JBL Bar 5.1 vs Samsung HW-Q950T review

Votes 1 1
Rating 5 5

JBL Bar 5.1 vs Samsung HW-Q950T comparison chart

Overall
JBL Bar 5.1
7.2
Samsung HW-Q950T
8.4
5
10

JBL Bar 5.1 vs Samsung HW-Q950T review

JBL Bar 5.1
vs
Samsung HW-Q950T

JBL Bar 5.1 vs Samsung HW-Q950T comparison definitely makes sense. Based on our rating, Bar 5.1 has a total rating of 7.2 out of 10 versus 8.4 for HW-Q950T. The competitors' control buttons are different: power, volume down, volume up, input and multi function, volume down, volume up, microphone, respectively.

Audio features

Both soundbars have active amplification type. A significant difference between the units in the number of channels, the JBL Bar 5.1 has 5.1 versus 9.1.4 for the Samsung HW-Q950T. The output power is different and equal to 510 (overall) W for the Bar 5.1 versus 546 (overall) W for the HW-Q950T. Competitors do not have a built-in subwoofer. Rivals have wireless connection to separate subwoofer. The JBL Bar 5.1 got our rating of 8 out of 10, and the Samsung HW-Q950T 9 for its audio features and specs. Spotify is available on each of the soundbars.

Connectivity

Only the Samsung HW-Q950T can connect to the Internet via WI-FI. Rivals from our review have Bluetooth support. The JBL Bar 5.1 has 3/0 HDMI inputs/outputs versus 2/1 of the Samsung HW-Q950T. The HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) feature supports both devices. Both soundbars have a USB connector. For connectivity, each of the soundbars received a rating of 8/10.

Features

App control is available in every soundbar. A built-in microphone is present only on the HW-Q950T. Multi-room is only available for the Samsung HW-Q950T.

Multichannel surround

Only the HW-Q950T has a Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format support. A surround technology DTS:X is supported only by the HW-Q950T. For multichannel surround JBL Bar 5.1 got a rating of 4, and Samsung HW-Q950T 9 out of 10.

Advantages Samsung HW-Q950T over JBL Bar 5.1

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

Product

JBL Bar 5.1
Samsung HW-Q950T

Model

Bar 5.1
HW-Q950T

Brand

JBL
Samsung

Reviews

3060
28

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
multi function, volume down, volume up, microphone

Audio features

Built-in channels

5.1
9.1.4

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

510 (overall)
546 (overall)

Separate speaker (in package)

2
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

Pandora, Tuneln, Deezer, Chromecast
has not

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

0
0

NFC

HDMI input/output

3/0
2/1

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)

1/0
0/0

Headphone output

0
0

Subwoofer output

1
0

Features

Voice control

Amazon Alexa
Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant

App control

Microphone

Remote control

Multi-room

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

Dolby (other)

Dolby Digital, Dolby Pro Logic II
Dolby Digital, Dolby Pro Logic II

DTS:X

DTS (other)

has not
has not

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
122 x 5 x 12.7/48 x 2.7 x 5.4

Weight, kg/pounds

3.9/8.6
6.8/15.7

Other

Release year

2017
2020
JBL Bar 5.1
Samsung HW-Q950T
JBL Bar 5.1
Samsung HW-Q950T

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 7.2
  • 8.4
  • 7.2JBL Bar 5.1
  • 8.4Samsung HW-Q950T