I had a chance to test and compare two models: JBL Bar 5.1 vs KEF HTF7003 and this review should help people who are looking for a good soundbar. The JBL Bar 5.1 was rated 6.8, while the KEF HTF7003 has a rating 5.
Soundbars have different amplification type - active versus passive respectively to devices. A noticeable difference is the number of channels that Bar 5.1 has 5.1 and HTF7003 has 3.0. These rivals can be compared in terms of power, 510 (overall) versus 100 according to devices. The built-in subwoofer is not implemented in any of these models. Rate 8 out of 10 received the JBL Bar 5.1 for audio features and specs, but the KEF HTF7003 received 6 out of 10. Google Play Music service is only in the Bar 5.1. The Bar 5.1 can play audio from Spotify.
Both models do not have a wireless Wi-Fi interface. Bluetooth support integrated in the Bar 5.1. The HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) is implemented only in the Bar 5.1. We rated the connectivity of the Bar 5.1 at 8 out of 10, while the HTF7003 was rated 4/10.
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.
Dolby Atmos audio decoder support is not implemented in either the Bar 5.1 or HTF7003. 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 JBL Bar 5.1 is better soundbar in this comparison. Check JBL Bar 5.1 price