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.
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.
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.
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.
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.