL's smaller, detachable satellites might be better suited for your living space.

Samsung HW-Q930B

The Samsung HW-Q930B is a bit better than the JBL Bar 1000, though they're both very versatile soundbars. The Samsung is a 9.1.4 setup, meaning it comes with two extra surround channels than the JBL. It also has more sound enhancement features, including bass and treble adjustments, and a more bass-heavy sound out-of-the-box. Plus, there's built-in voice assistant support, whereas you have to attach a third-party device to the JBL to control it with your voice. You may prefer the JBL bar's design since its satellites are truly wireless, unlike the Samsung model's.

JBL Bar 1300X

The JBL Bar 1300X is better than the JBL Bar 1000. The 1300X is an 11.1.4 setup, meaning that it comes with more channels than the 7.1.4 1000. Both bars boast similar designs, but the 1300X offers better sound quality, especially with Dolby Atmos content. It's able to reproduce more height, so you get the feeling of effects coming from above and behind you. Plus, the 1300X's satellites can be used as Bluetooth speakers, which is a cool touch.

Bose Smart Soundbar 900 with Speakers + Bass Module

The Bose Smart Soundbar 900 with Speakers + Bass Module and the JBL Bar 1000 are both very premium soundbars, and you may prefer one over the other. The Bose is better built with built-in voice assistant support, though its satellites aren't truly wireless like the JBL's. It has a better stereo soundstage performance, too. Even though it comes with two fewer surround channels and two fewer up-firing drivers, the Bose still does well with surround content. However, it doesn't have Full HDMI In ports like the JBL and doesn't support DTS content, either.

Sonos Arc with Sub + One SL Speakers

The Sonos Arc with Sub + One SL Speakers and the JBL Bar 1000 are both very premium soundbars with different strengths. The Sonos is a bit more expensive, but it's much better built and has built-in voice assistant support. Plus, it offers a wider and more immersive soundstage performance. Even though it comes with two fewer surround channels than the JBL, it still offers great performance with surround content. However, it doesn't support Bluetooth like the JBL and lacks Full HDMI In ports, too. Depending on your listening habits, you may find that the JBL is the better value overall.

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Test Results

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Design
Design
Style - Bar

The JBL Bar 1000 is a sleek soundbar that comes with detachable satellite speakers like the JBL Bar 9.1. The satellites easily connect to the bar since they're magnetized, but you can remove them to place them around your living room if you prefer. You can see what the bar looks like without the satellites attached here. When they're detached, you can use the included endcaps to protect the connectors, which is a nice touch. Also, there's a raised surface on top of the bar with a few physical controls.

Design
Style - Subwoofer
Sub Wireless
Locked
Enclosure
Locked

The subwoofer has a similar design to the JBL Bar 9.1's sub. It's elevated on four plastic pegs, with its speaker located underneath. The port is in the rear.

Design
Style - Satellites
Satellite Wireless
Locked

The satellites are made of the same material as the bar. Similarly, they have a metal grille to protect the drivers inside. Their four-pin connectors let you attach them to the bar to recharge, but you can also charge them using their included USB-C ports. When disconnected, you can use the included endcaps to protect the connectors. The manufacturer says that the satellites' battery will last up to ten hours, though this can vary depending on the type of content you listen to as well as the volume level. It'll take about 3.5 hours for the empty battery to fully recharge, according to the manual.

Design
Dimensions - Bar
Width Lock" (Lock cm)
Height Lock" (Lock cm)
Depth Lock" (Lock cm)

The standalone bar fits between the legs of most 55" TV stands and isn't very tall, so it won't obscure your TV screen. With the satellites attached, of course, it'll take up a bit more spaceโ€”the width of the bar with the satellites docked is 47" (119.5 cm).

Design
Dimensions - Subwoofer
Width Lock" (Lock cm)
Height Lock" (Lock cm)
Depth Lock" (Lock cm)

The sub's size is similar to that of a desktop computer, and since it connects to the bar wirelessly, you have a lot of flexibility when placing it in your living room.

Design
Dimensions - Satellites
Width Lock" (Lock cm)
Height Lock" (Lock cm)
Depth Lock" (Lock cm)

The satellites are long instead of small, similar to those that come with the JBL Bar 9.1. Since they're battery-powered, you can place them anywhere in your living room.

Design
Mounting
Mountable Bar
Locked
Bar Brackets Included
Locked
Mountable Satellites
Locked
Satellite Brackets Included
Locked

You can also mount the bar to your wall if you prefer. The mounting brackets for both the bar and the satellites are included with your purchase, which is a nice touch.

N/A
Design
Build Quality

The JBL Bar 1000 has great build quality. The bar and the satellites have a similar build, with hard plastic as well as metal grilles to help protect the drivers inside. Unlike the JBL Bar 9.1, endcaps are in the box, so when you remove the satellites, you can place them on the bar to protect the connectors. The subwoofer also feels quite durable and solid.

Design
In The Box

  • Quick Start guide
  • Remote with batteries (2x AAA)
  • 2x power cables (4.9 ft / 1.5m)
  • HDMI cable (3.9 ft / 1.2m)
  • 2x L-shape Wall-mount bracket (for the main bar)
  • 2x U-shape Wall-mount bracket (for the satellites)
  • Template for mounting + screws
  • 2x side caps for the soundbar (when satellites are detached)
  • 2x side caps for satellites (when detached from the soundbar)

Sound
N/A
Sound
Stereo Frequency Response
Tested Preset
Locked
Slope
Lock
Std. Err.
Lock dB
Channels
7.1.4
Low-Frequency Extension
Lock Hz
High-Frequency Extension
Lock kHz

The JBL Bar 1000 has a great stereo frequency response. Like most premium bars on the market, it comes with a room calibration feature that automatically adjusts the bar's sound based on the unique acoustics of your room. Its sound is pretty balanced overall, with a touch of extra brightness in the treble. As a result, it's suitable for listening to many different types of audio content. The extended bass is great for bass-heavy music like EDM and hip-hop, too, though we did notice some fluttering with certain tracks with a lot of low-bass mixed in. If you prefer a different sound, you'll find a 3-band EQ to switch up its performance.

Unlike most soundbars, when this setup plays stereo content, audio is present on all channels. This means that while most bars only play stereo audio from the left and right stereo channels, this bar also plays sound from its front-firing and up-firing drivers. It's designed to create a more immersive sound, but depending on your preferences, you may feel like it sounds fake or forced.

N/A
Sound
Stereo Frequency Response With Preliminary Calibration
Suggested Preset
Locked
Suggested Bass Setting
Lock
Suggested Treble Setting
N/A
Slope
Lock
Std. Err.
Lock dB
Low-Frequency Extension
Lock Hz
High-Frequency Extension
Lock kHz

The JBL Bar 1000's default subwoofer level is set at 3. To obtain a more even stereo frequency response, we recommend lowering the treble band on the 3-band EQ to reduce the added bit of brightness. It's not something you can adjust from the app, so you'll have to download the JBL ONE app. You can see from this image here that there aren't numbers associated with the different treble levels, but instead, you slide the level up and down based on your preferences.

N/A
Sound
Stereo Soundstage
Crosstalk Error
Lock dB

The JBL Bar 1000 has a good stereo soundstage. The soundstage is perceived to be a bit wider than the bar itself, though it doesn't have any tricks to make it seem larger than that. Overall, the focus is adequate, so you can pinpoint where most sound effects originate within the soundstage. However, it's not as clear on the far ends of the soundstage since it seems like the bar is trying to push the effects unnaturally.

N/A
Sound
Stereo Dynamics
SPL @ Max Volume
Lock dB SPL
DRC @ Max Volume
Lock dB

This bar gets plenty loud, so you have no trouble filling larger or more open spaces with sound. There's a touch of compression when you push it to max volume, though.

N/A
Sound
Stereo Total Harmonic Distortion
Weighted THD @ 80dB
Lock
Weighted THD @ Max Volume
Lock

At normal listening volumes, distortion falls within good limits. This means that audio reproduction is clean and pure. Like most bars, there's a small jump in distortion when pressed to max volume. However, distortion is hard to hear with real-life content, so you're unlikely to notice it.

N/A
Sound
Center
Localization
Locked
Slope
Lock
Std. Err.
Lock dB
SPL @ Max Volume
Lock dB SPL
Weighted THD @ 80dB
Lock
Weighted THD @ Max Volume
Lock

The JBL Bar 1000's center channel performance is great. It's a 7.1.4 setup, meaning there's a discrete center channel designed to improve vocal reproduction in the mix. The channel's frequency response is pretty even with extra brightness. Dialogue is clear and easy to understand, so you can follow all the action playing out on screen.

N/A
Sound
Surround 5.1
Localization
Locked
Slope
Lock
Std. Err.
Lock dB
SPL @ Max Volume
Lock dB SPL
Weighted THD @ 80dB
Lock
Weighted THD @ Max Volume
Lock
7.1 Rears
Locked

The JBL Bar 1000 has two truly wireless satellite speakers, which the manufacturer recommends you place parallel to the front wall. These satellites are designed to bring a more clear and real feel to 5.1 surround sound content, like Dolby Digital. Sound effects like voices and explosions are more accurately localized within the soundstage as a result. The frequency response on these channels is a bit bass-heavy, too, so while you notice the thump and rumble in the mix, sound effects also sound a bit boomy.

N/A
Sound
Height (Atmos)
Localization
Locked
Slope
Lock
Std. Err.
Lock dB
SPL @ Max Volume
Lock dB SPL
Weighted THD @ 80dB
Lock
Weighted THD @ Max Volume
Lock

This 7.1.4 setup has four up-firing driversโ€”two on the bar itself, and one on each of the two satellites. They're designed to ricochet audio off the ceiling and back down towards you to create the illusion of height, resulting in a more immersive sound overall. With a pretty balanced frequency response on these channels, sound effects replicate with accuracy and clarity.

Subjectively, the JBL Bar 1000 brings a powerful sound with height content like Dolby Atmos. The dedicated sub brings plenty of thump and rumble to accentuate action-packed scenes, like car chases and explosions. It can replicate a good amount of detail, too. However, some finer elements are missing from the surround content, like the buzz of a neon sign. It also struggles to simulate effects that are meant to come from overhead, like drones flying above you, especially when compared to more premium models like the JBL Bar 1300X.

N/A
Sound
Sound Enhancement Features
Room Correction
Locked
Dialogue Enhancement
Locked
Auto-Volume/Night Mode
Locked
Subwoofer Level Adjustment
Locked
Bass Adjustment
Locked
Treble Adjustment
Locked
EQ
Locked
Surround Level Adjustment
Locked
Rear Level Adjustment
Locked
Height Level Adjustment
Locked
Virtual Surround
Locked

The JBL Bar 1000 comes with lots of sound enhancement features to help make the most of your audio content. As with most premium setups, there's a room correction feature to adjust its output based on your room's unique acousticsโ€”you can read about the two-step calibration process here. The Smart Mode preset acts as a virtual surround tool to bring added richness to sound effects in the mix. If you don't like spikes in volume between programs, you can activate the Night Mode feature by holding the Mute button on the remote for five seconds, then pressing the '-' button. Detaching the satellites gives you access to rear and surround level adjustments.

This bar is compatible with the JBL ONE app. In it, you'll find a 3-band graphic EQ to customize its sound to your liking. Since the app acts as a remote, you can access many of the same customization features found on the remote there, too.

Connectivity
Connectivity
Inputs/Outputs - Bar
Optical Audio In
Locked
HDMI Out
Locked
HDMI 2.1 Class Bandwidth
Locked
Full HDMI In
Locked
Analog Audio In 3.5mm (Aux)
Locked
RCA In
Locked
USB for Files
Locked
Ethernet
Locked
Subwoofer Output
Locked

You can connect the bar to your TV using Optical or HDMI, and there's even an HDMI cable included with your purchase for your convenience. If you want to use the bar as a hub between different devices, like for video passthrough, there are even three Full HDMI In ports available. USB audio playback is available with US models, like our unit, but other region-specific versions are limited to firmware updates through their USB port.

N/A
Connectivity
Audio Format Support: ARC/eARC
Dolby Atmos
Locked
Dolby Digital
Locked
Dolby Digital Plus
Locked
Dolby TrueHD
Locked
DTS
Locked
DTS:X
Locked
DTS-HD MA
Locked
PCM Channels
Locked

Over HDMI ARC, the bar supports many different audio formats that are commonly found on different streaming platforms and Blu-rays, like Dolby Digital and Dolby Atmos.

N/A
Connectivity
Audio Format Support: HDMI In
Dolby Atmos
Locked
Dolby Digital
Locked
Dolby Digital Plus
Locked
Dolby TrueHD
Locked
DTS
Locked
DTS:X
Locked
DTS-HD MA
Locked
PCM Channels
Locked

The bar supports lots of common audio formats via Full HDMI In. You can watch common 5.1 surround sound formats like Dolby Digital, as well as lossless and object-based formats like Dolby Atmos.

N/A
Connectivity
Audio Format Support: Optical
Dolby Digital
Locked
DTS
Locked
PCM Channels
Locked

Over Optical, you can play both Dolby Digital and DTS content. Dolby Digital is more common on streaming platforms, whereas you're more likely to find DTS with Blu-rays.

N/A
Connectivity
Latency
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JBL Bar 1000 Latency Video Sample
ARC
Lock ms
Optical
Lock ms
Full HDMI In
Lock ms

The JBL Bar 1000 has relatively low latency. As a result, it's suitable for watching videos and movies since the audio you hear is in sync with the video you see. Certain apps and TVs compensate for latency differently, though.

N/A
Connectivity
Video Passthrough To TV
1080p Max Refresh Rate
Locked
1080p @ 4:4:4 Max Refresh Rate
Locked
4k Max Refresh Rate
Locked
4k @ 120Hz @ 10-Bit
Locked
4k @ 4:4:4 Max Refresh Rate
Locked
8k Max Refresh Rate
Locked
HDR10 Passthrough
Locked
HDR10+ Passthrough
Locked
Dolby Vision Passthrough
Locked
HDMI Forum VRR Passthrough
Locked
FreeSync Passthrough
Locked
G-SYNC Passthrough
Locked
ALLM Passthrough
Locked

You can use the JBL Bar 1000 as a hub between different devices, like your PC and your TV. It even supports Dolby Vision Passthrough. Text on screen appears clear and crisp.

N/A
Connectivity
Wireless Playback
Bluetooth
Locked
Wi-Fi Playback
Locked
Chromecast built-in
Locked
Apple AirPlay
Locked
Spotify Connect
Locked

With incredible wireless playback support, you have many options for streaming audio right from your mobile devices to the bar without needing to plug them in.

Additional Features
Additional Features
Interface
Display
Locked

The display on the front of the bar shows different settings as you adjust them. For example, you can see the volume level, the input you're on, as well as the bass and rear levels.

Additional Features
Bar Controls

On top of the bar, there are a few simple controls. You can adjust the volume or change the input. An indicator light next to the controls also helps you keep track of the bar's status.

Additional Features
Remote

The remote is fairly simple and lets you control most of the bar's features. Additional tools like the graphic EQ are only available through the JBL ONE app, which you can also use as a remote from your phone.

Additional Features
Voice Assistants Support
Amazon Alexa
Locked
Google Assistant
Locked
Apple Siri
Locked
Microphone Mute
Locked

While there aren't any built-in voice assistants, if you own a third-party device with Alexa, Google Assistant, or Siri support, you can plug it into the bar to control it with your voice.