JBL Bar 5.1 vs Bose Smart Soundbar 300

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Rating 5 5

Bar 5.1 vs Smart Soundbar 300 comparison chart

Overall
JBL Bar 5.1
7.2
Bose Smart Soundbar 300
7.6
5
10
Multichannel surround
4
4

JBL Bar 5.1 vs Bose Smart Soundbar 300 review

JBL Bar 5.1
vs
Bose Smart Soundbar 300

Comparing JBL Bar 5.1 and Bose Smart Soundbar 300 makes sense because it shows what devices in their segment can offer. Smart Soundbar 300 offers better sound and bass than its opponent - Bar 5.1. According to the results of our comparison, Bar 5.1 received 7.2 points out of 10 possible, and Smart Soundbar 300 was rated 7.6 points.

Advantages JBL Bar 5.1 over Bose Smart Soundbar 300

  • Comes with 2 separate speakers
  • Separate subwoofer provided
  • Supports external media connection via USB

Advantages Bose Smart Soundbar 300 over JBL Bar 5.1

  • Available the Apple Music service
  • Possible to create a multi-room system
  • Wireless connection via Wi-Fi
  • Built-in microphone

Audio features

The Bar 5.1 is rated 8 of 10 against 5 for the Smart Soundbar 300 according to the audio features rating.

Bar 5.1
8
Smart Soundbar 300
5

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 Smart Soundbar 300.

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 Smart Soundbar 300 has 3.0 channels.

Bar 5.1 Smart Soundbar 300
Built-in channels5.13.0
Amplification typeactiveactive
Output power, W510 (overall)N/A
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. The Bar 5.1 comes with an external subwoofer. JBL Bar 5.1 has the ability to handle wireless connections from an external subwoofer, while Bose Smart Soundbar 300 only has wired and wireless connections.

Bar 5.1 Smart Soundbar 300
Built-in subwoofer
Separate subwoofer (in package)
Separate subwoofer connectionswirelesswired, wireless

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 multichannel sound reproduction capabilities of the soundbars were rated 4 out of 10.

Bar 5.1
4
Smart Soundbar 300
4

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. If we look at the models in terms of Dolby Atmos support, then none of these soundbars can work with this technology.

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. This ability to reproduce surround sound with DTS:X technology is not implemented in any of the soundbars in this comparison.

Bar 5.1 Smart Soundbar 300
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. The streaming services category rating is the same - 10 out of 10 points.

Bar 5.1
10
Smart Soundbar 300
10

The Bar 5.1 is featured with AirPlay, but in the Smart Soundbar 300 have support for AirPlay 2. The popular Spotify service is available on both soundbars.

Bar 5.1 Smart Soundbar 300
Apple Music (AirPlay)AirPlayAirPlay 2
Amazon Music
Spotify
Other streaming servicesPandora, Tuneln, Deezer, ChromecastPandora,Tuneln, Deezer, iHeart, SiriusXM

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. Connectivity of competitors was rated 8 out of 10.

Bar 5.1
8
Smart Soundbar 300
8

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 Smart Soundbar 300.

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 Smart Soundbar 300 got 1/0 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.

Bar 5.1 Smart Soundbar 300
WI-FI
Bluetooth
Ethernet (RJ45)00
NFC
HDMI input/output3/01/0
HDMI ARC
HDMI eARC
HDMI CEC
Optical digital input/output1/01/0
USB1 (USB 2.0)
Coaxial digital input/output0/00/0
Analog audio input/output (RCA)1/00/0
Headphone output00
Subwoofer output11

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 Bose Smart Soundbar 300 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 Smart Soundbar 300 has the ability to use a multiroom system.

Bar 5.1 Smart Soundbar 300
Voice controlAmazon AlexaAmazon Alexa, Google Assistant
App control
Microphone
Remote control
Multi-room

Dimensions

Bar 5.1 Smart Soundbar 300
Size (Wx H x D), cm/in114.8 x 5.8 x 9.3/45 x 2.3 x 3.766 x 5 x 10.1/26.5 x 2.2 x 4
Weight, kg/pounds3.9/8.63.6/8
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