Samsung HW-Q80R vs JBL Bar 5.1 review

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Samsung HW-Q80R vs JBL Bar 5.1 comparison chart

Samsung HW-Q80R vs JBL Bar 5.1 review

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, HW-Q80R has a total rating of 8 out of 10 versus 7.2 for Bar 5.1. 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. 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.

Features

Both models support voice control using Amazon Alexa. App control is available in every soundbar. A built-in microphone is present only on the HW-Q80R. Multi-room is only available for the Samsung HW-Q80R.

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. For multichannel surround Samsung HW-Q80R got a rating of 10, and JBL Bar 5.1 4 out of 10.

Advantages Samsung HW-Q80R over JBL Bar 5.1

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

Advantages JBL Bar 5.1 over Samsung HW-Q80R

  • 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

1601
2550

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)

Separate subwoofer connections

wireless
wireless

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay

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

HDMI eARC

HDMI CEC

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
Amazon Alexa

App control

Microphone

Remote control

Multi-room

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

Dolby (other)

Dolby Digital
Dolby Digital, Dolby Pro Logic II

DTS:X

DTS (other)

DTS Digital Surround
has not

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

Other

Release year

2019
2017
Samsung HW-Q80R
JBL Bar 5.1
Samsung HW-Q80R
JBL Bar 5.1

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 8
  • 7.2
  • 8Samsung HW-Q80R
  • 7.2JBL Bar 5.1

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

Samsung HW-Q80R competitors

JBL Bar 5.1 competitors