VIZIO SB2821-D6 vs JBL Bar 2.1 review

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Rating 5 5
VIZIO SB2821-D6
vs
JBL Bar 2.1

The present review is aimed to compare two soundbars - VIZIO SB2821-D6 vs JBL Bar 2.1 that are meant to satisfy the needs of cinema and music lovers. Based on our rating, SB2821-D6 has a total rating of 4.4 out of 10 versus 5 for Bar 2.1. The competitors' control buttons are different: power, input, Bluetooth, volume down, volume up and power, volume down, volume up, source, respectively.

Audio features

Both soundbars have active amplification type. Soundbars have the same number of channels on 2.1. Competitors do not have a built-in subwoofer. Rivals have wireless connection to separate subwoofer. Both models received our 6 rating of 10 for their audio features and specs.

Streaming services

Soundbars do not have AirPlay support. Both models do not support Google Play Music. Spotify support not implemented in both soundbars.

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). Both soundbars have a USB connector. For connectivity, the SB2821-D6 received a rating of 5/10 versus 7/10, 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 VIZIO SB2821-D6 got a rating of 2, and JBL Bar 2.1 4 out of 10.

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Common

Product

VIZIO SB2821-D6
JBL Bar 2.1

Model

SB2821-D6
Bar 2.1

Brand

VIZIO
JBL

Reviews

921
26

General

Placement type

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

Connection to source

wired, wireless
wired, wireless

Soundbar buttons

power, input, Bluetooth, volume down, volume up
power, volume down, volume up, source

Audio features

Built-in channels

2.1
2.1

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

300 (overall)

Separate speaker (in package)

0
0

Separate speaker connections

wired, wireless

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

1
1

Separate subwoofer connections

wireless
wireless

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

Google Play Music

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

TIDAL, VIZIO SmartCast, Chromecast
has not

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

0
0

NFC

HDMI input/output

0/0
1/1

HDMI ARC

Optical digital input/output

1/0
1/0

USB

1 (USB 2.0)
1 (USB 2.0)

Coaxial digital input/output

1/0
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

28 x 3 x 3/71.1 x 7.6 x 7.6
96.5 x 5.8 x 6.8/38 x 2.3 x 2.7

Weight, kg/pounds

1.3/3.8
1.9/4.1
VIZIO SB2821-D6
JBL Bar 2.1
VIZIO SB2821-D6
JBL Bar 2.1

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

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  • worse
  • 4.4
  • 5
  • 4.4VIZIO SB2821-D6
  • 5JBL Bar 2.1

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