JBL Bar 5.1 vs Samsung HW-J355 review

Votes 1 1
Rating 5 5

JBL Bar 5.1 vs Samsung HW-J355 comparison chart

Overall
JBL Bar 5.1
7.2
Samsung HW-J355
6.6
5
5

JBL Bar 5.1 vs Samsung HW-J355 review

JBL Bar 5.1
vs
Samsung HW-J355

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 5.1 vs Samsung HW-J355 comparison is here to offer you two decent solutions. The JBL Bar 5.1 was rated 7.2, while the Samsung HW-J355 has a rating 6.6. Soundbars have the same set of buttons - power, volume down, volume up, input.

Audio features

Each of the models under consideration has active amplification type. A noticeable difference is the number of channels that Bar 5.1 has 5.1 and HW-J355 has 2.1. These rivals can be compared in terms of power, 510 (overall) versus 120 according to devices. The built-in subwoofer is not implemented in any of these models. An external subwoofer connects to the Bar 5.1 via wireless, but HW-J355 has wired and wireless connection type. Rate 8 out of 10 received the JBL Bar 5.1 for audio features and specs, but the Samsung HW-J355 received 7 out of 10.

Streaming services

AirPlay supported by both soundbars. Each of the competitors can play content from Spotify. Audio streaming from Pandora, Tuneln, Deezer, Chromecast is in each of the presented soundbars.

Connectivity

Wireless Internet connection is realized only in the HW-J355. Soundbars from this comparison have Bluetooth support. The HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) is implemented only in the Bar 5.1. Connecting devices via USB is possible in both models. We rated the connectivity of the Bar 5.1 at 8 out of 10, while the HW-J355 was rated 6/10. Each of the soundbars can be controlled using the application. Soundbars in this review are not 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 5.1 or HW-J355. 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 5.1 over Samsung HW-J355

  • Audio return channel (HDMI ARC) support

Advantages Samsung HW-J355 over JBL Bar 5.1

  • WI-FI enabled
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Common

Product

JBL Bar 5.1
Samsung HW-J355

Model

Bar 5.1
HW-J355

Brand

JBL
Samsung

Reviews

2550
1104

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, input
power, volume down, volume up, input

Audio features

Built-in channels

5.1
2.1

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

510 (overall)
120

Separate speaker (in package)

2
0

Separate speaker connections

wireless
has not

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

Separate subwoofer connections

wireless
wired, wireless

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay
AirPlay

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

Pandora, Tuneln, Deezer, Chromecast
Pandora, Tuneln, Deezer, Chromecast

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

0
0

NFC

HDMI input/output

3/0
0/0

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

1
0

Features

Voice control

Amazon Alexa

App control

Microphone

Remote control

Multi-room

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

Dolby (other)

Dolby Digital, Dolby Pro Logic II
Dolby Digital

DTS:X

DTS (other)

has not
has not

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Size (Wx H x D), cm/in

114.8 x 5.8 x 9.3/45 x 2.3 x 3.7
94 x 5.1 x 5.1/37.1 x 2.3 x 2.6

Weight, kg/pounds

3.9/8.6
1.3/3.5

Other

Release year

2017
2015
JBL Bar 5.1
Samsung HW-J355
JBL Bar 5.1
Samsung HW-J355

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 7.2
  • 6.6
  • 7.2JBL Bar 5.1
  • 6.6Samsung HW-J355

The JBL Bar 5.1 is better soundbar in this comparison. Check JBL Bar 5.1 price

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