Samsung HW-M360/ZA vs JBL Bar 2.1 review

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Rating 5 5
Samsung HW-M360/ZA
vs
JBL Bar 2.1

The present review is aimed to compare two soundbars - Samsung HW-M360/ZA vs JBL Bar 2.1 that are meant to satisfy the needs of cinema and music lovers. Based on our rating, HW-M360/ZA has a total rating of 5.6 out of 10 versus 5 for Bar 2.1. The competitors' control buttons are different: volume down, volume up, power, input and power, volume down, volume up, source, 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 100 W for the HW-M360/ZA versus 300 (overall) W for the Bar 2.1. Competitors do not have a built-in subwoofer. Rivals have wireless connection to separate subwoofer. The Samsung HW-M360/ZA got our rating of 7 out of 10, and the JBL Bar 2.1 6 for its audio features and specs. Only the HW-M360/ZA supports Google Play Music. Spotify support is available on the HW-M360/ZA.

Connectivity

Only the JBL Bar 2.1 can connect to the Internet via WI-FI. Rivals from our review have Bluetooth support. Only the Bar 2.1 supports HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC). Both soundbars have a USB connector. For connectivity, the HW-M360/ZA received a rating of 5/10 versus 7/10, respectively. App control is available for the HW-M360/ZA. 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. For multichannel surround Samsung HW-M360/ZA got a rating of 2, and JBL Bar 2.1 4 out of 10.

Soundbars comparison chart

Overall
Samsung HW-M360/ZA
5.6
JBL Bar 2.1
5
5
6
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Common

Product

Samsung HW-M360/ZA
JBL Bar 2.1

Model

HW-M360/ZA
Bar 2.1

Brand

Samsung
JBL

Reviews

846
90

General

Placement type

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

Connection to source

wired, wireless
wired, wireless

Soundbar buttons

volume down, volume up, power, input
power, volume down, volume up, source

Audio features

Built-in channels

2.1
2.1

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

100
300 (overall)

Separate speaker (in package)

0
0

Separate speaker connections

wireless

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

Pandora, Tuneln, Deezer, Chromecast
has not

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

0
0

NFC

HDMI input/output

0/0
1/1

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

88.9 x 5.1 x 5.8/35.7 x 2.1 x 2.7
96.5 x 5.8 x 6.8/38 x 2.3 x 2.7

Weight, kg/pounds

1.4/3.3
1.9/4.1
Samsung HW-M360/ZA
JBL Bar 2.1
Samsung HW-M360/ZA
JBL Bar 2.1

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

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  • worse
  • 5.6
  • 5
  • 5.6Samsung HW-M360/ZA
  • 5JBL Bar 2.1

The Samsung HW-M360/ZA is better soundbar in this comparison. Check Samsung HW-M360/ZA price