JBL Bar 5.1 vs KEF HTF7003 review

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Rating 5 5
JBL Bar 5.1
vs
KEF HTF7003

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.

Audio features

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.

Connectivity

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.

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 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.

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Common

Product

JBL Bar 5.1
KEF HTF7003

Model

Bar 5.1
HTF7003

Brand

JBL
KEF

Reviews

626
11

General

Placement type

table-top, wall-mountable
table-top, wall-mountable

Connection to source

wired, wireless
wired

Soundbar buttons

power, volume down, volume up, input
has not

Audio features

Built-in channels

5.1
3.0

Amplification type

active
passive

Output power, W

510 (overall)
100

Separate speaker (in package)

2
0

Separate speaker connections

wireless
wired

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

1
0

Separate subwoofer connections

wireless
has not

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
0/0

HDMI ARC

Optical digital input/output

1/0
0/0

USB

1 (USB 2.0)

Coaxial digital input/output

0/0
0/0

Analog audio input/output (RCA)

1/0
3/0

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
78.5 x 8.1 x 6.1/30.9 x 3.1 x 2.4

Weight, kg/pounds

3.9/8.6
2.1/4.6
JBL Bar 5.1
KEF HTF7003
JBL Bar 5.1
KEF HTF7003

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 6.8
  • 5
  • 6.8JBL Bar 5.1
  • 5KEF HTF7003

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