Samsung HW-S40T vs JBL BAR 500 review

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Samsung HW-S40T vs JBL BAR 500 comparison chart

Samsung HW-S40T vs JBL BAR 500 review

Samsung HW-S40T

In this article, we will talk about Samsung HW-S40T vs JBL BAR 500 comparison. The Samsung HW-S40T was rated 5, while the JBL BAR 500 has a rating 8.6. The soundbars are equipped with a different number of buttons, volume down, volume up, power, source for the HW-S40T and power, volume down, volume up for the BAR 500.

Audio features

Each of the models under consideration has active amplification type. A noticeable difference is the number of channels that HW-S40T has 2.0 and BAR 500 has 5.1. These rivals can be compared in terms of power, 100 versus 620 (overall) according to devices. A built-in subwoofer is available only in the Samsung HW-S40T. Rate 6 out of 10 received the Samsung HW-S40T for audio features and specs, but the JBL BAR 500 received 7 out of 10.

Streaming services

The BAR 500 can play audio from Spotify.


Wireless Internet connection is realized only in the BAR 500. Soundbars from this comparison have Bluetooth support. There are 1/0 HDMI inputs/outputs in the Samsung HW-S40T versus 1/1 HDMIs in the JBL BAR 500. The HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) is implemented only in the BAR 500. Connecting devices via USB is possible in both models. We rated the connectivity of the HW-S40T at 6 out of 10, while the BAR 500 was rated 10/10.


Each of the soundbars can be controlled using the application. The JBL BAR 500 equipped with a microphone. The models under consideration cannot become part of a multiroom system.

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos audio decoder is onboard the BAR 500. Devices from this comparison cannot process surround sound due to lack of DTS:X. The HW-S40T was rated 5/10, while the BAR 500 received a mark of 7/10 for multichannel surround.

Advantages Samsung HW-S40T over JBL BAR 500

  • Built-in subwoofer

Advantages JBL BAR 500 over Samsung HW-S40T

  • Separate subwoofer in package
  • Amazon Music compatible
  • Spotify support
  • WI-FI enabled
  • Audio return channel (HDMI ARC) support
  • Microphone
  • Compatible with Dolby Atmos
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