Yamaha YAS-207 vs JBL Bar 5.1

JBL Bar 5.1 vs Yamaha YAS-207

JBL Bar 5.1 review

In terms of comparing JBL Bar 5.1 vs Yamaha YAS-207 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

Yamaha YAS-207 review

When testing Yamaha YAS-207 vs JBL Bar 5.1, I was surprised that Yamaha YAS-207 turned out to be an elegant dynamic wireless soundbar that is capable of supporting the modern sound format DTS Virtual: X, which makes it possible to provide the user with the effect of being in the cinema, thanks to realistic sound simulating ceiling speakers. The device is equipped with a traditional layout, and an exciting sound effect is provided by the use of sound tracks DTS: X. There are 2.1 built-in channels. The power output is 100W. So far its surround sound can be heard from horizontal directions as DTS Virtual:X is not yet available. After firmware update (which according to Yamaha will be available in August this year) you will be able to listen to DTS Virtual:X enveloping surround sound coming from above at varying heights. Yamaha YAS-207

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

Yamaha YAS-207 pros & cons

Pros

  • I personally have not heard any particular distribution of sound over the pitch, and naturally there are no sounds at the back / side
  • There is no heap of wires, trouble with the arrangement of columns around the room
  • DTS Virtual:X enhances the existing 3D sound of the bar by adding special effect and creating an illusion of the sound coming from all side including from above (yes, it's actually true)

Cons

  • When watching movies, the sound really “falls out” beyond the borders of the soundbar

Votes 4 4
Rating 5 5

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Common

Product

Yamaha YAS-207
JBL Bar 5.1

Model

YAS-207
Bar 5.1

Brand

Yamaha
JBL

Reviews

1514
770

General

Placement type

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

Connection to source

wired, wireless
wired, wireless

Soundbar buttons

input, mute, volume down, volume up, power
power, volume down, volume up, input

Audio features

Built-in channels

2.1
5.1

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

100
510 (overall)

Separate speaker (in package)

0
2

Separate speaker connections

wireless
wireless

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

1
1

Separate subwoofer connections

wireless
wireless

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay

Google Play Music

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

has not
Pandora, Tuneln, Deezer, Chromecast

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

0
0

NFC

HDMI input/output

1/0
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)

1/0
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

92.9 x 5.8 x 10.9/36.6 x 2.3 x 10.6
114.8 x 5.8 x 9.3/45 x 2.3 x 3.7

Weight, kg/pounds

2.7/6.1
3.9/8.6
Yamaha YAS-207
JBL Bar 5.1
Yamaha YAS-207
JBL Bar 5.1

Soundbars CHooseratoR comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 5,2
  • 7
  • 5,2Yamaha YAS-207
  • 7JBL Bar 5.1

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