Samsung HW-Q80R vs JBL Bar 2.1 review

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Rating 5 5
Samsung HW-Q80R
vs
JBL Bar 2.1

The present review is aimed to compare two soundbars - Samsung HW-Q80R vs JBL Bar 2.1 that are meant to satisfy the needs of cinema and music lovers. Based on our rating, HW-Q80R has a total rating of 6.8 out of 10 versus 5 for Bar 2.1. 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 Samsung HW-Q80R has 5.1.2 versus 2.1 for the JBL Bar 2.1. The output power is different and equal to 372 (overall) W for the HW-Q80R 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-Q80R got our rating of 8 out of 10, and the JBL Bar 2.1 6 for its audio features and specs.

Streaming services

Soundbars do not have AirPlay support. Both models do not support Google Play Music. Spotify support is available on the HW-Q80R.

Connectivity

These models have the ability to connect to the Internet via WI-FI. Rivals from our review have Bluetooth support. The Samsung HW-Q80R has 2/1 HDMI inputs/outputs versus 1/1 of the JBL Bar 2.1. The HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) feature supports both devices. Both soundbars have a USB connector. For connectivity, each of the soundbars received a rating of 7/10.

Features

App control is available for the HW-Q80R. A built-in microphone is present in each model. Soundbars do not have Multi-room support.

Multichannel surround

Only the HW-Q80R has a Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format support. A surround technology DTS:X is supported only by the HW-Q80R. Compared devices do not have DTS Virtual:X support. For multichannel surround Samsung HW-Q80R got a rating of 7, and JBL Bar 2.1 4 out of 10.

Advantages Samsung HW-Q80R over JBL Bar 2.1

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

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Common

Product

Samsung HW-Q80R
JBL Bar 2.1

Model

HW-Q80R
Bar 2.1

Brand

Samsung
JBL

Reviews

1393
360

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

5.1.2
2.1

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

372 (overall)
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)

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

2/1
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)

0/0
1/0

Headphone output

0
0

Subwoofer output

0
0

Features

Voice control

Amazon Alexa
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

122.4 x 8.1 x 13.4/48.2 x 3.2 x 5.3
96.5 x 5.8 x 6.8/38 x 2.3 x 2.7

Weight, kg/pounds

8.7/19.4
1.9/4.1
Samsung HW-Q80R
JBL Bar 2.1
Samsung HW-Q80R
JBL Bar 2.1

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 6.8
  • 5
  • 6.8Samsung HW-Q80R
  • 5JBL Bar 2.1

The Samsung HW-Q80R is better soundbar in this comparison. Check Samsung HW-Q80R price