JBL Bar 2.1 vs Klipsch R-10B review

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Rating 5 5
JBL Bar 2.1
vs
Klipsch R-10B

JBL Bar 2.1 vs Klipsch R-10B comparison definitely makes sense. Based on our rating, Bar 2.1 has a total rating of 5 out of 10 versus 5.2 for R-10B. The competitors' control buttons are different: power, volume down, volume up, source and input, mute, volume down, volume up, respectively.

Audio features

Both soundbars have active amplification type. A significant difference between the units in the number of channels, the JBL Bar 2.1 has 2.1 versus 5.1 for the Klipsch R-10B. The output power is different and equal to 300 (overall) W for the Bar 2.1 versus 250 (overall) W for the R-10B. Competitors do not have a built-in subwoofer. Rivals have wireless connection to separate subwoofer. The JBL Bar 2.1 got our rating of 6 out of 10, and the Klipsch R-10B 7 for its audio features and specs. Only the R-10B supports Google Play Music. Spotify support is available on the R-10B.

Connectivity

Only the JBL Bar 2.1 can connect to the Internet via WI-FI. Rivals from our review have Bluetooth support. Only the Bar 2.1 supports HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC). For connectivity, the Bar 2.1 received a rating of 7/10 versus 4/10, respectively. Compared soundbars have no app control. 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. For multichannel surround JBL Bar 2.1 got a rating of 4, and Klipsch R-10B 2 out of 10.

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Common

Product

JBL Bar 2.1
Klipsch R-10B

Model

Bar 2.1
R-10B

Brand

JBL
Klipsch

Reviews

90
387

General

Placement type

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

Connection to source

wired, wireless
wired, wireless

Soundbar buttons

power, volume down, volume up, source
input, mute, volume down, volume up

Audio features

Built-in channels

2.1
5.1

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

300 (overall)
250 (overall)

Separate speaker (in package)

0
0

Separate speaker connections

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

1
1

Separate subwoofer connections

wireless
wireless

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay

Google Play Music

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

has not
Pandora, Tuneln, Deezer, Chromecast

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

0
0

NFC

HDMI input/output

1/1
0/0

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)

1/0
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

96.5 x 5.8 x 6.8/38 x 2.3 x 2.7
101.5 x 10.5 x 7.1/40 x 4.1 x 2.8

Weight, kg/pounds

1.9/4.1
3.2/7.1
JBL Bar 2.1
Klipsch R-10B
JBL Bar 2.1
Klipsch R-10B

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 5
  • 5.2
  • 5JBL Bar 2.1
  • 5.2Klipsch R-10B

The Klipsch R-10B is better soundbar in this comparison. Check Klipsch R-10B price