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