JBL Bar 2.1 vs Sony HT-ST5000 review

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Rating 5 5
JBL Bar 2.1
vs
Sony HT-ST5000

JBL Bar 2.1 vs Sony HT-ST5000 comparison definitely makes sense. Based on our rating, Bar 2.1 has a total rating of 5 out of 10 versus 7.8 for HT-ST5000. The competitors' control buttons are different: power, volume down, volume up, source and power, volume down, volume up, input Bluetooth, music service, respectively.

Audio features

Both soundbars have active amplification type. A significant difference between the units in the number of channels, the JBL Bar 2.1 has 2.1 versus 7.1.2 for the Sony HT-ST5000. The output power is different and equal to 300 (overall) W for the Bar 2.1 versus 140 W for the HT-ST5000. Competitors do not have a built-in subwoofer. Rivals have wireless connection to separate subwoofer. The JBL Bar 2.1 got our rating of 6 out of 10, and the Sony HT-ST5000 9 for its audio features and specs.

Streaming services

Soundbars do not have AirPlay support. Both models do not support Google Play Music. Spotify support is available on the HT-ST5000.

Connectivity

These models have the ability to connect to the Internet via WI-FI. Rivals from our review have Bluetooth support. The JBL Bar 2.1 has 1/1 HDMI inputs/outputs versus 3/1 of the Sony HT-ST5000. The HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) feature supports both devices. Both soundbars have a USB connector. For connectivity, the Bar 2.1 received a rating of 7/10 versus 9/10, respectively. App control is available for the HT-ST5000. A built-in microphone is present only on the Bar 2.1. Multi-room is only available for the Sony HT-ST5000.

Multichannel surround

Only the HT-ST5000 has a Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format support. A surround technology DTS:X is supported only by the HT-ST5000. Compared devices do not have DTS Virtual:X support. For multichannel surround JBL Bar 2.1 got a rating of 4, and Sony HT-ST5000 7 out of 10.

Advantages JBL Bar 2.1 over Sony HT-ST5000

  • Microphone

Advantages Sony HT-ST5000 over JBL Bar 2.1

  • Spotify support
  • App control
  • Multi-room support
  • Compatible with Dolby Atmos
  • Compatible with DTS:X

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Common

Product

JBL Bar 2.1
Sony HT-ST5000

Model

Bar 2.1
HT-ST5000

Brand

JBL
Sony

Reviews

360
139

General

Placement type

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

Connection to source

wired, wireless
wired, wireless

Soundbar buttons

power, volume down, volume up, source
power, volume down, volume up, input Bluetooth, music service

Audio features

Built-in channels

2.1
7.1.2

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

300 (overall)
140

Separate speaker (in package)

0
0

Separate speaker connections

wireless

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

1
1

Separate subwoofer connections

wireless
wireless

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

Google Play Music

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

has not
Pandora, Tuneln, Deezer, TIDAL, Napster, SiriusXM, Qobuz, Chromecast, iHeart

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

0
1

NFC

HDMI input/output

1/1
3/1

HDMI ARC

Optical digital input/output

1/0
1/0

USB

1 (USB 2.0)
1 (USB 2.0)

Coaxial digital input/output

0/0
0/0

Analog audio input/output (RCA)

1/0
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 Digital

Dolby Pro Logic II

DTS:X

DTS Virtual:X

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Size (Wx H x D), cm/in

96.5 x 5.8 x 6.8/38 x 2.3 x 2.7
117.8 x 7.8 x 14.4/46.4 x 3.1 x 5.7

Weight, kg/pounds

1.9/4.1
8.1/18
JBL Bar 2.1
Sony HT-ST5000
JBL Bar 2.1
Sony HT-ST5000

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 5
  • 7.8
  • 5JBL Bar 2.1
  • 7.8Sony HT-ST5000

The Sony HT-ST5000 is better soundbar in this comparison. Check Sony HT-ST5000 price