JBL Bar 5.1 vs Sonos Beam

Sonos Beam vs JBL Bar 5.1

Sonos Beam review

When testing Sonos Beam vs JBL Bar 5.1 it becomes clear that Beam is the latest home theater speaker system in the Sonos universe. Positioned as a compact soundbar, the model not only sounds good, but also bears the proud title of “smart” thanks to the integrated Alexa assistant. Beam is easy to plug in and set up, and overall this soundbar deserves a buying recommendation. There are 3.0 built-in channels. Sonos Beam

JBL Bar 5.1 review

What was interesting when comparing JBL Bar 5.1 vs Sonos Beam is that its first strong point is connected with a real wireless subwoofer (up to 300 W) and a 25-cm speaker. The second plus of JBL Bar 5.1 is based on its removable surround speakers, working wirelessly for 10 hours. The soundbar is equipped with three pairs of 6 x 5.7 cm bass midrange speakers and three 3.2 cm tweeters distributed across the three front channels (left, right and center). Each channel is amplified by a special power module with a total peak power of 300 watts. This corresponds to a peak of 50 watts per channel or continuous power of 20 watts, good enough for this type of speaker. JBL Bar 5.1 has three HDMI 2.0 inputs with support for HDCP 2.2 (UHD Blu-ray) and 4K up to 60 frames per second and 4: 4: 4 color coding. It does not implement video scaling, but also does not degrade the signal. JBL Bar 5.1

Sonos Beam pros & cons

Pros

  • Great sound from a tiny soundbar
  • Simple single HDMI cable connection
  • CEC control allows the TV and connected devices to adjust the volume and turn the soundbar on and off

Cons

  • HDMI ARC connection may consume a valuable HDMI port on your TV and limit the available ports you have for use with actual video devices, especially if you have multiple 4K/HDR capable devices

JBL Bar 5.1 pros & cons

Pros

  • Not only does it sound great, but it's just so awesome to show off
  • You'll only need the JBL remote when you want to configure the settings

Cons

  • I got scared when reading about people claiming the mids were non-existent

Votes 15 15
Rating 4.5 4.5

Soundbars comparison chart

Overall
JBL Bar 5.1
7
Sonos Beam
5.6
5
8
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Common

Product

JBL Bar 5.1
Sonos Beam

Model

Bar 5.1
Beam

Brand

JBL
Sonos

Reviews

1928
2155

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
volume down, volume up, microphone, play/pause

Audio features

Built-in channels

5.1
3.0

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

510 (overall)

Separate speaker (in package)

2
0

Separate speaker connections

wireless
wireless

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

1
0

Separate subwoofer connections

wireless
wireless

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay
AirPlay 2

Google Play Music

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

Pandora, Tuneln, Deezer, Chromecast
Pandora, Tuneln, Chromecast

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

0
1

NFC

HDMI input/output

3/0
1/0

HDMI ARC

Optical digital input/output

1/0
1/0

USB

1 (USB 2.0)

Coaxial digital input/output

0/0
0/0

Analog audio input/output (RCA)

1/0
0/0

Headphone output

0
0

Subwoofer output

1
0

Features

Voice control

Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant

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
65 x 6.8x 10/25.6 x 2.7 x 3.9

Weight, kg/pounds

3.9/8.6
2.8/6.2
JBL Bar 5.1
Sonos Beam
JBL Bar 5.1
Sonos Beam

Soundbars CHooseratoR comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 7
  • 5.6
  • 7JBL Bar 5.1
  • 5.6Sonos Beam

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