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JBL Bar 5.0 Multibeam Review

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The JBL Bar 5.0 MultiBeam produces boomy bass, delivering immersive audio. It is a loud and feature-rich 5.0 soundbar that will appeal to movie buffs and music enthusiasts.

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Product Snapshot

Overview

The JBL Bar 5.0 MultiBeam is a mid-range 5.0 channel surround soundbar released in 2021, with a wide soundstage and outstanding bass for living rooms and home theaters.

Like many of the best-rated speakers in the industry today, this JBL speaker has built-in Chromecast, Airplay, and Alexa. A handy bass adjustment feature and auto volume mode enable effortless customization.

The speaker supports Virtual Dolby Atmos and eARC, which along with JBL proprietary MultiBeam tech create an immersive experience This speaker has a collection of useful connectors, including a shared HDMI ARC+Out port, a full HDMI in, and single USB port.

Explore the specs of the JBL Bar 5.0 MultiBeam below, and be sure to check out the highest-ranked soundbars on the market today.

Consensus

our Verdict

Experts adore the range of connectivity options and virtual surround setup of the JBL Bar 5.0 MultiBeam speaker, and they recommend it for TV dialogue, movies, and music playback.

Editors at CNET love its bass-heavy sound profile, featuring a -1.07 frequency response slope. Tests revealed that the system supports Virtual Dolby Atmos, and experts at What Hi-Fi say that it has a decent side-firing setup, which provides a fairly immersive 3D listening experience.

And thanks to a range of connectivity options, the soundbar is quite versatile. Users who regularly entertain big groups will love this speaker’s loud design, which reaches 91.9 dB. With EQ presets, you can customize the audio profile as well.

However, it doesn’t have satellite speakers, so it won’t support true Dolby Atmos.

If you prefer an outdoor speaker, see our JBL Xtreme 3 review. Explore our Denon Home Sound Bar 550 review if you need an app-controlled soundbar, and see our Hisense HS218 review if you need a dialogue enhancement feature.

Reason to Buy

  • Plenty of connectivity options with outstanding latency
    • The JBL Bar 5.0 MultiBeam boasts multiple connectivity options with exceptionally low tested latency for seamless audio and visual syncing. It features an eARC (-19 ms), Optical (-7 ms), and Full HDMI In (27 ms) port for connecting to modern devices, and its latency is among the best tested. But a USB port for audio playback is only available in the soundbar’s USA models.

  • Good design
    • The soundbar’s premium plastic casing and metallic grille are strong enough to safeguard the internal drivers. Moreover, it sits snugly underneath a 55” TV stand without blocking the screen.

  • User interface
    • You can view the volume and current input selection with the handy four-character display on the soundbar’s right-hand side. It has two EQ presets, and the buttons on the top turn the bar on/off, tweak the volume, and enable switching inputs. And for greater functionality, there is a convenient no-frills remote.

  • Built-in Chromecast, Apple airplay, and Bluetooth
  • Near zero latency provides synchronized audio and video playback

Reason to Avoid

  • Slightly boxy sound quality
    • The Automatic MultiBeam Calibration room correction feature gives the soundbar a bit of a boxy sound profile, making sounds a bit resonant. It also delivers emphasized punchy sounds that may not appeal to everyone. Additionally, EDM and hip-hop listeners may find the underemphasized deep low bass to be a potential dealbreaker, but it has a bass adjustment feature and EQ presets for sound customization.

  • No smart features or voice assistant
    • Although you can integrate the bar with Google Home, it lacks exclusive app compatibility for hassle-free sound customization. Plus, the absence of a built-in voice assistant means no hands-free control, which takes away from the overall user experience.

JBL Bar 5.0 Multibeam Specs

Bluetooth EnabledBluetooth EnabledYes
DepthDepth3.9"
Dialogue Enhancement FeatureDialogue Enhancement Featurena
Energy Star CertifiedEnergy Star Certifiedn/a
HDMI ARCHDMI ARCYes
HeightHeight2.3"
Number of Audio ChannelsNumber of Audio Channels5
SubwooferSubwooferIncluded
Surround Sound SupportedSurround Sound SupportedDolby Atmos
Wall MountableWall Mountablena
WeightWeight6.7
WidthWidth27.9
Wireless ConnectivityWireless ConnectivityBluetooth, Wi-Fi, Wireless
Wireless Subwoofer ConnectivityWireless Subwoofer Connectivityna
Works WithWorks WithAmazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri

All Specs

Test Results

Low End Roll Off (Hz)63.496
High End Roll Off (Hz)12,177.48
Max Volume Test (db)91.95
Latency (ms)-19
THD @ 80dB0.32

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Market Context

The JBL Bar 5.0 MultiBeam is a mid-range 5.0 channel surround soundbar released in 2021, with a wide soundstage and outstanding bass for living rooms…

The JBL Bar 5.0 MultiBeam is a mid-range 5.0 channel surround soundbar released in 2021, with a wide soundstage and outstanding bass for living rooms and home theaters.

Like many of the best-rated speakers in the industry today, this JBL speaker has built-in Chromecast, Airplay, and Alexa. A handy bass adjustment feature and auto volume mode enable effortless customization.

The speaker supports Virtual Dolby Atmos and eARC, which along with JBL proprietary MultiBeam tech create an immersive experience This speaker has a collection of useful connectors, including a shared HDMI ARC+Out port, a full HDMI in, and single USB port.

Explore the specs of the JBL Bar 5.0 MultiBeam below, and be sure to check out the highest-ranked soundbars on the market today.

Although both are 5.0-channel soundbars, the Sonos Beam Gen 2 boasts more immersive surround and stereo soundstage than the JBL Bar 5.0 MultiBeam. It also…

Although both are 5.0-channel soundbars, the Sonos Beam Gen 2 boasts more immersive surround and stereo soundstage than the JBL Bar 5.0 MultiBeam. It also has a mobile app for managing settings remotely, unlike the MultiBeam. However, the 5.0 MultiBeam features HDMI in and out ports and a USB port, unlike the Sonos, which only has HDMI ARC.

Equipped with a dedicated sub, the JBL Bar 9.1 produces deeper extended low-bass than the JBL Bar 5.0 MultiBeam, which doesn’t have a dedicated sub….

Equipped with a dedicated sub, the JBL Bar 9.1 produces deeper extended low-bass than the JBL Bar 5.0 MultiBeam, which doesn’t have a dedicated sub. Additionally, the 9.1 also produces more immersive surround sound, thanks to its discrete satellite speakers. However, the MultiBeam has a USB port, unlike the Bar 9.1. See our JBL Bar 9.1 review for details.

Featuring a 5.0-channel setup, the JBL 5.0 MultiBeam offers a more immersive audio experience the LG Eclair QP5, which had a 3.1.2 configuration. However, the…

Featuring a 5.0-channel setup, the JBL 5.0 MultiBeam offers a more immersive audio experience the LG Eclair QP5, which had a 3.1.2 configuration. However, the LG speaker has a dialogue enhancement feature, unlike the MultiBeam soundbar. To learn more about the Eclair, see our LG Eclair QP5 review today.

Bluetooth Enabled

Yes

Yes

Yes

Depth

3.9"

3.9"

4.7"

4.9"

Dialogue Enhancement Feature

na

Yes

Yes

na

Energy Star Certified

n/a

No

Yes

HDMI ARC

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Height

2.3"

2.7"

2.4"

2.4"

Number of Audio Channels

5

3

3.1.2

Subwoofer

Included

na

Included

Included

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Expert Score

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True Score

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Expert Score Breakdown

  • Rtings
    103

    Category Trust Rating

    71
    The JBL Bar 5.0 is decent for mixed usage. With its room correction feature turned… read more

    By:

    John Panoryios
  • Techgear Lab
    85.83

    Category Trust Rating

    64
    The JBL Bar 5.0 MultiBeam creates an immersive home theater experience through Dolby Atmos supportive… read more

    By:

    Michelle Powell
  • Tom’s Guide
    66.71

    Category Trust Rating

    80
    The JBL Bar 5.0 MultiBeam has a lot going for it. It’s reasonably priced. Its… read more

    By:

    Michael Gowan
  • CNET
    54.51

    Category Trust Rating

    75
    LIKE: Excellent sound quality, especially for movies, Numerous streaming features, Two HDMI inputs. DON”T… read more

    By:

    Ty Pendlebury
  • Trusted Reviews
    60.27

    Category Trust Rating

    80
    The JBL Bar 5.0 fits a tremendous amount of value into its compact design. Sound… read more

    By:

    Kob Monney
  • Which?
    58.66

    Category Trust Rating

    NR
    The JBL Bar 5.0 Multibeam soundbar has a built-in subwoofer and is compatible with Dolby… read more

    By:

    Unknown

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