Samsung HW-Q80R vs JBL Bar 5.1

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Samsung HW-Q80R review

Looking at these soundbars first we have to compare their audio features. Samsung boasts 5.1.2 channels and 372W of output power vs 5.1 channels and 510W from JBL. The Samsung HW-Q80R speaker system as a whole was developed jointly with sound experts from Harman Kardon. Despite the fact that the soundbar Samsung HW-Q80R is designed specifically for movies, it plays music very well. In fact, the panel can play FLAC, WAV, AAC, and ALAC files. Another great feature of the Samsung HW-Q80R is the use of its own high-frequency twitter. This allows the sound to spread over a wider range. Therefore, the consumer does not need to sit in a certain place in order to achieve maximum effect. Samsung HW-Q80R

JBL Bar 5.1 review

The soundbar is equipped with three pairs of 6 x 5.7 cm bass midrange speakers and three 3.2 cm tweeters distributed across the three front channels (left, right and center). Each surround speaker has a rubber base that allows them to be placed on most surfaces. Each of them includes a pair of mid-range speakers and a soft dome-shaped tweeter, as well as amplification and, consequently, a battery. JBL Bar 5.1 has three HDMI 2.0 inputs with support for HDCP 2.2 (UHD Blu-ray) and 4K up to 60 frames per second. JBL Bar 5.1

Samsung HW-Q80R pros & cons

Pros

  • You can adjust everything with the remote. They made it super simple and dummy proof
  • Providing actual speakers for all of its 5.1.2 sound channels, the HW-Q80R soundbar provides an amazingly powerful, detailed, and spectacular soundstage while listening to music and watching movies

Cons

  • No rear speakers

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 8 8
Rating 4.1 4.1

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Common

Product

Samsung HW-Q80R
JBL Bar 5.1

Model

HW-Q80R
Bar 5.1

Brand

Samsung
JBL

Reviews

825
624

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

Audio features

Built-in channels

5.1.2
5.1

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

372 (overall)
510 (overall)

Separate speaker (in package)

0
2

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

has not
Pandora, Tuneln, Deezer, Chromecast

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

0
0

NFC

HDMI input/output

2/1
3/0

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
1

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

122.4 x 8.1 x 13.4/48.2 x 3.2 x 5.3
114.8 x 5.8 x 9.3/45 x 2.3 x 3.7

Weight, kg/pounds

8.7/19.4
3.9/8.6
Samsung HW-Q80R
JBL Bar 5.1
Samsung HW-Q80R
JBL Bar 5.1

Soundbars CHooseratoR comparison rating

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  • 6.8
  • 7
  • 6.8Samsung HW-Q80R
  • 7JBL Bar 5.1

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