JBL Bar 5.1 vs Samsung HW-M360 review

Votes 1 1
Rating 5 5
JBL Bar 5.1
vs
Samsung HW-M360

The JBL Bar 5.1 vs Samsung HW-M360 comparison shows that these models have some important differences and common features. The JBL Bar 5.1 was rated 6.8, while the Samsung HW-M360 has a rating 4.5. 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-M360 has 2.1. These rivals can be compared in terms of power, 510 (overall) versus 100 according to devices. The built-in subwoofer is not implemented in any of these models. An external subwoofer can be connected to any of the units in this comparison. Rate 8 out of 10 received the JBL Bar 5.1 for audio features and specs, but the Samsung HW-M360 received 7 out of 10. Google Play Music service is only in the Bar 5.1. The Bar 5.1 can play audio from Spotify.

Connectivity

Both models do not have a wireless Wi-Fi interface. Soundbars from this comparison have Bluetooth support. There are 3/0 HDMI inputs/outputs in the JBL Bar 5.1 versus 1/1 HDMIs in the Samsung HW-M360. 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-M360 was rated 5/10.

Features

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-M360. Devices from this comparison cannot process surround sound due to lack of DTS:X. DTS Virtual:X technology not supported by any of the soundbars in this review. The Bar 5.1 was rated 4/10, while the HW-M360 received a mark of 2/10 for multichannel surround.

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Common

Product

JBL Bar 5.1
Samsung HW-M360

Model

Bar 5.1
HW-M360

Brand

JBL
Samsung

Reviews

935
106

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)
100

Separate speaker (in package)

2
0

Separate speaker connections

wireless
wireless

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

1
1

Separate subwoofer connections

wireless
wireless

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay

Google Play Music

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

Pandora, Tuneln, Deezer, Chromecast
has not

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

0
0

NFC

HDMI input/output

3/0
1/1

HDMI ARC

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
0/0

Headphone output

0
0

Subwoofer output

1
0

Features

Voice control

App control

Microphone

Remote control

Multi-room

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

Dolby Digital

Dolby Pro Logic II

DTS:X

DTS Virtual:X

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
90.6 x 5.3 x 6.8/35.7 x 2.1 x 2.7

Weight, kg/pounds

3.9/8.6
1.5/3.3
JBL Bar 5.1
Samsung HW-M360
JBL Bar 5.1
Samsung HW-M360

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 6.8
  • 4.5
  • 6.8JBL Bar 5.1
  • 4.5Samsung HW-M360

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