JBL Bar 5.1 vs Sony HT-Z9F

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

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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Sony HT-Z9F

Sony HT-Z9F review

Nov 22, 2019

The latest Vertical Surround Engine surround sound technology allows you to enjoy realistic audio in the latest formats such as Dolby Atmos and DTS: X, which are used in movie theaters. And all this ...

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Common

Product

JBL Bar 5.1
Sony HT-Z9F

Model

Bar 5.1
HT-Z9F

Brand

JBL
Sony

Rating

4.2 of 5
4.0 of 5

Reviews

168
69

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

Audio features

Amplification type

active
active

Built-in channels

5.1
3.1

Supported channel quantity

5.1
3.1

Separate speaker (in package)

2

Separate speaker connections

wireless

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

1
1

Separate subwoofer connections

wireless
wireless

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

HDMI input/output

3/0
2/0

HDMI ARC

1
1

Optical digital input/output

1
1

USB

1
1

Coaxial digital input/output

Analog audio input/output (RCA)

1/0
1/0

Headphone output

Subwoofer output

1
0

Features

Voice control

App control

Microphone

Remote control

Multi-room

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

Google Play Music

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

Chromecast, Pandora, Tuneln, Deezer
Chromecast

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

DTS:X

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Size (H x W x D), cm/in

5.8 x 114.8 x 9.3/2.3 x 45 x 3.7 (5.8 x 131.3 x 9.3/2.3 x 51.7 x 3.7 with detachable speakers)
6.4 x 100 x 10/2.5 x 39.4 x 3.4

Weight, kg/pounds

3.9/8.6 (4.5/9.9 with detachable speakers)
3.1/6.6
JBL Bar 5.1
Sony HT-Z9F
JBL Bar 5.1
Sony HT-Z9F

Soundbars CHooseratoR comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 12.9
  • 9.1
  • 12.9JBL Bar 5.1
  • 9.1Sony HT-Z9F

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