CNET First Look
JBL Boost TV speaker does just what it says it willThis mini sound bar gives your TV's sound an effective upgrade, with the option of Bluetooth streaming thrown in.
The JBL Boost is part of a new breed of mini sound bars, that's designed to make your flat screen sound better than just a school corridor during recess. It's $200 and does what it intends. It improves your TV sound, and may be even better than a Bluetooth speaker at the same money. The Boost TV is pretty simple. It accepts an optical connection from your TV and it can decode Dolby digital broadcasts. It will also stream Bluetooth music from your phone or accept a line input. These base ports and the speaker's relatively large size help give the speaker more authority than the typical bluetooth speaker. The sound is much more open, too. And this is especially helpful for bringing out dialog in TV shows. Music isn't as successful and rock and dance can sound a little bright, especially at volume. But if you're just looking to improve the sound of the small TV it does a pretty good job. [MUSIC]