JBL Bar 5.1 vs Bose Solo 5

Best Affordable Bars: JBL Bar 5.1 vs Bose Solo 5

JBL Bar 5.1 vs Bose Solo 5

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Features

Both of these models are created by well renowned famous brands that are familiar to any audiophile. The major difference is that JBL Bar 5.1 vs Bose Solo 5 has a much better channel and sound quality. For example, it has 5.1 channel quality as well as 5.1 built-in channels. While Solo 5 only has 2.0 contradicting number 5 in the name.

JBL comes with a wireless sub plus a single wireless speaker. While the Bose bar does indeed come solo with no woofer or speakers. Bose does not have any streaming services support built-in as well. Compare it to JBL with their streaming service feature built-in supporting TuneIn, Deezer, Pandora, Spotify, Chromecast, Amazon, Google Play and Apple music. Pretty cool.

Neither of the subs has Dolby Atmos or DTS:X. Also, neither works with Alexa or other voice control features. Both have no Wi-Fi but have a Bluetooth, JBL has a USB, Woofer and HDMI inputs. But it is nice to know that both of them come with the remotes and with separate smartphone or tablet apps for both Android and iOS.

Design

Both of the bars have similar placement options. You can wall mount your bar or place it on the tabletop next to the TV. Bose Solo 5 doesn’t have any buttons versus JBL Bar 5.1 that has power, input and volume switches.

Bose Solo 5 vs JBL Bar 5.1 is much heavier having a sub plus a speaker in a package. 3.7 pounds compared to 9.9 pounds in a package. Both of the units are designed in a similar black minimalistic timeless style. They will look appropriate in any living room, office or workshop.

The JBL bar itself is whooping 114 inches long. Compare it to only 55 inches for Bose and you will have a much better idea of the placement options, power, and productivity of both units.

JBL Bar 5.1

Pros:

  • The wall mounting kit comes in a package.
  • An actually good sound that I liked although not for the price.
  • The battery holds for a long time.

Cons:

  • The wireless speaker doesn’t hold a charge.
  • Multiple alignment issues reports.
  • Expensive, $700 when not on sale.

Bose Solo 5

Pros:

  • Affordable, priced $199 for a new bar.
  • Easy to install and to align.
  • I loved the dialogue mode for the movies.

Cons:

  • The wall mounting kit has to be bought separately.
  • Customer support is very hard to get to.
  • The blinking light for the volume was not convenient.

JBL Bar 5.1

JBL Bar 5.1 review

May 13, 2019

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Bose Solo 5

Bose Solo 5 review

May 06, 2019

Small soundbar Bose Solo 5 - the model is not new, but deserved. The decision on the market for a long time, according to the characteristics, may not be amazing, but even I was very pleased to use S...

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Common

Product

JBL Bar 5.1
Bose Solo 5

Model

Bar 5.1
Solo 5

Brand

JBL
Bose

Rating

4.1 of 5
4.0 of 5

Reviews

117
1383

General

Placement type

table-top, wall-mountable
table-top, wall-mountable

Connection to source

wired, wireless
wired, wireless

Soundbar buttons

power, volume down, volume up, input
has not

Audio features

Amplification type

active
active

Built-in channels

5.1
2.0

Supported channel quantity

5.1
2.0

Separate speaker (in package)

2

Separate speaker connections

wireless

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

1

Separate subwoofer connections

wireless

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

Google Play Music

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

Chromecast, Pandora, Tuneln, Deezer
has not

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

HDMI input/output

3/0

HDMI ARC

1

Optical digital input/output

1
1

USB

1

Coaxial digital input/output

1/0

Analog audio input/output (RCA)

1/0

Headphone output

Subwoofer output

1
0

Features

Voice control

App control

Microphone

Remote control

Multi-room

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

DTS:X

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Size (H x W x D), cm/in

5.8 x 114.8 x 9.3/2.3 x 45 x 3.7 (5.8 x 131.3 x 9.3/2.3 x 51.7 x 3.7 with detachable speakers)
7 x 54.9 x 8.6/2.8 x 21.6 x 3.4

Weight, kg/pounds

3.9/8.6 (4.5/9.9 with detachable speakers)
1.7/3.7

Soundbars HelpToChoose comparison rating

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  • worse
  • 11.7
  • 6.3
  • 11.7JBL Bar 5.1
  • 6.3Bose Solo 5

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