JBL Bar 2.1 vs Bose Smart Soundbar 300 review

Votes 1 1
Rating 5 5

JBL Bar 2.1 vs Bose Smart Soundbar 300 comparison chart

Overall
JBL Bar 2.1
6
Bose Smart Soundbar 300
7.6
8
10

JBL Bar 2.1 vs Bose Smart Soundbar 300 review

JBL Bar 2.1
vs
Bose Smart Soundbar 300

The JBL Bar 2.1 vs Bose Smart Soundbar 300 comparison shows that these models have some important differences and common features. The JBL Bar 2.1 was rated 6, while the Bose Smart Soundbar 300 has a rating 7.6. The soundbars are equipped with a different number of buttons, power, volume down, volume up, source for the Bar 2.1 and microphone, action for the Smart Soundbar 300.

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 Smart Soundbar 300 has 3.0. The built-in subwoofer is not implemented in any of these models. An external subwoofer connects to the Bar 2.1 via wireless, but Smart Soundbar 300 has wired and wireless connection type. Rate 7 out of 10 received the JBL Bar 2.1 for audio features and specs, but the Bose Smart Soundbar 300 received 5 out of 10. The Smart Soundbar 300 can play audio from Spotify.

Connectivity

Both models have a wireless Wi-Fi interface. 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 Bose Smart Soundbar 300. As in the Bar 2.1, so in the Smart Soundbar 300 there is the HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC). The connectivity of each of the models was estimated at 8/10.

Features

Both devices have integrated voice control via Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant. The manufacturer of the Smart Soundbar 300 provides a device control application. The soundbars in this review are equipped with a microphone. The Bose Smart Soundbar 300 may become part of a multiroom system.

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos audio decoder support is not implemented in either the Bar 2.1 or Smart Soundbar 300. Devices from this comparison cannot process surround sound due to lack of DTS:X. The same score of 4/10 was put to the soundbars for multichannel surround support.

Advantages JBL Bar 2.1 over Bose Smart Soundbar 300

  • Separate subwoofer in package

Advantages Bose Smart Soundbar 300 over JBL Bar 2.1

  • Amazon Music compatible
  • Spotify support
  • App control
  • Multi-room support
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Common

Product

JBL Bar 2.1
Bose Smart Soundbar 300

Model

Bar 2.1
Smart Soundbar 300

Brand

JBL
Bose

Reviews

487
79

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
microphone, action

Audio features

Built-in channels

2.1
3.0

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

300 (overall)

Separate speaker (in package)

0
0

Separate speaker connections

has not
wireless

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

Separate subwoofer connections

wireless
wired, wireless

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay 2

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

has not
Pandora,Tuneln, Deezer, iHeart, SiriusXM

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)

Coaxial digital input/output

0/0
0/0

Analog audio input/output (RCA)

1/0
0/0

Headphone output

0
0

Subwoofer output

0
1

Features

Voice control

Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant
Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant

App control

Microphone

Remote control

Multi-room

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

Dolby (other)

Dolby Digital
Dolby Digital

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 10.1/26.5 x 2.2 x 4

Weight, kg/pounds

1.9/4.1
3.6/8

Other

Release year

2019
2020
JBL Bar 2.1
Bose Smart Soundbar 300
JBL Bar 2.1
Bose Smart Soundbar 300

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 6
  • 7.6
  • 6JBL Bar 2.1
  • 7.6Bose Smart Soundbar 300

The Bose Smart Soundbar 300 is better soundbar in this comparison. Check Bose Smart Soundbar 300 price

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