Sonos Beam vs JBL Bar Studio review

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Rating 5 5

Sonos Beam vs JBL Bar Studio comparison chart

Sonos Beam vs JBL Bar Studio review

Sonos Beam
vs
JBL Bar Studio

l would like to share my experience after comparing and testing two soundbars – Sonos Beam vs JBL Bar Studio. The Sonos Beam was rated 6, while the JBL Bar Studio has a rating 5. The soundbars are equipped with a different number of buttons, volume down, volume up, microphone, play/pause for the Beam and volume down, volume up, power, source for the Bar Studio.

Audio features

Each of the models under consideration has active amplification type. A noticeable difference is the number of channels that Beam has 3.0 and Bar Studio has 2.0. 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 6 out of 10 received the Sonos Beam for audio features and specs, but the JBL Bar Studio received 5 out of 10. The units in this comparison do not support Spotify.

Connectivity

Wireless Internet connection is realized only in the Beam. Soundbars from this comparison have Bluetooth support. 1/0 HDMI inputs/outputs are in each of soundbars. The HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) is implemented only in the Bar Studio. The connectivity of each of the models was estimated at 6/10. The manufacturer of the Beam provides a device control application. The Sonos Beam 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 Beam or Bar Studio. Devices from this comparison cannot process surround sound due to lack of DTS:X. The Beam was rated 4/10, while the Bar Studio received a mark of 5/10 for multichannel surround.

Advantages Sonos Beam over JBL Bar Studio

  • WI-FI enabled
  • App control
  • Microphone

Advantages JBL Bar Studio over Sonos Beam

  • Audio return channel (HDMI ARC) support
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Common

Product

Sonos Beam
JBL Bar Studio

Model

Beam
Bar Studio

Brand

Sonos
JBL

Reviews

3280
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, microphone, play/pause
volume down, volume up, power, source

Audio features

Built-in channels

3.0
2.0

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

30

Separate speaker (in package)

0
0

Separate speaker connections

wireless
has not

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

Separate subwoofer connections

wireless
wireless

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay 2

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

Pandora, Tuneln, Chromecast
has not

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

1
0

NFC

HDMI input/output

1/0
1/0

HDMI ARC

HDMI eARC

HDMI CEC

Optical digital input/output

1/0
1/0

USB

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

0
0

Features

Voice control

Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant

App control

Microphone

Remote control

Multi-room

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

Dolby (other)

Dolby Digital
Dolby Digital, Dolby Pro Logic II

DTS:X

DTS (other)

has not
has not

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Size (Wx H x D), cm/in

65 x 6.8x 10/25.6 x 2.7 x 3.9
61.4 x 5.8 x 8.6/24.2 x 2.3 x 3.4

Weight, kg/pounds

2.8/6.2
1.4/3.1

Other

Release year

2018
2019
Sonos Beam
JBL Bar Studio
Sonos Beam
JBL Bar Studio

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 6
  • 5
  • 6Sonos Beam
  • 5JBL Bar Studio