KEF HTF7003 vs JBL Bar 2.1 review

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Rating 5 5
KEF HTF7003
vs
JBL Bar 2.1

The present review is aimed to compare two soundbars - KEF HTF7003 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.

Audio features

The KEF HTF7003 has the passive amplification type, the JBL Bar 2.1 - active. A significant difference between the units in the number of channels, the KEF HTF7003 has 3.0 versus 2.1 for the JBL Bar 2.1. The output power is different and equal to 100 W for the HTF7003 versus 300 (overall) W for the Bar 2.1. Competitors do not have a built-in subwoofer. Both models received our 6 rating of 10 for their 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. Only the Bar 2.1 has Bluetooth support. Only the Bar 2.1 supports HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC). For connectivity, the HTF7003 received a rating of 4/10 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.

Advantages JBL Bar 2.1 over KEF HTF7003

  • WI-FI enabled
  • Bluetooth enabled
  • Audio return channel (HDMI ARC) support
  • Microphone

Soundbars comparison chart

Overall
KEF HTF7003
5
JBL Bar 2.1
5
inapplicable
0
inapplicable
6
inapplicable
4
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Common

Product

KEF HTF7003
JBL Bar 2.1

Model

HTF7003
Bar 2.1

Brand

KEF
JBL

Reviews

15
360

General

Placement type

table-top, wall-mountable
table-top, wall-mountable

Connection to source

wired
wired, wireless

Soundbar buttons

has not
power, volume down, volume up, source

Audio features

Built-in channels

3.0
2.1

Amplification type

passive
active

Output power, W

100
300 (overall)

Separate speaker (in package)

0
0

Separate speaker connections

wired

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

0
1

Separate subwoofer connections

has not
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

0/0
1/1

HDMI ARC

Optical digital input/output

0/0
1/0

USB

1 (USB 2.0)

Coaxial digital input/output

0/0
0/0

Analog audio input/output (RCA)

3/0
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

78.5 x 8.1 x 6.1/30.9 x 3.1 x 2.4
96.5 x 5.8 x 6.8/38 x 2.3 x 2.7

Weight, kg/pounds

2.1/4.6
1.9/4.1
KEF HTF7003
JBL Bar 2.1
KEF HTF7003
JBL Bar 2.1

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 5
  • 5
  • 5KEF HTF7003
  • 5JBL Bar 2.1

The KEF HTF7003 is better soundbar in this comparison. Check KEF HTF7003 price