JBL Bar 5.1 vs ZVOX SB380 review

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Rating 5 5
JBL Bar 5.1
vs
ZVOX SB380

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 6.8, while the ZVOX SB380 has a rating 4. Soundbars have the same set of buttons - power, volume down, volume up, input.

Audio features

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. 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 SB380 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 SB380. 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 Bar 5.1 was rated 4/10, while the SB380 received a mark of 2/10 for multichannel surround.

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Common

Product

JBL Bar 5.1
ZVOX SB380

Model

Bar 5.1
SB380

Brand

JBL
ZVOX

Reviews

935
325

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
power, volume down, volume up, input

Audio features

Built-in channels

5.1
3.1

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

510 (overall)
45

Separate speaker (in package)

2
0

Separate speaker connections

wireless

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
2/0

USB

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

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
88.9 x 12.7 x 7.6/35.5 x 5.7 x 3.3

Weight, kg/pounds

3.9/8.6
4/9.8
JBL Bar 5.1
ZVOX SB380
JBL Bar 5.1
ZVOX SB380

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 6.8
  • 4
  • 6.8JBL Bar 5.1
  • 4ZVOX SB380

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