JBL Bar 5.1 vs LG SL9YG

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Rating 5 5

Bar 5.1 vs SL9YG comparison chart

Overall
JBL Bar 5.1
7.2
LG SL9YG
8
5
10
Multichannel surround
4
8

JBL Bar 5.1 vs LG SL9YG review

JBL Bar 5.1
vs
LG SL9YG

Comparison of JBL Bar 5.1 and LG SL9YG will allow us to get comprehensive information about the features of these two devices. And as a result of the comparison, it becomes clear that Bar 5.1 is inferior in all characteristics to SL9YG. According to the results of our comparison, Bar 5.1 received 7.2 points out of 10 possible, and SL9YG was rated 8 points.

Advantages JBL Bar 5.1 over LG SL9YG

  • Comes with 2 separate speakers
  • Available the Amazon Music service

Advantages LG SL9YG over JBL Bar 5.1

  • Available the Apple Music service
  • Supports object-oriented sound with Dolby Atmos technology
  • Surround sound with DTS:X support
  • Possible to create a multi-room system
  • Wireless connection via Wi-Fi
  • Built-in microphone

Audio features

Each of the compared models received 8 points for the audio features.

Bar 5.1
8
SL9YG
8

It worth understanding the difference between the two types of amplification: a passive soundbar does not have its own amplifier and receives amplification from the signal source, while an active soundbar has a built-in amplifier. The same active type of amplification is used in the Bar 5.1 and the SL9YG.

There are stereo soundbars and multichannel ones. It is with the help of multichannel devices that you can get volumetric sound. It is worth noting one of the main differences, the Bar 5.1 has 5.1 channels, while the SL9YG has 4.1.2 channels. Also, the output power of the soundbars under consideration is different, JBL Bar 5.1 has 510 (overall) W, and 500 (overall) W has the competitor.

Bar 5.1 SL9YG
Built-in channels5.14.1.2
Amplification typeactiveactive
Output power, W510 (overall)500 (overall)
Separate speaker (in package)20
Separate speaker connectionswirelesswireless

Subwoofers

Soundbars can have a built-in or external subwoofer. The first type is inseparable from the soundbar body, but for the second, you can choose a good location for deep bass. Both reviewed devices are equipped with an external subwoofer. Competitors support wireless connection to a separate external subwoofer.

Bar 5.1 SL9YG
Built-in subwoofer
Separate subwoofer (in package)
Separate subwoofer connectionswirelesswireless

Multichannel surround

Unlike stereo, when reproducing multichannel sound, each specific direction of sound corresponds to its dedicated channel with a separate independent loudspeaker, which creates a three-dimensional sound stage. The Bar 5.1 received rating 4 out of 10 for multichannel audio processing, but the SL9YG, in the same category, earned 8 out of 10 points.

Bar 5.1
4
SL9YG
8

The peculiarity of Dolby Atmos is that this format is object-oriented, that is, each object of the audio signal is sounded separately and linked to its spatial location. Dolby Atmos surround sound support is implemented only in LG SL9YG.

DTS:X is an algorithm for processing sound scenes by the processor, linking directly to objects, rather than channels, and calculating the optimal distribution of sound output in a room. The manufacturer has implemented DTS:X technology only in SL9YG.

Bar 5.1 SL9YG
Dolby Atmos
Dolby (other)Dolby Digital, Dolby Pro Logic IIDolby Digital
DTS:X
DTS (other)has nothas not

Streaming services

The possibility to listen online to millions of songs from one device has become a reality thanks to streaming services. For the ability to work with streaming services, the Bar 5.1 received 10 points, and the SL9YG - 7 on a 10-point scale.

Bar 5.1
10
SL9YG
7

The popular Spotify service is available on both soundbars.

Bar 5.1 SL9YG
Apple Music (AirPlay)AirPlay
Amazon Music
Spotify
Other streaming servicesPandora, Tuneln, Deezer, ChromecastTuneln, Deezer Chromecast

Connectivity

The existence of a sufficient number of current connectors significantly expands the functionality of the device. For example, only through HDMI is it possible to implement the transfer of object-oriented formats, and the presence of a Bluetooth connection will allow remote control, etc. The devices received different ratings for connectivity: JBL Bar 5.1 was rated 8 out of 10, and LG SL9YG was rated 7 out of 10.

Bar 5.1
8
SL9YG
7

The presence of Wi-Fi in the soundbar allows you to get rid of wires when connected to a sound source and get minimal audio latency when playing content from streaming services. Wireless connection via Wi-Fi is possible on the SL9YG.

Bluetooth connection is now one of the main communication protocols for speaker systems, which provides excellent quality and minimal audio latency. The availability of Bluetooth protocol, we can see in both models. The Bar 5.1 has 3/0 HDMI inputs/outputs, but the SL9YG got 1/1 HDMI inputs/outputs from the manufacturer.

HDMI ARC is a very usefull technology that creates a two-way communication channel between a TV and another device. This is convenient since there is no need to use optical and other cables in the system. HDMI ARC is basic for both soundbars. Connecting external devices via USB can be done on both models.

Bar 5.1 SL9YG
WI-FI
Bluetooth
Ethernet (RJ45)00
NFC
HDMI input/output3/01/1
HDMI ARC
HDMI eARC
HDMI CEC
Optical digital input/output1/01/0
USB1 (USB 2.0)1 (USB 2.0)
Coaxial digital input/output0/00/0
Analog audio input/output (RCA)1/00/0
Headphone output00
Subwoofer output10

Features

Voice control is designed to make operating the device more convenient. This allows you to control basic soundbar functions from anywhere in the room.

Proprietary applications allow you to control your soundbars remotely. This is possible both via Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. The ability to control the soundbar using the application is implemented in each of the competitors. Only LG SL9YG has a built-in microphone.

Some soundbars can be part of a multi-room system and it is an affordable solution for sounding the whole house. The SL9YG has the ability to use a multiroom system.

Bar 5.1 SL9YG
Voice controlAmazon AlexaGoogle Assistant
App control
Microphone
Remote control
Multi-room

Dimensions

Bar 5.1 SL9YG
Size (Wx H x D), cm/in114.8 x 5.8 x 9.3/45 x 2.3 x 3.7121 x 5.5 x 14.4/48 x 2.2 x 5.7
Weight, kg/pounds3.9/8.66.3/13.9
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