Bose Solo 5 vs Yamaha SR-B20A review

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Bose Solo 5 vs Yamaha SR-B20A comparison chart

Bose Solo 5 vs Yamaha SR-B20A review

Bose Solo 5
vs
Yamaha SR-B20A

If you have already decided that you want to buy a new soundbar, but still don’t know what exactly you want, the Bose Solo 5 vs Yamaha SR-B20A comparison is here to offer you two decent solutions. The Bose Solo 5 was rated 4, while the Yamaha SR-B20A has a rating 5.4.

Audio features

Each of the models under consideration has active amplification type. A built-in subwoofer is available only in the Yamaha SR-B20A. Rate 5 out of 10 received the Bose Solo 5 for audio features and specs, but the Yamaha SR-B20A received 6 out of 10.

Streaming services

Soundbars do not have AirPlay support. The units in this comparison do not support Spotify.

Connectivity

Both models do not have a wireless Wi-Fi interface. Soundbars from this comparison have Bluetooth support. The HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) is implemented only in the SR-B20A. We rated the connectivity of the Solo 5 at 3 out of 10, while the SR-B20A was rated 7/10.

Features

Each of the soundbars can be controlled using the application. Soundbars in this review are not equipped with a microphone. The models under consideration cannot become part of a multiroom system.

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos audio decoder support is not implemented in either the Solo 5 or SR-B20A. Devices from this comparison cannot process surround sound due to lack of DTS:X. The Solo 5 was rated 4/10, while the SR-B20A received a mark of 6/10 for multichannel surround.

Advantages Yamaha SR-B20A over Bose Solo 5

  • Built-in subwoofer
  • Audio return channel (HDMI ARC) support
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Common

Product

Bose Solo 5
Yamaha SR-B20A

Model

Solo 5
SR-B20A

Brand

Bose
Yamaha

Reviews

13457
34

General

Placement type

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

Connection to source

wired, wireless
wired, wireless

Soundbar buttons

has not
volume down, volume up, power, source

Audio features

Built-in channels

2.0

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

120 (overall)

Separate speaker (in package)

0
0

Separate speaker connections

has not
has not

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

Separate subwoofer connections

wired

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

has not
has not

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

0
0

NFC

HDMI input/output

0/0
0/1

HDMI ARC

HDMI eARC

HDMI CEC

Optical digital input/output

1/0
2/0

USB

1 (USB 2.0)

Coaxial digital input/output

1/0
0/0

Analog audio input/output (RCA)

0/0
0/0

Headphone output

0
0

Subwoofer output

0
1

Features

Voice control

App control

Microphone

Remote control

Multi-room

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

Dolby (other)

Dolby Digital
Dolby Digital, Dolby Pro Logic II

DTS:X

DTS (other)

has not
DTS Digital Surround, DTS Virtual:X

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Size (Wx H x D), cm/in

21.6 x 2.8 x 3.4/54.9 x7 x 8.6
94 x 12.7 x 17.7/37.5 x 5.3 x 7.3

Weight, kg/pounds

1.7/3.7
3.1/7.1

Other

Release year

2016
2020
Bose Solo 5
Yamaha SR-B20A
Bose Solo 5
Yamaha SR-B20A

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 4
  • 5.4
  • 4Bose Solo 5
  • 5.4Yamaha SR-B20A

Bose Solo 5 competitors

Yamaha SR-B20A competitors