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JBL Cinema 500 5.1-Channel Complete Home Theater Speaker System

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  • System: 32Hz - 20kHz
  • 8 ohms
  • 150W Subwoofer

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The JBL name is behind more than half of the world’s big movie screens. Now you can get the big sound at home – in a small size you can live with. JBL Cinema 500 speaker systems surround you with crisp dialogue, rich, accurate music, and special effects from five center and satellite speakers. Plus you get all the deep, floor-rumbling bass you can handle.

  • newegg Five voice-matched speakers Components are designed for optimal performance, voice-matched to the center for consistent sound from speaker to speaker. The speakers produce the realistic, 360-degree soundstage that has resulted in JBL products being used in so many movie theaters.
  • newegg Dual midrange center speaker The center channel is probably the hardest-working speaker in a home theater system. The JBL Cinema 500 center employs dual midrange drivers for improved power handling and efficiency, delivering clear, distinct dialogue from even the most complex movie soundtracks.
  • newegg 150-watt powered subwoofer A fast-moving, 8-inch (200mm) woofer and 150 watts of amplification produce clean, lifelike bass. Subwoofer phase, level and bass-boost controls let you tune for room acoustics and your preferences. Line and LFE subwoofer inputs ensure noise-free connections to virtually any A/V receiver.
  • newegg Down-firing bass driver Unlike conventional, front-firing subwoofers, which interact with nearby walls and cause unwanted reflections that can muddy sound, the down-firing JBL Cinema 500 sub interacts principally with your floor, and its enclosure is ported for improved bass output and quality.
  • newegg Dynamic JBL Weave design JBL Cinema 500 speakers are styled to complement any room decor with the new JBL Weave design, featuring sculpted, high-gloss black panels intersecting dimensional panels of textured gray fabric.

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 2 years
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  • Stefan B.
  • 1/19/2015 5:56:41 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsJBL Cinema 500 5.1

Pros: Price. Sound. I love JBL power and I am old music lover. When I arrived to America I bought my first set of JBL speakers. I still have them after 30 years!!!!!

Cons: None.

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  • Arthur M.
  • 1/27/2013 6:49:38 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome speakers

Pros: I bought the Cinema 300 series around Thanksgiving for my gaming pc and decided to get another set for my htpc, however they were discontinued! So I ended getting this set instead, seeing how the prices were comparable while it was on sale.

As with the 300 series, this series has awesome sound. The bass is deep and the subwoofer does not rattle. I'm just an average joe, not an audiophile, so I can't tell the difference between the series, other than the physical difference of the satellites being larger than the 300's. I can turn the volume up really high and not get any static with deep bass and have a "cinematic" sound experience from both series.

Both speaker sets came with wiring, which is good so you don't have to go out and buy some. The speaker design is stylish.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: I'm very satisfied with both series speakers. Had I known the 500's were going on sale, I would've held out against the 300's and bought two 500's instead.

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  • John B.
  • 6/6/2012 6:51:13 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggsLives Up to the JBL Reputation

Pros: I'm "throwing in" with comment on this product, although I didn't get it at the Egg. Egg offers comparable speaker systems at markdowns competitive with other brands. Egg has chosen to keep Cinema 500 at closer to MSRP.

These are great speakers. You don't need to manually adjust the subwoofer -- if crossover is managed by your AV/Receiver. Efficiency is about as high as it gets: ~90dB.

Cons: You'll either like the aesthetic design of these speakers, or you won't. Some complain about "flimsy" wire connection clips, but I don't see it as a problem. You'll want to secure your speaker wire to baseboards etc. anyway, so you shouldn't worry about accidentally pulling the wire out of its sockets.

Other Thoughts: Looking at similar systems by P*** A****, E*****, and other makes sold here at about ~$400, I'm still mystified how Egg hasn't marked these JBLs down. Egg would sell more of them if they had done so.

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5 out of 5 eggsI never thought Bluetooth would do this.

Pros: Excellent sound quality, sharp highs, strong mids, perfect balanced bass.

Cons: No wired input, but I'm sure you have other headphones for that.

Other Thoughts: I'm an audiophile from way back... I never thought that I would be saying any wireless connection sounded good, much less Bluetooth. But this is impressive. Obviously I'm not using these with a mixer, but I would in a heartbeat, they are just amazing sounding.

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  • Reginald W.
  • 1/26/2012 10:18:32 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Speaker system

Pros: Very balanced sound output and speakers output a crisp and clear sound. Subwoofer has plenty of power and does not rattle the walls. Bass goes pretty deep and downfiring woofer is a great addition.

Cons: None that can think of except for price!! But definetly worth the extra bucks.

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  • Kevin R.
  • 1/1/2012 3:33:07 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome sound quality!

Pros: Sound Quality from these speakers and sub are awesome! It comes with speaker wires so no need to buy. Very stylish design and it looks great in actual!

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: I initially bought the Polk Audio RM75 5.0 speakers but decided to return those and got this set instead. I am glad I did! :)

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