Sony HT-S350 vs JBL Bar 2.1 review

Votes 3 3
Rating 5 5
Sony HT-S350
vs
JBL Bar 2.1

The present review is aimed to compare two soundbars - Sony HT-S350 vs JBL Bar 2.1 that are meant to satisfy the needs of cinema and music lovers. Based on our rating, both soundbars have the same overall rating of 5. The competitors' control buttons are different: power, volume down, volume up, Bluetooth, TV and power, volume down, volume up, source, respectively.

Audio features

Both soundbars have active amplification type. Soundbars have the same number of channels on 2.1. The output power is different and equal to 85 W for the HT-S350 versus 300 (overall) W for the Bar 2.1. Competitors do not have a built-in subwoofer. Rivals have wireless connection to separate subwoofer. The Sony HT-S350 got our rating of 7 out of 10, and the JBL Bar 2.1 6 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. Rivals from our review have Bluetooth support. The Sony HT-S350 has 0/1 HDMI inputs/outputs versus 1/1 of the JBL Bar 2.1. The HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) feature supports both devices. For connectivity, the HT-S350 received a rating of 5/10 versus 7/10, 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. For multichannel surround, each of the opponents received 4 points out of 10.

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Common

Product

Sony HT-S350
JBL Bar 2.1

Model

HT-S350
Bar 2.1

Brand

Sony
JBL

Reviews

613
58

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, Bluetooth, TV
power, volume down, volume up, source

Audio features

Built-in channels

2.1
2.1

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

85
300 (overall)

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
has not

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

0
0

NFC

HDMI input/output

0/1
1/1

HDMI ARC

Optical digital input/output

1/0
1/0

USB

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

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

90 x 6.4 x 8.8/35.5 x 2.6 x 3.5
96.5 x 5.8 x 6.8/38 x 2.3 x 2.7

Weight, kg/pounds

2.4/5.4
1.9/4.1
Sony HT-S350
JBL Bar 2.1
Sony HT-S350
JBL Bar 2.1

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

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  • worse
  • 5
  • 5
  • 5Sony HT-S350
  • 5JBL Bar 2.1

The Sony HT-S350 is better soundbar in this comparison. Check Sony HT-S350 price