l would like to share my experience after comparing and testing two soundbars – Yamaha SR-B20A vs JBL Bar Studio. The Yamaha SR-B20A was rated 5.4, while the JBL Bar Studio has a rating 5. Soundbars have the same set of buttons - volume down, volume up, power, source.
Each of the models under consideration has active amplification type. These rivals can be compared in terms of power, 120 (overall) versus 30 according to devices. A built-in subwoofer is available only in the Yamaha SR-B20A. An external subwoofer connects to the SR-B20A via wired, but Bar Studio has wireless connection type. Rate 6 out of 10 received the Yamaha SR-B20A for audio features and specs, but the JBL Bar Studio received 5 out of 10.
Soundbars do not have AirPlay support. The units in this comparison do not support Spotify.
Both models do not have a wireless Wi-Fi interface. Soundbars from this comparison have Bluetooth support. There are 0/1 HDMI inputs/outputs in the Yamaha SR-B20A versus 1/0 HDMIs in the JBL Bar Studio. As in the SR-B20A, so in the Bar Studio there is the HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC). Connecting devices via USB is possible in both models. We rated the connectivity of the SR-B20A at 7 out of 10, while the Bar Studio was rated 6/10.
The manufacturer of the SR-B20A provides a device control 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 SR-B20A or Bar Studio. Devices from this comparison cannot process surround sound due to lack of DTS:X. The SR-B20A was rated 6/10, while the Bar Studio received a mark of 5/10 for multichannel surround.