Sonos Beam vs JBL Bar 2.1

Beam vs Bar 2.1 comparison chart

Sonos Beam vs JBL Bar 2.1 review

Sonos Beam
vs
JBL Bar 2.1

It makes sense to compare Sonos Beam vs JBL Bar 2.1 because they both are able to give some premium features. Based on our rating, both soundbars have the same overall rating of 6.

Advantages Sonos Beam over JBL Bar 2.1

  • 3.0 vs 2.1 built-in channels
  • AirPlay 2 compatible
  • App control

Advantages JBL Bar 2.1 over Sonos Beam

  • Audio return channel (HDMI ARC) support
  • USB port

Common strengths

  • WI-FI enabled
  • Bluetooth enabled
  • Both have microphones
Votes 4 4
Rating 4.8 4.8
Sonos Beam

Nov 22, 2019

Beam is the home theater speaker system in the Sonos universe. Positioned as a compact soundbar, the model not only sounds good, but also bears the proud title of “smart” thanks to the int...

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JBL Bar 2.1

Jan 31, 2020

The 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 B...

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Common

Product

Sonos Beam
JBL Bar 2.1

Model

Beam
Bar 2.1

Brand

Sonos
JBL

Reviews

3034
487

General

Placement type

table-top, wall-mountable
table-top, wall-mountable

Connection to source

wired, wireless
wired, wireless

Soundbar buttons

volume down, volume up, microphone, play/pause
power, volume down, volume up, source

Audio features

Built-in channels

3.0
2.1

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

300 (overall)

Separate speaker (in package)

0
0

Separate speaker connections

wireless
has not

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

Separate subwoofer connections

wireless
wireless

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay 2

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

Pandora, Tuneln, Chromecast
has not

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

1
0

NFC

HDMI input/output

1/0
1/1

HDMI ARC

HDMI eARC

HDMI CEC

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)

0/0
1/0

Headphone output

0
0

Subwoofer output

0
0

Features

Voice control

Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant
Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant

App control

Microphone

Remote control

Multi-room

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

Dolby (other)

Dolby Digital
Dolby Digital

DTS:X

DTS (other)

has not
has not

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Size (Wx H x D), cm/in

65 x 6.8x 10/25.6 x 2.7 x 3.9
96.5 x 5.8 x 6.8/38 x 2.3 x 2.7

Weight, kg/pounds

2.8/6.2
1.9/4.1

Other

Release year

2018
2019
Sonos Beam
JBL Bar 2.1
Sonos Beam
JBL Bar 2.1

Soundbars CHooseratoR comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 6
  • 6
  • 6Sonos Beam
  • 6JBL Bar 2.1

The Sonos Beam is better soundbar in this comparison - check Sonos Beam price.