JBL Bar 2.1 vs Polk Audio SIGNA S2 review

Votes 2 2
Rating 5 5
JBL Bar 2.1
vs
Polk Audio SIGNA S2

JBL Bar 2.1 vs Polk Audio SIGNA S2 comparison definitely makes sense. Based on our rating, both soundbars have the same overall rating of 5. The competitors' control buttons are different: power, volume down, volume up, source and power, volume down, volume up, source, Bluetooth, 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. 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. The JBL Bar 2.1 has 1/1 HDMI inputs/outputs versus 1/0 of the Polk Audio SIGNA S2. The HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) feature supports both devices. For connectivity, the Bar 2.1 received a rating of 7/10 versus 6/10, 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, each of the opponents received 4 points out of 10.

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Common

Product

JBL Bar 2.1
Polk Audio SIGNA S2

Model

Bar 2.1
SIGNA S2

Brand

JBL
Polk Audio

Reviews

26
754

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, volume down, volume up, source, Bluetooth

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

wireless

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
has not

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

0
0

NFC

HDMI input/output

1/1
1/0

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
89.9 x 5.4 x 8.1/35.4 x 2.1 x 3.2

Weight, kg/pounds

1.9/4.1
JBL Bar 2.1
Polk Audio SIGNA S2
JBL Bar 2.1
Polk Audio SIGNA S2

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 5
  • 5
  • 5JBL Bar 2.1
  • 5Polk Audio SIGNA S2

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