Sony HT-S40R vs JBL BAR 500

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HT-S40R vs BAR 500 comparison chart

Sony HT-S40R
Multichannel surround

Sony HT-S40R vs JBL BAR 500 review

Sony HT-S40R

Let's compare Sony HT-S40R and JBL BAR 500 for an overview of all their audio functions. And according to the comparison results, we can see that BAR 500 is superior to HT-S40R in quality and number of functions. According to the results of our comparison, HT-S40R received 5.2 points out of 10 possible, and BAR 500 was rated 8.6 points.

Advantages Sony HT-S40R over JBL BAR 500

  • Comes with 2 separate speakers

Advantages JBL BAR 500 over Sony HT-S40R

  • Available the Apple Music service
  • Available the Amazon Music service
  • Stream music with Spotify
  • Supports object-oriented sound with Dolby Atmos technology
  • Wireless connection via Wi-Fi
  • Voice control supports
  • App for remote control
  • Built-in microphone

Audio features

Each of the compared models received 7 points for the audio features.

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 HT-S40R and the BAR 500.

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. Also, the output power of the soundbars under consideration is different, Sony HT-S40R has 600 (overall) W, and 620 (overall) W has the competitor.

HT-S40R BAR 500
Built-in channels5.15.1
Amplification typeactiveactive
Output power, W600 (overall)620 (overall)
Separate speaker (in package)20
Separate speaker connectionswirelesshas not


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. Sony HT-S40R has the ability to handle wired connections from an external subwoofer, while JBL BAR 500 only has wireless connections.

HT-S40R BAR 500
Built-in subwoofer
Separate subwoofer (in package)
Separate subwoofer connectionswiredwireless

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 HT-S40R received rating 8 out of 10 for multichannel audio processing, but the BAR 500, in the same category, earned 7 out of 10 points.

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. Dolby Atmos surround sound support is implemented only in JBL BAR 500.

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.

HT-S40R BAR 500
Dolby Atmos
Dolby (other)Dolby Digital, Dolby Dual mono
DTS (other)

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.

HT-S40R BAR 500
Apple Music (AirPlay)
Amazon Music
Other streaming serviceshas notPandora, SoundCloud


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: Sony HT-S40R was rated 7 out of 10, and JBL BAR 500 was rated 10 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 HT-S40R has 0/1 HDMI inputs/outputs, but the BAR 500 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.

HT-S40R BAR 500
Ethernet (RJ45)00
HDMI input/output0/11/1
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)0/00/0
Headphone output00
Subwoofer output10


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 500 has its own remote control application. 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.

HT-S40R BAR 500
Voice control
App control
Remote control


HT-S40R BAR 500
Size (Wx H x D), cm/in90.1x5.3x7.6/35.5x2.1x3101.7x5.6x10.3/40x2.2x4
Weight, kg/pounds1.8/4.12.8/6.2
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