JBL Bar 5.1 vs Yamaha SR-B20A review

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JBL Bar 5.1 vs Yamaha SR-B20A review

JBL Bar 5.1
vs
Yamaha SR-B20A

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 Yamaha SR-B20A comparison is here to offer you two decent solutions. The JBL Bar 5.1 was rated 7.2, while the Yamaha SR-B20A has a rating 5.4. The soundbars are equipped with a different number of buttons, power, volume down, volume up, input for the Bar 5.1 and volume down, volume up, power, source for the SR-B20A.

Audio features

Each of the models under consideration has active amplification type. These rivals can be compared in terms of power, 510 (overall) versus 120 (overall) according to devices. A built-in subwoofer is available only in the Yamaha SR-B20A. An external subwoofer connects to the Bar 5.1 via wireless, but SR-B20A has wired connection type. Rate 8 out of 10 received the JBL Bar 5.1 for audio features and specs, but the Yamaha SR-B20A received 6 out of 10. The Bar 5.1 can play audio from Spotify.

Connectivity

Both models do not have a wireless Wi-Fi interface. Soundbars from this comparison have Bluetooth support. There are 3/0 HDMI inputs/outputs in the JBL Bar 5.1 versus 0/1 HDMIs in the Yamaha SR-B20A. As in the Bar 5.1, so in the SR-B20A there is the HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC). Connecting devices via USB is possible in both models. We rated the connectivity of the Bar 5.1 at 8 out of 10, while the SR-B20A was rated 7/10. Each of the soundbars can be controlled using the 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 SR-B20A. Devices from this comparison cannot process surround sound due to lack of DTS:X. The Bar 5.1 was rated 4/10, while the SR-B20A received a mark of 6/10 for multichannel surround.

Advantages JBL Bar 5.1 over Yamaha SR-B20A

  • Separate subwoofer in package
  • Amazon Music compatible
  • Spotify support

Advantages Yamaha SR-B20A over JBL Bar 5.1

  • Built-in subwoofer
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Common

Product

JBL Bar 5.1
Yamaha SR-B20A

Model

Bar 5.1
SR-B20A

Brand

JBL
Yamaha

Reviews

3060
34

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
volume down, volume up, power, source

Audio features

Built-in channels

5.1

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

510 (overall)
120 (overall)

Separate speaker (in package)

2
0

Separate speaker connections

wireless
has not

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

Separate subwoofer connections

wireless
wired

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
0/1

HDMI ARC

HDMI eARC

HDMI CEC

Optical digital input/output

1/0
2/0

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
1

Features

Voice control

Amazon Alexa

App control

Microphone

Remote control

Multi-room

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

Dolby (other)

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

DTS:X

DTS (other)

has not
DTS Digital Surround, 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
94 x 12.7 x 17.7/37.5 x 5.3 x 7.3

Weight, kg/pounds

3.9/8.6
3.1/7.1

Other

Release year

2017
2020
JBL Bar 5.1
Yamaha SR-B20A
JBL Bar 5.1
Yamaha SR-B20A

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 7.2
  • 5.4
  • 7.2JBL Bar 5.1
  • 5.4Yamaha SR-B20A

JBL Bar 5.1 competitors

Yamaha SR-B20A competitors