JBL Synthesis SDR-35 AV Receiver Review

Class G Immersive Surround Sound AVR with 16 channels of native processing, Dolby ATMOS, DTS:X, Auro 3D, IMAX Enhanced, Dirac Live, streaming, and DANTE.


JBL Synthesis SDR-35 AV Receiver Review
JBL Synthesis SDR-35 AV Receiver Front Panel

The JBL Synthesis SDR-35 is designed to ensure exceptional performance without compromise and offers an unparalleled feature set that puts it far ahead of the competition. It features full support for Dolby ATMOS, DTS:X, and Auro-3D immersive audio formats. DIRAC Live with Bass Control room EQ with JBL Synthesis system enhancements provides exceptionally accurate system tuning. A full suite of digital and analog connectivity is included along DANTE digital audio networking and HDMI 2.0b (4K Ultra HD) AV switching with support for Dolby Vision and HDR10+ dynamic video, plus IMAX Enhanced certification. Network and Bluetooth streaming are included with Google Chromecast and Apple Airplay 2 support along with Roon Ready certification. Seven channels of Class G amplification are included allowing the SDR-35 to independantly power systems up to 7.1 channels. Full external control allows for complete and easy system integration.

Click here to download unit firmware v1.54_1304
Click here to download Dante firmware v1.2.0

JBL Synthesis SDR-35 Highlights

  • Immersive High Resolution Sound: 16 Channels of discrete high resolution processing with 4 user configurable channels enable a plethora of set up options for Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, and Auro 3D immersive surround sound applications.
  • DANTE Network Audio: All 16 channels of processed audio can be routed on a single CAT5e, CAT6 cable over a standard network. Dante is easy to set up and compatible with Dante enabled JBL Synthesis amplifiers.
  • IMAX Enhanced: IMAX Enhanced-certified AV receiver and features DTS:X immersive audio decoding that is optimized to properly reproduce the full dynamic range of IMAX theatrical sound mixes available in IMAX Enhanced content.
  • Play music over Ethernet or Wi-Fi, with Chromecast built-in, Apple AirPlay 2, or the Harman MusicLife app.
  • Roon Ready and MQA supported
  • Play music directly from phones and tablets with Bluetooth aptX® HD.
  • Class G Amplification: Like a hybrid car engine, Class G implements multiple power supplies. The first power supply runs in pure Class A, which has no crossover distortion. If a dynamic signal is received that goes beyond the threshold of this first power supply, the secondary supply is gradually incorporated as required.
  • Cinematic Video Experience: Dolby Vision, HDR10+, HDMI2.0b with HDCP2.2, 4K “Ultra HD” as well as 3D video capabilities are built-in.
  • Designed for the Integrator: DANTE, eARC, and an internal Java-based configuration page, Dirac Live, IP, IR, and RS232, and all major control system drivers -controlling the install, setup, and calibration has never been easier.
  • Available rack mount kit (JBLRMRK sold separately)
JBL Synthesis SDR-35 AV Receiver Review Back Panel
JBL Synthesis SDR-35 AV Receiver Review Back Panel

JBL Synthesis SDR-35 General Specifications

Continuous power output, per channel 8Ω/4Ω
2 channels driven, 20Hz – 20kHz, <0.02% THD 120W/200W
2 channels driven, 1kHz, 0.2% THD 140W/220W
7 channels driven, 1kHz, 0.2% THD 100W/180W
Residual noise & hum (A-wtd) <0.15mV
Maximum input 4.5V rms
Nominal sensitivity 1V, 2V, 4V (user adjustable)
Input impedance 47kΩ
Signal/noise ratio (A-wtd ref 100W) normal/stereo direct 100dB/110dB
Frequency response 20Hz—20kHz ± 0.1dB
Nominal output level 1V RMS (max. 5V RMS)
Output impedance 560Ω
THD+N (20Hz—20kHz) –100dB
Headphone Output Maximum output level into 32Ω 5Vrms
Headphone Output Output impedance:560Ω <100Ω
Mains voltage 110–120V or 220–240V, 50–60Hz
Power consumption (maximum) 50W (Thermal dissipation approx. 170 BTU/hour)
Power consumption (idle, typical) 40W (Thermal dissipation approx. 170 BTU/hour)
Power consumption (standby) <0.5W
Dimensions W x D (including speaker terminals) x H (including feet) 433 x 425 x 171mm
Weight (net) 10.6kg
Weight (packed) 13.9kg

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