Sound bars are nothing revolutionary, but JVC's newly announced TH-BC3 packs a few features worth mentioning. At the top of the list is the inclusion of an HDMI 1.4 enabled ARC (Audio Return Channel), which allows for simplified wiring since audio can travel in both directions through the HDMI cable. Additional connectivity options include one analog input and two digital audio inputs (optical and coaxial) plus a subwoofer pre-out. A slick push-open iPod / iPhone dock is another nice edition especially when combined with a composite video output. In terms of more general specs, the device features 30 watts per channel, a built-in FM tuner, and SRS StudioSound HD which is basically a branded complication of SRS TruSurround HD and SRS TruVolume. SRS TruVolume is designed to eliminate volume changes when switching sources while TruSurround HD can convert up to 6.1 channels of audio for playback over two speakers. JVC says the speaker will be available in February for $249. If that's above your budget, the TH-BC1 is essentially the same product minus the ARC and iPod dock and will be available this month for $149.
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Sleek & Stylish New Soundbar Home Theater Systems From JVC

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.
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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.

About JVC U.S.A.
JVC U.S.A., headquartered in Wayne, New Jersey, is a division of JVC Americas Corp., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Victor Company of Japan Ltd. JVC distributes a complete line of video and audio equipment, including high definition displays, camcorders, home and portable audio and video equipment, and mobile entertainment products. For further product information, visit JVC's website at or call 1-800-526-5308.