JBL Bar 2.1 vs Yamaha YAS-209 review

Votes 5 5
Rating 4.4 4.4
JBL Bar 2.1
vs
Yamaha YAS-209

If you have already decided that you want to buy a new soundbar, but still don’t know what exactly you want, the JBL Bar 2.1 vs Yamaha YAS-209 comparison is here to offer you two decent solutions. The JBL Bar 2.1 was rated 5, while the Yamaha YAS-209 has a rating 6.6. The soundbars are equipped with a different number of buttons, power, volume down, volume up, source for the Bar 2.1 and power, volume down, volume up, input, microphone for the YAS-209.

Audio features

Each of the models under consideration has active amplification type. A noticeable difference is the number of channels that Bar 2.1 has 2.1 and YAS-209 has 2.0. These rivals can be compared in terms of power, 300 (overall) versus 100 according to devices. The built-in subwoofer is not implemented in any of these models. An external subwoofer can be connected to any of the units in this comparison. Rate 6 out of 10 received the JBL Bar 2.1 for audio features and specs, but the Yamaha YAS-209 received 7 out of 10.

Streaming services

Soundbars do not have AirPlay support. Both devices do not have Google Play Music on board. The YAS-209 can play audio from Spotify.

Connectivity

Both models have a wireless Wi-Fi interface. Soundbars from this comparison have Bluetooth support. 1/1 HDMI inputs/outputs are in each of soundbars. As in the Bar 2.1, so in the YAS-209 there is the HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC). Connecting devices via USB is possible in both models. The connectivity of each of the models was estimated at 7/10.

Features

The manufacturer of the YAS-209 provides a device control 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 support is not implemented in either the Bar 2.1 or YAS-209. Devices from this comparison cannot process surround sound due to lack of DTS:X. The YAS-209 has a modern feature such as DTS Virtual:X. The Bar 2.1 was rated 4/10, while the YAS-209 received a mark of 5/10 for multichannel surround.

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Common

Product

JBL Bar 2.1
Yamaha YAS-209

Model

Bar 2.1
YAS-209

Brand

JBL
Yamaha

Reviews

90
255

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
power, volume down, volume up, input, microphone

Audio features

Built-in channels

2.1
2.0

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

300 (overall)
100

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
1

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
0/0

Headphone output

0
0

Subwoofer output

0
0

Features

Voice control

Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant
Amazon Alexa

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

96.5 x 5.8 x 6.8/38 x 2.3 x 2.7
93 x 6.2 x 10.9/36.6 x 2.5 x 4.2

Weight, kg/pounds

1.9/4.1
2.7/6
JBL Bar 2.1
Yamaha YAS-209
JBL Bar 2.1
Yamaha YAS-209

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 5
  • 6.6
  • 5JBL Bar 2.1
  • 6.6Yamaha YAS-209

The Yamaha YAS-209 is better soundbar in this comparison. Check Yamaha YAS-209 price