l would like to share my experience after comparing and testing two soundbars – JBL Bar 2.1 vs Samsung HW-N650. The JBL Bar 2.1 was rated 6, while the Samsung HW-N650 has a rating 7.6. The soundbars are equipped with a different number of buttons, power, volume down, volume up, source for the Bar 2.1 and volume down, volume up, input, power for the HW-N650.
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-N650 has 5.1. These rivals can be compared in terms of power, 300 (overall) versus 360 (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 7 out of 10 in our ranking. The HW-N650 can play audio from Spotify.
Wireless Internet connection is realized only in the Bar 2.1. Soundbars from this comparison have Bluetooth support. There are 1/1 HDMI inputs/outputs in the JBL Bar 2.1 versus 1/0 HDMIs in the Samsung HW-N650. As in the Bar 2.1, so in the HW-N650 there is the HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC). Connecting devices via USB is possible in both models. We rated the connectivity of the Bar 2.1 at 8 out of 10, while the HW-N650 was rated 7/10. The manufacturer of the HW-N650 provides a device control application. The soundbars in this review are equipped with a microphone. The Samsung HW-N650 may become part of a multiroom system.
Dolby Atmos audio decoder support is not implemented in either the Bar 2.1 or HW-N650. Devices from this comparison cannot process surround sound due to lack of DTS:X. The Bar 2.1 was rated 4/10, while the HW-N650 received a mark of 6/10 for multichannel surround.