JBL Bar 5.1 vs LG SN8YG review

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JBL Bar 5.1 vs LG SN8YG review

JBL Bar 5.1
vs
LG SN8YG

The present review is aimed to compare two soundbars - JBL Bar 5.1 vs LG SN8YG that are meant to satisfy the needs of cinema and music lovers. Based on our rating, Bar 5.1 has a total rating of 7.2 out of 10 versus 6.8 for SN8YG. The competitors' control buttons are different: power, volume down, volume up, input and power, volume down, volume up, function, 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 3.1.2 for the LG SN8YG. The output power is different and equal to 510 (overall) W for the Bar 5.1 versus 440 (overall) W for the SN8YG. Competitors do not have a built-in subwoofer. Rivals have wireless connection to separate subwoofer. The JBL Bar 5.1 got our rating of 8 out of 10, and the LG SN8YG 7 for its audio features and specs. Spotify support is available on the Bar 5.1.

Connectivity

Only the LG SN8YG 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 SN8YG. 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.

Features

App control is available in every soundbar. A built-in microphone is present only on the SN8YG. Soundbars do not have Multi-room support.

Multichannel surround

Only the SN8YG has a Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format support. A surround technology DTS:X is supported only by the SN8YG. For multichannel surround JBL Bar 5.1 got a rating of 4, and LG SN8YG 10 out of 10.

Advantages JBL Bar 5.1 over LG SN8YG

  • Amazon Music compatible
  • Spotify support

Advantages LG SN8YG over JBL Bar 5.1

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

Product

JBL Bar 5.1
LG SN8YG

Model

Bar 5.1
SN8YG

Brand

JBL
LG

Reviews

2550
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, function, play/pause, microphone

Audio features

Built-in channels

5.1
3.1.2

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

510 (overall)
440 (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
has not

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, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TruHD

DTS:X

DTS (other)

has not
DTS HD, DTS Digital Surround

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
104 x 5 x 10.1/41.7 x 2.2 x 4.7

Weight, kg/pounds

3.9/8.6
4/9.7

Other

Release year

2017
2020
JBL Bar 5.1
LG SN8YG
JBL Bar 5.1
LG SN8YG

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 7.2
  • 6.8
  • 7.2JBL Bar 5.1
  • 6.8LG SN8YG

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