I had a chance to test and compare two models: JBL Bar 2.1 vs VIZIO SB36512-F6 and this review should help people who are looking for a good soundbar. The JBL Bar 2.1 was rated 5, while the VIZIO SB36512-F6 has a rating 7. The soundbars are equipped with a different number of buttons, power, volume down, volume up, source for the Bar 2.1 and power, input, Bluetooth, volume down, volume up for the SB36512-F6.
Each of the models under consideration has active amplification type. A noticeable difference is the number of channels that Bar 2.1 has 2.1 and SB36512-F6 has 5.1.2. The built-in subwoofer is not implemented in any of these models. An external subwoofer can be connected to any of the units in this comparison. Rate 6 out of 10 received the JBL Bar 2.1 for audio features and specs, but the VIZIO SB36512-F6 received 8 out of 10.
Soundbars do not have AirPlay support. Google Play Music service is only in the SB36512-F6. The SB36512-F6 can play audio from Spotify.
Both models have a wireless Wi-Fi interface. Soundbars from this comparison have Bluetooth support. There are 1/1 HDMI inputs/outputs in the JBL Bar 2.1 versus 1/0 HDMIs in the VIZIO SB36512-F6. As in the Bar 2.1, so in the SB36512-F6 there is the HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC). Connecting devices via USB is possible in both models. We rated the connectivity of the Bar 2.1 at 7 out of 10, while the SB36512-F6 was rated 8/10. The manufacturer of the SB36512-F6 provides a device control application. The JBL Bar 2.1 equipped with a microphone. The VIZIO SB36512-F6 may become part of a multiroom system.
Dolby Atmos audio decoder is onboard the SB36512-F6. 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. The Bar 2.1 was rated 4/10, while the SB36512-F6 received a mark of 5/10 for multichannel surround.
The VIZIO SB36512-F6 is better soundbar in this comparison. Check VIZIO SB36512-F6 price