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.
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.
Soundbars do not have AirPlay support. The units in this comparison do not support Spotify.
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.
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.
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.
The JBL Bar 2.1 is better soundbar in this comparison. Check JBL Bar 2.1 price