JBL Bar 2.1 vs Dayton Audio BS36 review

Votes 1 1
Rating 5 5
JBL Bar 2.1
vs
Dayton Audio BS36

The present review is aimed to compare two soundbars - JBL Bar 2.1 vs Dayton Audio BS36 that are meant to satisfy the needs of cinema and music lovers. Based on our rating, Bar 2.1 has a total rating of 5 out of 10 versus 4.5 for BS36.

Audio features

The JBL Bar 2.1 has the active amplification type, the Dayton Audio BS36 - passive. A significant difference between the units in the number of channels, the JBL Bar 2.1 has 2.1 versus 3.0 for the Dayton Audio BS36. Competitors do not have a built-in subwoofer. The JBL Bar 2.1 got our rating of 6 out of 10, and the Dayton Audio BS36 5 for its audio features and specs.

Streaming services

Soundbars do not have AirPlay support. Both models do not support Google Play Music. Spotify support not implemented in both soundbars.

Connectivity

Only the JBL Bar 2.1 can connect to the Internet via WI-FI. Only the Bar 2.1 has Bluetooth support. Only the Bar 2.1 supports HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC). For connectivity, the Bar 2.1 received a rating of 7/10 versus 4/10, respectively. Compared soundbars have no app control. A built-in microphone is present only on the Bar 2.1. 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.

Soundbars comparison chart

Overall
JBL Bar 2.1
5
Dayton Audio BS36
4.5
0
inapplicable
6
inapplicable
4
inapplicable
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Common

Product

JBL Bar 2.1
Dayton Audio BS36

Model

Bar 2.1
BS36

Brand

JBL
Dayton Audio

Reviews

124
49

General

Placement type

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

Connection to source

wired, wireless
wired

Soundbar buttons

power, volume down, volume up, source
has not

Audio features

Built-in channels

2.1
3.0

Amplification type

active
passive

Output power, W

300 (overall)

Separate speaker (in package)

0
0

Separate speaker connections

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

1
0

Separate subwoofer connections

wireless
has not

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

Google Play Music

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

has not
has not

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

0
0

NFC

HDMI input/output

1/1
0/0

HDMI ARC

Optical digital input/output

1/0
0/0

USB

1 (USB 2.0)

Coaxial digital input/output

0/0
0/0

Analog audio input/output (RCA)

1/0
3/0

Headphone output

0
0

Subwoofer output

0
0

Features

Voice control

Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant

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

96.5 x 5.8 x 6.8/38 x 2.3 x 2.7
93.1 x 10.1 x 10.1/37 x 4.2 x 4.8

Weight, kg/pounds

1.9/4.1
5.9/13.4
JBL Bar 2.1
Dayton Audio BS36
JBL Bar 2.1
Dayton Audio BS36

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 5
  • 4.5
  • 5JBL Bar 2.1
  • 4.5Dayton Audio BS36

The JBL Bar 2.1 is better soundbar in this comparison. Check JBL Bar 2.1 price