JBL Bar 2.1 Review and Specs

JBL Bar 2.1The JBL Bar 2.1 Soundbar delivers studio-quality sound, helping you enjoy your favorite movies and TV shows as well as listening to music. Check this JBL Bar 2.1 review for more info and all the JBL Bar 2.1 specs.

JBL Bar 2.1 review

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Features

JBL Bar 2.1 is a 2.1-channel soundbar with a wireless subwoofer. 300 watts output delivers superb sound to your movies and music. Make movies sound vibrant with JBL Surround Sound technology without the need for extra wires or speakers. JBL Surround Sound technology and dual bass ports deliver powerful surround sound that makes you feel like you're in the middle of an on-screen event. Using the JBL Bar 2.1 remote control, you can select a sound source, control playback, volume, bass level, adjust the synchronization of sound and video, select a sound mode (standard, movie, music, speech, sport), set the night mode (reduces Dolby Digital loud sounds) or set the surround mode (recommended when watching a movie).

Design and build

The body of the soundbar is completely made of plastic, it is also encouraging that its height does not exceed five centimeters. This means that when placed on a stand in front of the TV, it is guaranteed not to cover even a small part of the image at the bottom of the screen. All speakers are located on the front panel, their set includes two oval midrange drivers and two tweeters 25 mm in size. The subwoofer is equipped with one woofer with a diameter of 133 mm, loaded on the front bass reflex.

JBL Bar 2.1

Connectivity

Fully functional in every sense of the word, the panel is equipped with an HDMI input, as well as AUX and USB inputs for giving you even greater sound reproduction capabilities. It also has a Bluetooth function for convenient wireless connection of devices. The JBL SoundShift feature lets you instantly switch between playing sound from your TV, mobile phone or tablet.

Setup

I decided to connect the panel exclusively via HDMI, because this type of connection allows you to control the sound panel from a TV remote control or through the TV control application on a smartphone or tablet. The sound panel turns on and off with the TV, just through the TV remote you can adjust the volume level. Remote controls of most well-known TV manufacturers control the panel without any additional settings.

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • JBL Surround sound brings an immersive sound experience for your TV without any extra wires or speakers
  • HDMI or optical cable connection is super simple to set up and use

Cons

  • The sound on talk shows and news lack depth

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Common features

Product

JBL Bar 2.1

Model

Bar 2.1

Brand

JBL

Reviews

175

General

Placement type

table-top, wall-mountable

Connection to source

wired, wireless

Soundbar buttons

power, volume down, volume up, source

Audio features

Built-in channels

2.1

Amplification type

active

Output power, W

300 (overall)

Separate speaker (in package)

0

Separate speaker connections

has not

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

1

Separate subwoofer connections

wireless

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

Google Play Music

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

has not

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

0

NFC

HDMI input/output

1/1

HDMI ARC

Optical digital input/output

1/0

USB

1 (USB 2.0)

Coaxial digital input/output

0/0

Analog audio input/output (RCA)

1/0

Headphone output

0

Subwoofer output

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

96.5 x 5.8 x 6.8/38 x 2.3 x 2.7

Weight, kg/pounds

1.9/4.1
JBL Bar 2.1
JBL Bar 2.1

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