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Updated February 2023

Sound bars

Discover the benefits and shortcomings of sound bars in our buying guide, then browse our test results to find the perfect speaker for you.

February 2023

JBL

Bar 5.0 Multibeam

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We've reviewed the JBL Bar 5.0 Multibeam to see how well it performs in these categories:

  • Performance
  • Power consumption
  • Predicted reliability
  • Brand satisfaction

Test results

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Good points

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Bad points

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  • Sound quality
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  • Ease of use
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Specifications

  • Multi-channel ability (claimed)
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  • Stated power (W)
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  • Sound bar dimensions (WxHxD)
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  • Weight of sound bar
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  • Shape of sound bar
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  • Remote control
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  • Type of display
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Extra speakers

  • Has external subwoofer
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  • Subwoofer WxHxD (cm)
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  • Weight of subwoofer (kg)
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  • Has detachable speakers
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Measured power consumption

  • Power drawn at 80dBA
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  • Power drawn on standby
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  • Estimated annual energy use
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  • Estimated annual energy cost
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Apps

  • Android app
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  • iOS app
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  • Use Android app as remote
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  • Use iOS app as remote
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Wireless connectivity

  • Wi-Fi
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  • Bluetooth
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  • Bluetooth version
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  • Airplay 2
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  • Spotify Connect
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  • Google Chromecast built in
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  • Custom connection protocols
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  • Can be used as multiroom speaker
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Physical connectivity

  • HDMI ports
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  • HDMI eARC
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  • Ethernet port
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  • USB inputs
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  • USB can charge mobile devices
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  • Stereo line in
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  • Stereo line out
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Features

  • Wall-mountable
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  • Virtual assistants supported
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  • Dolby Digital
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  • DTS
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  • Dolby Atmos
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  • DTS:X
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