JBL Bar 5.1 vs Yamaha SR-C20A review

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JBL Bar 5.1 vs Yamaha SR-C20A review

JBL Bar 5.1
Yamaha SR-C20A

An affordable soundbar is always a good option to consider, so JBL Bar 5.1 vs Yamaha SR-C20A comparison definitely makes sense. Based on our rating, Bar 5.1 has a total rating of 7.2 out of 10 versus 3.8 for SR-C20A. The competitors' control buttons are different: power, volume down, volume up, input and power, source, demo, volume down, volume up, 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 Yamaha SR-C20A. The output power is different and equal to 510 (overall) W for the Bar 5.1 versus 100 (overall) W for the SR-C20A. Only the Yamaha SR-C20A has a built-in subwoofer. The JBL Bar 5.1 got our rating of 8 out of 10, and the Yamaha SR-C20A 5 for its audio features and specs. Spotify support is available on the Bar 5.1.


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 0/1 of the Yamaha SR-C20A. 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 4/10, respectively. 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. For multichannel surround JBL Bar 5.1 got a rating of 4, and Yamaha SR-C20A 6 out of 10.

Advantages JBL Bar 5.1 over Yamaha SR-C20A

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

Advantages Yamaha SR-C20A over JBL Bar 5.1

  • Built-in subwoofer
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JBL Bar 5.1
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