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