JBL BAR 700 vs Sonos Arc review

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JBL BAR 700 vs Sonos Arc comparison chart

JBL BAR 700 vs Sonos Arc review

JBL BAR 700
vs
Sonos Arc

I had a chance to test and compare two models: JBL BAR 700 vs Sonos Arc and this review should help people who are looking for a good soundbar. The JBL BAR 700 was rated 8.8, while the Sonos Arc has a rating 7. The soundbars are equipped with a different number of buttons, power, volume down, volume up for the BAR 700 and volume down, volume up, play/pause, microphone for the Arc.

Audio features

Each of the models under consideration has active amplification type. The built-in subwoofer is not implemented in any of these models. An external subwoofer can be connected to any of the units in this comparison. Rate 8 out of 10 received the JBL BAR 700 for audio features and specs, but the Sonos Arc received 5 out of 10. Each of the competitors can play content from Spotify.

Connectivity

Both models have a wireless Wi-Fi interface. Soundbars from this comparison have Bluetooth support. There are 1/1 HDMI inputs/outputs in the JBL BAR 700 versus 1/0 HDMIs in the Sonos Arc. As in the BAR 700, so in the Arc there is the HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC). We rated the connectivity of the BAR 700 at 10 out of 10, while the Arc was rated 7/10. Each of the soundbars can be controlled using the application. The soundbars in this review are equipped with a microphone. The models under consideration cannot become part of a multiroom system.

Multichannel surround

Manufacturers equipped both units with Dolby Atmos audio decoder. Devices from this comparison cannot process surround sound due to lack of DTS:X. The BAR 700 was rated 7/10, while the Arc received a mark of 4/10 for multichannel surround.

Advantages JBL BAR 700 over Sonos Arc

  • Separate subwoofer in package
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Common

Product

JBL BAR 700
Sonos Arc

Model

BAR 700
Arc

Brand

JBL
Sonos

Reviews

0
368

General

Placement type

table-top, wall-mountable
table-top, wall-mountable

Connection to source

wired, wireless
wired, wireless

Soundbar buttons

power, volume down, volume up
volume down, volume up, play/pause, microphone

Audio features

Built-in channels

5.1

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

620 (overall)

Separate speaker (in package)

2
0

Separate speaker connections

has not
wireless

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

Separate subwoofer connections

wireless
wireless

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay 2

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

Pandora, SoundCloud
Pandora, Tuneln, iHeart, Chromecast

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

0
1

NFC

HDMI input/output

1/1
1/0

HDMI ARC

HDMI eARC

HDMI CEC

Optical digital input/output

1/0
0/0

USB

1 (USB 2.0)

Coaxial digital input/output

0/0
0/0

Analog audio input/output (RCA)

0/0
0/0

Headphone output

0
0

Subwoofer output

0
0

Features

Voice control

Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant

App control

Microphone

Remote control

Multi-room

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

Dolby (other)

Dolby Digital

DTS:X

DTS (other)

has not

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Size (Wx H x D), cm/in

30.5x4.4x30.5/12x17.3x12
114 x 7.6 x 10.1/45 x 3.4 x 4.5

Weight, kg/pounds

0.6/1.4
6.2/13.7

Other

Release year

2022
2020
JBL BAR 700
Sonos Arc
JBL BAR 700
Sonos Arc

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 8.8
  • 7
  • 8.8JBL BAR 700
  • 7Sonos Arc