An affordable soundbar is always a good option to consider, so JBL Bar 5.1 vs Sonos Beam comparison definitely makes sense. Based on our rating, Bar 5.1 has a total rating of 6.8 out of 10 versus 5.6 for Beam. The competitors' control buttons are different: power, volume down, volume up, input and volume down, volume up, microphone, play/pause, respectively.
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 3.0 for the Sonos Beam. Competitors do not have a built-in subwoofer. Rivals have wireless connection to separate subwoofer. The JBL Bar 5.1 got our rating of 8 out of 10, and the Sonos Beam 6 for its audio features and specs.
The JBL Bar 5.1 has support AirPlay, and its competitor in our comparison has AirPlay 2. Only the Bar 5.1 supports Google Play Music. Spotify support is available on the Bar 5.1.
Only the Sonos Beam 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 1/0 of the Sonos Beam. Only the Bar 5.1 supports HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC). For connectivity, the Bar 5.1 received a rating of 8/10 versus 6/10, respectively. App control is available in every soundbar. A built-in microphone is present only on the Beam. Soundbars do not have Multi-room support.
None of soundbars equipped with Dolby Atmos multichannel audio decoder. The soundbars do not support the surround sound technology DTS:X. Compared devices do not have DTS Virtual:X support. For multichannel surround JBL Bar 5.1 got a rating of 4, and Sonos Beam 2 out of 10.
The JBL Bar 5.1 is better soundbar in this comparison. Check JBL Bar 5.1 price