JBL Bar 5.1 vs Sony HT-S350 review

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Rating 5 5
JBL Bar 5.1
vs
Sony HT-S350

I had a chance to test and compare two models: JBL Bar 5.1 vs Sony HT-S350 and this review should help people who are looking for a good soundbar. The JBL Bar 5.1 was rated 6.8, while the Sony HT-S350 has a rating 5. The soundbars are equipped with a different number of buttons, power, volume down, volume up, input for the Bar 5.1 and power, volume down, volume up, Bluetooth, TV for the HT-S350.

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-S350 has 2.1. These rivals can be compared in terms of power, 510 (overall) versus 85 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-S350 received 7 out of 10. Google Play Music service is only in the Bar 5.1. The Bar 5.1 can play audio from Spotify.

Connectivity

Both models do not have a wireless Wi-Fi interface. Soundbars from this comparison have Bluetooth support. There are 3/0 HDMI inputs/outputs in the JBL Bar 5.1 versus 0/1 HDMIs in the Sony HT-S350. As in the Bar 5.1, so in the HT-S350 there is the HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC). We rated the connectivity of the Bar 5.1 at 8 out of 10, while the HT-S350 was rated 5/10.

Features

The manufacturer of the Bar 5.1 provides a device control application. Soundbars in this review are not equipped with a microphone. The models under consideration cannot become part of a multiroom system.

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos audio decoder support is not implemented in either the Bar 5.1 or HT-S350. 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 same score of 4/10 was put to the soundbars for multichannel surround support.

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Common

Product

JBL Bar 5.1
Sony HT-S350

Model

Bar 5.1
HT-S350

Brand

JBL
Sony

Reviews

935
807

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, Bluetooth, TV

Audio features

Built-in channels

5.1
2.1

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

510 (overall)
85

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
has not

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

0
0

NFC

HDMI input/output

3/0
0/1

HDMI ARC

Optical digital input/output

1/0
1/0

USB

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

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
90 x 6.4 x 8.8/35.5 x 2.6 x 3.5

Weight, kg/pounds

3.9/8.6
2.4/5.4
JBL Bar 5.1
Sony HT-S350
JBL Bar 5.1
Sony HT-S350

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 6.8
  • 5
  • 6.8JBL Bar 5.1
  • 5Sony HT-S350

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