Sony HT-Z9F vs JBL Bar 5.1

JBL Bar 5.1 vs Sony HT-Z9F

JBL Bar 5.1 review

Looking at JBL Bar 5.1 vs Sony HT-Z9F 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 50W per channel or continuous power of 20 watts, good enough for this type of speaker. JBL Bar 5.1

Sony HT-Z9F review

Usually Dolby Atmos-enabled soundbars have integrated high-pitched speakers (pointing up), but the Sony HT-ZF9 deviates from this concept. Its design is 3.1-channel, based on sound processing by a digital processor (DSP), a soundbar with an extension of the sound field to a volume of 7.1.2 channels. Concerning the comparison Sony HT-Z9F vs JBL Bar 5.1, its power is 400W and it features 3.1 built-in channels. There is DRC (dynamic range compression), but it is better not to use it. Sony HT-Z9F

JBL Bar 5.1 pros & cons

Pros

  • Can easily be overpowered by the subwoofer which is awesome
  • It may not be super high end, but it functions like true 5.1
  • Instruments sounded great and did not sound muted, and voices sounded very clear through the center channel

Cons

  • Mid-range issue was frustrating

Sony HT-Z9F pros & cons

Pros

  • Great for the everyday person who appreciates fantastic sound but just wants an easy living room setup
  • There's a very noticeable difference with or without the rears
  • The level of immersion in these speakers is completely magical

Cons

  • Awful for large spaces, those who want huge amounts of volume, those expecting tower-level performance out of a soundbar

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Rating 3.5 3.5

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Common

Product

Sony HT-Z9F
JBL Bar 5.1

Model

HT-Z9F
Bar 5.1

Brand

Sony
JBL

Reviews

167
770

General

Placement type

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

Connection to source

wired, wireless
wired, wireless

Soundbar buttons

power, input, Bluetooth, music service, volume down, volume up
power, volume down, volume up, input

Audio features

Built-in channels

3.1
5.1

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

400 (overall)
510 (overall)

Separate speaker (in package)

0
2

Separate speaker connections

has not
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

Chromecast
Pandora, Tuneln, Deezer, Chromecast

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

1
0

NFC

HDMI input/output

2/0
3/0

HDMI ARC

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

0
1

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

100 x 6.4 x 10/39.4 x 2.5 x 3.4
114.8 x 5.8 x 9.3/45 x 2.3 x 3.7

Weight, kg/pounds

3.1/6.6
3.9/8.6
Sony HT-Z9F
JBL Bar 5.1
Sony HT-Z9F
JBL Bar 5.1

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  • 6.8
  • 7
  • 6.8Sony HT-Z9F
  • 7JBL Bar 5.1

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