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.
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.
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.
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.