JBL Bar 2.1 vs VIZIO SB3820-C6 review

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Rating 5 5
JBL Bar 2.1
vs
VIZIO SB3820-C6

The JBL Bar 2.1 vs VIZIO SB3820-C6 comparison proves that these soundbars have many common features. Based on our rating, Bar 2.1 has a total rating of 5 out of 10 versus 4.6 for SB3820-C6. The competitors' control buttons are different: power, volume down, volume up, source and power, input, Bluetooth, 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 2.0 for the VIZIO SB3820-C6. Competitors do not have a built-in subwoofer. The JBL Bar 2.1 got our rating of 6 out of 10, and the VIZIO SB3820-C6 5 for its 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 Bar 2.1 received a rating of 7/10 versus 6/10, respectively. App control is available for the SB3820-C6. 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 VIZIO SB3820-C6 2 out of 10.

Advantages JBL Bar 2.1 over VIZIO SB3820-C6

  • WI-FI enabled
  • Audio return channel (HDMI ARC) support
  • Microphone

Advantages VIZIO SB3820-C6 over JBL Bar 2.1

  • App control

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Common

Product

JBL Bar 2.1
VIZIO SB3820-C6

Model

Bar 2.1
SB3820-C6

Brand

JBL
VIZIO

Reviews

360
2037

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
power, input, Bluetooth, volume down, volume up

Audio features

Built-in channels

2.1
2.0

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

300 (overall)

Separate speaker (in package)

0
0

Separate speaker connections

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

1
0

Separate subwoofer connections

wireless
has not

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

Google Play Music

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

has not
TIDAL, VIZIO SmartCast

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)
1 (USB 2.0)

Coaxial digital input/output

0/0
1/0

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
96.7 x 7.6 x 7.6/38.1 x 3 x 3

Weight, kg/pounds

1.9/4.1
2.6/5.7
JBL Bar 2.1
VIZIO SB3820-C6
JBL Bar 2.1
VIZIO SB3820-C6

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 5
  • 4.6
  • 5JBL Bar 2.1
  • 4.6VIZIO SB3820-C6

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