JBL Bar 2.1 vs Samsung HW-Q70R review

Votes 2 2
Rating 3 3
JBL Bar 2.1
vs
Samsung HW-Q70R

If you have already decided that you want to buy a new soundbar, but still don’t know what exactly you want, the JBL Bar 2.1 vs Samsung HW-Q70R comparison is here to offer you two decent solutions. The JBL Bar 2.1 was rated 5, while the Samsung HW-Q70R has a rating 6.6. 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-Q70R has 3.1.2. These rivals can be compared in terms of power, 300 (overall) versus 330 (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. Rate 6 out of 10 received the JBL Bar 2.1 for audio features and specs, but the Samsung HW-Q70R received 7 out of 10.

Streaming services

Soundbars do not have AirPlay support. Both devices do not have Google Play Music on board. The HW-Q70R can play audio from Spotify.

Connectivity

Both models have a wireless Wi-Fi interface. Soundbars from this comparison have Bluetooth support. 1/1 HDMI inputs/outputs are in each of soundbars. As in the Bar 2.1, so in the HW-Q70R 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.

Features

The manufacturer of the HW-Q70R provides a device control application. The soundbars in this review are 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-Q70R. The HW-Q70R can work with surround sound due to DTS:X support. 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-Q70R received a mark of 7/10 for multichannel surround.

Advantages Samsung HW-Q70R over JBL Bar 2.1

  • Spotify support
  • App control
  • Compatible with Dolby Atmos
  • Compatible with DTS:X

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Common

Product

JBL Bar 2.1
Samsung HW-Q70R

Model

Bar 2.1
HW-Q70R

Brand

JBL
Samsung

Reviews

360
1393

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)
330 (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
Amazon Alexa

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-Q70R
JBL Bar 2.1
Samsung HW-Q70R

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 5
  • 6.6
  • 5JBL Bar 2.1
  • 6.6Samsung HW-Q70R

The Samsung HW-Q70R is better soundbar in this comparison. Check Samsung HW-Q70R price