JBL Bar 5.1 vs Sony HT-Z9F review

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Rating 4.3 4.3
JBL Bar 5.1
vs
Sony HT-Z9F

The present review is aimed to compare two soundbars - JBL Bar 5.1 vs Sony HT-Z9F that are meant to satisfy the needs of cinema and music lovers. Based on our rating, both soundbars have the same overall rating of 6.8. The competitors' control buttons are different: power, volume down, volume up, input and power, input, Bluetooth, music service, volume down, volume up, 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-Z9F. The output power is different and equal to 510 (overall) W for the Bar 5.1 versus 400 (overall) W for the HT-Z9F. 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-Z9F 7 for its audio features and specs. Only the Bar 5.1 supports Google Play Music. Spotify is available on each of the soundbars.

Connectivity

Only the Sony HT-Z9F can connect to the Internet via WI-FI. Rivals from our review have Bluetooth support. The JBL Bar 5.1 has 3/0 HDMI inputs/outputs versus 2/0 of the Sony HT-Z9F. 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. Multi-room is only available for the Sony HT-Z9F.

Multichannel surround

Only the HT-Z9F has a Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format support. A surround technology DTS:X is supported only by the HT-Z9F. Compared devices do not have DTS Virtual:X support. For multichannel surround JBL Bar 5.1 got a rating of 4, and Sony HT-Z9F 7 out of 10.

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Common

Product

JBL Bar 5.1
Sony HT-Z9F

Model

Bar 5.1
HT-Z9F

Brand

JBL
Sony

Reviews

806
169

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
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)

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
Chromecast

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

0
1

NFC

HDMI input/output

3/0
2/0

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

Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant

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
100 x 6.4 x 10/39.4 x 2.5 x 3.4

Weight, kg/pounds

3.9/8.6
3.1/6.6
JBL Bar 5.1
Sony HT-Z9F
JBL Bar 5.1
Sony HT-Z9F

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 6.8
  • 6.8
  • 6.8JBL Bar 5.1
  • 6.8Sony HT-Z9F

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