Sonos Playbar vs JBL Bar 5.1 review

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Rating 5 5
Sonos Playbar
vs
JBL Bar 5.1

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.

Audio features

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.

Streaming services

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.

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 Playbar received a rating of 3/10 versus 8/10, respectively.

Features

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. Compared devices do not have DTS Virtual:X support.

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Common

Product

Sonos Playbar
JBL Bar 5.1

Model

Playbar
Bar 5.1

Brand

Sonos
JBL

Reviews

1323
294

General

Placement type

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

Connection to source

wired, wireless
wired, wireless

Soundbar buttons

play/pause, volume up, volume down
power, volume down, volume up, input

Audio features

Built-in channels

3.0
5.1

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

510 (overall)

Separate speaker (in package)

0
2

Separate speaker connections

wireless
wireless

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

0
1

Separate subwoofer connections

wireless
wireless

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay 2
AirPlay

Google Play Music

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

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

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

2
0

NFC

HDMI input/output

0/0
3/0

HDMI ARC

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)

0/0
1/0

Headphone output

0
0

Subwoofer output

0
1

Features

Voice control

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

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

Weight, kg/pounds

5.4/11.9
3.9/8.6
Sonos Playbar
JBL Bar 5.1
Sonos Playbar
JBL Bar 5.1

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 4.5
  • 6.8
  • 4.5Sonos Playbar
  • 6.8JBL Bar 5.1

The JBL Bar 5.1 is better soundbar in this comparison. Check JBL Bar 5.1 price