The JBL Bar 2.1 vs Sony HT-X9000F comparison proves that these soundbars have many common features. Based on our rating, Bar 2.1 has a total rating of 6 out of 10 versus 7 for HT-X9000F. The competitors' control buttons are different: power, volume down, volume up, source and power, input, Bluetooth, volume down, volume up, respectively.
Both soundbars have active amplification type. Soundbars have the same number of channels on 2.1. The output power is identical and equal to 300 (overall) W. Competitors do not have a built-in subwoofer. Rivals have wireless connection to separate subwoofer. Both models received our 7 rating of 10 for their audio features and specs. Spotify support is available on the HT-X9000F.
Only the JBL Bar 2.1 can connect to the Internet via WI-FI. Rivals from our review have Bluetooth support. The JBL Bar 2.1 has 1/1 HDMI inputs/outputs versus 1/0 of the Sony HT-X9000F. The HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) feature supports both devices. Both soundbars have a USB connector. For connectivity, the Bar 2.1 received a rating of 8/10 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.
Only the HT-X9000F has a Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format support. A surround technology DTS:X is supported only by the HT-X9000F. For multichannel surround JBL Bar 2.1 got a rating of 4, and Sony HT-X9000F 9 out of 10.