JBL Bar 5.1 vs Vizio V51-H6

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Votes 2 2
Rating 3.5 3.5

Bar 5.1 vs V51-H6 comparison chart

Overall
JBL Bar 5.1
7.2
Vizio V51-H6
6
5
8
Multichannel surround
4
5

JBL Bar 5.1 vs Vizio V51-H6 review

JBL Bar 5.1
vs
Vizio V51-H6

Comparing JBL Bar 5.1 and Vizio V51-H6 makes sense because it shows what devices in their segment can offer. Bar 5.1 offers better sound and bass than its opponent - V51-H6. According to the results of our comparison, Bar 5.1 received 7.2 points out of 10 possible, and V51-H6 was rated 6 points.

Advantages JBL Bar 5.1 over Vizio V51-H6

  • Available the Amazon Music service
  • Stream music with Spotify

Advantages Vizio V51-H6 over JBL Bar 5.1

  • Available the Apple Music service
  • Built-in microphone

Audio features

The Bar 5.1 is rated 8 of 10 against 7 for the V51-H6 according to the audio features rating.

Bar 5.1
8
V51-H6
7

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 V51-H6.

There are stereo soundbars and multichannel ones. It is with the help of multichannel devices that you can get volumetric sound. The number of channels in the considered devices is the same - 5.1.

Bar 5.1 V51-H6
Built-in channels5.15.1
Amplification typeactiveactive
Output power, W510 (overall)N/A
Separate speaker (in package)22
Separate speaker connectionswirelesswired, wireless

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. JBL Bar 5.1 has the ability to handle wireless connections from an external subwoofer, while Vizio V51-H6 only has wired and wireless connections.

Bar 5.1 V51-H6
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 Bar 5.1 received rating 4 out of 10 for multichannel audio processing, but the V51-H6, in the same category, earned 5 out of 10 points.

Bar 5.1
4
V51-H6
5

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 V51-H6
Dolby Atmos
Dolby (other)Dolby Digital, Dolby Pro Logic IIDolby Digital
DTS:X
DTS (other)has notDTS Virtual:X

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
V51-H6
0

The popular Spotify service is available on the Bar 5.1.

Bar 5.1 V51-H6
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 Vizio V51-H6 was rated 6 out of 10.

Bar 5.1
8
V51-H6
6

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 V51-H6 got 0/1 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 V51-H6
WI-FI
Bluetooth
Ethernet (RJ45)00
NFC
HDMI input/output3/00/1
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)1/01/0
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 Vizio V51-H6 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. However, it is impossible to create a multiroom system based on each of these soundbars.

Bar 5.1 V51-H6
Voice controlAmazon AlexaAmazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri
App control
Microphone
Remote control
Multi-room

Dimensions

Bar 5.1 V51-H6
Size (Wx H x D), cm/in114.8 x 5.8 x 9.3/45 x 2.3 x 3.799 x 27.2 x 40/39 x 11 x 16
Weight, kg/pounds3.9/8.62/5
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