Yamaha YAS-109 vs JBL Bar 2.1 review

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Rating 2.3 2.3

Yamaha YAS-109 vs JBL Bar 2.1 comparison chart

Yamaha YAS-109 vs JBL Bar 2.1 review

Yamaha YAS-109
JBL Bar 2.1

The present review is aimed to compare two soundbars - Yamaha YAS-109 vs JBL Bar 2.1 that are meant to satisfy the needs of cinema and music lovers. Based on our rating, YAS-109 has a total rating of 8 out of 10 versus 6 for Bar 2.1. The competitors' control buttons are different: power, source, demo, volume down, volume up, microphone mute and power, volume down, volume up, source, respectively.

Audio features

Both soundbars have active amplification type. Soundbars have the same number of channels on 2.1. The output power is different and equal to 120 (overall) W for the YAS-109 versus 300 (overall) W for the Bar 2.1. Only the Yamaha YAS-109 has a built-in subwoofer. The YAS-109 has a wired connection to separate subwoofer, and the Bar 2.1 - wireless. The Yamaha YAS-109 got our rating of 5 out of 10, and the JBL Bar 2.1 7 for its audio features and specs.

Streaming services

Spotify support is available on the YAS-109.


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 8/10. App control is available for the YAS-109. 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. For multichannel surround Yamaha YAS-109 got a rating of 8, and JBL Bar 2.1 4 out of 10.

Advantages Yamaha YAS-109 over JBL Bar 2.1

  • Built-in subwoofer
  • Amazon Music compatible
  • Spotify support
  • App control

Advantages JBL Bar 2.1 over Yamaha YAS-109

  • Separate subwoofer in package
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Yamaha YAS-109
JBL Bar 2.1


Bar 2.1