JBL Bar 5.1 vs Sonos Playbar review

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Rating 3.4 3.4

JBL Bar 5.1 vs Sonos Playbar comparison chart

JBL Bar 5.1 vs Sonos Playbar review

JBL Bar 5.1
vs
Sonos Playbar

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.

Audio features

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.

Streaming services

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.

Connectivity

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.

Multichannel surround

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.

Advantages JBL Bar 5.1 over Sonos Playbar

  • Separate subwoofer in package
  • Amazon Music compatible
  • Bluetooth enabled
  • Audio return channel (HDMI ARC) support

Advantages Sonos Playbar over JBL Bar 5.1

  • WI-FI enabled
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Common

Product

JBL Bar 5.1
Sonos Playbar

Model

Bar 5.1
Playbar

Brand

JBL
Sonos

Reviews

3060
1800

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
play/pause, volume up, volume down

Audio features

Built-in channels

5.1
3.0

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

510 (overall)

Separate speaker (in package)

2
0

Separate speaker connections

wireless
wireless

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

Separate subwoofer connections

wireless
wireless

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay
AirPlay 2

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

Pandora, Tuneln, Deezer, Chromecast
Pandora, Tuneln, SoundCloud

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

0
2

NFC

HDMI input/output

3/0
0/0

HDMI ARC

HDMI eARC

HDMI CEC

Optical digital input/output

1/0
1/0

USB

1 (USB 2.0)

Coaxial digital input/output

0/0
0/0

Analog audio input/output (RCA)

1/0
0/0

Headphone output

0
0

Subwoofer output

1
0

Features

Voice control

Amazon Alexa

App control

Microphone

Remote control

Multi-room

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

Dolby (other)

Dolby Digital, Dolby Pro Logic II
Dolby Digital

DTS:X

DTS (other)

has not
has not

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Size (Wx H x D), cm/in

114.8 x 5.8 x 9.3/45 x 2.3 x 3.7
90 x 14 x 8.5/35.4 x 5.5 x 3.3

Weight, kg/pounds

3.9/8.6
5.4/11.9

Other

Release year

2017
2013
JBL Bar 5.1
Sonos Playbar
JBL Bar 5.1
Sonos Playbar

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 7.2
  • 5.5
  • 7.2JBL Bar 5.1
  • 5.5Sonos Playbar