JBL Bar 5.1 vs Bose TV Speaker

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Votes 1 1
Rating 5 5

Bar 5.1 vs TV Speaker comparison chart

Overall
JBL Bar 5.1
7.2
Bose TV Speaker
5
5
4
Multichannel surround
4
4

JBL Bar 5.1 vs Bose TV Speaker review

JBL Bar 5.1
vs
Bose TV Speaker

Comparing JBL Bar 5.1 and Bose TV Speaker, all pros and cons of devices become clear. Advantages have shown that Bar 5.1 has advantages over TV Speaker mainly in terms of audio performance. According to the results of our comparison, Bar 5.1 received 7.2 points out of 10 possible, and TV Speaker was rated 5 points.

Advantages JBL Bar 5.1 over Bose TV Speaker

  • Comes with 2 separate speakers
  • Separate subwoofer provided
  • Available the Amazon Music service
  • Stream music with Spotify
  • Voice control supports
  • App for remote control

Advantages Bose TV Speaker over JBL Bar 5.1

  • Available the Apple Music service

Audio features

The Bar 5.1 is rated 8 of 10 against 5 for the TV Speaker according to the audio features rating.

Bar 5.1
8
TV Speaker
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 TV Speaker.

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 TV Speaker has 3.0 channels.

Bar 5.1 TV Speaker
Built-in channels5.13.0
Amplification typeactiveactive
Output power, W510 (overall)N/A
Separate speaker (in package)20
Separate speaker connectionswirelesswired

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 TV Speaker only has wired connections.

Bar 5.1 TV Speaker
Built-in subwoofer
Separate subwoofer (in package)
Separate subwoofer connectionswirelesswired

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
TV Speaker
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 TV Speaker
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.

Bar 5.1
10
TV Speaker
0

The popular Spotify service is available on the Bar 5.1.

Bar 5.1 TV Speaker
Apple Music (AirPlay)AirPlay
Amazon Music
Spotify
Other streaming servicesPandora, Tuneln, Deezer, Chromecasthas not

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 Bose TV Speaker was rated 7 out of 10.

Bar 5.1
8
TV Speaker
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. Such connection as via Wi-Fi is not possible on any of the devices in comparison.

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 TV Speaker 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. Connecting external devices via USB can be done on both models.

Bar 5.1 TV Speaker
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)1 (USB 2.0)
Coaxial digital input/output0/00/0
Analog audio input/output (RCA)1/01/0
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 Bar 5.1 has its own remote control application. None of these soundbars have 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. However, it is impossible to create a multiroom system based on each of these soundbars.

Bar 5.1 TV Speaker
Voice controlAmazon Alexa
App control
Microphone
Remote control
Multi-room

Dimensions

Bar 5.1 TV Speaker
Size (Wx H x D), cm/in114.8 x 5.8 x 9.3/45 x 2.3 x 3.758.4 x 5 x 10.1/23.4 x 2.2 x 4
Weight, kg/pounds3.9/8.63.1/7.7
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