JBL Bar 5.1 vs Sonos Arc review

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JBL Bar 5.1 vs Sonos Arc comparison chart

JBL Bar 5.1 vs Sonos Arc review

JBL Bar 5.1
vs
Sonos Arc

I had a chance to test and compare two models: JBL Bar 5.1 vs Sonos Arc and this review should help people who are looking for a good soundbar. The JBL Bar 5.1 was rated 7.2, while the Sonos Arc has a rating 7. The soundbars are equipped with a different number of buttons, power, volume down, volume up, input for the Bar 5.1 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 5.1 for audio features and specs, but the Sonos Arc received 5 out of 10.

Streaming services

The JBL Bar 5.1 is equipped with AirPlay, but the Sonos Arc has AirPlay 2 on board. Each of the competitors can play content from Spotify.

Connectivity

Wireless Internet connection is realized only in the Arc. Soundbars from this comparison have Bluetooth support. There are 3/0 HDMI inputs/outputs in the JBL Bar 5.1 versus 1/0 HDMIs in the Sonos Arc. As in the Bar 5.1, so in the Arc there is the HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC). We rated the connectivity of the Bar 5.1 at 8 out of 10, while the Arc was rated 7/10.

Features

Each of the soundbars can be controlled using the application. The Sonos Arc equipped with a microphone. The models under consideration cannot become part of a multiroom system.

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos audio decoder is onboard the Arc. Devices from this comparison cannot process surround sound due to lack of DTS:X. The same score of 4/10 was put to the soundbars for multichannel surround support.

Advantages JBL Bar 5.1 over Sonos Arc

  • Separate subwoofer in package

Advantages Sonos Arc over JBL Bar 5.1

  • WI-FI enabled
  • Microphone
  • Compatible with Dolby Atmos
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Common

Product

JBL Bar 5.1
Sonos Arc

Model

Bar 5.1
Arc

Brand

JBL
Sonos

Reviews

3060
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, input
volume down, volume up, play/pause, microphone

Audio features

Built-in channels

5.1

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

510 (overall)

Separate speaker (in package)

2
0

Separate speaker connections

wireless
wireless

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

Separate subwoofer connections

wireless
wireless

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay
AirPlay 2

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

Pandora, Tuneln, Deezer, Chromecast
Pandora, Tuneln, iHeart, Chromecast

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

0
1

NFC

HDMI input/output

3/0
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)

1/0
0/0

Headphone output

0
0

Subwoofer output

1
0

Features

Voice control

Amazon Alexa
Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant

App control

Microphone

Remote control

Multi-room

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

Dolby (other)

Dolby Digital, Dolby Pro Logic II
Dolby Digital

DTS:X

DTS (other)

has not
has not

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Size (Wx H x D), cm/in

114.8 x 5.8 x 9.3/45 x 2.3 x 3.7
114 x 7.6 x 10.1/45 x 3.4 x 4.5

Weight, kg/pounds

3.9/8.6
6.2/13.7

Other

Release year

2017
2020
JBL Bar 5.1
Sonos Arc
JBL Bar 5.1
Sonos Arc

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 7.2
  • 7
  • 7.2JBL Bar 5.1
  • 7Sonos Arc