JVC TH-BA1 Soundbar Reviewed

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JVC TH-BA1 Soundbar Reviewed

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High Points
� The TH-BA1 offers a solid array of features, including a hefty remote with useful controls, and an easy-to-read digital display.
� The TH-BA1 decodes Dolby Digital, DTS, and Dolby Pro Logic II, an attractive combination not a given in the category.
� The TH-BA1 sounds terrific, with crisp highs, warm mids and a fat, punchy bass.

Low Points
� The TH-BA1 is a little bit pedestrian looking, with hard edges and an overall boxy cosmetic that is not very interesting and far from modern.
� The TH-BA1 lacks a bit of speed up top, and had some honk in the midrange on occasion.
� The TH-BA1 does not provide video switching, or decode any HD audio formats.

Conclusion
The TH-BA1 offers a compelling value proposition in this interesting and competitive category. While it isn't exactly exciting looking (the boxy sub is really basic in profile), the feature set is more than good enough. It's hard to find Dolby Digital and DTS decoding together, especially at this very affordable price. The sound is way better than its price would indicate, and indeed surpasses quite a few of its more expensive competitors. The beefy remote is a nice touch, with intuitive controls. The wireless sub works great. Frankly, there's not much to complain about with this system...it really delivers on a lot of fronts. Cosmetics aside, you'd be hard-pressed to find a better value for the money. This category truly is about tradeoffs - move up $100 and the looks get a lot better, the features a little cuter, and - sometimes - the sound moves up a bit. At $299.95, however, the TH-BA1 sets a really high bar.
Additional Resources

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HTR Product Rating for JVC TH-BA1 Soundbar

Criteria Rating

Performance

3

Value

3.5

Overall

3.5

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