Vizio V21-H8 vs JBL BAR 500 review

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Vizio V21-H8 vs JBL BAR 500 comparison chart

Vizio V21-H8 vs JBL BAR 500 review

Vizio V21-H8
vs
JBL BAR 500

In this article, we will talk about Vizio V21-H8 vs JBL BAR 500 comparison. The Vizio V21-H8 was rated 5.5, while the JBL BAR 500 has a rating 8.6. The soundbars are equipped with a different number of buttons, power, volume down, volume up, source, Bluetooth for the V21-H8 and power, volume down, volume up for the BAR 500.

Audio features

Each of the models under consideration has active amplification type. A noticeable difference is the number of channels that V21-H8 has 2.1 and BAR 500 has 5.1. The built-in subwoofer is not implemented in any of these models. An external subwoofer connects to the V21-H8 via wired and wireless, but BAR 500 has wireless connection type. Rate 6 out of 10 received the Vizio V21-H8 for audio features and specs, but the JBL BAR 500 received 7 out of 10.

Streaming services

The BAR 500 can play audio from Spotify.

Connectivity

Wireless Internet connection is realized only in the BAR 500. Soundbars from this comparison have Bluetooth support. There are 0/1 HDMI inputs/outputs in the Vizio V21-H8 versus 1/1 HDMIs in the JBL BAR 500. As in the V21-H8, so in the BAR 500 there is the HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC). Connecting devices via USB is possible in both models. We rated the connectivity of the V21-H8 at 6 out of 10, while the BAR 500 was rated 10/10. Each of the soundbars can be controlled using the application. The soundbars in this review are equipped with a microphone. The models under consideration cannot become part of a multiroom system.

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos audio decoder is onboard the BAR 500. Devices from this comparison cannot process surround sound due to lack of DTS:X. The V21-H8 was rated 5/10, while the BAR 500 received a mark of 7/10 for multichannel surround.

Advantages JBL BAR 500 over Vizio V21-H8

  • Amazon Music compatible
  • Spotify support
  • WI-FI enabled
  • Compatible with Dolby Atmos
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Common

Product

Vizio V21-H8
JBL BAR 500

Model

V21-H8
BAR 500

Brand

Vizio
JBL

Reviews

21
0

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, Bluetooth
power, volume down, volume up

Audio features

Built-in channels

2.1
5.1

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

620 (overall)

Separate speaker (in package)

0
0

Separate speaker connections

wired, wireless
has not

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

Separate subwoofer connections

wired, wireless
wireless

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

has not
Pandora, SoundCloud

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

0
0

NFC

HDMI input/output

0/1
1/1

HDMI ARC

HDMI eARC

HDMI CEC

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, Siri

App control

Microphone

Remote control

Multi-room

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

Dolby (other)

Dolby Digital

DTS:X

DTS (other)

DTS Virtual:X

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Size (Wx H x D), cm/in

100 x 27.4 x 37.6/39 x 11 x 15
101.7x5.6x10.3/40x2.2x4

Weight, kg/pounds

2/5
2.8/6.2

Other

Release year

2020
2022
Vizio V21-H8
JBL BAR 500
Vizio V21-H8
JBL BAR 500

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 5.5
  • 8.6
  • 5.5Vizio V21-H8
  • 8.6JBL BAR 500