JBL Soundbars

JBL - The American speaker-expert

Starting from lightweight Bluetooth speakers up to extensive sound systems: The JBL product range offers pretty much everything you need for good sound.
The American manufacturer has stood for excellent sound for decades. Of course, a rich selection of soundbars should not be missing in the portfolio.

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JBL Soundbars compared

JBL focuses on room-filling sounds and a strong bass in its soundbar models, regardless of whether they come with or without a separate subwoofer. In order to serve every price segment, the US company offers setups of different dimensions, which are equipped with more or less features. 

JBL Bar 9.1
Bar 9.1
JBL Bar 5.0 MultiBeam
Bar 5.0 MultiBeam
Model year 2020 2021
Channels 5.1.4 5
Dolby Atmos
HDMI 2.1 1x In + 1x Out 1x In + 1x Out
Room size above 40 m2 up to 25 m2
Subwoofer External
Dimensions Height x Width x Depth 62 x 884 x 120 mm 58 x 709 x 101 mm

JBL Bar 9.1 2020
3D surround sound system with freely placeable battery satellites

Room size
above 40 m2

JBL Bar 9.1 Connections

HDMI 2.1 InHDMI OutHDMI eARCDigital opticalLAN-Ethernet
Dolby Atmos
Soundbar + Subwoofer + Satellites
  • 820W total power
  • External subwoofer
  • Wireless battery satellites
  • Impressive surround sound
  • Room correction
  • HDMI eARC, Wi-Fi & Bluetooth
  • Dolby Atmos & DTS:X
  • No Dialogue Enhancement Feature
  • No Equalizer

The JBL Bar 9.1 is one of the more extensive models from LG. It is a 5.1.4 channel soundbar, which means that it has four Dolby Atmos/DTS:X height channels. The highlights of the soundbar are two detachable satellite speakers that can be placed wirelessly in the room. Just like the soundbar itself, they are equipped with up-firing speakers that provide an immersive listening experience. In addition, the soundbar features room correction, which adjusts the acoustics to the room and thus improves the sound even more.

In addition to its 3D sound, the JBL Bar 9.1’s variety of smart features is also impressive: Thanks to its Wi-Fi connectivity, built-in Chromecast and Apple Airplay, content can be streamed easily. A traditional Bluetooth connection is also available.

JBL Bar 5.0 MultiBeam 2021
Kompaktes Klangwunder mit virtuellem 3D Sound

Room size
up to 25 m2

JBL Bar 5.0 MultiBeam Connections

HDMI 2.1 InHDMI OutHDMI eARCDigital opticalLAN-Ethernet
Dolby Atmos
  • 250W total power
  • Virtual Dolby Atmos
  • MultiBeam Surround Sound
  • Room correction feature
  • Multiroom option
  • Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Chromecast & Airplay
  • Voice assistant compatible
  • No DTS
  • No graphic equalizer

With a width of just little over twenty-seven inches, the JBL Bar 5.0 MultiBeam is one of the more compact soundbars. Despite the rather small size, however, it has enough punch and gets relatively loud. While its bass could be a bit deeper, the soundbar is all the more convincing in quiet scenes: Thanks to its center speaker, dialogs are reproduced clearly and distinctly.

As its name suggests, the soundbar features JBL’s MultiBeam technology, which is supposed to provide immersive sound even without up-firing speakers. It also supports Virtual Dolby Atmos, meaning that Atmos content is converted to surround content for playback.

Those who want to use the JBL Bar 5.0 MultiBeam to stream music have all sorts of options to do so: Both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi are supported by it and Chromecast as well as Apple Airplay are integrated.

JBL Bar 5.0 MultiBeam Review