l would like to share my experience after comparing and testing two soundbars – JBL Bar 5.1 vs Samsung HW-N650. The JBL Bar 5.1 was rated 6.8, while the Samsung HW-N650 has a rating 6.6. 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, input, power for the HW-N650.
Each of the models under consideration has active amplification type. By the number of channels, the devices do not differ. These rivals can be compared in terms of power, 510 (overall) versus 360 (overall) 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-N650 received 7 out of 10.
AirPlay supported by both soundbars. Both the Bar 5.1 and the HW-N650 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.
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 1/0 HDMIs in the Samsung HW-N650. As in the Bar 5.1, so in the HW-N650 there is the HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC). 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-N650 was rated 7/10.
Each of the soundbars can be controlled using the application. The Samsung HW-N650 equipped with a microphone. The Samsung HW-N650 may become part of a multiroom system.
Dolby Atmos audio decoder support is not implemented in either the Bar 5.1 or HW-N650. 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-N650 received a mark of 2/10 for multichannel surround.
The JBL Bar 5.1 is better soundbar in this comparison. Check JBL Bar 5.1 price