JBL BAR 500 vs Denon DHT-S517

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BAR 500 vs DHT-S517 comparison chart

Denon DHT-S517
Multichannel surround

JBL BAR 500 vs Denon DHT-S517 review

Denon DHT-S517

Let's take a look at the comparison between JBL BAR 500 and Denon DHT-S517. It will become clear that among these two devices, the BAR 500 is more suitable for the role of a home soundbar. According to the results of our comparison, BAR 500 received 8.6 points out of 10 possible, and DHT-S517 was rated 5.4 points.

Advantages JBL BAR 500 over Denon DHT-S517

  • Available the Apple Music service
  • Available the Amazon Music service
  • Stream music with Spotify
  • Wireless connection via Wi-Fi
  • Voice control supports
  • Built-in microphone

Advantages Denon DHT-S517 over JBL BAR 500

  • We do not know advantages

Audio features

The BAR 500 is rated 7 of 10 against 5 for the DHT-S517 according to the audio features rating.

BAR 500

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 500 and the DHT-S517.

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 500 has 5.1 channels, while the DHT-S517 has 3.1.2 channels. Also, the output power of the soundbars under consideration is different, JBL BAR 500 has 620 (overall) W, and 40 (overall) W has the competitor.

BAR 500 DHT-S517
Built-in channels5.13.1.2
Amplification typeactiveactive
Output power, W620 (overall)40 (overall)
Separate speaker (in package)00
Separate speaker connectionshas notwireless


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 500 DHT-S517
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 multichannel sound reproduction capabilities of the soundbars were rated 7 out of 10.

BAR 500

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 consider the models in terms of support for Dolby Atmos, then both 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 500 DHT-S517
Dolby Atmos
Dolby (other)Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD
DTS (other)DTS

Streaming services

The possibility to listen online to millions of songs from one device has become a reality thanks to streaming services.

BAR 500

The popular Spotify service is available on the BAR 500.

BAR 500 DHT-S517
Apple Music (AirPlay)
Amazon Music
Other streaming servicesPandora, SoundCloudhas not


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 500 was rated 10 out of 10, and Denon DHT-S517 was rated 7 out of 10.

BAR 500

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 BAR 500.

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 competitors in this comparison has 1/1 HDMI inputs/outputs.

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 500 DHT-S517
Ethernet (RJ45)00
HDMI input/output1/11/1
Optical digital input/output1/01/0
USB1 (USB 2.0)0
Coaxial digital input/output0/00/0
Analog audio input/output (RCA)0/00/0
Headphone output00
Subwoofer output00


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 JBL BAR 500 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 500 DHT-S517
Voice control
App control
Remote control


BAR 500 DHT-S517
Size (Wx H x D), cm/in101.7x5.6x10.3/40x2.2x478x4.4x7/35.4x2.1x3.2
Weight, kg/pounds2.8/6.22.5/5.5
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