Bose Soundbar 700 vs JBL Bar 2.1 review

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Rating 5 5
Bose Soundbar 700
vs
JBL Bar 2.1

The present review is aimed to compare two soundbars - Bose Soundbar 700 vs JBL Bar 2.1 that are meant to satisfy the needs of cinema and music lovers. Based on our rating, Soundbar 700 has a total rating of 6.6 out of 10 versus 5 for Bar 2.1. The competitors' control buttons are different: microphone 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 Bose Soundbar 700 has 3.0 versus 2.1 for the JBL Bar 2.1. Competitors do not have a built-in subwoofer. The Soundbar 700 has a wired and wireless connection to separate subwoofer, and the Bar 2.1 - wireless. Both models received our 6 rating of 10 for their audio features and specs. Both models do not support Google Play Music. Spotify support is available on the Soundbar 700.

Connectivity

These models have the ability to connect to the Internet via WI-FI. Rivals from our review have Bluetooth support. The Bose Soundbar 700 has 1/0 HDMI inputs/outputs versus 1/1 of the JBL Bar 2.1. The HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) feature supports both devices. For connectivity, the Soundbar 700 received a rating of 6/10 versus 7/10, respectively.

Features

Both models support voice control using Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant. App control is available for the Soundbar 700. A built-in microphone is present in each model. 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 Bose Soundbar 700 got a rating of 2, and JBL Bar 2.1 4 out of 10.

Advantages Bose Soundbar 700 over JBL Bar 2.1

  • Amazon Music compatible
  • Spotify support
  • App control

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Common

Product

Bose Soundbar 700
JBL Bar 2.1

Model

Soundbar 700
Bar 2.1

Brand

Bose
JBL

Reviews

633
360

General

Placement type

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

Connection to source

wired, wireless
wired, wireless

Soundbar buttons

microphone
power, volume down, volume up, source

Audio features

Built-in channels

3.0
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)

0
1

Separate subwoofer connections

wired, wireless
wireless

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay 2

Google Play Music

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

Pandora,Tuneln, Deezer, iHeart, SiriusXM
has not

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

0
0

NFC

HDMI input/output

1/0
1/1

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)

0/0
1/0

Headphone output

0
0

Subwoofer output

1
0

Features

Voice control

Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant
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

97.8 x 5.6 x 10.6 /38.5 x 2.2 x 4.2
96.5 x 5.8 x 6.8/38 x 2.3 x 2.7

Weight, kg/pounds

4.5/10.5
1.9/4.1
Bose Soundbar 700
JBL Bar 2.1
Bose Soundbar 700
JBL Bar 2.1

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 6.6
  • 5
  • 6.6Bose Soundbar 700
  • 5JBL Bar 2.1

The Bose Soundbar 700 is better soundbar in this comparison. Check Bose Soundbar 700 price