Yamaha YAS-108 vs JBL Bar 2.1 review

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Yamaha YAS-108
vs
JBL Bar 2.1

The present review is aimed to compare two soundbars - Yamaha YAS-108 vs JBL Bar 2.1 that are meant to satisfy the needs of cinema and music lovers. Based on our rating, YAS-108 has a total rating of 5.8 out of 10 versus 5 for Bar 2.1. The competitors' control buttons are different: input, mute, volume down, volume up, power 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 Yamaha YAS-108 has 2.0 versus 2.1 for the JBL Bar 2.1. The output power is different and equal to 120 W for the YAS-108 versus 300 (overall) W for the Bar 2.1. Only the Yamaha YAS-108 has a built-in subwoofer. The YAS-108 has a wired and wireless connection to separate subwoofer, and the Bar 2.1 - wireless. The Yamaha YAS-108 got our rating of 7 out of 10, and the JBL Bar 2.1 6 for its audio features and specs.

Streaming services

Soundbars do not have AirPlay support. Both models do not support Google Play Music. Spotify support is available on the YAS-108.

Connectivity

Only the JBL Bar 2.1 can 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 YAS-108. 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. The YAS-108 supports DTS Virtual:X. For multichannel surround Yamaha YAS-108 got a rating of 5, and JBL Bar 2.1 4 out of 10.

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Common

Product

Yamaha YAS-108
JBL Bar 2.1

Model

YAS-108
Bar 2.1

Brand

Yamaha
JBL

Reviews

619
26

General

Placement type

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

Connection to source

wired, wireless
wired, wireless

Soundbar buttons

input, mute, volume down, volume up, power
power, volume down, volume up, source

Audio features

Built-in channels

2.0
2.1

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

120
300 (overall)

Separate speaker (in package)

0
0

Separate speaker connections

wired, wireless

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

0
1

Separate subwoofer connections

wired, wireless
wireless

Streaming services

Apple Music (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
1/1

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
1/0

Headphone output

0
0

Subwoofer output

1
0

Features

Voice control

Amazon Alexa
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

88.9 x 5.3 x 12.9/35 x 2.1 x 5.1
96.5 x 5.8 x 6.8/38 x 2.3 x 2.7

Weight, kg/pounds

3.1/7.1
1.9/4.1
Yamaha YAS-108
JBL Bar 2.1
Yamaha YAS-108
JBL Bar 2.1

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

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  • 5.8
  • 5
  • 5.8Yamaha YAS-108
  • 5JBL Bar 2.1

The Yamaha YAS-108 is better soundbar in this comparison. Check Yamaha YAS-108 price