Vizio V51-H6 vs JBL Bar 2.1 review

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Vizio V51-H6 vs JBL Bar 2.1 review

Vizio V51-H6
vs
JBL Bar 2.1

The present review is aimed to compare two soundbars - Vizio V51-H6 vs JBL Bar 2.1 that are meant to satisfy the needs of cinema and music lovers. Based on our rating, both soundbars have the same overall rating of 6. The competitors' control buttons are different: power, volume down, volume up, source, Bluetooth and power, volume down, volume up, source, respectively.

Audio features

Both soundbars have active amplification type. A significant difference between the units in the number of channels, the Vizio V51-H6 has 5.1 versus 2.1 for the JBL Bar 2.1. Competitors do not have a built-in subwoofer. The V51-H6 has a wired and wireless connection to separate subwoofer, and the Bar 2.1 - wireless. Both models received our 7 rating of 10 for their audio features and specs.

Streaming services

Soundbars do not have AirPlay support. Spotify support not implemented in both soundbars.

Connectivity

Only the JBL Bar 2.1 can connect to the Internet via WI-FI. Rivals from our review have Bluetooth support. The Vizio V51-H6 has 0/1 HDMI inputs/outputs versus 1/1 of the JBL Bar 2.1. The HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) feature supports both devices. Both soundbars have a USB connector. For connectivity, the V51-H6 received a rating of 6/10 versus 8/10, respectively.

Features

App control is available for the V51-H6. A built-in microphone is present in each model. Soundbars do not have Multi-room support.

Multichannel surround

None of soundbars equipped with Dolby Atmos multichannel audio decoder. The soundbars do not support the surround sound technology DTS:X. For multichannel surround Vizio V51-H6 got a rating of 5, and JBL Bar 2.1 4 out of 10.

Advantages Vizio V51-H6 over JBL Bar 2.1

  • App control

Advantages JBL Bar 2.1 over Vizio V51-H6

  • WI-FI enabled
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Common

Product

Vizio V51-H6
JBL Bar 2.1

Model

V51-H6
Bar 2.1

Brand

Vizio
JBL

Reviews

189
548

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, Bluetooth
power, volume down, volume up, source

Audio features

Built-in channels

5.1
2.1

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

300 (overall)

Separate speaker (in package)

2
0

Separate speaker connections

wired, wireless
has not

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

Separate subwoofer connections

wired, wireless
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

0/1
1/1

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, Siri
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)

DTS Virtual:X
has not

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Size (Wx H x D), cm/in

99 x 27.2 x 40/39 x 11 x 16
96.5 x 5.8 x 6.8/38 x 2.3 x 2.7

Weight, kg/pounds

2/5
1.9/4.1

Other

Release year

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

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

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