Sonos Playbar vs JBL Bar 5.1

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Sonos Playbar vs JBL Bar 5.1

Sonos Playbar review

Taking a look at Sonos Playbar vs JBL Bar 5.1 features we can see that both soundbars have the same supported channel quantity of 5.1. At the same time, Sonos beats JBL with its 5.1 Built-in channels versus JBL’s 3.0. If you’re mounting Sonos on the wall, you’ll see a much wider swathe of gray-metal, but you’ll also see the logo prominently. As with many of their products, the Sonos logo on the Playbar can be read perfectly front to back, back to front, or even upside down. So, no matter how you have it oriented, it won’t look odd. The flat rubber strips that act as feet for the unit to sit on also look good, forgoing the usual four-point system for something a little sleeker. This actually serves to block any cables running behind the speaker, hiding them from sight. Sonos clearly paid a lot of attention to design when building the soundbar.

Sonos Playbar

JBL Bar 5.1 review

In terms of comparing JBL Bar 5.1 vs Sonos Playbar the JBL Bar 5.1 is surprisingly cheap-looking for its price tag. It's mostly plastic in its design, and while it feels robust, the buttons and screen aren’t as slick as you’ll find on competitors. It has 510W of total system power.

JBL Bar 5.1

Sonos pros & cons

Pros

  • The nine-speaker design (6 mid-woofer, 3 tweeters) complements cinematic HD televisions with richly textured HiFi sound
  • It automatically adjusts to the differences between shoot ‘em up action flicks
  • For after-hours viewing, Night Mode compresses the volume so you can hear all the details without waking the family

Cons

  • The Playbar only has optical audio in, so it gets complicated when you have more than one device that you want to use with this speaker

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

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Sonos Playbar

Sonos Playbar review

Nov 19, 2019

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JBL Bar 5.1

JBL Bar 5.1 review

Nov 22, 2019

The JBL Bar 5.1 Soundbar is the first model to feature battery powered wireless surround speakers. Want to see the JBL Bar 5.1 review as well as JBL Bar 5.1 specs? You are at the right place. Artic...

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Product

Sonos Playbar
JBL Bar 5.1

Model

Playbar
Bar 5.1

Brand

Sonos
JBL

Reviews

1311
279

General

Placement type

table-top, wall-mountable
table-top, wall-mountable

Connection to source

wired, wireless
wired, wireless

Soundbar buttons

play/pause, volume up, volume down
power, volume down, volume up, input

Audio features

Built-in channels

3.0
5.1

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

510 (overall)

Separate speaker (in package)

0
2

Separate speaker connections

wireless
wireless

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

0
1

Separate subwoofer connections

wireless
wireless

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay 2
AirPlay

Google Play Music

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

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

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

2
0

NFC

HDMI input/output

0/0
3/0

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)

0/0
1/0

Headphone output

0
0

Subwoofer output

0
1

Features

Voice control

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

90 x 14 x 8.5/35.4 x 5.5 x 3.3
114.8 x 5.8 x 9.3/45 x 2.3 x 3.7

Weight, kg/pounds

5.4/11.9
3.9/8.6
Sonos Playbar
JBL Bar 5.1
Sonos Playbar
JBL Bar 5.1

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  • 6.8
  • 4.5Sonos Playbar
  • 6.8JBL Bar 5.1

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

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