JBL BAR 500 User Guide


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Before using this product, read the safety sheet carefully

* Power cord quantity and plug type vary by regions.








Sound Calibration

Optimize your 3D surround sound experience for your unique listening environment.


On an Android™ or iOS device, add the sound bar to your home Wi-Fi network through the JBL One app. Follow the app instructions to complete setup.
* Some features require subscriptions or services not available in all countries.

General specification

  • Model: BAR 500
  • Sound system: 5.1 channel
  • Power supply: 100 – 240V AC, ~ 50/60Hz
  • Total speaker power output (Max @ THD 1%): 590W
  • Sound bar output power (Max @THD 1%): 290W
  • Subwoofer output power (Max. @THD 1%): 300 W
  • Sound bar transducer: 4x (46×90)mm
  • racetrack drivers, 3x 0.75” (20mm) tweeters
  • Subwoofer transducer: 10” (260mm)
  • Networked standby power: < 2.0 W
  • Operating temperature: 0 °C – 45 °C

HDMI specification

  • HDMI video input: 1
  • HDMI video output (with Enhanced Audio Return Channel, eARC): 1
  • HDMI HDCP version: 2.3
  • HDR pass through: HDR10, Dolby Vision

Audio specification

  • Frequency response: 35Hz – 20kHz (-6dB)
  • Audio inputs: 1 Optical, Bluetooth,
  • USB (USB playback is available in US version. For other versions, USB is for Service only.)

USB specification

  • USB port: Type A
  • USB rating: 5V DC, 0.5A
  • Supporting file formats: mp3
  • MP3 codec: MPEG 1 Layer 2/3,
  • MPEG 2 Layer 3, MPEG 2.5 Layer 3
  • MP3 sampling rate: 16 – 48 kHz • MP3 bitrate: 80 – 320 kpbs

Wireless specification

  • Bluetooth version: 5.0
  • Bluetooth profile: A2DP 1.2, AVRCP 1.5
  • Bluetooth transmitter frequency range: 2400 MHz – 2483.5 MHz
  • Bluetooth transmitter power: <15 dBm (EIRP)
  • Wi-Fi network: IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ ax (2.4GHz/5GHz)
  • 2.4G Wi-Fi transmitter frequency range: 2412 – 2472 MHz (2.4 GHz ISM Band, USA 11 Channels, Europe and others 13 Channels)
  • 2.4G Wi-Fi transmitter power: <20 dBm (EIRP)
  • 2.4G SRD transmitter frequency range: 2406 – 2474 MHz
  • 2.4G SRD transmitter power: <10 dBm (EIRP)
  • 5G Wi-Fi transmitter frequency range: 5.15 – 5.35GHz, 5.470 – 5.725GHz, 5.725 – 5.825GHz
  • 5G Wi-Fi transmitter power: 5.15 – 5.25GHz <23dBm, 5.25 – 5.35GHz & 5.47 – 5.725GHz <20dBm, 5.725 – 5.825GHz <14dBm (EIRP)


  • Sound bar dimensions (W x H x D): 1017 x 59 x 103.5 mm / 40.04’’ x 2.32’’ x 4.07’’
  • Subwoofer dimensions (W x H x D): 305 x 440.40 x 305 mm / 12.01” x 17.34” x 12.01”
  • Sound bar weight: 2.79kg / 6.2 lbs
  • Subwoofer weight: 10 kg / 22.05 lbs
  • Packaging dimensions (W x H x D): 1105 x 370 x 475 mm / 43.50” x 14.57” x 18.70”
  • Packaging Weight: 16.20 kg / 35.64 lbs
  1. Information on power consumption
    This equipment complies with European Commission Regulation (EC) No 1275/2008 and (EU) No 801/2013.

    • Off: N/A
    • Standby (when all wireless connections are deactivated): < 0.5 W
    • Networked standby for Sound bar: < 2.0 W
  2. The period of time after which the power management function switches the equipment automatically into:
    Off N/A
    Standby When all wired ports are disconnected and all wireless network connections are deactivated Switched to standby mode after 10 minutes.
    Networked standby When any wireless network connection is activated Switched to networked standby mode after 10 minutes of inactivity in operational mode
  3. If this equipment has the wireless network connections:
    How to activate wireless network connections:
    • Set up the equipment properly;
    • Switch into wireless mode (Bluetooth, Chrome casting, Air Play 2 casting audio, Alexa Multi-Room Music & etc);
    • Connect with energy using products (e.g. players/ game consoles/ STB (Set-Top Boxes)/ phones/ tablets /PCs).
      How to deactivate wireless network connections:
      • Press and hold on the remote control for more than 5 seconds firstly;
      • Then long press on the remote control for more than 5 seconds.

FCC RF Radiation Exposure Statement Caution: To maintain compliance with the FCC’s RF exposure guidelines, place the product at least 20cm from nearby persons.
Use Restriction: This device is restricted to indoor use when operating in the 5150 to 5350 MHz frequency range in following countries:


Belgium (BE), Greece (EL), Lithuania (LT), Portugal (PT), Bulgaria (BG), Spain (ES), Luxembourg (LU), Romania (RO), Czech Republic (CZ), France (FR), Hungary (HU), Slovenia (SI), Denmark (DK), Croatia (HR), Malta (MT), Slovakia (SK), Germany (DE), Italy (IT), Netherlands (NL), Finland (FI), Estonia (EE), Cyprus (CY), Austria (AT), Sweden (SE), Ireland (IE), Latvia (LV), Poland (PL) and Northern Ireland (UK).

This product contains open source software licensed under GPL. For your convenience, the source code and relevant build instruction are also available at opensource.html. Please feel free to contact us at:
Harman Deutschland GmbH
ATT: Open Source, Gregor Krapf-Gunther, Parkring 3
85748 Arching bee München, Germany
or_[email protected]_if you have additional question regarding the open source software in the product.

The Bluetooth® word mark and logos are registered trademarks owned by Bluetooth SIG, Inc. and any use of such marks by HARMAN International Industries, Incorporated is under license. Other trademarks and trade names are those of their respective owners.

The terms HDMI, HDMI High-Definition Multimedia Interface, and the HDMI Logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of HDMI Licensing Administrator, Inc.

Wi-Fi CERTIFIED 6™ and the Wi-Fi CERTIFIED 6™ Logo are trademarks of Wi-Fi Alliance®.

Dolby, Dolby Vision, Dolby Atoms, and the double-D symbol are registered trademarks of Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation. Manufactured under license from Dolby Laboratories. Confidential unpublished works. Copyright ©
2012–2020 Dolby Laboratories. All rights reserved.

Google, Android, Google Play and Chromecast built-in are trademarks of Google LLC.

Use of the Works with Apple badge means that an accessory has been designed to work specifically with the technology identified in the badge and has been certified by the developer to meet Apple performance standards. Apple, and Air Play are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.
To control this Air Play 2–enabled speaker, iOS 13.4 or later is required.

Amazon, Alexa, and all related logos are trademarks of Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates.

Use your phone, tablet or computer as a remote control for Spotify. Go to spotify.com/connect to learn how.
The Spotify Software is subject to third party licenses found here: https://www.spotify.com/connect/third-party-licenses.

Documents / Resources

JBL BAR 500 [pdf] User Guide


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