Sony HT-G700 vs JBL Bar 2.1 review

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Sony HT-G700 vs JBL Bar 2.1 comparison chart

Sony HT-G700 vs JBL Bar 2.1 review

Sony HT-G700
vs
JBL Bar 2.1

The present review is aimed to compare two soundbars - Sony HT-G700 vs JBL Bar 2.1 that are meant to satisfy the needs of cinema and music lovers. Based on our rating, HT-G700 has a total rating of 6.2 out of 10 versus 6 for Bar 2.1. The competitors' control buttons are different: power, volume down, volume up, input, Bluetooth and power, volume down, volume up, source, respectively.

Audio features

Both soundbars have active amplification type. A significant difference between the units in the number of channels, the Sony HT-G700 has 3.1 versus 2.1 for the JBL Bar 2.1. The output power is different and equal to 400 (overall) W for the HT-G700 versus 300 (overall) W for the Bar 2.1. Competitors do not have a built-in subwoofer. Rivals have wireless connection to separate subwoofer. Both models received our 7 rating of 10 for their audio features and specs.

Streaming services

Soundbars do not have AirPlay support. Spotify support not implemented in both soundbars.

Connectivity

Only the JBL Bar 2.1 can connect to the Internet via WI-FI. Rivals from our review have Bluetooth support. Each soundbar has 1/1 HDMI inputs/outputs. The HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) feature supports both devices. Both soundbars have a USB connector. For connectivity, each of the soundbars received a rating of 8/10. Compared soundbars have no app control. A built-in microphone is present only on the Bar 2.1. Soundbars do not have Multi-room support.

Multichannel surround

Only the HT-G700 has a Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format support. A surround technology DTS:X is supported only by the HT-G700. For multichannel surround Sony HT-G700 got a rating of 10, and JBL Bar 2.1 4 out of 10.

Advantages Sony HT-G700 over JBL Bar 2.1

  • Compatible with Dolby Atmos
  • Compatible with DTS:X

Advantages JBL Bar 2.1 over Sony HT-G700

  • WI-FI enabled
  • Microphone
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Common

Product

Sony HT-G700
JBL Bar 2.1

Model

HT-G700
Bar 2.1

Brand

Sony
JBL

Reviews

306
548

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, input, Bluetooth
power, volume down, volume up, source

Audio features

Built-in channels

3.1
2.1

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

400 (overall)
300 (overall)

Separate speaker (in package)

0
0

Separate speaker connections

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
1/1

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)

0/0
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 Plus, Dolby True HD
Dolby Digital

DTS:X

DTS (other)

DTS HD, DTS ES, DTS 96/24
has not

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Size (Wx H x D), cm/in

89 x 6.4 x 10.8/35.1 x 2.6 x 3.9
96.5 x 5.8 x 6.8/38 x 2.3 x 2.7

Weight, kg/pounds

3.5/7.1
1.9/4.1

Other

Release year

2020
2019
Sony HT-G700
JBL Bar 2.1
Sony HT-G700
JBL Bar 2.1

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 6.2
  • 6
  • 6.2Sony HT-G700
  • 6JBL Bar 2.1