The home theater setup, while appealing, can be a bit aesthetically intrusive on one’s living room, not to mention challenging from a technical know-how when it comes to setup.  So it’s no surprise to us that we’ve seen the soundbar, an all in one virtual surround sound speaker, grow in popularity along side the now ubiquitous flat screen TV.

Yesterday, JVC announced two new models to the category, the TH-BC1 and TH-BC3.  They’re virtually identical in terms of specs, while the latter, more expensive BC3 sports a a push-open dock for iPod/iPhone, HDMI 1.4 (two inputs/one output) and composite video output for enjoying movies via iPod/iPhone.  Both speakers include 6.1 channel processing, a 60-watt power rating and two-channel SRS StudioSound HD front surround soundbar with built-in FM tuner.

The TH-BC1 (available January) and TH-BC3 (available February) will be sell for $149.95 and $249.95 respectively.

LAS VEGAS, January 6, 2011 – JVC today unveiled two new additions to its home theater audio line-up with front surround soundbar systems designed to complement today’s high definition displays. Both the TH-BC1 and TH-BC3 deliver superior sound quality, provide connectivity to the latest home entertainment devices and are simple to set up and use.

For the best possible sound experience both new JVC soundbars offer SRS StudioSound HD™, comprised of SRS TruSurround HD™ and SRS TruVolume™. SRS TruSurround HD processes up to 6.1 channels for playback over two speakers or headphones and uses proprietary algorithms from SRS Labs to optimize bass performance. SRS TruVolume eliminates volume fluctuations when switching from one source to another.
The entry level JVC TH-BC1 offers easy setup and is a 60-watt (30 watts per channel), two-channel SRS StudioSound HD front surround soundbar with built-in FM tuner. The TH-BC1 features an analog input and two digital audio inputs (optical and coaxial) and a subwoofer pre-out.
The TH-BC3 adds a push-open dock for iPod®/iPhone® and HDMI 1.4 – two inputs/one output.
It features HDMI CEC connectivity, 3D ready video pass through, stand by pass through and ARC (Audio Return Channel) for easy setup and usability. The TH-BC3 also adds a composite video output for enjoying movies via iPod®/iPhone®.
The TH-BC1 will be available in January 2011 for $149.95 and the TH-BC3 will be available in February 2011 for $249.95.

Christen Costa

Grew up back East, got sick of the cold and headed West. Since I was small I have been pushing buttons - both electronic and human. With an insatiable need for tech I thought "why not start a blog focusing on technology, and use my dislikes and likes to post on gadgets."

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  1. iPod does not work with the remote control. After numerous attempts to get JVC to solve the problem, I finally had to take the camera to a local repair center. But after this it worked fine.

  2. does this mean that the BC3 does NOT include the sub-woofer like its predecessor BA3 did? Is this an upgraded model or a downgraded model from JVC?

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