JBL Bar 5.1 vs Dayton Audio BS36 review

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Rating 5 5
JBL Bar 5.1
vs
Dayton Audio BS36

The present review is aimed to compare two soundbars - JBL Bar 5.1 vs Dayton Audio BS36 that are meant to satisfy the needs of cinema and music lovers. Based on our rating, Bar 5.1 has a total rating of 6.8 out of 10 versus 4.5 for BS36.

Audio features

The JBL Bar 5.1 has the active amplification type, the Dayton Audio BS36 - passive. A significant difference between the units in the number of channels, the JBL Bar 5.1 has 5.1 versus 3.0 for the Dayton Audio BS36. Competitors do not have a built-in subwoofer. The JBL Bar 5.1 got our rating of 8 out of 10, and the Dayton Audio BS36 5 for its audio features and specs. Only the Bar 5.1 supports Google Play Music. Spotify support is available on the Bar 5.1.

Connectivity

Both models do not have WI-FI support. Only the Bar 5.1 has Bluetooth support. Only the Bar 5.1 supports HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC). For connectivity, the Bar 5.1 received a rating of 8/10 versus 4/10, respectively.

Features

App control is available for the Bar 5.1. None of the models under consideration have a built-in microphone. Soundbars do not have Multi-room support.

Multichannel surround

None of soundbars equipped with Dolby Atmos multichannel audio decoder. The soundbars do not support the surround sound technology DTS:X. Compared devices do not have DTS Virtual:X support.

Advantages JBL Bar 5.1 over Dayton Audio BS36

  • Google Play Music compatible
  • Amazon Music compatible
  • Spotify support
  • Bluetooth enabled
  • Audio return channel (HDMI ARC) support
  • App control

Soundbars comparison chart

Overall
JBL Bar 5.1
6.8
Dayton Audio BS36
4.5
9
inapplicable
5
inapplicable
4
inapplicable
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Common

Product

JBL Bar 5.1
Dayton Audio BS36

Model

Bar 5.1
BS36

Brand

JBL
Dayton Audio

Reviews

1692
53

General

Placement type

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

Connection to source

wired, wireless
wired

Soundbar buttons

power, volume down, volume up, input
has not

Audio features

Built-in channels

5.1
3.0

Amplification type

active
passive

Output power, W

510 (overall)

Separate speaker (in package)

2
0

Separate speaker connections

wireless

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

1
0

Separate subwoofer connections

wireless
has not

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay

Google Play Music

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

Pandora, Tuneln, Deezer, Chromecast
has not

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

0
0

NFC

HDMI input/output

3/0
0/0

HDMI ARC

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
3/0

Headphone output

0
0

Subwoofer output

1
0

Features

Voice control

App control

Microphone

Remote control

Multi-room

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

Dolby Digital

Dolby Pro Logic II

DTS:X

DTS Virtual:X

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
93.1 x 10.1 x 10.1/37 x 4.2 x 4.8

Weight, kg/pounds

3.9/8.6
5.9/13.4
JBL Bar 5.1
Dayton Audio BS36
JBL Bar 5.1
Dayton Audio BS36

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 6.8
  • 4.5
  • 6.8JBL Bar 5.1
  • 4.5Dayton Audio BS36

The JBL Bar 5.1 is better soundbar in this comparison. Check JBL Bar 5.1 price