Yamaha YAS-209 vs JBL Bar 2.1 review

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Rating 3.4 3.4
Yamaha YAS-209
vs
JBL Bar 2.1

The present review is aimed to compare two soundbars - Yamaha YAS-209 vs JBL Bar 2.1 that are meant to satisfy the needs of cinema and music lovers. Based on our rating, YAS-209 has a total rating of 6.6 out of 10 versus 5 for Bar 2.1. The competitors' control buttons are different: power, volume down, volume up, input, microphone 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-209 has 2.0 versus 2.1 for the JBL Bar 2.1. The output power is different and equal to 100 W for the YAS-209 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-209 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-209.

Connectivity

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 7/10.

Features

App control is available for the YAS-209. 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-209 supports DTS Virtual:X. For multichannel surround Yamaha YAS-209 got a rating of 5, and JBL Bar 2.1 4 out of 10.

Advantages Yamaha YAS-209 over JBL Bar 2.1

  • Amazon Music compatible
  • Spotify support
  • App control

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Common

Product

Yamaha YAS-209
JBL Bar 2.1

Model

YAS-209
Bar 2.1

Brand

Yamaha
JBL

Reviews

512
360

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, input, microphone
power, volume down, volume up, source

Audio features

Built-in channels

2.0
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)

1
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)

0/0
1/0

Headphone output

0
0

Subwoofer output

0
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

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

Weight, kg/pounds

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

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

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

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