An affordable soundbar is always a good option to consider, so JBL Bar 2.1 vs Yamaha YAS-109 comparison definitely makes sense. Based on our rating, Bar 2.1 has a total rating of 5 out of 10 versus 7 for YAS-109. The competitors' control buttons are different: power, volume down, volume up, source and power, volume down, volume up, input, microphone, respectively.
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 2.0 for the Yamaha YAS-109. The output power is different and equal to 300 (overall) W for the Bar 2.1 versus 60 W for the YAS-109. Only the Yamaha YAS-109 has a built-in subwoofer. The Bar 2.1 has a wireless connection to separate subwoofer, and the YAS-109 - wired and wireless. The JBL Bar 2.1 got our rating of 6 out of 10, and the Yamaha YAS-109 7 for its audio features and specs.
Soundbars do not have AirPlay support. Both models do not support Google Play Music. 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, the Bar 2.1 received a rating of 7/10 versus 9/10, respectively.
App control is available for the YAS-109. A built-in microphone is present in each model. Soundbars do not have Multi-room support.
None of soundbars equipped with Dolby Atmos multichannel audio decoder. The soundbars do not support the surround sound technology DTS:X. The YAS-109 supports DTS Virtual:X. For multichannel surround JBL Bar 2.1 got a rating of 4, and Yamaha YAS-109 5 out of 10.
The Yamaha YAS-109 is better soundbar in this comparison. Check Yamaha YAS-109 price