JBL Bar 2.1 vs Sony HT-CT800 review

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JBL Bar 2.1
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Sony HT-CT800

In this article, we will talk about JBL Bar 2.1 vs Sony HT-CT800 comparison. The JBL Bar 2.1 was rated 5, while the Sony HT-CT800 has a rating 5.6. The soundbars are equipped with a different number of buttons, power, volume down, volume up, source for the Bar 2.1 and power, input, Bluetooth, music service, volume down, volume up for the HT-CT800.

Audio features

Each of the models under consideration has active amplification type. By the number of channels, the devices do not differ. These rivals can be compared in terms of power, 300 (overall) versus 110 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. Audio features and specs of considered models we rated 6 out of 10 in our ranking.

Streaming services

Soundbars do not have AirPlay support. Google Play Music service is only in the HT-CT800. The HT-CT800 can play audio from Spotify.

Connectivity

Both models have a wireless Wi-Fi interface. Soundbars from this comparison have Bluetooth support. There are 1/1 HDMI inputs/outputs in the JBL Bar 2.1 versus 3/0 HDMIs in the Sony HT-CT800. As in the Bar 2.1, so in the HT-CT800 there is the HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC). Connecting devices via USB is possible in both models. We rated the connectivity of the Bar 2.1 at 7 out of 10, while the HT-CT800 was rated 8/10. None of these soundbars can be controlled using the app. The JBL Bar 2.1 equipped with a microphone. The Sony HT-CT800 may become part of a multiroom system.

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos audio decoder support is not implemented in either the Bar 2.1 or HT-CT800. Devices from this comparison cannot process surround sound due to lack of DTS:X. DTS Virtual:X technology not supported by any of the soundbars in this review. The Bar 2.1 was rated 4/10, while the HT-CT800 received a mark of 2/10 for multichannel surround.

Advantages JBL Bar 2.1 over Sony HT-CT800

  • Microphone

Advantages Sony HT-CT800 over JBL Bar 2.1

  • Google Play Music compatible
  • Spotify support
  • Multi-room support

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Common

Product

JBL Bar 2.1
Sony HT-CT800

Model

Bar 2.1
HT-CT800

Brand

JBL
Sony

Reviews

360
315

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, source
power, input, Bluetooth, music service, volume down, volume up

Audio features

Built-in channels

2.1
2.1

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

300 (overall)
110

Separate speaker (in package)

0
0

Separate speaker connections

wireless

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

1
1

Separate subwoofer connections

wireless
wireless

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

Google Play Music

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

has not
Pandora, Napster, TIDAL, Deezer, Chromecast

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

0
1

NFC

HDMI input/output

1/1
3/0

HDMI ARC

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
1/0

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
103 x 5.2 x 12.6/40.5 x 2.1 x 5

Weight, kg/pounds

1.9/4.1
2.8/6.1
JBL Bar 2.1
Sony HT-CT800
JBL Bar 2.1
Sony HT-CT800

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 5
  • 5.6
  • 5JBL Bar 2.1
  • 5.6Sony HT-CT800

The Sony HT-CT800 is better soundbar in this comparison. Check Sony HT-CT800 price