JBL Bar 2.1 vs Samsung HW-Q60R review

Votes 4 4
Rating 3 3
JBL Bar 2.1
vs
Samsung HW-Q60R

An affordable soundbar is always a good option to consider, so JBL Bar 2.1 vs Samsung HW-Q60R comparison definitely makes sense. Based on our rating, Bar 2.1 has a total rating of 5 out of 10 versus 4.4 for HW-Q60R. The set of control buttons for competitors is the same and is: power, volume down, volume up, source.

Audio features

Both soundbars have active amplification type. A significant difference between the units in the number of channels, the JBL Bar 2.1 has 2.1 versus 5.1 for the Samsung HW-Q60R. The output power is different and equal to 300 (overall) W for the Bar 2.1 versus 360 (overall) W for the HW-Q60R. Competitors do not have a built-in subwoofer. Rivals have wireless connection to separate subwoofer. The JBL Bar 2.1 got our rating of 6 out of 10, and the Samsung HW-Q60R 8 for its 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. Rivals from our review have Bluetooth support. Each soundbar has 1/1 HDMI inputs/outputs. The HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) feature supports both devices. Both soundbars have a USB connector. For connectivity, the Bar 2.1 received a rating of 7/10 versus 6/10, 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. For multichannel surround, each of the opponents received 4 points out of 10.

Advantages JBL Bar 2.1 over Samsung HW-Q60R

  • WI-FI enabled
  • Microphone

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Common

Product

JBL Bar 2.1
Samsung HW-Q60R

Model

Bar 2.1
HW-Q60R

Brand

JBL
Samsung

Reviews

124
1014

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
5.1

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

300 (overall)
360 (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)

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

1/1
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
0/0

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
110 x 5.8 x 9.9/43.3 x 2.3 x 3.9

Weight, kg/pounds

1.9/4.1
3.5/7.9
JBL Bar 2.1
Samsung HW-Q60R
JBL Bar 2.1
Samsung HW-Q60R

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 5
  • 4.4
  • 5JBL Bar 2.1
  • 4.4Samsung HW-Q60R

The JBL Bar 2.1 is better soundbar in this comparison. Check JBL Bar 2.1 price