JBL Bar 5.1 vs Samsung HW-M360/ZA review

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JBL Bar 5.1
vs
Samsung HW-M360/ZA

The JBL Bar 5.1 vs Samsung HW-M360/ZA 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/ZA has a rating 5.6. The soundbars are equipped with a different number of buttons, power, volume down, volume up, input for the Bar 5.1 and volume down, volume up, power, input for the HW-M360/ZA.

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/ZA 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/ZA received 7 out of 10.

Streaming services

AirPlay supported by both soundbars. Both the Bar 5.1 and the HW-M360/ZA have Google Play Music on board. Each of the competitors can play content from Spotify. Audio streaming from Pandora, Tuneln, Deezer, Chromecast is in each of the presented soundbars.

Connectivity

Both models do not have a wireless Wi-Fi interface. 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-M360/ZA 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/ZA. 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/ZA received a mark of 2/10 for multichannel surround.

Soundbars comparison chart

Overall
JBL Bar 5.1
6.8
Samsung HW-M360/ZA
5.6
5
5
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Common

Product

JBL Bar 5.1
Samsung HW-M360/ZA

Model

Bar 5.1
HW-M360/ZA

Brand

JBL
Samsung

Reviews

935
870

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
volume down, volume up, power, 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
AirPlay

Google Play Music

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

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

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
88.9 x 5.1 x 5.8/35.7 x 2.1 x 2.7

Weight, kg/pounds

3.9/8.6
1.4/3.3
JBL Bar 5.1
Samsung HW-M360/ZA
JBL Bar 5.1
Samsung HW-M360/ZA

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 6.8
  • 5.6
  • 6.8JBL Bar 5.1
  • 5.6Samsung HW-M360/ZA

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