JBL Bar 5.1 vs Yamaha YAS-109 review

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JBL Bar 5.1 vs Yamaha YAS-109 comparison chart

JBL Bar 5.1 vs Yamaha YAS-109 review

JBL Bar 5.1
vs
Yamaha YAS-109

An affordable soundbar is always a good option to consider, so JBL Bar 5.1 vs Yamaha YAS-109 comparison definitely makes sense. Based on our rating, Bar 5.1 has a total rating of 7.2 out of 10 versus 6.8 for YAS-109. The competitors' control buttons are different: power, volume down, volume up, input and power, volume down, volume up, input, 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 2.0 for the Yamaha YAS-109. The output power is different and equal to 510 (overall) W for the Bar 5.1 versus 120 W for the YAS-109. Only the Yamaha YAS-109 has a built-in subwoofer. The Bar 5.1 has a wireless connection to separate subwoofer, and the YAS-109 - wired and wireless. The JBL Bar 5.1 got our rating of 8 out of 10, and the Yamaha YAS-109 6 for its audio features and specs. Spotify is available on each of the soundbars.

Connectivity

Only the Yamaha YAS-109 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 Yamaha YAS-109. 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

Both models support voice control using Amazon Alexa. App control is available in every soundbar. A built-in microphone is present only on the YAS-109. 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 YAS-109 6 out of 10.

Advantages JBL Bar 5.1 over Yamaha YAS-109

  • Separate subwoofer in package

Advantages Yamaha YAS-109 over JBL Bar 5.1

  • Built-in subwoofer
  • WI-FI enabled
  • Microphone
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Common

Product

JBL Bar 5.1
Yamaha YAS-109

Model

Bar 5.1
YAS-109

Brand

JBL
Yamaha

Reviews

3060
766

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, input, microphone

Audio features

Built-in channels

5.1
2.0

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

510 (overall)
120

Separate speaker (in package)

2
0

Separate speaker connections

wireless
wired, wireless

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

Separate subwoofer connections

wireless
wired, 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
1

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
1/0

Headphone output

0
0

Subwoofer output

1
1

Features

Voice control

Amazon Alexa
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 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
89 x 5.3 x 13.1/35 x 2.1 x 5.1

Weight, kg/pounds

3.9/8.6
3.4/7.5

Other

Release year

2017
2019
JBL Bar 5.1
Yamaha YAS-109
JBL Bar 5.1
Yamaha YAS-109

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 7.2
  • 6.8
  • 7.2JBL Bar 5.1
  • 6.8Yamaha YAS-109

JBL Bar 5.1 competitors

Yamaha YAS-109 competitors