JBL Bar 2.1 vs Bose Soundbar 500 review

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Rating 5 5
JBL Bar 2.1
vs
Bose Soundbar 500

An affordable soundbar is always a good option to consider, so JBL Bar 2.1 vs Bose Soundbar 500 comparison definitely makes sense. Based on our rating, Bar 2.1 has a total rating of 5 out of 10 versus 7 for Soundbar 500. The competitors' control buttons are different: power, volume down, volume up, source and microphone, 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 3.0 for the Bose Soundbar 500. Competitors do not have a built-in subwoofer. Rivals have wireless connection to separate subwoofer. Both models received our 6 rating of 10 for their audio features and specs. Both models do not support Google Play Music. 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 JBL Bar 2.1 has 1/1 HDMI inputs/outputs versus 1/0 of the Bose Soundbar 500. The HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) feature supports both devices. Both soundbars have a USB connector. For connectivity, the Bar 2.1 received a rating of 7/10 versus 8/10, respectively.

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. Compared devices do not have DTS Virtual:X support. For multichannel surround, each of the opponents received 4 points out of 10.

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Common

Product

JBL Bar 2.1
Bose Soundbar 500

Model

Bar 2.1
Soundbar 500

Brand

JBL
Bose

Reviews

124
184

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

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

wireless

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

1
0

Separate subwoofer connections

wireless
wireless

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay 2

Google Play Music

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

has not
Pandora,Tuneln, Deezer, iHeart, SiriusXM

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

0
1

NFC

HDMI input/output

1/1
1/0

HDMI ARC

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
Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant

App control

Microphone

Remote control

Multi-room

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

Dolby Digital

Dolby Pro Logic II

DTS:X

DTS Virtual:X

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
80 x 4.3 x 10.1/31.5 x 1.7 x 4

Weight, kg/pounds

1.9/4.1
3.1/7
JBL Bar 2.1
Bose Soundbar 500
JBL Bar 2.1
Bose Soundbar 500

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 5
  • 7
  • 5JBL Bar 2.1
  • 7Bose Soundbar 500

The Bose Soundbar 500 is better soundbar in this comparison. Check Bose Soundbar 500 price