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A Review By Comparison of the Jbl Bar 300 Vs. Sonos Arc

Last updated on Apr 22, 2023   6 minute read
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JBL Bar 300

JBL Bar 300

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Reasons why you might like the JBL Bar 300

Overall Score 7.7 Represents average audio ecosystem compatibility score.

  • Width of 820 mm
  • Has An Aux Input
  • Hdmi Arc / Earc
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Reasons why you might like the Sonos Arc

Overall Score 5.4 Represents average audio ecosystem compatibility score.

  • Width of 1140 mm
  • Hdmi Arc / Earc

A summary of the review by feature comparison

Category Features JBL Bar 300 Sonos Arc
DESIGN width 820mm 1,140mm
height 103mm 87mm
weight 2,500g 6,250g
volume 4,729.76cm³ 11,525.06cm³
thickness 56mm 116mm
AUDIO number of channels of sound output 5only 5only
audio output power 260w
has bluetooth aptx
lowest frequency 50hz 47.6hz
highest frequency 20,000hz 19,900hz
CONNECTIVITY has an aux input
has an hdmi output
hdmi ports 1only 1only
has bluetooth
bluetooth version v5
supports wi-fi
wi-fi version v802.11ax, 802.11ac, and 802.11n
hdmi version v2 v2
rj45 ports 1only
has s/pdif out port
EXTRAS hdmi arc / earc
compatible with google assistant
compatible with alexa
compatible with siri
has dolby atmos
has dts:x
has chromecast built-in
has airplay
supports dolby digital plus
supports dolby digital
has a dedicated smartphone app
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A breakdown of the review per specifications

Design

Width

JBL Bar 300 820mm
Sonos Arc 1,140mm

JBL Bar 300 has a width of 820mm. The width represents the horizontal measurement of a soundbar, soundbars are sometimes designed to fit the width of TVs or slightly close.

Sonos Arc, at 1,140mm is smaller in width than the JBL Bar 300 with a difference mm

Height

JBL Bar 300 103mm
Sonos Arc 87mm

JBL Bar 300 measures to a height of 103mm. Height represents the vertical dimension of a soundbar, they are usually designed to be as thin as possible to aesthetically fit in a space.

Sonos Arc, at 87mm is shorter than the JBL Bar 300 with a difference -16mm

Weight

JBL Bar 300 2,500g
Sonos Arc 6,250g

The JBL Bar 300 weighs 2,500g. We consider a lower weight best because lighter soundbars are easier to carry around the space. A lower weight is also an advantage for home appliances, as it makes their movement easier, and for many other types of products.

The Sonos Arc, at 6,250g weigh more than the JBL Bar 300 by g. Often a genuine quality system is a little bit heavier than average quality products though If you will need to switch the position of the soundbar after some time, then you should try to purchase a lighter soundbar.

Volume

JBL Bar 300 4,729.76cm³
Sonos Arc 11,525.06cm³

Volume is the quantity of three-dimensional space taken up by the product's chassis or, to keep it simple, the space the product fills. JBL Bar 300 takes up 4,729.76cm³, it is a good thing to know the space that the soundbar occupies just so as to confirm that it will fit with ease into the available space .

Sonos Arc's volume is 11,525.06cm³ meaning it requires lesser space than the JBL Bar 300 by cm³

Thickness

JBL Bar 300 56mm
Sonos Arc 116mm

The thickness of JBL Bar 300 is 56mm, to know the thickness of a device you divide its volume by the soundbar's surface area(length by width)

Sonos Arc has a thickness of 116mm, hence thicker than the JBL Bar 300 by 60mm

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Audio

Number Of Channels Of Sound Output

JBL Bar 300 5only
Sonos Arc 5only

For surround sound channels, you’re going to run across numbers in such formats as X.X two-digit, or X.X.X three-digit the first number defines the sum of main speakers, the second number represents the total of subwoofers, and the third number if available represents the number of “height” speakers.

NOTE: "Height" speakers are usually placed on the ceiling of the room containing the soundbar, but they may as well be upward-facing speakers within the soundbar.

JBL Bar 300 having a sound output value of 5 implies that it has 5 main speakers

Well as the Sonos Arc having 5 means that it has 5 main speakers

Audio Output Power

JBL Bar 300 260w
Sonos Arc

The JBL Bar 300 has an audio output power of 260W, basing on the total of speakers and their power in watts. It is the power the JBL Bar 300 speakers can "comfortably" be loaded.

To better understand how loud any speaker can get, there are other aspects to look at such as sensitivity, sound pressure, etc.

Has Bluetooth Aptx

JBL Bar 300
Sonos Arc

The JBL Bar 300 supports BLUETOOTH APTX, a codec used for transmitting audio wirelessly with Bluetooth.

Lowest Frequency

JBL Bar 300 50hz
Sonos Arc 47.6hz

Low-frequency response measures if and how well an audio device reproduces low audible frequencies and if it makes any changes to the signal while at it. JBL Bar 300's lowest frequency is at 50Hz.

Sonos Arc's lowest frequency is at 47.6Hz, this means that JBL Bar 300 got a juicier bass than the Sonos Arc , the lower the low-frequency response, the stronger and juicier the bass.

Highest Frequency

JBL Bar 300 20,000hz
Sonos Arc 19,900hz

High-frequency response measures if and how well a particular audio component reproduces high audible frequencies and if it makes any changes to the signal while at it. JBL Bar 300's highest frequency is at 20,000Hz.

Sonos Arc's highest frequency is at 19,900Hz, this means that JBL Bar 300 got a clearer and crispier treble than the Sonos Arc , the higher the high-frequency response, the clearer and crispier the treble.

Connectivity

Has An Aux Input

JBL Bar 300
Sonos Arc

The JBL Bar 300 has an auxiliary input, an aux input allows you to play from other audio devices by channeling them through a simple audio connection like a 3.5mm jack.

Has An Hdmi Output

JBL Bar 300
Sonos Arc

JBL Bar 300 has an HDMI output port, soundbars with an HDMI or mini HDMI port connect high-definition audio.

Sonos Arc too has HDMI port by which it outputs "feed" audio into inputs of other digital devices, which can receive and process these signals.

Hdmi Ports

JBL Bar 300 1only
Sonos Arc 1only

JBL Bar 300 has 1 HDMI ports, more HDMI ports mean that you may simultaneously connect numerous devices, such as video game consoles and set-top boxes.

Sonos Arc has 1 HDMI ports, meaning both devices have an equal number of ports

Has Bluetooth

JBL Bar 300
Sonos Arc

JBL Bar 300 has Bluetooth, a wireless technology which allows you to seamlessly transfer data between different compatible devices.

Bluetooth Version

JBL Bar 300 v5
Sonos Arc

JBL Bar 300 has a Bluetooth version of 5

Supports Wi-Fi

JBL Bar 300
Sonos Arc

Wi-Fi is a wireless networking technology that allows devices such as computers, and mobile devices .i.e smartphones and wearables to connect and interact with other devices on the internet, the JBL Bar 300 can connect to Wi-Fi.

Sonos Arc too can connect to a Wi-Fi network.

Wi-Fi Version

JBL Bar 300 v802.11ax, 802.11ac, and 802.11n
Sonos Arc

Most modern soundbars that support WiFi connectivity typically support the 802.11b/g/n/ax standards. Which are known by Wi-Fi 4 - 6. JBL Bar 300 supports 802.11ax, 802.11ac, and 802.11n

Hdmi Version

JBL Bar 300 v2
Sonos Arc v2

JBL Bar 300 has an HDMI version of 2, newer versions of HDMI support higher bandwidth, which allows for higher resolutions and frame rates.

Sonos Arc has an HDMI version of 2 same as the JBL Bar 300

Rj45 Ports

JBL Bar 300
Sonos Arc 1only

RJ-45 ports are used for Local Area Network (LAN) connections. With more ports, you can achieve increased bandwidth across a LAN, or connect to multiple networks. Sonos Arc has only 1 ports

Has S/Pdif Out Port

JBL Bar 300
Sonos Arc

S/PDIF is an interface used to transmit digital audio with high fidelity.

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Extras

Hdmi Arc / Earc

JBL Bar 300
Sonos Arc

Before you needed to connect an optical cable from your TV to the optical input of an audio device on top of the already connected HDMI cable If you don't want to use your TV's speakers and would rather have everything play through a soundbar, now with ARC you can easily connect all these at a go from a compatible HDMI socket on your TV to an HDMI ARC socket on your soundbar.

HDMI ARC (Audio Return Channel) carries audio over HDMI. ARC is only capable of carrying compressed 5.1 audio, but eARC has higher bandwidth and can carry uncompressed 7.1 audio, as well as formats such as DTS:X and full bitrate Dolby Atmos. It is available on the JBL Bar 300

Sonos Arc has the HDMI ARC/EARC

Compatible With Google Assistant

JBL Bar 300
Sonos Arc

JBL Bar 300 is compatible with Google Assistant, allowing you to use voice commands to control the device from other Google Assistant-compatible devices.

Sonos Arc is compatible with Google Assistant.

Compatible With Alexa

JBL Bar 300
Sonos Arc

JBL Bar 300 is compatible with Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant, allowing you to use voice commands to control the device from other Alexa-compatible devices.

Sonos Arc is compatible with Alexa

Compatible With Siri

JBL Bar 300
Sonos Arc

JBL Bar 300 is compatible with Apple's Siri voice assistant, allowing you to use voice commands to control the device from other Apple HomeKit-compatible devices.

Has Dolby Atmos

JBL Bar 300
Sonos Arc

Dolby Atmos is a surround sound technology that allows sounds to be interpreted as three-dimensional objects. JBL Bar 300 has Dolby Atmos, which allows them to have immersive, 360-degree sound.

Sonos Arc has it too, Atmos theoretically means you'll be able to hear, say birds chipping from above or a plane moving from over your head into the distance like it would be in a natural environment.

Has Dts:x

JBL Bar 300
Sonos Arc

DTS:X is an object-based surround sound technology that allows filmmakers to place and move individual sounds around your listening space, giving you a theater-like audio experience.

More like Dolby Atmos as it aims to create a multi-dimensional sound that "places you at the center of the action", it differs from Dolby Atmos by the required speaker configuration. JBL Bar 300 has DTS:X

Has Chromecast Built-In

JBL Bar 300
Sonos Arc

Chromecast built-in is a technology that allows you to stream entertainment and apps from your phone, tablet, or laptop, straight to the Chromecast-enabled device.

Has Airplay

JBL Bar 300
Sonos Arc

AirPlay allows wireless connection of Apple devices with external screens or speakers. You may stream computer screens, videos, and music from iOS devices, play games like on consoles, or present your slideshows easily on your device.

Both the Sonos Arc and the JBL Bar 300 have airplay.

Supports Dolby Digital Plus

JBL Bar 300
Sonos Arc

If a device supports Dolby Digital Plus it can deliver up to fourteen (14) different audio channels (sides) with improved bitrates, for much better sound quality. JBL Bar 300 supports Dolby digital plus

Sonos Arc supports Dolby digital plus as well.

Supports Dolby Digital

JBL Bar 300
Sonos Arc

JBL Bar 300 supports Dolby Digital meaning that it can deliver up to six (6) different audio channels (sides) for much better sound quality.

Sonos Arc too supports Dolby digital.

Has A Dedicated Smartphone App

JBL Bar 300
Sonos Arc

There is a dedicated smartphone app that is designed to be used with the JBL Bar 300.

The Sonos Arc has a dedicated smartphone app.

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