In our review of the JBL Bar 500, we explore the performance of this low/middle-tier soundbar to see how it stacks up against the competition. JBL has taken a consistent approach with their 2023 soundbar series, with a similar feature set across all models, including their flagship models such as the Bar 1300X and Bar 1000.
The Bar 500 is a 5.1 channel soundbar-subwoofer combo with 590 watts of power output, and it supports Dolby Atmos and MultiBeam surround sound. It comes with features such as WiFi, Bluetooth, Chromecast, Airplay, voice control capabilities, and audio calibration system. It is also compatible with the JBL One app.
Visually, the Bar 500 resembles the Bar 300, but with increased power output and a slightly different channels and drivers configuration. The sound quality of the Bar 500 is good, but not exceptional. While it offers immersive surround sound, it lacks the crispness and clarity of higher-end soundbars.
Overall, the JBL Bar 500 is a solid choice for those looking for a decent soundbar at a relatively affordable price. It may not be the best option for audiophiles or those looking for top-of-the-line sound quality, but it offers good value for its price point.