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JVC TH-BA1
JVC TH-G31
JVC TH-G30
JVC TH-F3
JVC TH-G41
JVC TH-BA1 4 1 Speaker System  220 Watts
JVC TH-G31 DVD Digital Theater System
JVC TH-G30 Theater System
JVC TH-F3 Home Theater System
JVC TH-G41 Home Theater System  5 1 Speakers  1000 Watts  1080p Upscaling  DVD Player
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Release Date
Sep 2009
Oct 2009
Jan 2009
Mar 2008
Jan 2009
Playable Disk Types
DVD Video
DVD-RW ( PAL ), CD-RW ( NTSC ), DVD+RW, SVCD, DVD-R, DVD+R, DVD, CD, DVD+R DL, Video CD, CD-R
DVD Video, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+RW, CD (Audio), CD-R, CD-RW, DVD+R DL
DVD Video, VCD, SVCD, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+RW, DVD Audio, CD (Audio), CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-R DL
DVD Video, VCD, SVCD, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+RW, CD (Audio), CD-R, CD-RW, DVD+R DL
Main Speakers Power Output
220.0 Watts
775.0 Watts
155.0 Watts
50.0 Watts
155.0 Watts
Number Of Speakers
4 Speakers
5 Speakers and Subwoofer
5 Speakers and Subwoofer
4 Speakers and Subwoofer
5 Speakers and Subwoofer
Playable File Formats
MP3, JPEG, WMA, DivX
MP3, WMA, DivX
MP3, WMA, JPEG
MPEG-4,DivX,MP3,WMA,JPEG,WMV
DivX, MP3, WMA, JPEG
Included Components
Speakers, Subwoofer
DVD Player, Speakers, Subwoofer
DVD Player, Speakers, Subwoofer
DVD Player
DVD Player, Radio Tuner
Remote Control
Infrared
Infrared
Yes
Multibrand
Subwoofer Power Output
220.0 Watts
225.0 Watts
225.0 Watts
150.0 Watts
225.0 Watts
Use
Music
Music, Movies

  • JVC's TH-BA1 sound bar home theater system is affordable, easy to use, and sounds better-than-expected, but doesn't offer HDMI connectivity.


  • Summing up, we were very impressed with the TH-BA1's performance, but it's still not the equal of a 5.1-channel speaker/subwoofer system. Then again, no soundbar, even a high-priced model, can do that.


  • 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.


  • While it's got an attractive design, the JVC TH-F3's high price and dearth of extra features make it hard to recommend.

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    - Not all digital video and audio files will be recognized and able to be played.
    - The system features digital-in and analog-in inputs, and has a built-in Dolby Digital and DTS decoder.

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    - Surround sound differentiation was clear and defined when watching a movie.