The present review is aimed to compare two soundbars - Sonos Beam vs JBL Bar 2.1 that are meant to satisfy the needs of cinema and music lovers. Based on our rating, Beam has a total rating of 5.6 out of 10 versus 5 for Bar 2.1. The competitors' control buttons are different: volume down, volume up, microphone, play/pause and power, volume down, volume up, source, respectively.
Both soundbars have active amplification type. A significant difference between the units in the number of channels, the Sonos Beam has 3.0 versus 2.1 for the JBL Bar 2.1. Competitors do not have a built-in subwoofer. Rivals have wireless connection to separate subwoofer. Both models received our 6 rating of 10 for their audio features and specs. Both models do not support Google Play Music. Spotify support not implemented in both soundbars.
These models have the ability to connect to the Internet via WI-FI. Rivals from our review have Bluetooth support. The Sonos Beam has 1/0 HDMI inputs/outputs versus 1/1 of the JBL Bar 2.1. Only the Bar 2.1 supports HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC). For connectivity, the Beam received a rating of 6/10 versus 7/10, respectively.
Both models support voice control using Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant. App control is available for the Beam. A built-in microphone is present in each model. Soundbars do not have Multi-room support.
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 Sonos Beam got a rating of 2, and JBL Bar 2.1 4 out of 10.
The Sonos Beam is better soundbar in this comparison. Check Sonos Beam price