JBL Bar 5.1 vs LG SL5Y review

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Rating 5 5
JBL Bar 5.1
vs
LG SL5Y

The present review is aimed to compare two soundbars - JBL Bar 5.1 vs LG SL5Y that are meant to satisfy the needs of cinema and music lovers. Based on our rating, Bar 5.1 has a total rating of 6.8 out of 10 versus 4.5 for SL5Y. The competitors' control buttons are different: power, volume down, volume up, input and power, volume down, volume up, function, respectively.

Audio features

Both soundbars have active amplification type. A significant difference between the units in the number of channels, the JBL Bar 5.1 has 5.1 versus 2.1 for the LG SL5Y. The output power is different and equal to 510 (overall) W for the Bar 5.1 versus 90 W for the SL5Y. 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. Only the Bar 5.1 supports Google Play Music. Spotify support is available on the Bar 5.1.

Connectivity

Both models do not have WI-FI support. Rivals from our review have Bluetooth support. The JBL Bar 5.1 has 3/0 HDMI inputs/outputs versus 1/1 of the LG SL5Y. The HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) feature supports both devices. Both soundbars have a USB connector. For connectivity, the Bar 5.1 received a rating of 8/10 versus 6/10, respectively.

Features

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

None of soundbars equipped with Dolby Atmos multichannel audio decoder. The soundbars do not support the surround sound technology DTS:X. The SL5Y supports DTS Virtual:X. For multichannel surround, each of the opponents received 4 points out of 10.

Advantages JBL Bar 5.1 over LG SL5Y

  • Google Play Music compatible
  • Amazon Music compatible
  • Spotify support
  • App control

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Common

Product

JBL Bar 5.1
LG SL5Y

Model

Bar 5.1
SL5Y

Brand

JBL
LG

Reviews

2057
244

General

Placement type

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

Connection to source

wired, wireless
wired, wireless

Soundbar buttons

power, volume down, volume up, input
power, volume down, volume up, function

Audio features

Built-in channels

5.1
2.1

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

510 (overall)
90

Separate speaker (in package)

2
0

Separate speaker connections

wireless
wireless

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

1
1

Separate subwoofer connections

wireless
wireless

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
1/1

HDMI ARC

Optical digital input/output

1/0
1/0

USB

1 (USB 2.0)
1 (USB 2.0)

Coaxial digital input/output

0/0
0/0

Analog audio input/output (RCA)

1/0
0/0

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
89 x 5.5 x 8.6/35. x 2.2 x 3.4

Weight, kg/pounds

3.9/8.6
2.3/5.2
JBL Bar 5.1
LG SL5Y
JBL Bar 5.1
LG SL5Y

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 6.8
  • 4.5
  • 6.8JBL Bar 5.1
  • 4.5LG SL5Y

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