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.
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.
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.
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.