Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1 vs JBL Bar 5.1 review

Votes 1 1
Rating 5 5

Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1 vs JBL Bar 5.1 comparison chart

Overall
Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1
7.8
JBL Bar 5.1
7.2
4
5

Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1 vs JBL Bar 5.1 review

Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1
vs
JBL Bar 5.1

It makes sense comparing Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1 vs JBL Bar 5.1 because they both are able to give some premium features. Based on our rating, Shockwafe Pro 7.1 has a total rating of 7.8 out of 10 versus 7.2 for Bar 5.1. The competitors' control buttons are different: power, source, demo, volume down, volume up and power, volume down, volume up, input, respectively.

Audio features

Both soundbars have active amplification type. A significant difference between the units in the number of channels, the Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1 has 7.1.4 versus 5.1 for the JBL Bar 5.1. The output power is different and equal to 600 (overall) W for the Shockwafe Pro 7.1 versus 510 (overall) W for the Bar 5.1. Competitors do not have a built-in subwoofer. Rivals have wireless connection to separate subwoofer. Both models received our 8 rating of 10 for their audio features and specs. Spotify is available on each of the soundbars.

Connectivity

Both models do not have WI-FI support. Rivals from our review have Bluetooth support. The Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1 has 3/1 HDMI inputs/outputs versus 3/0 of the JBL Bar 5.1. The HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) feature supports both devices. Both soundbars have a USB connector. For connectivity, each of the soundbars received a rating of 8/10. App control is available for the Bar 5.1. None of the models under consideration have a built-in microphone. Soundbars do not have Multi-room support.

Multichannel surround

Only the Shockwafe Pro 7.1 has a Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format support. A surround technology DTS:X is supported only by the Shockwafe Pro 7.1. For multichannel surround Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1 got a rating of 10, and JBL Bar 5.1 4 out of 10.

Advantages Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1 over JBL Bar 5.1

  • Compatible with Dolby Atmos
  • Compatible with DTS:X

Advantages JBL Bar 5.1 over Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1

  • App control
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Common

Product

Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1
JBL Bar 5.1

Model

Shockwafe Pro 7.1
Bar 5.1

Brand

Nakamichi
JBL

Reviews

1993
2550

General

Placement type

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

Connection to source

wired, wireless
wired, wireless

Soundbar buttons

power, source, demo, volume down, volume up
power, volume down, volume up, input

Audio features

Built-in channels

7.1.4
5.1

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

600 (overall)
510 (overall)

Separate speaker (in package)

2
2

Separate speaker connections

wired
wireless

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

Separate subwoofer connections

wireless
wireless

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

Pandora, SoundCloud
Pandora, Tuneln, Deezer, Chromecast

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

0
0

NFC

HDMI input/output

3/1
3/0

HDMI ARC

HDMI eARC

HDMI CEC

Optical digital input/output

1/0
1/0

USB

1 (USB 2.0)
1 (USB 2.0)

Coaxial digital input/output

1/0
0/0

Analog audio input/output (RCA)

1/0
1/0

Headphone output

0
0

Subwoofer output

0
1

Features

Voice control

Amazon Alexa

App control

Microphone

Remote control

Multi-room

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

Dolby (other)

Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital, Dolby TruHD
Dolby Digital, Dolby Pro Logic II

DTS:X

DTS (other)

DTS Digital Surround, DTS HD
has not

User manual

Manual

N/A

Dimensions

Size (Wx H x D), cm/in

114.3 x 7.6 x 7.6/45.5 x 3 x 3.5
114.8 x 5.8 x 9.3/45 x 2.3 x 3.7

Weight, kg/pounds

3.1/7.2
3.9/8.6

Other

Release year

2017
2017
Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1
JBL Bar 5.1
Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1
JBL Bar 5.1

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 7.8
  • 7.2
  • 7.8Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1
  • 7.2JBL Bar 5.1

The Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1 is better soundbar in this comparison. Check Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1 price

Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1 competitors

JBL Bar 5.1 competitors