JBL Bar 2.1 vs Samsung HW-S40T review

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JBL Bar 2.1 vs Samsung HW-S40T comparison chart

JBL Bar 2.1 vs Samsung HW-S40T review

JBL Bar 2.1
vs
Samsung HW-S40T

The JBL Bar 2.1 vs Samsung HW-S40T comparison proves that these soundbars have many common features. Based on our rating, Bar 2.1 has a total rating of 6 out of 10 versus 5 for HW-S40T. The competitors' control buttons are different: power, volume down, volume up, source and volume down, volume up, power, source, respectively.

Audio features

Both soundbars have active amplification type. A significant difference between the units in the number of channels, the JBL Bar 2.1 has 2.1 versus 2.0 for the Samsung HW-S40T. The output power is different and equal to 300 (overall) W for the Bar 2.1 versus 100 W for the HW-S40T. Only the Samsung HW-S40T has a built-in subwoofer. The JBL Bar 2.1 got our rating of 7 out of 10, and the Samsung HW-S40T 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. The JBL Bar 2.1 has 1/1 HDMI inputs/outputs versus 1/0 of the Samsung HW-S40T. Only the Bar 2.1 supports HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC). Both soundbars have a USB connector. For connectivity, the Bar 2.1 received a rating of 8/10 versus 6/10, respectively. App control is available for the HW-S40T. A built-in microphone is present only on the Bar 2.1. Soundbars do not have Multi-room support.

Multichannel surround

None of soundbars equipped with Dolby Atmos multichannel audio decoder. The soundbars do not support the surround sound technology DTS:X. For multichannel surround JBL Bar 2.1 got a rating of 4, and Samsung HW-S40T 5 out of 10.

Advantages JBL Bar 2.1 over Samsung HW-S40T

  • Separate subwoofer in package
  • WI-FI enabled
  • Audio return channel (HDMI ARC) support
  • Microphone

Advantages Samsung HW-S40T over JBL Bar 2.1

  • Built-in subwoofer
  • App control
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Common

Product

JBL Bar 2.1
Samsung HW-S40T

Model

Bar 2.1
HW-S40T

Brand

JBL
Samsung

Reviews

487
160

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)
100

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

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
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 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
66 x 5 x 11.4/26.8 x 2.7 x 4.5

Weight, kg/pounds

1.9/4.1
1.8/4.2

Other

Release year

2019
2020
JBL Bar 2.1
Samsung HW-S40T
JBL Bar 2.1
Samsung HW-S40T

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 6
  • 5
  • 6JBL Bar 2.1
  • 5Samsung HW-S40T

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

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