ZVOX SB380 vs JBL Bar 2.1 review

Votes 1 1
Rating 5 5
ZVOX SB380
vs
JBL Bar 2.1

The present review is aimed to compare two soundbars - ZVOX SB380 vs JBL Bar 2.1 that are meant to satisfy the needs of cinema and music lovers. Based on our rating, SB380 has a total rating of 4 out of 10 versus 5 for Bar 2.1. The competitors' control buttons are different: power, volume down, volume up, input 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 ZVOX SB380 has 3.1 versus 2.1 for the JBL Bar 2.1. The output power is different and equal to 45 W for the SB380 versus 300 (overall) W for the Bar 2.1. Only the ZVOX SB380 has a built-in 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. Only the Bar 2.1 has Bluetooth support. Only the Bar 2.1 supports HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC). For connectivity, the SB380 received a rating of 4/10 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 ZVOX SB380 got a rating of 2, and JBL Bar 2.1 4 out of 10.

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Common

Product

ZVOX SB380
JBL Bar 2.1

Model

SB380
Bar 2.1

Brand

ZVOX
JBL

Reviews

325
90

General

Placement type

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

Connection to source

wired
wired, wireless

Soundbar buttons

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

Audio features

Built-in channels

3.1
2.1

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

45
300 (overall)

Separate speaker (in package)

0
0

Separate speaker connections

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

0
1

Separate subwoofer connections

has not
wireless

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

Google Play Music

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

has not
has not

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

0
0

NFC

HDMI input/output

0/0
1/1

HDMI ARC

Optical digital input/output

2/0
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

88.9 x 12.7 x 7.6/35.5 x 5.7 x 3.3
96.5 x 5.8 x 6.8/38 x 2.3 x 2.7

Weight, kg/pounds

4/9.8
1.9/4.1
ZVOX SB380
JBL Bar 2.1
ZVOX SB380
JBL Bar 2.1

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 4
  • 5
  • 4ZVOX SB380
  • 5JBL Bar 2.1

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