Yamaha YAS-109 vs JBL Bar Studio review

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Yamaha YAS-109 vs JBL Bar Studio comparison chart

Yamaha YAS-109 vs JBL Bar Studio review

Yamaha YAS-109
vs
JBL Bar Studio

l would like to share my experience after comparing and testing two soundbars – Yamaha YAS-109 vs JBL Bar Studio. The Yamaha YAS-109 was rated 6.8, while the JBL Bar Studio has a rating 5. The soundbars are equipped with a different number of buttons, power, volume down, volume up, input, microphone for the YAS-109 and volume down, volume up, power, source for the Bar Studio.

Audio features

Each of the models under consideration has active amplification type. By the number of channels, the devices do not differ. These rivals can be compared in terms of power, 120 versus 30 according to devices. A built-in subwoofer is available only in the Yamaha YAS-109. An external subwoofer connects to the YAS-109 via wired and wireless, but Bar Studio has wireless connection type. Rate 6 out of 10 received the Yamaha YAS-109 for audio features and specs, but the JBL Bar Studio received 5 out of 10.

Streaming services

Soundbars do not have AirPlay support. The YAS-109 can play audio from Spotify.

Connectivity

Wireless Internet connection is realized only in the YAS-109. Soundbars from this comparison have Bluetooth support. There are 1/1 HDMI inputs/outputs in the Yamaha YAS-109 versus 1/0 HDMIs in the JBL Bar Studio. As in the YAS-109, so in the Bar Studio there is the HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC). Connecting devices via USB is possible in both models. We rated the connectivity of the YAS-109 at 8 out of 10, while the Bar Studio was rated 6/10. The manufacturer of the YAS-109 provides a device control application. The Yamaha YAS-109 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 YAS-109 or Bar Studio. Devices from this comparison cannot process surround sound due to lack of DTS:X. The YAS-109 was rated 6/10, while the Bar Studio received a mark of 5/10 for multichannel surround.

Advantages Yamaha YAS-109 over JBL Bar Studio

  • Built-in subwoofer
  • Amazon Music compatible
  • Spotify support
  • WI-FI enabled
  • App control
  • Microphone
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Common

Product

Yamaha YAS-109
JBL Bar Studio

Model

YAS-109
Bar Studio

Brand

Yamaha
JBL

Reviews

671
788

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, microphone
volume down, volume up, power, source

Audio features

Built-in channels

2.0
2.0

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

120
30

Separate speaker (in package)

0
0

Separate speaker connections

wired, wireless
has not

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

Separate subwoofer connections

wired, wireless
wireless

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

has not
has not

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

1
0

NFC

HDMI input/output

1/1
1/0

HDMI ARC

HDMI eARC

HDMI CEC

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
0

Features

Voice control

Amazon Alexa

App control

Microphone

Remote control

Multi-room

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

Dolby (other)

Dolby Digital, Dolby Pro Logic II
Dolby Digital, Dolby Pro Logic II

DTS:X

DTS (other)

DTS Virtual:X
has not

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Size (Wx H x D), cm/in

89 x 5.3 x 13.1/35 x 2.1 x 5.1
61.4 x 5.8 x 8.6/24.2 x 2.3 x 3.4

Weight, kg/pounds

3.4/7.5
1.4/3.1

Other

Release year

2019
2019
Yamaha YAS-109
JBL Bar Studio
Yamaha YAS-109
JBL Bar Studio

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 6.8
  • 5
  • 6.8Yamaha YAS-109
  • 5JBL Bar Studio

The Yamaha YAS-109 is better soundbar in this comparison. Check Yamaha YAS-109 price