JBL Bar 2.1 vs Sony HT-X8500 review

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JBL Bar 2.1 vs Sony HT-X8500 comparison chart

JBL Bar 2.1 vs Sony HT-X8500 review

JBL Bar 2.1
vs
Sony HT-X8500

The JBL Bar 2.1 vs Sony HT-X8500 comparison proves that these soundbars have many common features. Based on our rating, both soundbars have the same overall rating of 6. The competitors' control buttons are different: power, volume down, volume up, source and power, volume down, volume up, input, Bluetooth, respectively.

Audio features

Both soundbars have active amplification type. Soundbars have the same number of channels on 2.1. Only the Sony HT-X8500 has a built-in subwoofer. The JBL Bar 2.1 got our rating of 7 out of 10, and the Sony HT-X8500 6 for its 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-X8500 has a Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format support. A surround technology DTS:X is supported only by the HT-X8500. For multichannel surround JBL Bar 2.1 got a rating of 4, and Sony HT-X8500 10 out of 10.

Advantages JBL Bar 2.1 over Sony HT-X8500

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

Advantages Sony HT-X8500 over JBL Bar 2.1

  • Built-in subwoofer
  • Compatible with Dolby Atmos
  • Compatible with DTS:X
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Common

Product

JBL Bar 2.1
Sony HT-X8500

Model

Bar 2.1
HT-X8500

Brand

JBL
Sony

Reviews

487
138

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
power, volume down, volume up, input, Bluetooth

Audio features

Built-in channels

2.1
2.1

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

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

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)

1/0
0/0

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 Digital Plus, Dolby True HD

DTS:X

DTS (other)

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

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
89 x 6.4 x 9.9/35.1 x 2.6 x 3.8

Weight, kg/pounds

1.9/4.1
3.1/6.1

Other

Release year

2019
2020
JBL Bar 2.1
Sony HT-X8500
JBL Bar 2.1
Sony HT-X8500

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 6
  • 6
  • 6JBL Bar 2.1
  • 6Sony HT-X8500

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

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