JBL Bar 2.1 vs Sony HT-CT800 review

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JBL Bar 2.1 vs Sony HT-CT800 comparison chart

JBL Bar 2.1 vs Sony HT-CT800 review

JBL Bar 2.1
vs
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 6, while the Sony HT-CT800 has a rating 6.4. 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 350 (overall) 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 7 out of 10 received the JBL Bar 2.1 for audio features and specs, but the Sony HT-CT800 received 6 out of 10.

Streaming services

Soundbars do not have AirPlay support. 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. The connectivity of each of the models was estimated at 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. The Bar 2.1 was rated 4/10, while the HT-CT800 received a mark of 6/10 for multichannel surround.

Advantages JBL Bar 2.1 over Sony HT-CT800

  • Microphone

Advantages Sony HT-CT800 over JBL Bar 2.1

  • 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

548
323

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)
350 (overall)

Separate speaker (in package)

0
0

Separate speaker connections

has not
wireless

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
Pandora, Napster, TIDAL, Deezer, Chromecast

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

0
1

NFC

HDMI input/output

1/1
3/0

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)

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 (other)

Dolby Digital
Dolby Digital, Dolby TrueHD

DTS:X

DTS (other)

has not
DTS-HD

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

Other

Release year

2019
2017
JBL Bar 2.1
Sony HT-CT800
JBL Bar 2.1
Sony HT-CT800

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 6
  • 6.4
  • 6JBL Bar 2.1
  • 6.4Sony HT-CT800