JBL Bar 5.1 vs Sony HT-G700 review

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JBL Bar 5.1 vs Sony HT-G700 comparison chart

JBL Bar 5.1 vs Sony HT-G700 review

JBL Bar 5.1
vs
Sony HT-G700

It makes sense comparing JBL Bar 5.1 vs Sony HT-G700 because they both are able to give some premium features. Based on our rating, Bar 5.1 has a total rating of 7.2 out of 10 versus 6.2 for HT-G700. The competitors' control buttons are different: power, volume down, volume up, input and power, volume down, volume up, input, Bluetooth, 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 3.1 for the Sony HT-G700. The output power is different and equal to 510 (overall) W for the Bar 5.1 versus 400 (overall) W for the HT-G700. 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 Sony HT-G700 7 for its audio features and specs. Spotify support is available on the Bar 5.1.

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 Sony HT-G700. The HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) feature supports both devices. Both soundbars have a USB connector. For connectivity, each of the soundbars received a rating of 8/10. 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

Only the HT-G700 has a Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format support. A surround technology DTS:X is supported only by the HT-G700. For multichannel surround JBL Bar 5.1 got a rating of 4, and Sony HT-G700 10 out of 10.

Advantages JBL Bar 5.1 over Sony HT-G700

  • Amazon Music compatible
  • Spotify support
  • App control

Advantages Sony HT-G700 over JBL Bar 5.1

  • Compatible with Dolby Atmos
  • Compatible with DTS:X
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Common

Product

JBL Bar 5.1
Sony HT-G700

Model

Bar 5.1
HT-G700

Brand

JBL
Sony

Reviews

2550
221

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, volume down, volume up, input, Bluetooth

Audio features

Built-in channels

5.1
3.1

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

510 (overall)
400 (overall)

Separate speaker (in package)

2
0

Separate speaker connections

wireless

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

App control

Microphone

Remote control

Multi-room

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

Dolby (other)

Dolby Digital, Dolby Pro Logic II
Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby True HD

DTS:X

DTS (other)

has not
DTS HD, DTS ES, DTS 96/24

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
89 x 6.4 x 10.8/35.1 x 2.6 x 3.9

Weight, kg/pounds

3.9/8.6
3.5/7.1

Other

Release year

2017
2020
JBL Bar 5.1
Sony HT-G700
JBL Bar 5.1
Sony HT-G700

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 7.2
  • 6.2
  • 7.2JBL Bar 5.1
  • 6.2Sony HT-G700

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