The JBL Bar 5.1 vs Denon HEOS BAR comparison proves that these soundbars have many common features. Based on our rating, Bar 5.1 has a total rating of 7.2 out of 10 versus 7 for HEOS BAR. The competitors' control buttons are different: power, volume down, volume up, input and volume down, volume up, sound off, respectively.
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 3.0 for the Denon HEOS 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 Denon HEOS BAR 6 for its audio features and specs. Spotify is available on each of the soundbars.
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 4/1 of the Denon HEOS 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.
App control is available in every soundbar. A built-in microphone is present only on the HEOS BAR. Multi-room is only available for the Denon HEOS BAR.
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 Denon HEOS BAR 5 out of 10.