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JBL Bar 5.1 vs Yamaha YAS-108 review

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JBL Bar 5.1
vs
Yamaha YAS-108

The present review is aimed to compare two soundbars - JBL Bar 5.1 vs Yamaha YAS-108 that are meant to satisfy the needs of cinema and music lovers. Based on our rating, Bar 5.1 has a total rating of 6.8 out of 10 versus 5.8 for YAS-108. The competitors' control buttons are different: power, volume down, volume up, input and input, mute, volume down, volume up, power, 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 2.0 for the Yamaha YAS-108. The output power is different and equal to 510 (overall) W for the Bar 5.1 versus 120 W for the YAS-108. Only the Yamaha YAS-108 has a built-in subwoofer. The Bar 5.1 has a wireless connection to separate subwoofer, and the YAS-108 - wired and wireless. The JBL Bar 5.1 got our rating of 8 out of 10, and the Yamaha YAS-108 7 for its audio features and specs. Only the Bar 5.1 supports Google Play Music. Spotify is available on each of the soundbars.

Connectivity

Both models do not have WI-FI support. Rivals from our review have Bluetooth support. The JBL Bar 5.1 has 3/0 HDMI inputs/outputs versus 1/1 of the Yamaha YAS-108. The HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) feature supports both devices. Both soundbars have a USB connector. For connectivity, the Bar 5.1 received a rating of 8/10 versus 7/10, respectively. App control is available in every soundbar. A built-in microphone is present only on the YAS-108. 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. The YAS-108 supports DTS Virtual:X. For multichannel surround JBL Bar 5.1 got a rating of 4, and Yamaha YAS-108 5 out of 10.

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Common

Product

JBL Bar 5.1
Yamaha YAS-108

Model

Bar 5.1
YAS-108

Brand

JBL
Yamaha

Reviews

294
619

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
input, mute, volume down, volume up, power

Audio features

Built-in channels

5.1
2.0

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

510 (overall)
120

Separate speaker (in package)

2
0

Separate speaker connections

wireless
wired, wireless

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

1
0

Separate subwoofer connections

wireless
wired, wireless

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay

Google Play Music

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

Pandora, Tuneln, Deezer, Chromecast
has not

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

0
0

NFC

HDMI input/output

3/0
1/1

HDMI ARC

Optical digital input/output

1/0
1/0

USB

1 (USB 2.0)
1 (USB 2.0)

Coaxial digital input/output

0/0
0/0

Analog audio input/output (RCA)

1/0
1/0

Headphone output

0
0

Subwoofer output

1
1

Features

Voice control

Amazon Alexa

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

114.8 x 5.8 x 9.3/45 x 2.3 x 3.7
88.9 x 5.3 x 12.9/35 x 2.1 x 5.1

Weight, kg/pounds

3.9/8.6
3.1/7.1
JBL Bar 5.1
Yamaha YAS-108
JBL Bar 5.1
Yamaha YAS-108

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 6.8
  • 5.8
  • 6.8JBL Bar 5.1
  • 5.8Yamaha YAS-108

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