JBL Bar 5.1 vs Definitive Technology Mythos SSA-50 review

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Rating 5 5
JBL Bar 5.1
vs
Definitive Technology Mythos SSA-50

The JBL Bar 5.1 vs Definitive Technology Mythos SSA-50 comparison shows that these models have some important differences and common features. The JBL Bar 5.1 was rated 6.8, while the Definitive Technology Mythos SSA-50 has a rating 6.

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 Mythos SSA-50 has 5.0. A built-in subwoofer is available only in the Definitive Technology Mythos SSA-50. Rate 8 out of 10 received the JBL Bar 5.1 for audio features and specs, but the Definitive Technology Mythos SSA-50 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 Mythos SSA-50 was rated 6/10.

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 Mythos SSA-50. 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.

Advantages JBL Bar 5.1 over Definitive Technology Mythos SSA-50

  • Google Play Music compatible
  • Amazon Music compatible
  • Spotify support
  • Bluetooth enabled
  • Audio return channel (HDMI ARC) support
  • App control

Advantages Definitive Technology Mythos SSA-50 over JBL Bar 5.1

  • Built-in subwoofer

Soundbars comparison chart

Overall
JBL Bar 5.1
6.8
Definitive Technology Mythos SSA-50
6
9
inapplicable
5
inapplicable
4
inapplicable
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Common

Product

JBL Bar 5.1
Definitive Technology Mythos SSA-50

Model

Bar 5.1
Mythos SSA-50

Brand

JBL
Definitive Technology

Reviews

1692
33

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
5.0

Amplification type

active
passive

Output power, W

510 (overall)

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
5/0

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
13.6 x 117.5 x 10.7/5.4 x 46.2 x 4.2

Weight, kg/pounds

3.9/8.6
15.4/34
JBL Bar 5.1
Definitive Technology Mythos SSA-50
JBL Bar 5.1
Definitive Technology Mythos SSA-50

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 6.8
  • 6
  • 6.8JBL Bar 5.1
  • 6Definitive Technology Mythos SSA-50

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