It makes sense comparing Sonos Playbar vs JBL Bar 5.1 because they both are able to give some premium features. Based on our rating, Playbar has a total rating of 4.5 out of 10 versus 6.8 for Bar 5.1. The competitors' control buttons are different: play/pause, volume up, volume down and power, volume down, volume up, input, respectively.
Both soundbars have active amplification type. A significant difference between the units in the number of channels, the Sonos Playbar has 3.0 versus 5.1 for the JBL Bar 5.1. Competitors do not have a built-in subwoofer. Rivals have wireless connection to separate subwoofer. The Sonos Playbar got our rating of 7 out of 10, and the JBL Bar 5.1 8 for its audio features and specs.
The Sonos Playbar has support AirPlay 2, and its competitor in our comparison has AirPlay. Only the Bar 5.1 supports Google Play Music. 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 Playbar received a rating of 3/10 versus 8/10, 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. Compared devices do not have DTS Virtual:X support.
The JBL Bar 5.1 is better soundbar in this comparison. Check JBL Bar 5.1 price