Samsung HW-R450 vs JBL Bar Studio review

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Samsung HW-R450 vs JBL Bar Studio comparison chart

Samsung HW-R450 vs JBL Bar Studio review

Samsung HW-R450
vs
JBL Bar Studio

l would like to share my experience after comparing and testing two soundbars – Samsung HW-R450 vs JBL Bar Studio. The Samsung HW-R450 was rated 4, while the JBL Bar Studio has a rating 5. Soundbars have the same set of buttons - volume down, volume up, power, source.

Audio features

Each of the models under consideration has active amplification type. A noticeable difference is the number of channels that HW-R450 has 2.1 and Bar Studio has 2.0. These rivals can be compared in terms of power, 200 (overall) versus 30 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 6 out of 10 received the Samsung HW-R450 for audio features and specs, but the JBL Bar Studio received 5 out of 10.

Streaming services

Soundbars do not have AirPlay support. The units in this comparison do not support Spotify.

Connectivity

Both models do not have a wireless Wi-Fi interface. Soundbars from this comparison have Bluetooth support. The HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) is implemented only in the Bar Studio. Connecting devices via USB is possible in both models. We rated the connectivity of the HW-R450 at 5 out of 10, while the Bar Studio was rated 6/10.

Features

None of these soundbars can be controlled using the app. 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 HW-R450 or Bar Studio. Devices from this comparison cannot process surround sound due to lack of DTS:X. The HW-R450 was rated 4/10, while the Bar Studio received a mark of 5/10 for multichannel surround.

Advantages Samsung HW-R450 over JBL Bar Studio

  • Separate subwoofer in package

Advantages JBL Bar Studio over Samsung HW-R450

  • Audio return channel (HDMI ARC) support
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Common

Product

Samsung HW-R450
JBL Bar Studio

Model

HW-R450
Bar Studio

Brand

Samsung
JBL

Reviews

1665
828

General

Placement type

table-top, wall-mountable
table-top, wall-mountable

Connection to source

wired, wireless
wired, wireless

Soundbar buttons

volume down, volume up, power, source
volume down, volume up, power, source

Audio features

Built-in channels

2.1
2.0

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

200 (overall)
30

Separate speaker (in package)

0
0

Separate speaker connections

wireless
has not

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

Separate subwoofer connections

wireless
wireless

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

has not
has not

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

0
0

NFC

HDMI input/output

0/0
1/0

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
0

Features

Voice control

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)

has not
has not

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Size (Wx H x D), cm/in

89 x 5 x 5/35.7 x 2.1 x 2.7
61.4 x 5.8 x 8.6/24.2 x 2.3 x 3.4

Weight, kg/pounds

1.3/3.3
1.4/3.1

Other

Release year

2019
2019
Samsung HW-R450
JBL Bar Studio
Samsung HW-R450
JBL Bar Studio

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 4
  • 5
  • 4Samsung HW-R450
  • 5JBL Bar Studio