JBL Bar 2.1 vs Sony HT-X9000F review

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Rating 5 5
JBL Bar 2.1
vs
Sony HT-X9000F

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 5 out of 10 versus 6.8 for HT-X9000F. The competitors' control buttons are different: power, volume down, volume up, source and power, input, Bluetooth, volume down, volume up, 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 300 (overall) W for the Bar 2.1 versus 100 W for the HT-X9000F. Competitors do not have a built-in subwoofer. Rivals have wireless connection to separate subwoofer. The JBL Bar 2.1 got our rating of 6 out of 10, and the Sony HT-X9000F 7 for its audio features and specs. Only the HT-X9000F supports Google Play Music. Spotify support is available on the HT-X9000F.

Connectivity

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, each of the soundbars received a rating of 7/10. 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

Only the HT-X9000F has a Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format support. A surround technology DTS:X is supported only by the HT-X9000F. Compared devices do not have DTS Virtual:X support. For multichannel surround JBL Bar 2.1 got a rating of 4, and Sony HT-X9000F 7 out of 10.

Advantages JBL Bar 2.1 over Sony HT-X9000F

  • WI-FI enabled
  • Microphone

Advantages Sony HT-X9000F over JBL Bar 2.1

  • Google Play Music compatible
  • Amazon Music compatible
  • Spotify support
  • Compatible with Dolby Atmos
  • Compatible with DTS:X

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Common

Product

JBL Bar 2.1
Sony HT-X9000F

Model

Bar 2.1
HT-X9000F

Brand

JBL
Sony

Reviews

360
216

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, volume down, volume up

Audio features

Built-in channels

2.1
2.1

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

300 (overall)
100

Separate speaker (in package)

0
0

Separate speaker connections

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

1
1

Separate subwoofer connections

wireless
wireless

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay

Google Play Music

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

has not
Pandora, Tuneln, Deezer, Chromecast

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

0
0

NFC

HDMI input/output

1/1
1/0

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
1

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 x 5.8 x 8.5/36.6 x 2.3 x 3.3

Weight, kg/pounds

1.9/4.1
2.5/5
JBL Bar 2.1
Sony HT-X9000F
JBL Bar 2.1
Sony HT-X9000F

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 5
  • 6.8
  • 5JBL Bar 2.1
  • 6.8Sony HT-X9000F

The Sony HT-X9000F is better soundbar in this comparison. Check Sony HT-X9000F price