Yamaha SR-C20A vs JBL BAR 500 review

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Yamaha SR-C20A vs JBL BAR 500 comparison chart

Yamaha SR-C20A vs JBL BAR 500 review

Yamaha SR-C20A
vs
JBL BAR 500

In this article, we will talk about Yamaha SR-C20A vs JBL BAR 500 comparison. The Yamaha SR-C20A was rated 3.8, while the JBL BAR 500 has a rating 8.6. The soundbars are equipped with a different number of buttons, power, source, demo, volume down, volume up for the SR-C20A and power, volume down, volume up for the BAR 500.

Audio features

Each of the models under consideration has active amplification type. A noticeable difference is the number of channels that SR-C20A has 2.1 and BAR 500 has 5.1. These rivals can be compared in terms of power, 100 (overall) versus 620 (overall) according to devices. A built-in subwoofer is available only in the Yamaha SR-C20A. Rate 5 out of 10 received the Yamaha SR-C20A for audio features and specs, but the JBL BAR 500 received 7 out of 10.

Streaming services

The BAR 500 can play audio from Spotify.

Connectivity

Wireless Internet connection is realized only in the BAR 500. Soundbars from this comparison have Bluetooth support. There are 0/1 HDMI inputs/outputs in the Yamaha SR-C20A versus 1/1 HDMIs in the JBL BAR 500. As in the SR-C20A, so in the BAR 500 there is the HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC). Connecting devices via USB is possible in both models. We rated the connectivity of the SR-C20A at 4 out of 10, while the BAR 500 was rated 10/10.

Features

The manufacturer of the BAR 500 provides a device control application. The JBL BAR 500 equipped with a microphone. The models under consideration cannot become part of a multiroom system.

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos audio decoder is onboard the BAR 500. Devices from this comparison cannot process surround sound due to lack of DTS:X. The SR-C20A was rated 6/10, while the BAR 500 received a mark of 7/10 for multichannel surround.

Advantages Yamaha SR-C20A over JBL BAR 500

  • Built-in subwoofer

Advantages JBL BAR 500 over Yamaha SR-C20A

  • Separate subwoofer in package
  • Amazon Music compatible
  • Spotify support
  • WI-FI enabled
  • App control
  • Microphone
  • Compatible with Dolby Atmos
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Common

Product

Yamaha SR-C20A
JBL BAR 500

Model

SR-C20A
BAR 500

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, volume down, volume up

Audio features

Built-in channels

2.1
5.1

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

100 (overall)
620 (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
101.7x5.6x10.3/40x2.2x4

Weight, kg/pounds

1.7/3.9
2.8/6.2

Other

Release year

2020
2022
Yamaha SR-C20A
JBL BAR 500
Yamaha SR-C20A
JBL BAR 500

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 3.8
  • 8.6
  • 3.8Yamaha SR-C20A
  • 8.6JBL BAR 500