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Comparing JBL Bar 5.0 MultiBeam and Polk Audio Signa S4

Lowest price found: $399.95 Show listings
Lowest price found: $399 Show listings
Consumer Score
In comparison:
JBL Bar 5.0 MultiBeam ranks #101 out of 200. It is in the top 20%.
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7.8
Good
Consumer Score
In comparison:
Polk Audio Signa S4 ranks #39 out of 200. It is in the top 10%.
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8.7
Great
JBL Bar 5.0 MultiBeam: Buy | Customer Reviews
Polk Audio Signa S4: Buy | Customer Reviews

Experts recommend Polk Audio Signa S4 more than JBL Bar 5.0 MultiBeam

As of 3 Jun 2022, experts prefer Polk Audio Signa S4 over JBL Bar 5.0 MultiBeam, but both Sound Bars have solid expert endorsements.

As per this month's meta ranking, Polk Audio Signa S4 received 2 recommendations: from World Wide Stereo (11 May 2022) and WIRED (9 Apr 2022). JBL Bar 5.0 MultiBeam was also endorsed 2 times: by Tom's Guide (1 Jun 2022) and What Hi-Fi (6 May 2022). However, experts generally ranked JBL Bar 5.0 MultiBeam lower than Polk Audio Signa S4 in their articles, which caused it to rank lower in ReviewFinder ranking.

Rank Change Price Sound Bar
Tom's Guide
World Wide Stereo
TechRadar
Rtings.com
What Hi-Fi
SoundGuys
CNN Underscored
PCMag
TechHive
WIRED
13
+1 $399
Polk Audio Signa S4
-
1
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
5
17
- $400
JBL Bar 5.0 MultiBeam
9
-
-
-
10
-
-
-
-
-

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About our ranking methodology

Endorsement summary:

  • On 1 Jun 2022 Tom's Guide ranked JBL Bar 5.0 MultiBeam as #9
    Rank Sound Bar Comment
    ... ... ...
    #9 out of 11 JBL Bar 5.0 MultiBeam
    The best soundbar for affordable Atmos
    ... ... ...
  • On 6 May 2022 What Hi-Fi ranked JBL Bar 5.0 MultiBeam as #10
    Rank Sound Bar Comment
    ... ... ...
    #10 out of 20 JBL Bar 5.0 MultiBeam
    This compact soundbar won’t blow a hole in your budget
    ... ... ...
  • On 11 May 2022 World Wide Stereo ranked Polk Audio Signa S4 as #1
    Rank Sound Bar Comment
    #1 out of 16 Polk Audio Signa S4
    The Best Compact Sound Bar
    ... ... ...
  • On 9 Apr 2022 WIRED ranked Polk Audio Signa S4 as #5
    Rank Sound Bar Comment
    ... ... ...
    #5 out of 13 Polk Audio Signa S4
    Best Soundbar-Subwoofer Combo
    ... ... ...

Verdict

After counting and adding up the 113 expert endorsements of the May rankings, Polk Audio Signa S4 outranks JBL Bar 5.0 MultiBeam. This is not to say that that JBL Bar 5.0 MultiBeam is a bad option. Like Polk Audio Signa S4, it is recommended by experts, but less.

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Customers like Polk Audio Signa S4 noticeably more

At ReviewFinder we prefer to focus on professional product reviews, because customer reviews can be disproportionately affected by unrelated factors such as delivery, specific seller listing problems, and, of course, fake reviews. With that said, below is the summary of consumer sentiment.

JBL Bar 5.0 MultiBeam
Polk Audio Signa S4
Consumer score (CS) is a normalized computed representation of customers' sentiment towards a product.
CS of 10 is similar to a 4.8 star review, CS of 0 is similar to a 2 star review.

Polk Audio Signa S4, the cheaper option, tends to get more favorable reviews than JBL Bar 5.0 MultiBeam.

As can be seen in the chart above, median best-selling sound bar receives a consumer score of 7.8 (good). Both JBL Bar 5.0 MultiBeam and Polk Audio Signa S4 receive customer reviews that average out above that median threshold.

JBL Bar 5.0 MultiBeam
In comparison:
JBL Bar 5.0 MultiBeam ranks #101 out of 200. It is in the top 20%.
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7.8
Good
Polk Audio Signa S4
In comparison:
Polk Audio Signa S4 ranks #39 out of 200. It is in the top 10%.
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8.7
Great
Median best-selling Sound Bar
In comparison:
JBL Bar 5.0 MultiBeam ranks #101 out of 200. It is in the top 20%.
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7.8
Good





Polk Audio Signa S4 is more popular than JBL Bar 5.0 MultiBeam

It's fairly safe to say that Polk Audio Signa S4 is a more popular sound bar than JBL Bar 5.0 MultiBeam, based on its 10,000+ reviews. Popularity is determined based on product sales. Note that older and cheaper products tend to sell more.


To consider

Customers who view JBL Bar 5.0 MultiBeam and Polk Audio Signa S4 often consider Polk Audio Signa S4, a pricier option.
Table: Top compared alternatives for JBL Bar 5.0 MultiBeam and Polk Audio Signa S4
Polk Audio Signa S4 $399
In comparison:
Polk Audio Signa S4 ranks #39 out of 200. It is in the top 10%.
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8.7
Great
2 expert recommendations
Yamaha YAS-209 $350
In comparison:
Yamaha YAS-209 ranks #118 out of 200. It is in the top 20%.
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7.6
Good
3 expert recommendations Cheaper
Sonos Beam Gen 2 $527
In comparison:
Sonos Beam Gen 2 ranks #27 out of 200. It is in the top 10%.
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8.7
Great
8 expert recommendations
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Critic Consensus Common points from expert reviews summarized.
As can be seen below, Polk Audio Signa S4 outranks JBL Bar 5.0 MultiBeam by 4 positions. This indicates that, as of 3 Jun 2022, Polk Audio Signa S4 is more critically acclaimed than JBL Bar 5.0 MultiBeam.
Rank Change Price Sound Bar
Tom's Guide
World Wide Stereo
TechRadar
Rtings.com
What Hi-Fi
SoundGuys
CNN Underscored
PCMag
TechHive
WIRED
1
- $889
Sonos Arc
2
3
1
2
3
-
2
3
-
-
2
- $527
Sonos Beam Gen 2
8
5
5
5
2
-
-
8
4
4
3
- Check price
Samsung HW-Q950A
-
-
3
3
17
-
-
-
5
3
4
- $100
Roku Streambar
10
-
-
-
14
-
5
-
2
8
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Expert Reviews There are people on the Internet whose job is to review products. Below are their opinions.

Expert reviews [17]

81
Total expert reviews: 17
  • with a score: 12
  • without a score: 5
Highest score by shanethegamer.com
100
Average score based on 17 reviews
81
Lowest score by T3
60

Score distribution:

80-100
60-80
40-60
20-40
0-20

Expert reviews [14]

77
Total expert reviews: 14
  • with a score: 5
  • without a score: 9
Highest score by Home Media Entertainment
88
Average score based on 14 reviews
77
Lowest score by Rtings.com
69

Score distribution:

80-100
60-80
40-60
20-40
0-20
JBL Bar 5.0 MultiBeam: Buy | Customer Reviews
Polk Audio Signa S4: Buy | Customer Reviews
From Seller:
  • Dolby Atmos and MultiBeam surround sound gives you an immersive and exciting 3D sound experience and a wide soundstage.
  • Certified for Humans – Smart home made easy for non-experts. Setup with Alexa is simple.
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From Seller:
  • ADVANCED ULTRA-SLIM SOUNDBAR & WIRELESS SUB - The Signa S4 with an upgraded 7-driver array & a dedicated full-range center channel delivers True 3D Surround Sound (Dolby Atmos 3.1.2 certified) and the 5.25" sub gives you a WIDE SOUND STAGE AND DEEP BASS
  • Read more
From Manufacturer Manufacturer-provided product description, urls and documents.
EAN Numbers: 0050036379311
UPC Numbers: 050036379311
Model Numbers: JBLBAR50MBBLKAM
EAN Numbers: 0747192135829
UPC Numbers: 747192135829
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JBL Bar 5.0 MultiBeam is a well-known option on the higher end of the price range. It's in the top 3 bestselling sound bars and has dozens of popular alternatives in the same price range, such as Samsung HW-K450 or Polk Audio MagniFi 2 .

JBL Bar 5.0 MultiBeam is $137.27 more expensive than the average sound bar ($262.68).

Polk Audio Signa S4 is a top selling option on the higher end of the price range. It's a #1 bestseller in sound bars category and has dozens of popular alternatives in the same price range, such as Samsung HW-K450 or Polk Audio MagniFi 2 .

Polk Audio Signa S4 is $136.32 more expensive than the average sound bar ($262.68).

JBL Bar 5.0 MultiBeam: Buy | Customer Reviews
Polk Audio Signa S4: Buy | Customer Reviews

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