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JVC TH-BC1 Surround Soundbar Home Theater System

B&H # JVTHBC1 Mfr # THBC1
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Product Highlights
  • Slim Design
  • 60W Total Power
  • SRS Studiosound HD
  • Analog and Digital Inputs
  • Subwoofer Pre-Out
  • FM Tuner
  • Wall Mountable
  • Remote with TV Remote Pass-Through
  • Magnetically Shielded

The TH-BC1 Surround Soundbar Home Theater System from JVC is a compact and convenient way to add surround sound to your home theater without adding a lot of equipment. The soundbar has 6 integrated speakers and 60W of total power to provide a rich, immersive audio experience. It has SRS Studiosound HD to provide a theater-like surround experience from a single unit. The soundbar has analog, optical digital, and coaxial digital inputs for compatibility with a variety of sound systems. A subwoofer pre-out makes it easy to connect a subwoofer.

The unit can be placed on a TV stand in front of a TV, and it can also be easily wall mounted. It has an FM tuner for enjoying radio hits. It comes with a remote control, and supports TV remote pass-through. The soundbar is magnetically shielded for interference-free operation near TVs and other electronic devices. The system also features PCM decoding, DRC TrueVolume, fade muting, and a 3-step dimmer to round out the package.

Slim and compact design lets you add immersive audio to your home theater without the need for messy cables and unsightly satellite speakers
The soundbar has 6 integrated speakers and 60W of total power to provide a rich, immersive audio experience
SRS Studiosound HD provides a theater-like surround experience from a single unit
Analog, optical digital, and coaxial digital inputs provide compatibility with a variety of sound systems
A subwoofer pre-out makes it easy to connect a subwoofer
Can be placed on a TV stand in front of a TV, and it can also be easily wall mounted
Integrated FM tuner for enjoying radio hits
PCM audio decoding for high-quality audio
Includes a remote control and supports TV remote pass-through
Magnetically shielded for interference-free operation near TVs and other electronic devices
DRC TrueVolume and fade muting reduce jarring volume changes
A 3-step dimmer lets you adjust the soundbar's display to match the brightness of your room
Type Soundbar, Bass-Reflex
Output Power 30W/Channel (60W Total) @ 4 Ohms
Connectors 1 x Analog Audio Input
1 x Optical Digital Audio Input
1 x Coaxial Digital Audio Input
1 x Subwoofer Pre-Out Jack
Drivers 4 x 3.2" (81mm) Woofers
2 x 1" (25mm) Tweeters
Frequency Response 82Hz - 25kHz
Total Harmonic Distortion (THD) 10% or Less
SPL 83dB
Mounting Table/Stand or Wall
Power Consumption On: 22W
Standby: 0.5W or Less (Auto Power Save)
Dimensions (WxHxD) 35.4 x 3.9 x 4.25" (900 x 98 x 107mm)
Weight 7.3 lbs (3.3kg)
JVC TH-BC1 Surround Soundbar Home Theater System
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  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
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    JVCTH-BC1 Surround Soundbar Home Theater System
     
    4.3

    (based on 12 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    90%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to set up (10)
    • Good audio (10)
    • Good remote (7)
    • Interfaces well with TV (6)
    • Intuitive controls (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Movies (5)
      • Smaller rooms / apartments (5)
      • Living room (4)
      • Surround sound solution (4)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Practical (5), Movie enthusiast (3), Tech savvy (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (12)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      JVC TH-BC1- Cheap but decent

      After much research of the many overpriced and/or too cheap models of sound bars the JVC rose to the top in this price range. Though their 90 day warranty didn't instill much confidence...Read complete review

      After much research of the many overpriced and/or too cheap models of sound bars the JVC rose to the top in this price range. Though their 90 day warranty didn't instill much confidence in the quality or longevity of their product. Being new, it had very few reviews, but most were positive for sound and some semi-negative for the lack of HDMI inputs/outputs.
      We have a small living room and the 5.1 surround system I owned seemed a little overkill for such a small space with the speakers, wires, receiver, etc cluttering up the space.
      The hookup is easy via either coaxial, RCA or optical and has a pre-out for a subwoofer which was a plus for me as the wireless subwoofers of some brands seemed problematic. The FM is a nice addition and the remote is of decent size and intuitative to use. Uses a coin style battery. The minimal 1 sheet manual is adequate. The included infrared remote by pass will desireable for some consumers. No cables are included.
      The sound is very good and reasonable bass even without the subwoofer but will have some distortion at mid/higher volume levels. The surround feature does add a pleasant, room filling sound. For some reason the unit quit during a movie and had to unplug it and start it up again. Have had no problems since. We use it almost entirely for movies and sees little use otherwise.
      The build quality is just decent with lots of plastic and the keyhole screw type hangers on the plastic rear didn't look promising but so far have held the unit in place. The unit looks very nice in my opinion but doesn't have the modern sleekness that some consumers may prefer. The digital readout is farly easy to see and will give you the appropiate information with familiarity. It is a 6 speaker system with 4, 3 1/2"woofers and 2, 1" tweeters, 60 watts. I have added a small powered subwoofer for a little more room filling bass.
      Overall pleased with this product at this price point and hope it will last much longer than the 90 day warranty suggests.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Sound is nice...display screen is wacky!

      I truly like the sound improvement over just my lil flat screen, but am having prblms w/ display on unit. Was wacky for first week (100% of screen lit up, then was...Read complete review

      I truly like the sound improvement over just my lil flat screen, but am having prblms w/ display on unit. Was wacky for first week (100% of screen lit up, then was okay for a couple weeks)...and now after 30 minutes or so, it goes blank!!! Will be calling in the a.m.!!!

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      3.0

      Bad speaker and bad JVC support

      By Tom

      from Bakersfield, CA

      About Me Tech Savvy

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about JVC TH-BC1 Surround Soundbar Home Theater System:

            Right-most of three left-side speakers had very annoying simpathetic vibration of cone above volume level of 16. Contacted JVC support website and described problem in an e-mail. Veronica H. responded the next day to tell me they are not quaified to handle service problems, but I should use their Locator program to find a location to send it to.So, I pried off the metal grill on the left side (destroying it, of course) and rubber-banded some black cloth over the lower edge of the offending speaker. No more vibration; works great now but looks a bit odd.

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            4.0

            Better sound than expected

            By homer

            from Mpls, MN

            About Me Movie Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Easy To Set Up

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Smaller Rooms
              • Surround Sound Solution

              Comments about JVC TH-BC1 Surround Soundbar Home Theater System:

              I added this to our flat screen, great sound improvement.
              We also added a sub with the pre-out, great price and quality combination

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              5.0

              Great sound for a small price

              By Zafod

              from Carrollton, TX

              About Me Tech Savvy

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Clear Sound
              • Easy To Set Up
              • Good Remote
              • Interfaces Well With TV

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Living Room
                • Movies

                Comments about JVC TH-BC1 Surround Soundbar Home Theater System:

                Even turning the sound up all the way on the TV speakers wasn't enough on many discs and downloaded movies. Now I can hear it all, undistorted. The FM tuner is an added bonus.

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                4.0

                Good for the price

                By Zet

                from Paramount CA.

                About Me Practical

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Clear Sound
                • Easy To Set Up
                • Good Remote
                • Interfaces Well With TV
                • Intuitive Controls

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about JVC TH-BC1 Surround Soundbar Home Theater System:

                    Very simple to use and a basic good soundbar. For the price it's a good over all system for people that don't want wires and just want something that sound nice right out of the box.

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                    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Perfect for an Apartment

                    By Lonehill

                    from New York, N.Y.

                    About Me Movie Enthusiast, Practical

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Clear Sound
                    • Easy To Set Up
                    • Energy Efficient
                    • Good Remote
                    • Interfaces Well With TV

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Larger Rooms
                      • Living Room
                      • Movies
                      • Smaller Rooms
                      • Surround Sound Solution
                      • Television Shows

                      Comments about JVC TH-BC1 Surround Soundbar Home Theater System:

                      Easy set up and perfect for an apartment in NYC. Helps fill the room with soud without having to run long sound lines. great if you want it on the wall or in your tv unit and fills all your sound needs

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                      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      3.0

                      Sound is nice...display screen is wacky!

                      By Peace, Wayne

                      from Owensboro, KY

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Clear Sound
                      • Easy To Set Up
                      • Good Remote
                      • Interfaces Well With TV

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about JVC TH-BC1 Surround Soundbar Home Theater System:

                          I truly like the sound improvement over just my lil flat screen, but am having prblms w/ display on unit. Was wacky for first week (100% of screen lit up, then was okay for a couple weeks)...and now after 30 minutes or so, it goes blank!!! Will be calling in the a.m.!!!

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                          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Great product!

                          By Dvspapa

                          from Ontario, Canada

                          About Me Practical

                          Verified Reviewer

                          Pros

                          • Clear Sound
                          • Easy To Set Up

                          Cons

                          • Marginal FM reception

                          Best Uses

                          • Living Room
                          • Movies
                          • Smaller Rooms
                          • Television Shows

                          Comments about JVC TH-BC1 Surround Soundbar Home Theater System:

                          Simple solution to the sucky sound of flat-panels. Hook up to TV Audio Out, plug in the power cord and you're done! Even without a subwoofer, the sound is SO much better.
                          Believe the manual when they recommend an outside FM antenna though - the FM reception is pretty bad with the supplied fine-wire antenna, but who cares? Guys just wanna watch TV!

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                          (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          4.0

                          Good sound for the money

                          By BHaddict

                          from central NJ

                          About Me Pro Audio / DJ, Tech Savvy

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Clear Sound
                          • Easy To Set Up
                          • Good Remote
                          • Intuitive Controls

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Living Room
                            • Smaller Rooms

                            Comments about JVC TH-BC1 Surround Soundbar Home Theater System:

                            I bought this soundbar, like many of us, because I didn't want to run home theater wires and speakers all over the room, but still want something better than TV's own speakers. TV is Panasonic 52" plasma. And I had an Aiwa 140W sub sitting in the closet collecting dust. After connecting all the cables and hanging the soundbar on the wall right beneath the TV (quick and easy), I turned it on and found the sound pretty good considering the size of speakers and especially the price. But without the subwoofer it sounds pretty flat. Also is seems like lacking some midrange. But I filled this gap by turning on ( a little) the TV's speakers which have nothing but midrange. For comparison I connected my Behringer active monitors, put in my daughter's Harry Potter blu ray disc and regretted I did that.They left the soundbar deep in the dust, but this was kind of expected. I also like the remote and FM radio. The included antenna is OK, but if you are listening a lot of FM, you may want to buy a better one. The surround effect is really working, especially if there are walls by the sides. Of course it is not that surround you get from the real system. Overall, for [$], I'm very satisfied. I'm a musician, however, I'm not an overtone-picking audiophile, so it is good enough for me for TV. Of course, there are much better units, but you have to pay more.

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                            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Great Soundbar

                            By Go Big Blue

                            from NJ

                            About Me Practical

                            Pros

                            • Clear Sound
                            • Easy To Set Up
                            • Interfaces Well With TV

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about JVC TH-BC1 Surround Soundbar Home Theater System:

                                Just installed the soundbar a few days ago and am loving it. Great quality sound, 1 wire hookup, compatible with cable remote. Everything you could want for under $150.00

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                                (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                4.0

                                JVC TH-BC1- Cheap but decent

                                By Sonny

                                from Meeker, CO

                                About Me Audiophile, Movie Enthusiast, Practical

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Clear Sound
                                • Easy To Set Up
                                • Good Remote
                                • Interfaces Well With TV
                                • Intuitive Controls

                                Cons

                                • Limited warranty
                                • Suspect build quality

                                Best Uses

                                • Movies
                                • Smaller Rooms
                                • Surround Sound Solution

                                Comments about JVC TH-BC1 Surround Soundbar Home Theater System:

                                After much research of the many overpriced and/or too cheap models of sound bars the JVC rose to the top in this price range. Though their 90 day warranty didn't instill much confidence in the quality or longevity of their product. Being new, it had very few reviews, but most were positive for sound and some semi-negative for the lack of HDMI inputs/outputs.
                                We have a small living room and the 5.1 surround system I owned seemed a little overkill for such a small space with the speakers, wires, receiver, etc cluttering up the space.
                                The hookup is easy via either coaxial, RCA or optical and has a pre-out for a subwoofer which was a plus for me as the wireless subwoofers of some brands seemed problematic. The FM is a nice addition and the remote is of decent size and intuitative to use. Uses a coin style battery. The minimal 1 sheet manual is adequate. The included infrared remote by pass will desireable for some consumers. No cables are included.
                                The sound is very good and reasonable bass even without the subwoofer but will have some distortion at mid/higher volume levels. The surround feature does add a pleasant, room filling sound. For some reason the unit quit during a movie and had to unplug it and start it up again. Have had no problems since. We use it almost entirely for movies and sees little use otherwise.
                                The build quality is just decent with lots of plastic and the keyhole screw type hangers on the plastic rear didn't look promising but so far have held the unit in place. The unit looks very nice in my opinion but doesn't have the modern sleekness that some consumers may prefer. The digital readout is farly easy to see and will give you the appropiate information with familiarity. It is a 6 speaker system with 4, 3 1/2"woofers and 2, 1" tweeters, 60 watts. I have added a small powered subwoofer for a little more room filling bass.
                                Overall pleased with this product at this price point and hope it will last much longer than the 90 day warranty suggests.

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                                (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                4.0

                                Exactly what I needed

                                By Will

                                from Los Angeles, CA

                                Verified Buyer

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                                      Comments about JVC TH-BC1 Surround Soundbar Home Theater System:

                                      The price is really reasonable. The casing is a cheaper plastic, but the quality overall is well worth it. You will need to purchase the connector cable to get sound. I would also get a better antenna as the one provided isn't so hot...and it will take a while to position it for FM reception.

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                                      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                                       
                                      5.0

                                      Excellant Product

                                      By Andy

                                      from New York, NY

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Clear Sound
                                      • Easy To Set Up
                                      • Excellant for a projector
                                      • Good Remote

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Movies
                                        • Surround Sound Solution

                                        Comments about JVC TH-BC1 Surround Soundbar Home Theater System:

                                        I bought this soundbar to use with my portable dvd projector and for karoake and it works perfectly. My epson moviemate projector only offers a digital audio coaxial output and this soundbar has that input and adds great sound to the projector. The am/fm feature is a great add on and works well.

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