If you have already decided that you want to buy a new soundbar, but still don’t know what exactly you want, the JBL Bar 5.1 vs ZVOX SB380 comparison is here to offer you two decent solutions. The JBL Bar 5.1 was rated 7.2, while the ZVOX SB380 has a rating 4. Soundbars have the same set of buttons - power, volume down, volume up, input.
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 SB380 has 3.1. These rivals can be compared in terms of power, 510 (overall) versus 45 according to devices. A built-in subwoofer is available only in the ZVOX SB380. Rate 8 out of 10 received the JBL Bar 5.1 for audio features and specs, but the ZVOX SB380 received 6 out of 10. 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 SB380 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 SB380. Devices from this comparison cannot process surround sound due to lack of DTS:X. The same score of 4/10 was put to the soundbars for multichannel surround support.