Yamaha YAS-207 vs JBL Bar 2.1 review

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Rating 5 5
Yamaha YAS-207
vs
JBL Bar 2.1

The present review is aimed to compare two soundbars - Yamaha YAS-207 vs JBL Bar 2.1 that are meant to satisfy the needs of cinema and music lovers. Based on our rating, both soundbars have the same overall rating of 5. 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. Soundbars have the same number of channels on 2.1. The output power is different and equal to 100 W for the YAS-207 versus 300 (overall) W for the Bar 2.1. Competitors do not have a built-in subwoofer. Rivals have wireless connection to separate subwoofer. The Yamaha YAS-207 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-207.

Connectivity

Only the JBL Bar 2.1 can connect to the Internet via WI-FI. Rivals from our review have Bluetooth support. The Yamaha YAS-207 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 YAS-207 received a rating of 6/10 versus 7/10, respectively. App control is available for the YAS-207. A built-in microphone is present only on the Bar 2.1. 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-207 supports DTS Virtual:X. For multichannel surround, each of the opponents received 4 points out of 10.

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Common

Product

Yamaha YAS-207
JBL Bar 2.1

Model

YAS-207
Bar 2.1

Brand

Yamaha
JBL

Reviews

1186
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

2.1
2.1

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

100
300 (overall)

Separate speaker (in package)

0
0

Separate speaker connections

wireless

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

1
1

Separate subwoofer connections

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

1/0
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)

1/0
1/0

Headphone output

0
0

Subwoofer output

0
0

Features

Voice control

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

92.9 x 5.8 x 10.9/36.6 x 2.3 x 10.6
96.5 x 5.8 x 6.8/38 x 2.3 x 2.7

Weight, kg/pounds

2.7/6.1
1.9/4.1
Yamaha YAS-207
JBL Bar 2.1
Yamaha YAS-207
JBL Bar 2.1

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

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  • 5
  • 5
  • 5Yamaha YAS-207
  • 5JBL Bar 2.1

The Yamaha YAS-207 is better soundbar in this comparison. Check Yamaha YAS-207 price