Nakamichi Shockwafe Ultra 9.2 eARC vs JBL BAR 700

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Shockwafe Ultra 9.2 eARC vs BAR 700 comparison chart

Nakamichi Shockwafe Ultra 9.2 eARC
Multichannel surround

Nakamichi Shockwafe Ultra 9.2 eARC vs JBL BAR 700 review

Nakamichi Shockwafe Ultra 9.2 eARC

Against the background of the increasing popularity of soundbars, the comparison of Nakamichi Shockwafe Ultra 9.2 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 Ultra 9.2 eARC. According to the results of our comparison, Shockwafe Ultra 9.2 eARC received 6.6 points out of 10 possible, and BAR 700 was rated 8.8 points.

Advantages Nakamichi Shockwafe Ultra 9.2 eARC over JBL BAR 700

  • Comes with 4 separate speakers
  • Surround sound with DTS:X support

Advantages JBL BAR 700 over Nakamichi Shockwafe Ultra 9.2 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 Ultra 9.2 eARC is rated 10 of 10 against 8 for the BAR 700 according to the audio features rating.

Shockwafe Ultra 9.2 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 Ultra 9.2 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 Ultra 9.2 eARC has 9.2.4 channels, while the BAR 700 has 5.1 channels. Also, the output power of the soundbars under consideration is different, Nakamichi Shockwafe Ultra 9.2 eARC has 1300 (overall) W, and 620 (overall) W has the competitor.

Shockwafe Ultra 9.2 eARC BAR 700
Built-in channels9.2.45.1
Amplification typeactiveactive
Output power, W1300 (overall)620 (overall)
Separate speaker (in package)42
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 Ultra 9.2 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 Ultra 9.2 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 Ultra 9.2 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 Ultra 9.2 eARC.

Shockwafe Ultra 9.2 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 Ultra 9.2 eARC
BAR 700

The popular Spotify service is available on the BAR 700.

Shockwafe Ultra 9.2 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 Ultra 9.2 eARC was rated 9 out of 10, and JBL BAR 700 was rated 10 out of 10.

Shockwafe Ultra 9.2 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 Shockwafe Ultra 9.2 eARC has 3/1 HDMI inputs/outputs, but the BAR 700 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.

Shockwafe Ultra 9.2 eARC BAR 700
Ethernet (RJ45)00
HDMI input/output3/11/1
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 Ultra 9.2 eARC BAR 700
Voice control
App control
Remote control


Shockwafe Ultra 9.2 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/pounds3.1/7.20.6/1.4
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