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JVC TH-BC3 Surround Soundbar Home Theater System

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Product Highlights
  • Slim Design
  • 60W Total Power
  • SRS Studiosound HD
  • iPod/iPhone Dock
  • HDMI I/O
  • Analog and Digital Inputs
  • Subwoofer Pre-Out
  • FM Tuner
  • Wall Mountable
  • Remote with TV Remote Pass-Through

The TH-BC3 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. It also has 2 HDMI inputs and 1 HDMI output, plus an iPod/iPhone dock for additional connectivity. 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.

Note! Dock supports iPod nano (2G or later), plus all iPod touch, iPod classic, and iPhone models.

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 pair of HDMI inputs and an HDMI output offer excellent single-cable compatibility with modern HDTVs and AV systems
The integrated dock allows you to enjoy audio and video from your iPod or iPhone, and also supplies your device with power
A subwoofer pre-out makes it easy to connect a subwoofer
Supports 3D, CEC, and ARC technologies
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
2 x HDMI Inputs
1 x HDMI Output
1 x iPod/iPhone Dock
1 x Composite Video Out (for iPod/iPhone)
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: 30W
Standby: 0.5W or Less (Auto Power Save)
Dimensions (WxHxD) 35.4 x 3.9 x 4.25" (900 x 98 x 107mm)
Weight 7.8 lbs (3.5kg)
JVC TH-BC3 Surround Soundbar Home Theater System
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  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
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    JVCTH-BC3 Surround Soundbar Home Theater System
     
    3.9

    (based on 15 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (8)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    86%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to set up (13)
    • Interfaces well with TV (10)
    • Good audio (9)
    • Good remote (9)
    • Intuitive controls (4)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Smaller rooms / apartments (6)
      • Living room (5)
      • Movies (4)
      • Television shows (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Practical (9), Tech savvy (5), Movie enthusiast (4), Audiophile (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (13)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Good, but with one flaw...

      This is a pretty good soundbar. The surround is convincing enough to have me looking to either side of the TV. Obviously, there is no real surround coming from behind me, but it...Read complete review

      This is a pretty good soundbar. The surround is convincing enough to have me looking to either side of the TV. Obviously, there is no real surround coming from behind me, but it does a good job widening the soundstage up front. The HMDI connects are very convenient. The iPod docking is a great bonus as well. Sound fills my entire living/dining room nicely. My only issue is with connecting an external sub. I know that would take the sound over the top, but for some reason, I haven't been able to get a signal to the sub from the sub pre-out. Clearly this is a problem with JVC. I am efforting to find the solution, therefore only 4 stars, really 31/2.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Subwoofer output complications

      This soundbar has decient sound and is a good value for all the features it has.. The problem i had with this unit was that the sub out didnt work with my atlantic technologies...Read complete review

      This soundbar has decient sound and is a good value for all the features it has.. The problem i had with this unit was that the sub out didnt work with my atlantic technologies subwoofer. Most of the time it didnt send a signal to the sub & when it did there was very little sound. When i used this sub with a 5.1 surround system it rocked.. There for I am returning this product and looking for something that comes with a sub..

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      4.0

      Just a little headsup

      By Jim

      from Quebec,Canada

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about JVC TH-BC3 Surround Soundbar Home Theater System:

            After a few test my sub stopped working. The only way to fix it is to power cycle the bar. Do not just press the power button but unplug the wall outlet power cable and plug it back. Voilà

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            4.0

            Very nice bar without sub issues for me.

            By Jim

            from Quebec,Canada

            About Me Gamer, Movie Enthusiast

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • A bit bulky
            • Need A Powered Sub
            • Weak Bass Need A Sub

            Best Uses

            • Living Room
            • Movies
            • Smaller Rooms
            • Television Shows

            Comments about JVC TH-BC3 Surround Soundbar Home Theater System:

            Overall I'm very satisfied with the bar. In my opinion the bar might be a bit bulky but with the sound it deliver, I guess the size does matter. Many people complained about the sub-woofer pre-out on the bar, personally I did not have any issues with my sub. I have a Yamaha YST-SW011 and everything work find. I even had to turn the sub volume down a bit because it was too loud. The bar alone does give a crisp sound but need the extra punch of a sub otherwise there is almost no bass out of the bar itself. I like the Remote Pass-Through accessory. The bar was blocking the IR receiver of my TV but this fixed my problem right away. I did not test the IPod docking station yet. I was looking for a decent alternative to a small home theater. I already have a home theater in the basement and I needed a smaller one for my living room. I am very pleased by this product and it does replace a small home theater. For the price you can not ask more anyway. I give this bar a 4 but I would give it a 4.5 if it was possible. I'm removing half a star for the size of the thing otherwise it is just perfect for my needs.

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            5.0

            Great powerful sound

            By Kobie

            from Minneapolis, Mn.

            About Me Movie Enthusiast, Practical, Pro Audio / DJ

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Attractive Design
            • Easy Controls
            • Easy To Set Up
            • Great Sound
            • Powerful

            Cons

            • None suggested

            Best Uses

            • Larger Rooms

            Comments about JVC TH-BC3 Surround Soundbar Home Theater System:

            Really like the THBC3 soundbar. The sound is very rich and accurate and has lots of power. For the price this is the best soundbar out there.

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            3.0

            Good Connectivity but having Sub issues

            By into thrills

            from Orange County, CA

            About Me Practical

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Easy Controls
            • Easy To Set Up

            Cons

            • External Sub doesn't work
            • Not Very Powerful

            Best Uses

            • Smaller Rooms

            Comments about JVC TH-BC3 Surround Soundbar Home Theater System:

            The product sounds ok...a little flat because of no sub. However, what sold me to it was the HDMI and iPod connectivity options, and the fact that it had a Subwoofer Pre-Out Connection.
            I haven't been able to get a sub working with it, and I see that others have had similar problems.

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            4.0

            Good, but with one flaw...

            By Kendall

            from Washington, DC

            About Me Audiophile, Movie Enthusiast

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Living Room

              Comments about JVC TH-BC3 Surround Soundbar Home Theater System:

              This is a pretty good soundbar. The surround is convincing enough to have me looking to either side of the TV. Obviously, there is no real surround coming from behind me, but it does a good job widening the soundstage up front. The HMDI connects are very convenient. The iPod docking is a great bonus as well. Sound fills my entire living/dining room nicely. My only issue is with connecting an external sub. I know that would take the sound over the top, but for some reason, I haven't been able to get a signal to the sub from the sub pre-out. Clearly this is a problem with JVC. I am efforting to find the solution, therefore only 4 stars, really 31/2.

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              4.0

              Highest functionality for the price

              By Merciless Hammer of Lucifer

              from Parts Unknown

              About Me Practical, Tech Savvy

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Set Up
              • Good Remote
              • Interfaces Well With TV
              • IPod integrated remote
              • RCAOpticalHDMI outs

              Cons

              • Limited EQ settings
              • No Clock

              Best Uses

              • IPod music
              • Smaller Rooms

              Comments about JVC TH-BC3 Surround Soundbar Home Theater System:

              A full-featured sound bar WITH an iPod dock and integrated remote control is a difficult item to find - I looked! I chose the JVC after deciding that my "iLive" sound bar had outlived its usefulness. I tried a Vizio bar but it did not feature iPod integration. The JVC has quality sound for TV (I have it connected via optical) as well as for the iPod. While the EQ settings are somewhat limited (Bass/Treble) only it does offer Surround sound reproduction at a decent level. Make no mistake this isn't a Polk/Klipsch/Bose device - if you're an audio geek this may not be for you. But if you want above average audio quality and iPod integration - go with this.

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              3.0

              Subwoofer output complications

              By C.M.

              from Torrance Ca

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about JVC TH-BC3 Surround Soundbar Home Theater System:

                  This soundbar has decient sound and is a good value for all the features it has.. The problem i had with this unit was that the sub out didnt work with my atlantic technologies subwoofer. Most of the time it didnt send a signal to the sub & when it did there was very little sound. When i used this sub with a 5.1 surround system it rocked.. There for I am returning this product and looking for something that comes with a sub..

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                  5.0

                  Small but powerful sound bar.

                  By Terry the experimenter

                  from Ajax., Ontario, Canada

                  About Me Practical

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                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Living Room
                    • Movies
                    • Surround Sound Solution
                    • Television Shows

                    Comments about JVC TH-BC3 Surround Soundbar Home Theater System:

                    Like others I was a little nervous buying this sound bar without having actually heard it and with few reviews. However, it is perfect for my needs since has 2 hdmi inputs so I can run my bluray player and cable box into the soundbar and then use the hdmi output to connect to tv similar to a receiver. The hdmi connections ensure no problems with syncing picture and sound.The sound is quite good and the 60 watts of power are sufficient even for my living room.The sound bar has 6 speakers but only 2 channels but the surround effect is not bad for creating a roomful of sound. The sound bar has a subwoofer output that allows me to conect it to my subwoofer so I can't comment on the bass of the unit on its own but it's great with the sub.

                    I really like the sound from the ipod dock. The dock works well with the remote as does the fm radio. I could have used a 3rd hdmi input for my area-free dvd player for UK dvds. Instead I had to connect the player directly to the tv with hdmi and to the sound bar with rca cables but the sound from the sound bar is good even using an analog connection. The sound bar comes with a pass-through device in case the bar blocks the tv's remote but the bar is small enough that I didn't need it with my 46 inch Samsung.

                    All in all I am very happy with the purchase.

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                    5.0

                    Better than expected!

                    By sashy

                    from collierville, TN

                    About Me Practical, Tech Savvy

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Living Room
                      • Movies
                      • Smaller Rooms

                      Comments about JVC TH-BC3 Surround Soundbar Home Theater System:

                      I was impressed with this soundbar! My TV immediately went from low grade sound to surround. Its really loud, even on the lowest setting. Music also sounds great! B&H delivered the best price out there. Fast shipping!! I will definately use them again!

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                      5.0

                      GREAT!!@@@I LOVE IT

                      By bobby sound man

                      from randallstown md

                      About Me Audiophile

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Clear Sound
                      • Easy To Set Up
                      • Energy Efficient
                      • Good Remote
                      • Interfaces Well With TV
                      • Intuitive Controls
                      • Thundering Bass

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Movies
                        • Surround Sound Solution

                        Comments about JVC TH-BC3 Surround Soundbar Home Theater System:

                        TV FOR BEDROOM... WIFE WANTED. A REPLACEMENT ...LARGER SCREEN TV ..BUT WANTED SOUND SYSTEM TO MATCH WHAT WE HAD IN GAME ROOM ..now I can watch sports in bed room and get theater sound and she can watch her shows .

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                        4.0

                        Easy to use. Nice to have!

                        By Howard

                        from Santa Clara, CA

                        About Me Practical, Tech Savvy

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Larger Rooms
                          • Living Room
                          • Television Shows

                          Comments about JVC TH-BC3 Surround Soundbar Home Theater System:

                          Bought it on Black Friday to use with my 46" HDTV. It is extremely easy to setup and the sound quality is great. I also like JVC's brand and would like continue having their audio products. This product has iPod docking as well, which would be a huge draw for me to buy an iPod in the future :)

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                          1.0

                          Did not work well for me

                          By Ron E

                          from Round Rock, TX

                          About Me Audiophile, Tech Savvy

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                            Cons

                            • Poor Interface
                            • Poor Sound Quality

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about JVC TH-BC3 Surround Soundbar Home Theater System:

                              I had planned to use the TH-BC3 with my new 55" LED TV as the sound source in my family room as I did not want to install a full surround sound system for this room (already have a full 7.1 theater in the home). The first issue that I had was that the unit does not allow ample space in the rear to accomodate connection cables. There are two very thin cabling channels located to the right and left of the connection jacks instead of in the center of the unit. Once installed, the unit sounded like a transistor radio. I connected a powered subwoofer using the sub out jack. The low-end frequecies were barely audible. I am going to try it in a bedroom. If this does not work any better than the current onboard tv speakers, I will be returning the unit. I do like the look of the unit when compared to other soundbars, it just does not deliver on the sound part of soundbar...

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                              4.0

                              Great acoustics for your loft

                              By Carvey

                              from Calgary, Alberta

                              About Me Movie Enthusiast, Practical

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about JVC TH-BC3 Surround Soundbar Home Theater System:

                                  This is a great product for any small room,condo or apartment. It is powerful enough to provide room filling audio with reasonable quality of sound. Not just a sound bar, but with the built in radio and iPod dock it really makes this product versatile in any room.

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                                  4.0

                                  Good and as advertised

                                  By daniemare

                                  from Calgary AB, Canada

                                  About Me Practical

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

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

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Smaller Rooms

                                    Comments about JVC TH-BC3 Surround Soundbar Home Theater System:

                                    As advertised. Really upgrades the RV speakers well. Like the pre-out which adds great bass even with cheap subwoofer

                                    I temporarily had to say good bye to my denon avr and 5.1 speakers. The faux surround sound is not as good as a full system, but you can't expect it to be. It does however provide a "fuller" sound as compared to the TV, especially with subwoofer

                                    Like the 2 hdmi inputs. This is what sold this system to me. Makes connecting and switching components just as easy as with avr. Only gripe, I wish it had a 3rd hdmi input as most will have 3 inputs

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                                    4.0

                                    as advertised

                                    By poor but picky

                                    from Toronto, ON

                                    About Me Practical, Tech Savvy

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy To Set Up
                                    • Good value for connection

                                    Cons

                                    • Displays not detected

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Smaller Rooms

                                    Comments about JVC TH-BC3 Surround Soundbar Home Theater System:

                                    I use this connected to iPod, OTA dtv tuner, and macbook pro. My display is not a tv but a NEC monitor.
                                    Sounds average but meets my connectivity needs well.
                                    I watch movies through the unit with a hdmi converter on my macbook's thunderbolt port. In this configuration, it appears to limit the display setting options because the display itself is not detected.

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