JBL Bar 5.1 vs Samsung HW-T550 review

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JBL Bar 5.1 vs Samsung HW-T550 review

JBL Bar 5.1
vs
Samsung HW-T550

I had a chance to test and compare two models: JBL Bar 5.1 vs Samsung HW-T550 and this review should help people who are looking for a good soundbar. The JBL Bar 5.1 was rated 7.2, while the Samsung HW-T550 has a rating 4.5. 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, power, source for the HW-T550.

Audio features

Each of the models under consideration has active amplification type. A noticeable difference is the number of channels that Bar 5.1 has 5.1 and HW-T550 has 2.1. These rivals can be compared in terms of power, 510 (overall) versus 320 (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-T550 received 6 out of 10. The Bar 5.1 can play audio from Spotify.

Connectivity

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 1/1 HDMIs in the Samsung HW-T550. As in the Bar 5.1, so in the HW-T550 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-T550 was rated 6/10. The manufacturer of the Bar 5.1 provides a device control application. Soundbars in this review are not equipped with a microphone. The models under consideration cannot become part of a multiroom system.

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos audio decoder support is not implemented in either the Bar 5.1 or HW-T550. Devices from this comparison cannot process surround sound due to lack of DTS:X. The Bar 5.1 was rated 4/10, while the HW-T550 received a mark of 5/10 for multichannel surround.

Advantages JBL Bar 5.1 over Samsung HW-T550

  • Amazon Music compatible
  • Spotify support
  • App control
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Common

Product

JBL Bar 5.1
Samsung HW-T550

Model

Bar 5.1
HW-T550

Brand

JBL
Samsung

Reviews

2550
2901

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
volume down, volume up, power, source

Audio features

Built-in channels

5.1
2.1

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

510 (overall)
320 (overall)

Separate speaker (in package)

2
0

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
1/1

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

App control

Microphone

Remote control

Multi-room

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

Dolby (other)

Dolby Digital, Dolby Pro Logic II
Dolby Digital

DTS:X

DTS (other)

has not
DTS Virtual:X

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
83.8 x 5 x 7.6/33.9 x 2.2 x 3.3

Weight, kg/pounds

3.9/8.6
1.8/4.6

Other

Release year

2017
2020
JBL Bar 5.1
Samsung HW-T550
JBL Bar 5.1
Samsung HW-T550

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 7.2
  • 4.5
  • 7.2JBL Bar 5.1
  • 4.5Samsung HW-T550

The JBL Bar 5.1 is better soundbar in this comparison. Check JBL Bar 5.1 price

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