JBL Bar 5.1 vs LG SL9YG review

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JBL Bar 5.1 vs LG SL9YG comparison chart

JBL Bar 5.1 vs LG SL9YG review

JBL Bar 5.1
vs
LG SL9YG

It makes sense comparing JBL Bar 5.1 vs LG SL9YG because they both are able to give some premium features. Based on our rating, Bar 5.1 has a total rating of 7.2 out of 10 versus 8 for SL9YG. The competitors' control buttons are different: power, volume down, volume up, input and power, volume down, volume up, play/pause, microphone, 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 4.1.2 for the LG SL9YG. The output power is different and equal to 510 (overall) W for the Bar 5.1 versus 500 (overall) W for the SL9YG. 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

Only the LG SL9YG can connect to the Internet via WI-FI. Rivals from our review have Bluetooth support. The JBL Bar 5.1 has 3/0 HDMI inputs/outputs versus 1/1 of the LG SL9YG. 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 7/10, respectively.

Features

App control is available in every soundbar. A built-in microphone is present only on the SL9YG. Multi-room is only available for the LG SL9YG.

Multichannel surround

Only the SL9YG has a Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format support. A surround technology DTS:X is supported only by the SL9YG. For multichannel surround JBL Bar 5.1 got a rating of 4, and LG SL9YG 8 out of 10.

Advantages JBL Bar 5.1 over LG SL9YG

  • Amazon Music compatible

Advantages LG SL9YG over JBL Bar 5.1

  • WI-FI enabled
  • Microphone
  • Multi-room support
  • Compatible with Dolby Atmos
  • Compatible with DTS:X
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Common

Product

JBL Bar 5.1
LG SL9YG

Model

Bar 5.1
SL9YG

Brand

JBL
LG

Reviews

3060
25

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, play/pause, microphone

Audio features

Built-in channels

5.1
4.1.2

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

510 (overall)
500 (overall)

Separate speaker (in package)

2
0

Separate speaker connections

wireless
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, Tuneln, Deezer, Chromecast
Tuneln, Deezer Chromecast

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

0
0

NFC

HDMI input/output

3/0
1/1

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

0/0
0/0

Analog audio input/output (RCA)

1/0
0/0

Headphone output

0
0

Subwoofer output

1
0

Features

Voice control

Amazon Alexa
Google Assistant

App control

Microphone

Remote control

Multi-room

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

Dolby (other)

Dolby Digital, Dolby Pro Logic II
Dolby Digital

DTS:X

DTS (other)

has not
has not

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
121 x 5.5 x 14.4/48 x 2.2 x 5.7

Weight, kg/pounds

3.9/8.6
6.3/13.9

Other

Release year

2017
2019
JBL Bar 5.1
LG SL9YG
JBL Bar 5.1
LG SL9YG

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 7.2
  • 8
  • 7.2JBL Bar 5.1
  • 8LG SL9YG