Samsung HW-S40T vs JBL Bar 5.0 review

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Samsung HW-S40T vs JBL Bar 5.0 comparison chart

Samsung HW-S40T vs JBL Bar 5.0 review

Samsung HW-S40T
vs
JBL Bar 5.0

It makes sense comparing Samsung HW-S40T vs JBL Bar 5.0 because they both are able to give some premium features. Based on our rating, HW-S40T has a total rating of 5 out of 10 versus 8.2 for Bar 5.0. The competitors' control buttons are different: volume down, volume up, power, source and power, source, volume down, volume up, respectively.

Audio features

Both soundbars have active amplification type. A significant difference between the units in the number of channels, the Samsung HW-S40T has 2.0 versus 5.0 for the JBL Bar 5.0. The output power is different and equal to 100 W for the HW-S40T versus 250 (overall) W for the Bar 5.0. Only the Samsung HW-S40T has a built-in subwoofer. The Samsung HW-S40T got our rating of 6 out of 10, and the JBL Bar 5.0 5 for its audio features and specs.

Streaming services

Spotify support is available on the Bar 5.0.

Connectivity

Only the JBL Bar 5.0 can connect to the Internet via WI-FI. Rivals from our review have Bluetooth support. The Samsung HW-S40T has 1/0 HDMI inputs/outputs versus 1/1 of the JBL Bar 5.0. Only the Bar 5.0 supports HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC). Both soundbars have a USB connector. For connectivity, the HW-S40T received a rating of 6/10 versus 10/10, respectively.

Features

App control is available in every soundbar. A built-in microphone is present only on the Bar 5.0. Multi-room is only available for the JBL Bar 5.0.

Multichannel surround

Only the Bar 5.0 has a Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format support. The soundbars do not support the surround sound technology DTS:X. For multichannel surround Samsung HW-S40T got a rating of 5, and JBL Bar 5.0 7 out of 10.

Advantages Samsung HW-S40T over JBL Bar 5.0

  • Built-in subwoofer

Advantages JBL Bar 5.0 over Samsung HW-S40T

  • Amazon Music compatible
  • Spotify support
  • WI-FI enabled
  • Audio return channel (HDMI ARC) support
  • Microphone
  • Multi-room support
  • Compatible with Dolby Atmos
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Common

Product

Samsung HW-S40T
JBL Bar 5.0

Model

HW-S40T
Bar 5.0

Brand

Samsung
JBL

Reviews

235
0

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, source
power, source, volume down, volume up

Audio features

Built-in channels

2.0
5.0

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

100
250 (overall)

Separate speaker (in package)

0
0

Separate speaker connections

has not
has not

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

Separate subwoofer connections

wireless

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

has not
Pandora, SoundCloud

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

0
0

NFC

HDMI input/output

1/0
1/1

HDMI ARC

HDMI eARC

HDMI CEC

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
0/0

Headphone output

0
0

Subwoofer output

0
0

Features

Voice control

App control

Microphone

Remote control

Multi-room

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

Dolby (other)

Dolby Digital, Dolby Pro Logic II

DTS:X

DTS (other)

has not

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Size (Wx H x D), cm/in

66 x 5 x 11.4/26.8 x 2.7 x 4.5
70.9x5.8x10.1/27.9x2.3x3.9

Weight, kg/pounds

1.8/4.2
2.8/6.1

Other

Release year

2020
2021
Samsung HW-S40T
JBL Bar 5.0
Samsung HW-S40T
JBL Bar 5.0

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 5
  • 8.2
  • 5Samsung HW-S40T
  • 8.2JBL Bar 5.0

Samsung HW-S40T competitors

JBL Bar 5.0 competitors