Yamaha SR-B20A vs JBL Bar Studio review

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Yamaha SR-B20A vs JBL Bar Studio comparison chart

Yamaha SR-B20A vs JBL Bar Studio review

Yamaha SR-B20A
vs
JBL Bar Studio

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.

Audio features

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.

Streaming services

Soundbars do not have AirPlay support. The units in this comparison do not support Spotify.

Connectivity

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.

Features

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.

Multichannel surround

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.

Advantages Yamaha SR-B20A over JBL Bar Studio

  • Built-in subwoofer
  • App control
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Common

Product

Yamaha SR-B20A
JBL Bar Studio

Model

SR-B20A
Bar Studio

Brand

Yamaha
JBL

Reviews

34
828

General

Placement type

table-top, wall-mountable
table-top, wall-mountable

Connection to source

wired, wireless
wired, wireless

Soundbar buttons

volume down, volume up, power, source
volume down, volume up, power, source

Audio features

Built-in channels

2.0

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

120 (overall)
30

Separate speaker (in package)

0
0

Separate speaker connections

has not
has not

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

Separate subwoofer connections

wired
wireless

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

has not
has not

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

0
0

NFC

HDMI input/output

0/1
1/0

HDMI ARC

HDMI eARC

HDMI CEC

Optical digital input/output

2/0
1/0

USB

1 (USB 2.0)
1 (USB 2.0)

Coaxial digital input/output

0/0
0/0

Analog audio input/output (RCA)

0/0
1/0

Headphone output

0
0

Subwoofer output

1
0

Features

Voice control

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)

DTS Digital Surround, DTS Virtual:X
has not

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Size (Wx H x D), cm/in

94 x 12.7 x 17.7/37.5 x 5.3 x 7.3
61.4 x 5.8 x 8.6/24.2 x 2.3 x 3.4

Weight, kg/pounds

3.1/7.1
1.4/3.1

Other

Release year

2020
2019
Yamaha SR-B20A
JBL Bar Studio
Yamaha SR-B20A
JBL Bar Studio

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 5.4
  • 5
  • 5.4Yamaha SR-B20A
  • 5JBL Bar Studio