JBL Bar 2.1 vs LG SL9YG review

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Rating 5 5
JBL Bar 2.1
vs
LG SL9YG

It makes sense comparing JBL Bar 2.1 vs LG SL9YG because they both are able to give some premium features. Based on our rating, Bar 2.1 has a total rating of 5 out of 10 versus 7.4 for SL9YG. The competitors' control buttons are different: power, volume down, volume up, source and power, volume down, volume up, play/pause, microphone, 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 4.1.2 for the LG SL9YG. The output power is different and equal to 300 (overall) W for the Bar 2.1 versus 500 (overall) W for the SL9YG. Competitors do not have a built-in subwoofer. Rivals have wireless connection to separate subwoofer. The JBL Bar 2.1 got our rating of 6 out of 10, and the LG SL9YG 8 for its audio features and specs.

Streaming services

Soundbars do not have AirPlay support. Only the SL9YG supports Google Play Music. Spotify support is available on the SL9YG.

Connectivity

These models have the ability to connect to the Internet via WI-FI. Rivals from our review have Bluetooth support. Each soundbar has 1/1 HDMI inputs/outputs. The HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) feature supports both devices. Both soundbars have a USB connector. For connectivity, each of the soundbars received a rating of 7/10.

Features

App control is available for the SL9YG. A built-in microphone is present in each model. Soundbars do not have Multi-room support.

Multichannel surround

Only the SL9YG has a Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format support. A surround technology DTS:X is supported only by the SL9YG. Compared devices do not have DTS Virtual:X support. For multichannel surround JBL Bar 2.1 got a rating of 4, and LG SL9YG 7 out of 10.

Advantages LG SL9YG over JBL Bar 2.1

  • Google Play Music compatible
  • Spotify support
  • App control
  • Compatible with Dolby Atmos
  • Compatible with DTS:X

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Common

Product

JBL Bar 2.1
LG SL9YG

Model

Bar 2.1
SL9YG

Brand

JBL
LG

Reviews

360
25

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, play/pause, microphone

Audio features

Built-in channels

2.1
4.1.2

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

300 (overall)
500 (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)

Google Play Music

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

has not
Tuneln, Deezer Chromecast

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

0
0

NFC

HDMI input/output

1/1
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

0/0
0/0

Analog audio input/output (RCA)

1/0
0/0

Headphone output

0
0

Subwoofer output

0
0

Features

Voice control

Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant
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
121 x 5.5 x 14.4/48 x 2.2 x 5.7

Weight, kg/pounds

1.9/4.1
6.3/13.9
JBL Bar 2.1
LG SL9YG
JBL Bar 2.1
LG SL9YG

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 5
  • 7.4
  • 5JBL Bar 2.1
  • 7.4LG SL9YG

The LG SL9YG is better soundbar in this comparison. Check LG SL9YG price