The present review is aimed to compare two soundbars - Sony HT-X9000F vs JBL Bar 2.1 that are meant to satisfy the needs of cinema and music lovers. Based on our rating, HT-X9000F has a total rating of 7 out of 10 versus 6 for Bar 2.1. The competitors' control buttons are different: power, input, Bluetooth, volume down, volume up and power, volume down, volume up, source, 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 Sony HT-X9000F has 1/0 HDMI inputs/outputs versus 1/1 of the JBL Bar 2.1. The HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) feature supports both devices. Both soundbars have a USB connector. For connectivity, the HT-X9000F received a rating of 7/10 versus 8/10, 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 Sony HT-X9000F got a rating of 9, and JBL Bar 2.1 4 out of 10.