Samsung HW-Q80R vs JBL Bar 5.1 review

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Rating 4.5 4.5
Samsung HW-Q80R
vs
JBL Bar 5.1

It makes sense comparing Samsung HW-Q80R vs JBL Bar 5.1 because they both are able to give some premium features. Based on our rating, both soundbars have the same overall rating of 6.8. The competitors' control buttons are different: power, volume down, volume up, source and power, volume down, volume up, input, respectively.

Audio features

Both soundbars have active amplification type. A significant difference between the units in the number of channels, the Samsung HW-Q80R has 5.1.2 versus 5.1 for the JBL Bar 5.1. The output power is different and equal to 372 (overall) W for the HW-Q80R versus 510 (overall) W for the Bar 5.1. Competitors do not have a built-in subwoofer. Rivals have wireless connection to separate subwoofer. Both models received our 8 rating of 10 for their audio features and specs. Only the Bar 5.1 supports Google Play Music. Spotify is available on each of the soundbars.

Connectivity

Only the Samsung HW-Q80R can connect to the Internet via WI-FI. Rivals from our review have Bluetooth support. The Samsung HW-Q80R has 2/1 HDMI inputs/outputs versus 3/0 of the JBL Bar 5.1. The HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) feature supports both devices. Both soundbars have a USB connector. For connectivity, the HW-Q80R received a rating of 7/10 versus 8/10, respectively. App control is available in every soundbar. A built-in microphone is present only on the HW-Q80R. Soundbars do not have Multi-room support.

Multichannel surround

Only the HW-Q80R has a Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format support. A surround technology DTS:X is supported only by the HW-Q80R. Compared devices do not have DTS Virtual:X support. For multichannel surround Samsung HW-Q80R got a rating of 7, and JBL Bar 5.1 4 out of 10.

Advantages Samsung HW-Q80R over JBL Bar 5.1

  • WI-FI enabled
  • Microphone
  • Compatible with Dolby Atmos
  • Compatible with DTS:X

Advantages JBL Bar 5.1 over Samsung HW-Q80R

  • Google Play Music compatible
  • Amazon Music compatible

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Common

Product

Samsung HW-Q80R
JBL Bar 5.1

Model

HW-Q80R
Bar 5.1

Brand

Samsung
JBL

Reviews

1393
1692

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, source
power, volume down, volume up, input

Audio features

Built-in channels

5.1.2
5.1

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

372 (overall)
510 (overall)

Separate speaker (in package)

0
2

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

has not
Pandora, Tuneln, Deezer, Chromecast

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

0
0

NFC

HDMI input/output

2/1
3/0

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)

0/0
1/0

Headphone output

0
0

Subwoofer output

0
1

Features

Voice control

Amazon Alexa

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

122.4 x 8.1 x 13.4/48.2 x 3.2 x 5.3
114.8 x 5.8 x 9.3/45 x 2.3 x 3.7

Weight, kg/pounds

8.7/19.4
3.9/8.6
Samsung HW-Q80R
JBL Bar 5.1
Samsung HW-Q80R
JBL Bar 5.1

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 6.8
  • 6.8
  • 6.8Samsung HW-Q80R
  • 6.8JBL Bar 5.1

The Samsung HW-Q80R is better soundbar in this comparison. Check Samsung HW-Q80R price