Vizio M21d-H8 vs JBL BAR 500 review

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Vizio M21d-H8 vs JBL BAR 500 comparison chart

Vizio M21d-H8 vs JBL BAR 500 review

Vizio M21d-H8

In this article, we will talk about Vizio M21d-H8 vs JBL BAR 500 comparison. The Vizio M21d-H8 was rated 5, while the JBL BAR 500 has a rating 8.6. The soundbars are equipped with a different number of buttons, power, volume down, volume up, source, Bluetooth for the M21d-H8 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 M21d-H8 has 2.1 and BAR 500 has 5.1. A built-in subwoofer is available only in the Vizio M21d-H8. Rate 5 out of 10 received the Vizio M21d-H8 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. 1/1 HDMI inputs/outputs are in each of soundbars. As in the M21d-H8, so in the BAR 500 there is the HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC). Connecting devices via USB is possible in both models. We rated the connectivity of the M21d-H8 at 6 out of 10, while the BAR 500 was rated 10/10. The manufacturer of the BAR 500 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 BAR 500. Devices from this comparison cannot process surround sound due to lack of DTS:X. The M21d-H8 was rated 5/10, while the BAR 500 received a mark of 7/10 for multichannel surround.

Advantages Vizio M21d-H8 over JBL BAR 500

  • Built-in subwoofer

Advantages JBL BAR 500 over Vizio M21d-H8

  • Separate subwoofer in package
  • Amazon Music compatible
  • Spotify support
  • WI-FI enabled
  • App control
  • Compatible with Dolby Atmos
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