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.
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.
Soundbars do not have AirPlay support. Spotify support not implemented in both soundbars.
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.
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.
The JBL Bar 2.1 is better soundbar in this comparison. Check JBL Bar 2.1 price