It makes sense comparing JBL Bar 5.1 vs Samsung HW-LST70T because they both are able to give some premium features. Based on our rating, Bar 5.1 has a total rating of 7.2 out of 10 versus 6.4 for HW-LST70T. The competitors' control buttons are different: power, volume down, volume up, input and volume down, volume up, power, source, respectively.
Both soundbars have active amplification type. A significant difference between the units in the number of channels, the JBL Bar 5.1 has 5.1 versus 3.0 for the Samsung HW-LST70T. The output power is different and equal to 510 (overall) W for the Bar 5.1 versus 210 (overall) W for the HW-LST70T. Only the Samsung HW-LST70T has a built-in subwoofer. Rivals have wireless connection to separate subwoofer. The JBL Bar 5.1 got our rating of 8 out of 10, and the Samsung HW-LST70T 6 for its audio features and specs. Spotify is available on each of the soundbars.
Only the Samsung HW-LST70T can connect to the Internet via WI-FI. Rivals from our review have Bluetooth support. The JBL Bar 5.1 has 3/0 HDMI inputs/outputs versus 1/0 of the Samsung HW-LST70T. Only the Bar 5.1 supports HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC). Both soundbars have a USB connector. For connectivity, the Bar 5.1 received a rating of 8/10 versus 6/10, respectively.
Both models support voice control using Amazon Alexa. App control is available in every soundbar. A built-in microphone is present only on the HW-LST70T. Multi-room is only available for the Samsung HW-LST70T.
None of soundbars equipped with Dolby Atmos multichannel audio decoder. The soundbars do not support the surround sound technology DTS:X. For multichannel surround JBL Bar 5.1 got a rating of 4, and Samsung HW-LST70T 5 out of 10.