Bose Soundbar 500 vs JBL Bar 2.1 review

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Bose Soundbar 500 vs JBL Bar 2.1 review

Bose Soundbar 500
vs
JBL Bar 2.1

The present review is aimed to compare two soundbars - Bose Soundbar 500 vs JBL Bar 2.1 that are meant to satisfy the needs of cinema and music lovers. Based on our rating, Soundbar 500 has a total rating of 7.4 out of 10 versus 6 for Bar 2.1. The competitors' control buttons are different: microphone 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 Bose Soundbar 500 has 3.0 versus 2.1 for the JBL Bar 2.1. Competitors do not have a built-in subwoofer. Rivals have wireless connection to separate subwoofer. The Bose Soundbar 500 got our rating of 6 out of 10, and the JBL Bar 2.1 7 for its audio features and specs. Spotify support is available on the Soundbar 500.

Connectivity

These models have the ability to connect to the Internet via WI-FI. Rivals from our review have Bluetooth support. The Bose Soundbar 500 has 1/0 HDMI inputs/outputs versus 1/1 of the JBL Bar 2.1. 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.

Features

Both models support voice control using Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant. App control is available for the Soundbar 500. A built-in microphone is present in each model. Soundbars do not have Multi-room support.

Multichannel surround

Only the Soundbar 500 has a Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format support. The soundbars do not support the surround sound technology DTS:X. For multichannel surround, each of the opponents received 4 points out of 10.

Advantages Bose Soundbar 500 over JBL Bar 2.1

  • Amazon Music compatible
  • Spotify support
  • App control
  • Compatible with Dolby Atmos

Advantages JBL Bar 2.1 over Bose Soundbar 500

  • Separate subwoofer in package
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Common

Product

Bose Soundbar 500
JBL Bar 2.1

Model

Soundbar 500
Bar 2.1

Brand

Bose
JBL

Reviews

407
548

General

Placement type

table-top, wall-mountable
table-top, wall-mountable

Connection to source

wired, wireless
wired, wireless

Soundbar buttons

microphone
power, volume down, volume up, source

Audio features

Built-in channels

3.0
2.1

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

300 (overall)

Separate speaker (in package)

0
0

Separate speaker connections

wireless
has not

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

Separate subwoofer connections

wireless
wireless

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay 2

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

Pandora,Tuneln, Deezer, iHeart, SiriusXM
has not

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

1
0

NFC

HDMI input/output

1/0
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
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

80 x 4.3 x 10.1/31.5 x 1.7 x 4
96.5 x 5.8 x 6.8/38 x 2.3 x 2.7

Weight, kg/pounds

3.1/7
1.9/4.1

Other

Release year

2018
2019
Bose Soundbar 500
JBL Bar 2.1
Bose Soundbar 500
JBL Bar 2.1

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 7.4
  • 6
  • 7.4Bose Soundbar 500
  • 6JBL Bar 2.1