JBL Bar 2.1 vs Bose TV Speaker review

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Rating 5 5

JBL Bar 2.1 vs Bose TV Speaker comparison chart

JBL Bar 2.1 vs Bose TV Speaker review

JBL Bar 2.1
vs
Bose TV Speaker

If you have already decided that you want to buy a new soundbar, but still don’t know what exactly you want, the JBL Bar 2.1 vs Bose TV Speaker comparison is here to offer you two decent solutions. The JBL Bar 2.1 was rated 6, while the Bose TV Speaker has a rating 5.

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 TV Speaker 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 TV Speaker has wired connection type. Rate 7 out of 10 received the JBL Bar 2.1 for audio features and specs, but the Bose TV Speaker received 5 out of 10.

Streaming services

Soundbars do not have AirPlay support. The units in this comparison do not support Spotify.

Connectivity

Wireless Internet connection is realized only in the Bar 2.1. 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 TV Speaker. As in the Bar 2.1, so in the TV Speaker there is the HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC). Connecting devices via USB is possible in both models. We rated the connectivity of the Bar 2.1 at 8 out of 10, while the TV Speaker was rated 7/10. None of these soundbars can be controlled using the app. The JBL Bar 2.1 equipped with a microphone. The models under consideration cannot become part of a multiroom system.

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos audio decoder support is not implemented in either the Bar 2.1 or TV Speaker. 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 TV Speaker

  • Separate subwoofer in package
  • WI-FI enabled
  • Microphone
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Common

Product

JBL Bar 2.1
Bose TV Speaker

Model

Bar 2.1
TV Speaker

Brand

JBL
Bose

Reviews

487
591

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
has not

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
wired

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

Separate subwoofer connections

wireless
wired

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
1/0

Headphone output

0
0

Subwoofer output

0
1

Features

Voice control

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
58.4 x 5 x 10.1/23.4 x 2.2 x 4

Weight, kg/pounds

1.9/4.1
3.1/7.7

Other

Release year

2019
2020
JBL Bar 2.1
Bose TV Speaker
JBL Bar 2.1
Bose TV Speaker

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 6
  • 5
  • 6JBL Bar 2.1
  • 5Bose TV Speaker

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

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