Sonos Playbar vs JBL Bar 2.1 review

Votes 1 1
Rating 5 5
Sonos Playbar
vs
JBL Bar 2.1

The present review is aimed to compare two soundbars - Sonos Playbar vs JBL Bar 2.1 that are meant to satisfy the needs of cinema and music lovers. Based on our rating, Playbar has a total rating of 4.5 out of 10 versus 5 for Bar 2.1. The competitors' control buttons are different: play/pause, volume up, volume down and power, volume down, volume up, source, respectively.

Audio features

Both soundbars have active amplification type. A significant difference between the units in the number of channels, the Sonos Playbar has 3.0 versus 2.1 for the JBL Bar 2.1. Competitors do not have a built-in subwoofer. Rivals have wireless connection to separate subwoofer. The Sonos Playbar got our rating of 7 out of 10, and the JBL Bar 2.1 6 for its audio features and specs. Both models do not support Google Play Music. Spotify support is available on the Playbar.

Connectivity

These models have the ability to connect to the Internet via WI-FI. Only the Bar 2.1 has Bluetooth support. Only the Bar 2.1 supports HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC). For connectivity, the Playbar received a rating of 3/10 versus 7/10, respectively. App control is available for the Playbar. A built-in microphone is present only on the Bar 2.1. Soundbars do not have Multi-room support.

Multichannel surround

None of soundbars equipped with Dolby Atmos multichannel audio decoder. The soundbars do not support the surround sound technology DTS:X. Compared devices do not have DTS Virtual:X support.

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Common

Product

Sonos Playbar
JBL Bar 2.1

Model

Playbar
Bar 2.1

Brand

Sonos
JBL

Reviews

1539
90

General

Placement type

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

Connection to source

wired, wireless
wired, wireless

Soundbar buttons

play/pause, volume up, volume down
power, volume down, volume up, source

Audio features

Built-in channels

3.0
2.1

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

300 (overall)

Separate speaker (in package)

0
0

Separate speaker connections

wireless

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

0
1

Separate subwoofer connections

wireless
wireless

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay 2

Google Play Music

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

Pandora, Tuneln, SoundCloud
has not

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

2
0

NFC

HDMI input/output

0/0
1/1

HDMI ARC

Optical digital input/output

1/0
1/0

USB

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, 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

90 x 14 x 8.5/35.4 x 5.5 x 3.3
96.5 x 5.8 x 6.8/38 x 2.3 x 2.7

Weight, kg/pounds

5.4/11.9
1.9/4.1
Sonos Playbar
JBL Bar 2.1
Sonos Playbar
JBL Bar 2.1

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

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  • worse
  • 4.5
  • 5
  • 4.5Sonos Playbar
  • 5JBL Bar 2.1

The JBL Bar 2.1 is better soundbar in this comparison. Check JBL Bar 2.1 price