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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.