JBL Bar 2.1 vs JBL Bar Studio review

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JBL Bar 2.1 vs JBL Bar Studio comparison chart

JBL Bar 2.1 vs JBL Bar Studio review

JBL Bar 2.1
vs
JBL Bar Studio

l would like to share my experience after comparing and testing two soundbars – JBL Bar 2.1 vs JBL Bar Studio. The JBL Bar 2.1 was rated 6, while the JBL Bar Studio has a rating 5. The soundbars are equipped with a different number of buttons, power, volume down, volume up, source for the Bar 2.1 and volume down, volume up, power, source for the Bar Studio.

Audio features

Each of the models under consideration has active amplification type. A noticeable difference is the number of channels that Bar 2.1 has 2.1 and Bar Studio has 2.0. These rivals can be compared in terms of power, 300 (overall) versus 30 according to devices. The built-in subwoofer is not implemented in any of these models. An external subwoofer can be connected to any of the units in this comparison. Rate 7 out of 10 received the JBL Bar 2.1 for audio features and specs, but the JBL Bar Studio received 5 out of 10.

Streaming services

Soundbars do not have AirPlay support. The units in this comparison do not support Spotify.

Connectivity

Wireless Internet connection is realized only in the Bar 2.1. Soundbars from this comparison have Bluetooth support. There are 1/1 HDMI inputs/outputs in the JBL Bar 2.1 versus 1/0 HDMIs in the JBL Bar Studio. As in the Bar 2.1, so in the Bar Studio there is the HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC). Connecting devices via USB is possible in both models. We rated the connectivity of the Bar 2.1 at 8 out of 10, while the Bar Studio was rated 6/10. None of these soundbars can be controlled using the app. The JBL Bar 2.1 equipped with a microphone. The models under consideration cannot become part of a multiroom system.

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos audio decoder support is not implemented in either the Bar 2.1 or Bar Studio. Devices from this comparison cannot process surround sound due to lack of DTS:X. The Bar 2.1 was rated 4/10, while the Bar Studio received a mark of 5/10 for multichannel surround.

Advantages JBL Bar 2.1 over JBL Bar Studio

  • Separate subwoofer in package
  • WI-FI enabled
  • Microphone
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Common

Product

JBL Bar 2.1
JBL Bar Studio

Model

Bar 2.1
Bar Studio

Brand

JBL
JBL

Reviews

487
788

General

Placement type

table-top, wall-mountable
table-top, wall-mountable

Connection to source

wired, wireless
wired, wireless

Soundbar buttons

power, volume down, volume up, source
volume down, volume up, power, source

Audio features

Built-in channels

2.1
2.0

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

300 (overall)
30

Separate speaker (in package)

0
0

Separate speaker connections

has not
has not

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

Separate subwoofer connections

wireless
wireless

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

has not
has not

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

0
0

NFC

HDMI input/output

1/1
1/0

HDMI ARC

HDMI eARC

HDMI CEC

Optical digital input/output

1/0
1/0

USB

1 (USB 2.0)
1 (USB 2.0)

Coaxial digital input/output

0/0
0/0

Analog audio input/output (RCA)

1/0
1/0

Headphone output

0
0

Subwoofer output

0
0

Features

Voice control

Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant

App control

Microphone

Remote control

Multi-room

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

Dolby (other)

Dolby Digital
Dolby Digital, Dolby Pro Logic II

DTS:X

DTS (other)

has not
has not

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Size (Wx H x D), cm/in

96.5 x 5.8 x 6.8/38 x 2.3 x 2.7
61.4 x 5.8 x 8.6/24.2 x 2.3 x 3.4

Weight, kg/pounds

1.9/4.1
1.4/3.1

Other

Release year

2019
2019
JBL Bar 2.1
JBL Bar Studio
JBL Bar 2.1
JBL Bar Studio

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 6
  • 5
  • 6JBL Bar 2.1
  • 5JBL Bar Studio

The JBL Bar 2.1 is better soundbar in this comparison. Check JBL Bar 2.1 price