JBL Bar 5.1 vs Polk Audio SIGNA S2 review

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Rating 5 5
JBL Bar 5.1
vs
Polk Audio SIGNA S2

JBL Bar 5.1 vs Polk Audio SIGNA S2 comparison definitely makes sense. Based on our rating, Bar 5.1 has a total rating of 6.8 out of 10 versus 5 for SIGNA S2. The competitors' control buttons are different: power, volume down, volume up, input and power, volume down, volume up, source, Bluetooth, 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 2.1 for the Polk Audio SIGNA S2. 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 Polk Audio SIGNA S2 6 for its audio features and specs.

Streaming services

Each of rivals supports AirPlay. Only the Bar 5.1 supports Google Play Music. Spotify support is available on the Bar 5.1.

Connectivity

Both models do not have WI-FI support. Rivals from our review have Bluetooth support. The JBL Bar 5.1 has 3/0 HDMI inputs/outputs versus 1/0 of the Polk Audio SIGNA S2. The HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) feature supports both devices. For connectivity, the Bar 5.1 received a rating of 8/10 versus 6/10, respectively.

Features

App control is available for the Bar 5.1. None of the models under consideration have a built-in microphone. Soundbars do not have Multi-room support.

Multichannel surround

None of soundbars equipped with Dolby Atmos multichannel audio decoder. The soundbars do not support the surround sound technology DTS:X. Compared devices do not have DTS Virtual:X support. For multichannel surround, each of the opponents received 4 points out of 10.

Advantages JBL Bar 5.1 over Polk Audio SIGNA S2

  • Google Play Music compatible
  • Amazon Music compatible
  • Spotify support
  • App control

Soundbars comparison chart

Overall
JBL Bar 5.1
6.8
Polk Audio SIGNA S2
5
5
4
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Common

Product

JBL Bar 5.1
Polk Audio SIGNA S2

Model

Bar 5.1
SIGNA S2

Brand

JBL
Polk Audio

Reviews

935
2054

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
power, volume down, volume up, source, Bluetooth

Audio features

Built-in channels

5.1
2.1

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

510 (overall)

Separate speaker (in package)

2
0

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
AirPlay

Google Play Music

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
1/0

HDMI ARC

Optical digital input/output

1/0
1/0

USB

1 (USB 2.0)

Coaxial digital input/output

0/0
0/0

Analog audio input/output (RCA)

1/0
1/0

Headphone output

0
0

Subwoofer output

1
0

Features

Voice control

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

114.8 x 5.8 x 9.3/45 x 2.3 x 3.7
89.9 x 5.4 x 8.1/35.4 x 2.1 x 3.2

Weight, kg/pounds

3.9/8.6
JBL Bar 5.1
Polk Audio SIGNA S2
JBL Bar 5.1
Polk Audio SIGNA S2

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 6.8
  • 5
  • 6.8JBL Bar 5.1
  • 5Polk Audio SIGNA S2

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