JBL Bar 5.1 vs Sony HT-CT800 review

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JBL Bar 5.1
vs
Sony HT-CT800

In this article, we will talk about JBL Bar 5.1 vs Sony HT-CT800 comparison. The JBL Bar 5.1 was rated 6.8, while the Sony HT-CT800 has a rating 5.6. The soundbars are equipped with a different number of buttons, power, volume down, volume up, input for the Bar 5.1 and power, input, Bluetooth, music service, volume down, volume up for the HT-CT800.

Audio features

Each of the models under consideration has active amplification type. A noticeable difference is the number of channels that Bar 5.1 has 5.1 and HT-CT800 has 2.1. These rivals can be compared in terms of power, 510 (overall) versus 110 according to devices. 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 Sony HT-CT800 received 6 out of 10. Both the Bar 5.1 and the HT-CT800 have Google Play Music on board. Each of the competitors can play content from Spotify.

Connectivity

Wireless Internet connection is realized only in the HT-CT800. Soundbars from this comparison have Bluetooth support. 3/0 HDMI inputs/outputs are in each of soundbars. As in the Bar 5.1, so in the HT-CT800 there is the HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC). Connecting devices via USB is possible in both models. The connectivity of each of the models was estimated at 8/10.

Features

The manufacturer of the Bar 5.1 provides a device control application. Soundbars in this review are not equipped with a microphone. The Sony HT-CT800 may become part of a multiroom system.

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos audio decoder support is not implemented in either the Bar 5.1 or HT-CT800. Devices from this comparison cannot process surround sound due to lack of DTS:X. DTS Virtual:X technology not supported by any of the soundbars in this review. The Bar 5.1 was rated 4/10, while the HT-CT800 received a mark of 2/10 for multichannel surround.

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Common

Product

JBL Bar 5.1
Sony HT-CT800

Model

Bar 5.1
HT-CT800

Brand

JBL
Sony

Reviews

935
282

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
power, input, Bluetooth, music service, volume down, volume up

Audio features

Built-in channels

5.1
2.1

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

510 (overall)
110

Separate speaker (in package)

2
0

Separate speaker connections

wireless
wireless

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

1
1

Separate subwoofer connections

wireless
wireless

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay

Google Play Music

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

Pandora, Tuneln, Deezer, Chromecast
Pandora, Napster, TIDAL, Deezer, Chromecast

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

0
1

NFC

HDMI input/output

3/0
3/0

HDMI ARC

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
1/0

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
103 x 5.2 x 12.6/40.5 x 2.1 x 5

Weight, kg/pounds

3.9/8.6
2.8/6.1
JBL Bar 5.1
Sony HT-CT800
JBL Bar 5.1
Sony HT-CT800

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 6.8
  • 5.6
  • 6.8JBL Bar 5.1
  • 5.6Sony HT-CT800

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