JBL 5.1 Surround Cinema Speaker System

Time to check out the product page and very good reviews (4.5 out of 5.0) over at bhphotovideo.com

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JBL 5.1 Surround Cinema Speaker System
Price: $99.99
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John B Lansing JBL if i’m not mistaken…

James Bullough Lansing founded JBL one year after leaving Altec Lansing as their Vice President of Engineering in 1945. The company was first called Lansing Sound, Inc., from 1 October 1946, and later changed its name to James B. Lansing Sound. The Marquardt Corporation gave the company early manufacturing space and a modest investment. William H. Thomas, the treasurer of Marquardt Corporation, represented Marquardt on Lansing’s Board of Directors. In 1948 Marquardt took over operation of the JBL. In 1949 Marquardt was purchased by General Tire Company. The new company was not interested in the loudspeaker business and severed ties with Lansing. Lansing reincorporated as James B. Lansing, Incorporated. In 1955 the brand name JBL was introduced to resolve ongoing disputes with Altec Lansing Corporation. The company name “James B. Lansing Sound, Incorporated” was retained, but the logo name was changed to JBL with its distinctive exclamation point logo.

This just reminded me that I have 4-5 woot mystery speaker boxes un-opened in storage (Great Dell 5.1 sets!) Time to get rid of them though.

Can anyone weigh in on how powerful these speakers are? My living room is pretty big and open with high ceilings. My last set of speakers didn’t fare so well (Craig CHT754 5.1 Channel Home Theater System with DVD Player
http://tech.woot.com/offers/5-1-channel-home-theater-w-dvd-player) and eventually blew out. Can anyone offer some insight?

I don’t own these yet but am about to make the dive. I think when you compare a Craig unit to JBL, you’re comparing apples to oranges. I believe these speakers will kick the pants off any craig unit. Also, the craig unit you linked to was an all-in-one setup. Just be aware, these are speakers only and will require an amp to run them.

I thought JBL stood for “Justin Bieber - LEAVE!”

I just bought these and was wondering am I going to need to buy a channel surround-sound receiver? Do i have to buy anything else to run this, or is this open the box set it up straight to the DVD player and its good?

You will need a 5.1 channel receiver to power these.

I have an amp, but I’d rather get rid of it and plug directly into my tv. I thought that since it was a powered subwoofer it didn’t need an amp? Where did my thinking go wrong?

I would agree with all that.

I had one of these sets. Provided they haven’t changed much, this is a very nice setup for the money. Mine survived for 11 years before being damaged during their 3rd move. I was impressed enough with them that I bought a larger JBL setup (CS 6100) for the new house. I’m very pleased with it as well.

Powered subwoofer means exactly that…the subwoofer is powered. The satelite speakers will need power from a receiver / amp.

But the specs say this:

JBL SCS145.5 5.1 Surround Cinema Speaker System - Black, includes–

(4) Satellite speakers
(1) Center channel speaker with adjustable support leg
(1) Powered subwoofer
(4) Wall mount brackets for Satellite speakers
(2) 20' speaker cables for connection from receiver to subwoofer
**(2) 15' speaker cables for connection from subwoofer to front speakers
(3) 40' speaker cables for connection from receiver to rear satellites and center speaker**

If the satellites connect to the subwoofer I’d say the subwoofer quite possibly powers them. Anybody know for sure?

If your system does not have the dolby digital LFE subwoofer output, you can run the speaker wiring from your receiver into the subwoofer, and then out of the subwoofer to provide signal for the sub. This was for older Dolby Pro Logic systems that didn’t have a digital subwoofer output.

That’s a very curious line. I’ve never seen a system that works like this.

@bpbarrette, according to the owners manual, pages 7 & 8, a receiver is included (presumably required) in each of the three installation scenarios…

(It appears the ‘connect all speakers to the sub-woofer scenario’ is for folks whose receiver has no dedicated sub-woofer output so this box handles it for you. Otherwise if your receiver has a dedicated sub-woofer output then you’ll connect all the speakers directly to the receiver.)

Onwer’s Manual at this link

If anyone’s looking for a receiver, today on 1sale, there is what look like an awesome Yamaha unit on sale. 7.2… wifi ready… 3D and 4K ready:

Nice write-up. I remember having a set of JBL L100 (from the 70s) when I was in college in the 80’s. They were the best speakers ever- unfortunately my apartment was robbed and they were taken. Great memories though listening to Pink Floyd cranked up on these.