JBL Bar 5.1 vs Yamaha YAS-107 review

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Rating 4 4
JBL Bar 5.1
vs
Yamaha YAS-107

I had a chance to test and compare two models: JBL Bar 5.1 vs Yamaha YAS-107 and this review should help people who are looking for a good soundbar. The JBL Bar 5.1 was rated 6.8, while the Yamaha YAS-107 has a rating 6.2. The soundbars are equipped with a different number of buttons, power, volume down, volume up, input for the Bar 5.1 and input, mute, volume down, volume up, power for the YAS-107.

Audio features

Each of the models under consideration has active amplification type. A noticeable difference is the number of channels that Bar 5.1 has 5.1 and YAS-107 has 2.0. These rivals can be compared in terms of power, 510 (overall) versus 60 according to devices. A built-in subwoofer is available only in the Yamaha YAS-107. An external subwoofer connects to the Bar 5.1 via wireless, but YAS-107 has wired connection type. Rate 8 out of 10 received the JBL Bar 5.1 for audio features and specs, but the Yamaha YAS-107 received 7 out of 10.

Streaming services

AirPlay supported by both soundbars. Both the Bar 5.1 and the YAS-107 have Google Play Music on board. Each of the competitors can play content from Spotify. Audio streaming from Pandora, Tuneln, Deezer, Chromecast is in each of the presented soundbars.

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 1/0 HDMIs in the Yamaha YAS-107. As in the Bar 5.1, so in the YAS-107 there is the HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC). We rated the connectivity of the Bar 5.1 at 8 out of 10, while the YAS-107 was rated 6/10.

Features

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 YAS-107. Devices from this comparison cannot process surround sound due to lack of DTS:X. The YAS-107 has a modern feature such as DTS Virtual:X. The same score of 4/10 was put to the soundbars for multichannel surround support.

Advantages Yamaha YAS-107 over JBL Bar 5.1

  • Built-in subwoofer

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Common

Product

JBL Bar 5.1
Yamaha YAS-107

Model

Bar 5.1
YAS-107

Brand

JBL
Yamaha

Reviews

1692
805

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
input, mute, volume down, volume up, power

Audio features

Built-in channels

5.1
2.0

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

510 (overall)
60

Separate speaker (in package)

2
0

Separate speaker connections

wireless
wired

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

1
0

Separate subwoofer connections

wireless
wired

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay
AirPlay

Google Play Music

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

Pandora, Tuneln, Deezer, Chromecast
Pandora, Tuneln, Deezer, Chromecast

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

0
0

NFC

HDMI input/output

3/0
1/0

HDMI ARC

Optical digital input/output

1/0
1/0

USB

1 (USB 2.0)

Coaxial digital input/output

0/0
0/0

Analog audio input/output (RCA)

1/0
1/0

Headphone output

0
0

Subwoofer output

1
1

Features

Voice control

App control

Microphone

Remote control

Multi-room

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

Dolby Digital

Dolby Pro Logic II

DTS:X

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
88.9 x 5.1 x 12.7/35 x 2.1 x 5.1

Weight, kg/pounds

3.9/8.6
3.1/7.5
JBL Bar 5.1
Yamaha YAS-107
JBL Bar 5.1
Yamaha YAS-107

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 6.8
  • 6.2
  • 6.8JBL Bar 5.1
  • 6.2Yamaha YAS-107

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