Sony HT-ST5000 vs JBL Bar 2.1 review

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Sony HT-ST5000 vs JBL Bar 2.1 comparison chart

Sony HT-ST5000 vs JBL Bar 2.1 review

Sony HT-ST5000
vs
JBL Bar 2.1

The present review is aimed to compare two soundbars - Sony HT-ST5000 vs JBL Bar 2.1 that are meant to satisfy the needs of cinema and music lovers. Based on our rating, HT-ST5000 has a total rating of 8.6 out of 10 versus 6 for Bar 2.1. The competitors' control buttons are different: power, volume down, volume up, input Bluetooth, music service and power, volume down, volume up, source, respectively.

Audio features

Both soundbars have active amplification type. A significant difference between the units in the number of channels, the Sony HT-ST5000 has 7.1.2 versus 2.1 for the JBL Bar 2.1. The output power is different and equal to 800 (overall) W for the HT-ST5000 versus 300 (overall) W for the Bar 2.1. Competitors do not have a built-in subwoofer. Rivals have wireless connection to separate subwoofer. The Sony HT-ST5000 got our rating of 9 out of 10, and the JBL Bar 2.1 7 for its audio features and specs.

Streaming services

Soundbars do not have AirPlay support. 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 Sony HT-ST5000 has 3/1 HDMI inputs/outputs versus 1/1 of the JBL Bar 2.1. The HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) feature supports both devices. Both soundbars have a USB connector. For connectivity, the HT-ST5000 received a rating of 9/10 versus 8/10, respectively.

Features

Both models support voice control using Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant. App control is available for the HT-ST5000. A built-in microphone is present in each model. 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. For multichannel surround Sony HT-ST5000 got a rating of 8, and JBL Bar 2.1 4 out of 10.

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

Sony HT-ST5000
JBL Bar 2.1

Model

HT-ST5000
Bar 2.1

Brand

Sony
JBL

Reviews

184
548

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

Audio features

Built-in channels

7.1.2
2.1

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

800 (overall)
300 (overall)

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)

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

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

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

1
0

NFC

HDMI input/output

3/1
1/1

HDMI ARC

HDMI eARC

HDMI CEC

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
Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant

App control

Microphone

Remote control

Multi-room

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

Dolby (other)

Dolby Digital
Dolby Digital

DTS:X

DTS (other)

has not
has not

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Size (Wx H x D), cm/in

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

Weight, kg/pounds

8.1/18
1.9/4.1

Other

Release year

2017
2019
Sony HT-ST5000
JBL Bar 2.1
Sony HT-ST5000
JBL Bar 2.1

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 8.6
  • 6
  • 8.6Sony HT-ST5000
  • 6JBL Bar 2.1