JBL Cinema 500 5.1 Speaker System

JBL has been around engineering high end audio products for sixty years.  JBL has been the standard for high end movie theaters for as long as I can remember.

For the most part they've developed full size speakers and I noticed they're developing smaller products to appeal to the majority of consumers out there who are building home theater systems with limited living space and attempting to do so with a modern pleasing appearance.

The JBL Cinema 500 5.1 Speaker package is a complete 5.1 home theater package JBL has created to "deliver power as much as it does clarity, letting your ears pick up distinct dialogue, crisp, accurate music, and deep floor-rumbling bass without waking the neighbors up."

JBL engineered the speakers with the "Weave aesthetic styling", it comes with a four identical satellites which are voice-matched to the center channel for consistent sound from speaker to speaker, resulting in a more realistic 360-degree surround-sound field in the entire room.

The satellite speakers have dual 3-inch (75mm) PolyPlas cones for even more movie-watching realism.  This surprises me.  For satellites that is a good size for woofers as they have the ability to handle a lower frequency level than those puny satellites you see in many of the systems on the market.  This point is the reason why I really couldn't recommend a lot of the products of this type that are on the market.

Really these sattelites and the 150W Powered Subwoofer is what makes this product appealing to me and im sure those of you enthusiasts who are space challenged.

Realistic, high-impact bass is required to get the full effect with music and movie action. The Cinema 500 subwoofer features an 8-inch (200mm) woofer and 150 watts of amplification for clean, lifelike bass. Subwoofer phase, level and bass-boost controls permit easy tuning of bass performance for room acoustics and personal preferences, and line and LFE subwoofer inputs ensure noise-free connections to virtually any A/V receiver.
Its a down firing woofer which uses the floor to improve the quality of the subwoofer sound.  This is beneficial especially in unorthodox layouts of homes or seating positions because the walls don't affect the sound as drastically making bass muddy and sound like crap.  What makes this product more appealing is the control of this subwoofer and the fact that is powered.

Excellent display of Crap speaker placement

Generally with a lot of these speaker packages that are made to target consumers in this market have a sub and sattellites but the subwoofer is passive(aka Sucks) and if there is no frequency control you cant balance the difference between the speakers and the subwoofer.

These guys forgot the sign "Suckas at work
Frequency control allows you to find the level where speakers stop producing sound and have the sub-woofer take it from there. Without this control there is generally either missing frequencies or sound at certain frequencies that is made by the sub and the speaker which will diminish the sound quality greatly.  In effect it will destroy your quality
home theater experience, reducing it to what is more commonly known as a "Half Ass Sucka Setup".  If you need more information on frequencies and surround sound setup check the menu under "Things you need to know".

In the end, this is an excellent option for those who are space limited and are home theater enthusiasts that don't want some half ass setup.  So if you're dealing with limited space.  Don't subject yourself to this.  Check out something of quality.