JBL Bar 2.1 vs Definitive Technology Mythos SSA-50 review

Votes 1 1
Rating 5 5
JBL Bar 2.1
vs
Definitive Technology Mythos SSA-50

The JBL Bar 2.1 vs Definitive Technology Mythos SSA-50 comparison shows that these models have some important differences and common features. The JBL Bar 2.1 was rated 5, while the Definitive Technology Mythos SSA-50 has a rating 6.

Audio features

Soundbars have different amplification type - active versus passive respectively to devices. A noticeable difference is the number of channels that Bar 2.1 has 2.1 and Mythos SSA-50 has 5.0. A built-in subwoofer is available only in the Definitive Technology Mythos SSA-50. Audio features and specs of considered models we rated 6 out of 10 in our ranking.

Streaming services

Soundbars do not have AirPlay support. Both devices do not have Google Play Music on board. The units in this comparison do not support Spotify.

Connectivity

Wireless Internet connection is realized only in the Bar 2.1. Bluetooth support integrated in the Bar 2.1. The HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) is implemented only in the Bar 2.1. We rated the connectivity of the Bar 2.1 at 7 out of 10, while the Mythos SSA-50 was rated 6/10. None of these soundbars can be controlled using the app. The JBL Bar 2.1 equipped with a microphone. The models under consideration cannot become part of a multiroom system.

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos audio decoder support is not implemented in either the Bar 2.1 or Mythos SSA-50. Devices from this comparison cannot process surround sound due to lack of DTS:X. DTS Virtual:X technology not supported by any of the soundbars in this review.

Soundbars comparison chart

Overall
JBL Bar 2.1
5
Definitive Technology Mythos SSA-50
6
0
inapplicable
6
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4
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Common

Product

JBL Bar 2.1
Definitive Technology Mythos SSA-50

Model

Bar 2.1
Mythos SSA-50

Brand

JBL
Definitive Technology

Reviews

90
31

General

Placement type

table-top, wall-mountable
table-top, wall-mountable

Connection to source

wired, wireless
wired

Soundbar buttons

power, volume down, volume up, source
has not

Audio features

Built-in channels

2.1
5.0

Amplification type

active
passive

Output power, W

300 (overall)

Separate speaker (in package)

0
0

Separate speaker connections

wired

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

1
0

Separate subwoofer connections

wireless
has not

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
0/0

HDMI ARC

Optical digital input/output

1/0
0/0

USB

1 (USB 2.0)

Coaxial digital input/output

0/0
0/0

Analog audio input/output (RCA)

1/0
5/0

Headphone output

0
0

Subwoofer output

0
0

Features

Voice control

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

96.5 x 5.8 x 6.8/38 x 2.3 x 2.7
13.6 x 117.5 x 10.7/5.4 x 46.2 x 4.2

Weight, kg/pounds

1.9/4.1
15.4/34
JBL Bar 2.1
Definitive Technology Mythos SSA-50
JBL Bar 2.1
Definitive Technology Mythos SSA-50

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 5
  • 6
  • 5JBL Bar 2.1
  • 6Definitive Technology Mythos SSA-50

The Definitive Technology Mythos SSA-50 is better soundbar in this comparison. Check Definitive Technology Mythos SSA-50 price