It makes sense comparing JBL Bar 5.1 vs Sonos Playbar because they both are able to give some premium features. Based on our rating, Bar 5.1 has a total rating of 7.2 out of 10 versus 5.5 for Playbar. The competitors' control buttons are different: power, volume down, volume up, input and play/pause, volume up, volume down, 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 Playbar. 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 Playbar 7 for its audio features and specs.
The JBL Bar 5.1 has support AirPlay, and its competitor in our comparison has AirPlay 2. Spotify is available on each of the soundbars.
Only the Sonos Playbar can connect to the Internet via WI-FI. Only the Bar 5.1 has Bluetooth support. Only the Bar 5.1 supports HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC). For connectivity, the Bar 5.1 received a rating of 8/10 versus 3/10, respectively. App control is available in every soundbar. None of the models under consideration have a built-in microphone. 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. For multichannel surround, each of the opponents received 4 points out of 10.