JBL Bar 5.1 vs Polk Audio Command Bar review

Votes 1 1
Rating 5 5

JBL Bar 5.1 vs Polk Audio Command Bar comparison chart

Overall
JBL Bar 5.1
7.2
Polk Audio Command Bar
6.6
5
10

JBL Bar 5.1 vs Polk Audio Command Bar review

JBL Bar 5.1
vs
Polk Audio Command Bar

The present review is aimed to compare two soundbars - JBL Bar 5.1 vs Polk Audio Command Bar that are meant to satisfy the needs of cinema and music lovers. Based on our rating, Bar 5.1 has a total rating of 7.2 out of 10 versus 6.6 for Command Bar. The competitors' control buttons are different: power, volume down, volume up, input and volume down, volume up, microphone, action, respectively.

Audio features

Both soundbars have active amplification type. A significant difference between the units in the number of channels, the JBL Bar 5.1 has 5.1 versus 2.1 for the Polk Audio Command Bar. The output power is different and equal to 510 (overall) W for the Bar 5.1 versus 160 (overall) W for the Command Bar. Competitors do not have a built-in subwoofer. Rivals have wireless connection to separate subwoofer. The JBL Bar 5.1 got our rating of 8 out of 10, and the Polk Audio Command Bar 6 for its audio features and specs. Spotify is available on each of the soundbars.

Connectivity

Both models do not have WI-FI support. Rivals from our review have Bluetooth support. The JBL Bar 5.1 has 3/0 HDMI inputs/outputs versus 1/1 of the Polk Audio Command Bar. The HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) feature supports both devices. Both soundbars have a USB connector. For connectivity, the Bar 5.1 received a rating of 8/10 versus 7/10, respectively.

Features

Both models support voice control using Amazon Alexa. App control is available for the Bar 5.1. A built-in microphone is present only on the Command Bar. Multi-room is only available for the Polk Audio Command Bar.

Multichannel surround

None of soundbars equipped with Dolby Atmos multichannel audio decoder. The soundbars do not support the surround sound technology DTS:X. For multichannel surround JBL Bar 5.1 got a rating of 4, and Polk Audio Command Bar 5 out of 10.

Advantages JBL Bar 5.1 over Polk Audio Command Bar

  • Amazon Music compatible
  • App control

Advantages Polk Audio Command Bar over JBL Bar 5.1

  • Microphone
  • Multi-room support
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Common

Product

JBL Bar 5.1
Polk Audio Command Bar

Model

Bar 5.1
Command Bar

Brand

JBL
Polk Audio

Reviews

2550
1414

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, microphone, action

Audio features

Built-in channels

5.1
2.1

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

510 (overall)
160 (overall)

Separate speaker (in package)

2
0

Separate speaker connections

wireless
has not

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

Separate subwoofer connections

wireless
wireless

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay

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
1/1

HDMI ARC

HDMI eARC

HDMI CEC

Optical digital input/output

1/0
1/0

USB

1 (USB 2.0)
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

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
DTS Digital Surround

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
110 x 5 x 10.1/43.3 x 2.1 x 4.1

Weight, kg/pounds

3.9/8.6
1.8/4.9

Other

Release year

2017
2018
JBL Bar 5.1
Polk Audio Command Bar
JBL Bar 5.1
Polk Audio Command Bar

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 7.2
  • 6.6
  • 7.2JBL Bar 5.1
  • 6.6Polk Audio Command Bar

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

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