Nakamichi Shockwafe Elite 7.2 eARC vs JBL BAR 700

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Shockwafe Elite 7.2 eARC vs BAR 700 comparison chart

Nakamichi Shockwafe Elite 7.2 eARC
Multichannel surround

Nakamichi Shockwafe Elite 7.2 eARC vs JBL BAR 700 review

Nakamichi Shockwafe Elite 7.2 eARC

Against the background of the increasing popularity of soundbars, the comparison of Nakamichi Shockwafe Elite 7.2 eARC and JBL BAR 700 takes place. And based on the available data, we can conclude that BAR 700 has better sound and performance than Shockwafe Elite 7.2 eARC. According to the results of our comparison, Shockwafe Elite 7.2 eARC received 6 points out of 10 possible, and BAR 700 was rated 8.8 points.

Advantages Nakamichi Shockwafe Elite 7.2 eARC over JBL BAR 700

  • Surround sound with DTS:X support

Advantages JBL BAR 700 over Nakamichi Shockwafe Elite 7.2 eARC

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

Audio features

The Shockwafe Elite 7.2 eARC is rated 9 of 10 against 8 for the BAR 700 according to the audio features rating.

Shockwafe Elite 7.2 eARC
BAR 700

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 Shockwafe Elite 7.2 eARC and the BAR 700.

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 Shockwafe Elite 7.2 eARC has 7.2.4 channels, while the BAR 700 has 5.1 channels. Also, the output power of the soundbars under consideration is different, Nakamichi Shockwafe Elite 7.2 eARC has 1000 (overall) W, and 620 (overall) W has the competitor.

Shockwafe Elite 7.2 eARC BAR 700
Built-in channels7.2.45.1
Amplification typeactiveactive
Output power, W1000 (overall)620 (overall)
Separate speaker (in package)22
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. Competitors support wireless connection to a separate external subwoofer.

Shockwafe Elite 7.2 eARC BAR 700
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 Shockwafe Elite 7.2 eARC received rating 10 out of 10 for multichannel audio processing, but the BAR 700, in the same category, earned 7 out of 10 points.

Shockwafe Elite 7.2 eARC
BAR 700

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. The manufacturer has implemented DTS:X technology only in Shockwafe Elite 7.2 eARC.

Shockwafe Elite 7.2 eARC BAR 700
Dolby Atmos
Dolby (other)Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus
DTS (other)DTS-HD Master Audio, DTS-HD High Resolution Audio, DTS Digital Surround

Streaming services

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

Shockwafe Elite 7.2 eARC
BAR 700

The popular Spotify service is available on the BAR 700.

Shockwafe Elite 7.2 eARC BAR 700
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: Nakamichi Shockwafe Elite 7.2 eARC was rated 7 out of 10, and JBL BAR 700 was rated 10 out of 10.

Shockwafe Elite 7.2 eARC
BAR 700

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 700.

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

Shockwafe Elite 7.2 eARC BAR 700
Ethernet (RJ45)00
HDMI input/output1/11/1
Optical digital input/output1/01/0
USB1 (USB 2.0)1 (USB 2.0)
Coaxial digital input/output1/00/0
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 BAR 700 has its own remote control application. Only JBL BAR 700 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.

Shockwafe Elite 7.2 eARC BAR 700
Voice control
App control
Remote control


Shockwafe Elite 7.2 eARC BAR 700
Size (Wx H x D), cm/in114.3 x 7.6 x 7.8/45.5 x 3 x 3.630.5x4.4x30.5/12x17.3x12
Weight, kg/pounds2.7/60.6/1.4
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