JBL Bar 5.1 vs Yamaha YAS-209 review

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JBL Bar 5.1
vs
Yamaha YAS-209

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 YAS-209 comparison is here to offer you two decent solutions. The JBL Bar 5.1 was rated 6.8, while the Yamaha YAS-209 has a rating 6.6. The soundbars are equipped with a different number of buttons, power, volume down, volume up, input for the Bar 5.1 and power, volume down, volume up, input, microphone for the YAS-209.

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-209 has 2.0. These rivals can be compared in terms of power, 510 (overall) versus 100 according to devices. The built-in subwoofer is not implemented in any of these models. An external subwoofer can be connected to any of the units in this comparison. Rate 8 out of 10 received the JBL Bar 5.1 for audio features and specs, but the Yamaha YAS-209 received 7 out of 10. Google Play Music service is only in the Bar 5.1. Each of the competitors can play content from Spotify.

Connectivity

Wireless Internet connection is realized only in the YAS-209. Soundbars from this comparison have Bluetooth support. There are 3/0 HDMI inputs/outputs in the JBL Bar 5.1 versus 1/1 HDMIs in the Yamaha YAS-209. As in the Bar 5.1, so in the YAS-209 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 YAS-209 was rated 7/10. Each of the soundbars can be controlled using the application. The Yamaha YAS-209 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-209. Devices from this comparison cannot process surround sound due to lack of DTS:X. The YAS-209 has a modern feature such as DTS Virtual:X. The Bar 5.1 was rated 4/10, while the YAS-209 received a mark of 5/10 for multichannel surround.

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Common

Product

JBL Bar 5.1
Yamaha YAS-209

Model

Bar 5.1
YAS-209

Brand

JBL
Yamaha

Reviews

294
99

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)
100

Separate speaker (in package)

2
0

Separate speaker connections

wireless
wireless

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

1
1

Separate subwoofer connections

wireless
wireless

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay

Google Play Music

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

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
0/0

Headphone output

0
0

Subwoofer output

1
0

Features

Voice control

Amazon Alexa

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
93 x 6.2 x 10.9/36.6 x 2.5 x 4.2

Weight, kg/pounds

3.9/8.6
2.7/6
JBL Bar 5.1
Yamaha YAS-209
JBL Bar 5.1
Yamaha YAS-209

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 6.8
  • 6.6
  • 6.8JBL Bar 5.1
  • 6.6Yamaha YAS-209

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