Yamaha SR-C20A vs JBL Bar 5.0 review

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Yamaha SR-C20A vs JBL Bar 5.0 review

Yamaha SR-C20A
vs
JBL Bar 5.0

It makes sense comparing Yamaha SR-C20A vs JBL Bar 5.0 because they both are able to give some premium features. Based on our rating, SR-C20A has a total rating of 3.8 out of 10 versus 8.2 for Bar 5.0. The competitors' control buttons are different: power, source, demo, volume down, volume up and power, source, volume down, volume up, respectively.

Audio features

Both soundbars have active amplification type. A significant difference between the units in the number of channels, the Yamaha SR-C20A has 2.1 versus 5.0 for the JBL Bar 5.0. The output power is different and equal to 100 (overall) W for the SR-C20A versus 250 (overall) W for the Bar 5.0. Only the Yamaha SR-C20A has a built-in subwoofer. Both models received our 5 rating of 10 for their audio features and specs.

Streaming services

Spotify support is available on the Bar 5.0.

Connectivity

Only the JBL Bar 5.0 can connect to the Internet via WI-FI. Rivals from our review have Bluetooth support. The Yamaha SR-C20A has 0/1 HDMI inputs/outputs versus 1/1 of the JBL Bar 5.0. The HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) feature supports both devices. Both soundbars have a USB connector. For connectivity, the SR-C20A received a rating of 4/10 versus 10/10, respectively.

Features

App control is available for the Bar 5.0. A built-in microphone is present only on the Bar 5.0. Multi-room is only available for the JBL Bar 5.0.

Multichannel surround

Only the Bar 5.0 has a Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format support. The soundbars do not support the surround sound technology DTS:X. For multichannel surround Yamaha SR-C20A got a rating of 6, and JBL Bar 5.0 7 out of 10.

Advantages Yamaha SR-C20A over JBL Bar 5.0

  • Built-in subwoofer

Advantages JBL Bar 5.0 over Yamaha SR-C20A

  • Amazon Music compatible
  • Spotify support
  • WI-FI enabled
  • App control
  • Microphone
  • Multi-room support
  • Compatible with Dolby Atmos
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Common

Product

Yamaha SR-C20A
JBL Bar 5.0

Model

SR-C20A
Bar 5.0

Brand

Yamaha
JBL

Reviews

28
0

General

Placement type

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

Connection to source

wired, wireless
wired, wireless

Soundbar buttons

power, source, demo, volume down, volume up
power, source, volume down, volume up

Audio features

Built-in channels

2.1
5.0

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

100 (overall)
250 (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

wireless

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

has not
Pandora, SoundCloud

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

0
0

NFC

HDMI input/output

0/1
1/1

HDMI ARC

HDMI eARC

HDMI CEC

Optical digital input/output

2/0
1/0

USB

1 (USB 2.0)
1 (USB 2.0)

Coaxial digital input/output

0/0
0/0

Analog audio input/output (RCA)

0/0
0/0

Headphone output

0
0

Subwoofer output

0
0

Features

Voice control

App control

Microphone

Remote control

Multi-room

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

Dolby (other)

Dolby Digital, Dolby Pro Logic II

DTS:X

DTS (other)

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Size (Wx H x D), cm/in

60x6.4x9.4/23.5x2.5x3.7
70.9x5.8x10.1/27.9x2.3x3.9

Weight, kg/pounds

1.7/3.9
2.8/6.1

Other

Release year

2020
2021
Yamaha SR-C20A
JBL Bar 5.0
Yamaha SR-C20A
JBL Bar 5.0

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 3.8
  • 8.2
  • 3.8Yamaha SR-C20A
  • 8.2JBL Bar 5.0

Yamaha SR-C20A competitors

JBL Bar 5.0 competitors