JBL Bar 5.1 vs Samsung HW-Q70R

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Samsung HW-Q70R review

Concerning audio features comparison Samsung has 3.1.2 channels compared to JBL’s 5.1. The power is 330W vs 510W respectively. A regular three-character screen is located in the far front right corner of the soundbar. The display lights up when you select inputs, change settings, adjust the volume, or select one of the four available sound modes. On the front panel on the right are several basic controls for power, volume and source selection; everything else is controlled using the included remote. For those who plan to install this soundbar on the wall, the kit includes a mount with screws and a template. Samsung HW-Q70R

JBL Bar 5.1 review

The JBL Bar 5.1 soundbar with wireless speakers provides freedom of placement, customizable and enjoyable listening conditions. The subwoofer energizes and makes this panel a real alternative to the 5.1 speaker system. In addition to HDMI and optical inputs, there is a USB-A port compatible with USB drives (FAT16 / 32). MP3 and WAV files (max. 16 bit / 48 kHz) are supported, with the file name displayed on the panel LED display. JBL Bar 5.1

Samsung HW-Q70R pros & cons

Pros

  • Because of identical drivers, it’s easier to move the speakers around the three-dimensional soundstage without noticeably changing character from speaker to speaker
  • Touch sensitive buttons on the soundbar for volume level, inputs, and basically everything you need in a quick layout

Cons

  • The setup is simple, but there are so many features that I wish this system can guide you through upon “setting up”

JBL Bar 5.1 pros & cons

Pros

  • Not only does it sound great, but it's just so awesome to show off
  • You'll only need the JBL remote when you want to configure the settings

Cons

  • I got scared when reading about people claiming the mids were non-existent

Votes 24 24
Rating 4.1 4.1

Soundbars comparison chart

Overall
JBL Bar 5.1
7
Samsung HW-Q70R
6.6
5
8
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Common

Product

JBL Bar 5.1
Samsung HW-Q70R

Model

Bar 5.1
HW-Q70R

Brand

JBL
Samsung

Reviews

1518
1319

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
power, volume down, volume up, source

Audio features

Built-in channels

5.1
3.1.2

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

510 (overall)
330 (overall)

Separate speaker (in package)

2
0

Separate speaker connections

wireless
wireless

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

1
1

Separate subwoofer connections

wireless
wireless

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay

Google Play Music

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

Pandora, Tuneln, Deezer, Chromecast
has not

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

0
0

NFC

HDMI input/output

3/0
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

1
0

Features

Voice control

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

114.8 x 5.8 x 9.3/45 x 2.3 x 3.7
110 x 5.8 x 9.9/43.3 x 2.3 x 3.9

Weight, kg/pounds

3.9/8.6
3.5/7.9
JBL Bar 5.1
Samsung HW-Q70R
JBL Bar 5.1
Samsung HW-Q70R

Soundbars CHooseratoR comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 7
  • 6.6
  • 7JBL Bar 5.1
  • 6.6Samsung HW-Q70R

The JBL Bar 5.1 is better soundbar in this comparison - check JBL Bar 5.1 price.