JBL SDR-38 16-Channel Class G Immersive Surround Sound AV Receiver

Your turnkey solution to the ultimate private cinema experience and beyond

JBL has a legacy of excellence in sound reproduction that goes back 75 years. The leading choice for music and movie industry professionals and connoisseurs alike, JBL loudspeakers and technology are featured in more than 50 percent of all movie theaters and are used in concert venues worldwide.

The JBL Synthesis SDR-38 is designed to ensure exceptional performance without compromise. With best-in-class audio and video signal integrity, 16 channels of native processing, Dolby ATMOS®, DTS: X®, Auro 3D®, IMAX® Enhanced, Dirac Live®, Logic16™, Network Streaming, DANTE®, and 7 channels of Class G amplification, the JBL Synthesis SDR-38 delivers a powerful, sensory-rich experience with unrivaled flexibility. The very latest HDMI standard is included in the SDR-38, with all inputs and outputs meeting HDMI 2.1 standard. All signal paths have a bandwidth of 40Gbps, with resolutions up to 8K at 60fps, and frame rates up to 120fps supported for the latest high-resolution gaming platforms at 4K. At the same time, the SDR-38 is backwards compatible with earlier HDMI generations. Play your favorite music over Ethernet or Wi-Fi with Chromecast® built-in, Apple® AirPlay 2™, Roon®, the Harman MusicLife app, or via Bluetooth with aptX®HD.

An internal configuration page, integrated DANTE, IP, IR, and RS232 control, and an independent Zone 2 make the SDP-38 an outstanding choice for a broad range of applications.



  • Roon ready with Hi-res audio and MQA Support
  • Dante Digital Audio Networking
  • Bluetooth and network streaming included with Google Chromecast built-in, Apple Airplay 2, Spotify Connect, and Tidal Connect
  • Class G amplification 7 X 100WPC into 8 OHMS, 140WPC into 4 OHMS plus RCA analog outputs
  • IMAX Enhanced Certification
  • Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, and Auro-3D Immersive audio decoding
  • DIRAC Live with bass control room EQ
  • HDMI 2.1 8k Ultra HD with 8 inputs and 2 outputs, plus Dolby Vision and HDR10+ compatibility

Latest HDMI 2.1 specification

Supports ultra-high video resolutions of up to 8K@60fps and 4K@120fps. High Dynamic Range including Dolby Vision, HDR10+, HDR10, HLG, as well as 3D video is supported. All HDCP versions up to & inc HDCP 2.3. HDMI eARC and CEC supported.

Immersive High-Resolution Sound

16 channels of discrete high-resolution processing with 4 user configurable channels enable a plethora of setup options for Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, and Auro 3D immersive surround sound applications.

Dirac Live with Bass Control

The interaction between your sound system and the physical layout of your room has a huge impact on sound quality. Dirac Live Room Correction applies state-of-the-art, patented algorithms to analyze and digitally reduce room impact and enhance speaker performance.

7 Channels of Class G Amplification

Class G implements multiple power supplies to deliver the first 20W per channel in pure class A, with no crossover distortion. The second power supply drives the amplifier up to maximum output for dynamic output with a peak total power consumption of 1.5kW.

DANTE Network

AudioBridge the gap between residential and commercial applications. All 16 channels of processed audio can be routed on a single CAT5e or CAT6 cable over a standard IP network. DANTE is easy to set up and compatible with DANTE-enabled JBL Synthesis amplifiers.

Network and Bluetooth Streaming

Play your favorite music over Ethernet or Wi-Fi with Chromecast built-in, Apple AirPlay 2, Roon, the Harman MusicLife app, or via Bluetooth with aptX HD.

Designed for the Integrator

With an available rack mount kit, DANTE, eARC, and an internal configuration page, DIRAC Live, IP, IR RS232, and iOS and Android App control the installation, set up, and calibration has never been easier.

Logic 16

Logic 16 will up-mix any input source from mono up to 15.1, including all Dolby formats with natural astonishing 3D sound. In addition, Dolby, DTS Neural:X, and Auro-3D upmixers are on board.



  • 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
  • Stereo line inputs
    • Maximum input: 4.5Vrms
    • 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
  • Preamplifier outputs
    • Nominal output level: 1V RMS (max. 5V RMS)
    • THD+N (20Hz–20kHz): -100dB
  • Headphone output
    • Maximum output level into 32Ω: 5Vrms
    • Recommended headphone impedance: 16Ω–64Ω
  • General
    • Mains voltage: 110–120V or 220–240V, 50–60Hz
    • Power consumption (maximum): 1.5kW (Thermal dissipation approx. 5200 BTU/hour)
    • Power consumption (idle, typical): 100W (Thermal dissipation approx. 350 BTU/hour)
    • Power consumption (standby): <0.5W
    • Dimensions (W x H x D) (includes speaker terminals and feet): 17” x 6.7" x 16.7”
    • Weight (net): 40lbs


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