JBL Bar 2.1 vs Vizio V21-H8 review

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JBL Bar 2.1 vs Vizio V21-H8 comparison chart

JBL Bar 2.1 vs Vizio V21-H8 review

JBL Bar 2.1
vs
Vizio V21-H8

I had a chance to test and compare two models: JBL Bar 2.1 vs Vizio V21-H8 and this review should help people who are looking for a good soundbar. The JBL Bar 2.1 was rated 6, while the Vizio V21-H8 has a rating 5.5. The soundbars are equipped with a different number of buttons, power, volume down, volume up, source for the Bar 2.1 and power, volume down, volume up, source, Bluetooth for the V21-H8.

Audio features

Each of the models under consideration has active amplification type. By the number of channels, the devices do not differ. The built-in subwoofer is not implemented in any of these models. An external subwoofer connects to the Bar 2.1 via wireless, but V21-H8 has wired and wireless connection type. Rate 7 out of 10 received the JBL Bar 2.1 for audio features and specs, but the Vizio V21-H8 received 6 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 0/1 HDMIs in the Vizio V21-H8. As in the Bar 2.1, so in the V21-H8 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 V21-H8 was rated 6/10.

Features

The manufacturer of the V21-H8 provides a device control application. The soundbars in this review are 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 V21-H8. Devices from this comparison cannot process surround sound due to lack of DTS:X. The Bar 2.1 was rated 4/10, while the V21-H8 received a mark of 5/10 for multichannel surround.

Advantages JBL Bar 2.1 over Vizio V21-H8

  • WI-FI enabled

Advantages Vizio V21-H8 over JBL Bar 2.1

  • App control
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Common

Product

JBL Bar 2.1
Vizio V21-H8

Model

Bar 2.1
V21-H8

Brand

JBL
Vizio

Reviews

487
14

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
power, volume down, volume up, source, Bluetooth

Audio features

Built-in channels

2.1
2.1

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

300 (overall)

Separate speaker (in package)

0
0

Separate speaker connections

has not
wired, wireless

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

Separate subwoofer connections

wireless
wired, wireless

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
0/1

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)

1/0
1/0

Headphone output

0
0

Subwoofer output

0
0

Features

Voice control

Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant
Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri

App control

Microphone

Remote control

Multi-room

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

Dolby (other)

Dolby Digital
Dolby Digital

DTS:X

DTS (other)

has not
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
100 x 27.4 x 37.6/39 x 11 x 15

Weight, kg/pounds

1.9/4.1
2/5

Other

Release year

2019
2020
JBL Bar 2.1
Vizio V21-H8
JBL Bar 2.1
Vizio V21-H8

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 6
  • 5.5
  • 6JBL Bar 2.1
  • 5.5Vizio V21-H8

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

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