Bose Smart Ultra Soundbar vs JBL BAR 1300X

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Smart Ultra Soundbar vs BAR 1300X comparison chart

Bose Smart Ultra Soundbar
Multichannel surround

Bose Smart Ultra Soundbar vs JBL BAR 1300X review

Bose Smart Ultra Soundbar

Comparing Bose Smart Ultra Soundbar and JBL BAR 1300X makes sense because it shows what devices in their segment can offer. BAR 1300X offers better sound and bass than its opponent - Smart Ultra Soundbar. According to the results of our comparison, Smart Ultra Soundbar received 8.4 points out of 10 possible, and BAR 1300X was rated 9.4 points.

Advantages Bose Smart Ultra Soundbar over JBL BAR 1300X

  • We do not know advantages

Advantages JBL BAR 1300X over Bose Smart Ultra Soundbar

  • Comes with 2 separate speakers
  • Separate subwoofer provided
  • Surround sound with DTS:X support

Audio features

The Smart Ultra Soundbar is rated 8 of 10 against 10 for the BAR 1300X according to the audio features rating.

Smart Ultra Soundbar
BAR 1300X

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 Smart Ultra Soundbar and the BAR 1300X.

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 Smart Ultra Soundbar has 5.1.2 channels, while the BAR 1300X has 11.1.4 channels.

Smart Ultra Soundbar BAR 1300X
Built-in channels5.
Amplification typeactiveactive
Output power, WN/A1170 (overall)
Separate speaker (in package)02
Separate speaker connectionshas nothas 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. The BAR 1300X comes with an external subwoofer. Bose Smart Ultra Soundbar has the ability to handle wired connections from an external subwoofer, while JBL BAR 1300X only has wireless connections.

Smart Ultra Soundbar BAR 1300X
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 Smart Ultra Soundbar received rating 6 out of 10 for multichannel audio processing, but the BAR 1300X, in the same category, earned 8 out of 10 points.

Smart Ultra Soundbar
BAR 1300X

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 BAR 1300X.

Smart Ultra Soundbar BAR 1300X
Dolby Atmos
Dolby (other)
DTS (other)

Streaming services

The possibility to listen online to millions of songs from one device has become a reality thanks to streaming services. The streaming services category rating is the same - 10 out of 10 points.

Smart Ultra Soundbar
BAR 1300X

The popular Spotify service is available on both soundbars. The streaming audio from Pandora, SoundCloud, it is possible to listen to each of soundbars.

Smart Ultra Soundbar BAR 1300X
Apple Music (AirPlay)
Amazon Music
Other streaming servicesPandora, SoundCloudPandora, 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: Bose Smart Ultra Soundbar was rated 9 out of 10, and JBL BAR 1300X was rated 10 out of 10.

Smart Ultra Soundbar
BAR 1300X

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 both devices.

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 Smart Ultra Soundbar has 1/1 HDMI inputs/outputs, but the BAR 1300X got 3/1 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.

Smart Ultra Soundbar BAR 1300X
Ethernet (RJ45)00
HDMI input/output1/13/1
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 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. Both soundbars have 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.

Smart Ultra Soundbar BAR 1300X
Voice control
App control
Remote control


Smart Ultra Soundbar BAR 1300X
Size (Wx H x D), cm/inN/A100x6x13.9/39.4x2.4x5.5
Weight, kg/poundsN/A4.3/9.5
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