JBL Bar 5.1 vs Yamaha YAS-109

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Votes 1 1
Rating 5 5

Bar 5.1 vs YAS-109 comparison chart

Overall
JBL Bar 5.1
7.2
Yamaha YAS-109
6.8
5
8
Multichannel surround
4
6

JBL Bar 5.1 vs Yamaha YAS-109 review

JBL Bar 5.1
vs
Yamaha YAS-109

To get acquainted with the specs of the devices, we suggest you familiarize with the comparison of JBL Bar 5.1 and Yamaha YAS-109. It shows us that the Bar 5.1 is a better choice as a home soundbar than the YAS-109. According to the results of our comparison, Bar 5.1 received 7.2 points out of 10 possible, and YAS-109 was rated 6.8 points.

Advantages JBL Bar 5.1 over Yamaha YAS-109

  • Comes with 2 separate speakers
  • Separate subwoofer provided

Advantages Yamaha YAS-109 over JBL Bar 5.1

  • Has an integrated subwoofer
  • Available the Apple Music service
  • Wireless connection via Wi-Fi
  • Built-in microphone

Audio features

The Bar 5.1 is rated 8 of 10 against 6 for the YAS-109 according to the audio features rating.

Bar 5.1
8
YAS-109
6

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 YAS-109.

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 YAS-109 has 2.0 channels. Also, the output power of the soundbars under consideration is different, JBL Bar 5.1 has 510 (overall) W, and 120 W has the competitor.

Bar 5.1 YAS-109
Built-in channels5.12.0
Amplification typeactiveactive
Output power, W510 (overall)120
Separate speaker (in package)20
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. A built-in subwoofer is only present in the YAS-109. 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 Yamaha YAS-109 only has wired and wireless connections.

Bar 5.1 YAS-109
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 YAS-109, in the same category, earned 6 out of 10 points.

Bar 5.1
4
YAS-109
6

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 YAS-109
Dolby Atmos
Dolby (other)Dolby Digital, Dolby Pro Logic IIDolby Digital, Dolby Pro Logic II
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. For the ability to work with streaming services, the Bar 5.1 received 10 points, and the YAS-109 - 6 on a 10-point scale.

Bar 5.1
10
YAS-109
6

The popular Spotify service is available on both soundbars.

Bar 5.1 YAS-109
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. Connectivity of competitors was rated 8 out of 10.

Bar 5.1
8
YAS-109
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 YAS-109.

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 YAS-109 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 YAS-109
WI-FI
Bluetooth
Ethernet (RJ45)01
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)1/01/0
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. The voice control feature is implemented in each of the compared soundbars.

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 Yamaha YAS-109 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 YAS-109
Voice controlAmazon AlexaAmazon Alexa
App control
Microphone
Remote control
Multi-room

Dimensions

Bar 5.1 YAS-109
Size (Wx H x D), cm/in114.8 x 5.8 x 9.3/45 x 2.3 x 3.789 x 5.3 x 13.1/35 x 2.1 x 5.1
Weight, kg/pounds3.9/8.63.4/7.5
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