JBL Bar 2.1 vs Samsung HW-K850 review

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Rating 5 5
JBL Bar 2.1
vs
Samsung HW-K850

l would like to share my experience after comparing and testing two soundbars – JBL Bar 2.1 vs Samsung HW-K850. The JBL Bar 2.1 was rated 5, while the Samsung HW-K850 has a rating 5.6. Soundbars have the same set of buttons - power, volume down, volume up, source.

Audio features

Each of the models under consideration has active amplification type. A noticeable difference is the number of channels that Bar 2.1 has 2.1 and HW-K850 has 3.1.2. These rivals can be compared in terms of power, 300 (overall) versus 350 (overall) according to devices. The built-in subwoofer is not implemented in any of these models. An external subwoofer can be connected to any of the units in this comparison. Audio features and specs of considered models we rated 6 out of 10 in our ranking.

Streaming services

Soundbars do not have AirPlay support. Both devices do not have Google Play Music on board. The HW-K850 can play audio from Spotify.

Connectivity

Both models have a wireless Wi-Fi interface. Soundbars from this comparison have Bluetooth support. There are 1/1 HDMI inputs/outputs in the JBL Bar 2.1 versus 2/1 HDMIs in the Samsung HW-K850. As in the Bar 2.1, so in the HW-K850 there is the HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC). Connecting devices via USB is possible in both models. The connectivity of each of the models was estimated at 7/10. None of these soundbars can be controlled using the app. The JBL Bar 2.1 equipped with a microphone. The models under consideration cannot become part of a multiroom system.

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos audio decoder is onboard the HW-K850. Devices from this comparison cannot process surround sound due to lack of DTS:X. DTS Virtual:X technology not supported by any of the soundbars in this review. The Bar 2.1 was rated 4/10, while the HW-K850 received a mark of 5/10 for multichannel surround.

Advantages JBL Bar 2.1 over Samsung HW-K850

  • Microphone

Advantages Samsung HW-K850 over JBL Bar 2.1

  • Amazon Music compatible
  • Spotify support
  • Compatible with Dolby Atmos

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Common

Product

JBL Bar 2.1
Samsung HW-K850

Model

Bar 2.1
HW-K850

Brand

JBL
Samsung

Reviews

360
81

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, volume down, volume up, source

Audio features

Built-in channels

2.1
3.1.2

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

300 (overall)
350 (overall)

Separate speaker (in package)

0
0

Separate speaker connections

wireless

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

1
0

Separate subwoofer connections

wireless
wireless

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

Google Play Music

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

has not
Napster, iHeart

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

0
0

NFC

HDMI input/output

1/1
2/1

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
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

96.5 x 5.8 x 6.8/38 x 2.3 x 2.7
120.9 x 8.1 x 12.9 /47.6 x 3.2 x 5.1

Weight, kg/pounds

1.9/4.1
6.6/14.7
JBL Bar 2.1
Samsung HW-K850
JBL Bar 2.1
Samsung HW-K850

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 5
  • 5.6
  • 5JBL Bar 2.1
  • 5.6Samsung HW-K850

The Samsung HW-K850 is better soundbar in this comparison. Check Samsung HW-K850 price