JBL Bar 2.1 vs Vizio V51-H6 review

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JBL Bar 2.1 vs Vizio V51-H6 comparison chart

JBL Bar 2.1 vs Vizio V51-H6 review

JBL Bar 2.1
vs
Vizio V51-H6

The JBL Bar 2.1 vs Vizio V51-H6 comparison shows that these models have some important differences and common features. Both soundbars received a score of 6 in our ranking. 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 V51-H6.

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 V51-H6 has 5.1. The built-in subwoofer is not implemented in any of these models. An external subwoofer connects to the Bar 2.1 via wireless, but V51-H6 has wired and wireless connection type. Audio features and specs of considered models we rated 7 out of 10 in our ranking.

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 V51-H6. As in the Bar 2.1, so in the V51-H6 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 V51-H6 was rated 6/10.

Features

The manufacturer of the V51-H6 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 V51-H6. Devices from this comparison cannot process surround sound due to lack of DTS:X. The Bar 2.1 was rated 4/10, while the V51-H6 received a mark of 5/10 for multichannel surround.

Advantages JBL Bar 2.1 over Vizio V51-H6

  • WI-FI enabled

Advantages Vizio V51-H6 over JBL Bar 2.1

  • App control
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Common

Product

JBL Bar 2.1
Vizio V51-H6

Model

Bar 2.1
V51-H6

Brand

JBL
Vizio

Reviews

487
189

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
5.1

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

300 (overall)

Separate speaker (in package)

0
2

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
99 x 27.2 x 40/39 x 11 x 16

Weight, kg/pounds

1.9/4.1
2/5

Other

Release year

2019
2020
JBL Bar 2.1
Vizio V51-H6
JBL Bar 2.1
Vizio V51-H6

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 6
  • 6
  • 6JBL Bar 2.1
  • 6Vizio V51-H6

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

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