Yamaha YAS-209 vs JBL Bar Studio review

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Yamaha YAS-209 vs JBL Bar Studio review

Yamaha YAS-209
JBL Bar Studio

l would like to share my experience after comparing and testing two soundbars – Yamaha YAS-209 vs JBL Bar Studio. The Yamaha YAS-209 was rated 8.2, while the JBL Bar Studio has a rating 5. The soundbars are equipped with a different number of buttons, power, source, demo, volume down, volume up, microphone mute for the YAS-209 and volume down, volume up, power, source for the Bar Studio.

Audio features

Each of the models under consideration has active amplification type. A noticeable difference is the number of channels that YAS-209 has 2.1 and Bar Studio has 2.0. These rivals can be compared in terms of power, 200 (overall) versus 30 according to devices. The built-in subwoofer is not implemented in any of these models. An external subwoofer can be connected to any of the units in this comparison. Rate 6 out of 10 received the Yamaha YAS-209 for audio features and specs, but the JBL Bar Studio received 5 out of 10.

Streaming services

The YAS-209 can play audio from Spotify.


Wireless Internet connection is realized only in the YAS-209. Soundbars from this comparison have Bluetooth support. There are 1/1 HDMI inputs/outputs in the Yamaha YAS-209 versus 1/0 HDMIs in the JBL Bar Studio. As in the YAS-209, 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-209 at 8 out of 10, while the Bar Studio was rated 6/10.


The manufacturer of the YAS-209 provides a device control application. The Yamaha YAS-209 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-209 or Bar Studio. Devices from this comparison cannot process surround sound due to lack of DTS:X. The YAS-209 was rated 8/10, while the Bar Studio received a mark of 5/10 for multichannel surround.

Advantages Yamaha YAS-209 over JBL Bar Studio

  • Separate subwoofer in package
  • Amazon Music compatible
  • Spotify support
  • WI-FI enabled
  • App control
  • Microphone
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