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JBL Bar 2.1 vs. Sonos Beam + 5

JBL Bar 2.1

JBL Bar 2.1

£275.55

£282.73 Incl. delivery
Sonos Beam

Sonos Beam

Full Star 1Full Star 2Full Star 3Half Star 4Empty Star 5
3.5

£339.00

Free delivery
Sonos Arc

Sonos Arc

£779.00

Free delivery
Bose Soundbar 700

Bose Soundbar 700

£648.00

£679.00 Incl. delivery
JBL Bar 9.1

JBL Bar 9.1

£860.61

Free delivery
Sony HT-X8500

Sony HT-X8500

£286.48

£295.00 Incl. delivery
Samsung HW-Q90R

Samsung HW-Q90R

£1,399.00

£1,402.49 Incl. delivery
Subwoofer
Yes
No
No
No
Yes
No
Yes
Dimensions sub (WxHxD)
Depth sub
225 mm
305 mm
403 mm
Height sub
370 mm
440 mm
403 mm
Width sub
225 mm
305 mm
205 mm
Bass elements, size (sub)
6.5 inches
10 inches
8 inches
Capacity sub (RMS)
200 W
300 W
160 W
Type of enclosure (sub)
Bass reflex (Ported)
Bass reflex (Ported)
Weight (subwoofer)
5.2 kg
11.1 kg
9.8 kg
Wireless
Yes
Yes
Yes
Center speaker
No
No
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Capacity center (RMS)
Weight (center)
4.76 kg
Frequency range (max)
20000 Hz
20000 Hz
17000 Hz
Frequency range (min)
40 Hz
50 Hz
24 Hz
34 Hz
34 Hz
Front speaker / speaker unit
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
No
Yes
Power per channel (RMS)
400 W
Surround speakers
No
No
No
Yes
No
Yes
Capacity surround (RMS)
120 W
Weight (surround)
0.72 kg
2.1 kg
Weight (front / speaker unit)
1.9 kg
2.8 kg
6.25 kg
3.64 kg
8.8 kg
Bluetooth
Yes
No
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Bluetooth codec
SBC, AAC
Bluetooth profile
A2DP, AVRCP
A2DP, AVRCP
A2DP, AVRCP
Bluetooth version
4.2
4.2
5.0
4.0
Ethernet connection
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
No
Wireless network (Wi-Fi)
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
3D support (3D-Ready)
No
No
Yes
No
Yes
No
No
Radio receiver
No
No
No
No
No
Streaming standards
AirPlay, Google Cast/Chromecast, AirPlay 2
AirPlay, Spotify Connect, Tidal, Deezer, AirPlay 2, Amazon Music
AirPlay, Tidal, Deezer, TuneIn, AirPlay 2, Amazon Music
AirPlay, Spotify Connect, Tidal, Deezer, TuneIn, AirPlay 2, Amazon Music
AirPlay, Google Cast/Chromecast, AirPlay 2
Spotify Connect
Analogue 3.5mm input (Aux)
1 ​
0 ​
0 ​
0 ​
Analogue RCA stereo inputs
0 pair
0 pair
0 pair
0 pair
Digital coaxial input (S/PDIF)
0 ​
0 ​
0 ​
0 ​
Digital optical input (S/PDIF)
1 ​
0 ​
1 ​
1 ​
1 ​
0 ​
1 ​
Front/side connections
USB
USB
HDMI
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
HDCP-version
1.4
2.3
2.3
HDMI version
1.4
2.0b
Number of HDMI inputs
1 ​
1 ​
1 ​
1 ​
2 ​
Number of HDMI outputs
1 ​
1 ​
1 ​
1 ​
1 ​
1 ​
Supported standards
eARC
eARC
eARC
eARC
Other connectors
Digital optical output (S/PDIF)
Separate DVD / Blu-ray player
No
No
No
No
No
No
USB
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Audio format
Dolby Digital 5.1
Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Atmos
Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Atmos
Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1
Dolby Atmos, DTS:X
Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS ES, DTS 96/24, DTS 2.0, Dolby TrueHD, DTS HD High Resolution Audio, Dolby Digital Plus, DTS HD Master Audio, Dolby Atmos, DTS:X
Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Atmos, DTS:X
Supported audio files
MP3, WAV (PCM)
MP3, WMA, OGG Vorbis, FLAC, WAV (PCM), AAC, AIFF, AAC+, Apple Lossless (ALAC)
MP3, WMA, WAV (PCM), AIFF, Apple Lossless (ALAC)
MP3
AAC
MP3, OGG Vorbis, FLAC, WAV (PCM), AAC, AIFF, Apple Lossless (ALAC)
Supported image files
JPEG/JPG, PNG, BMP, GIF
JPEG/JPG
Supported video files
MPEG2
Available colours
Black, Silver, Grey
Black, White
Black, White, Silver
Black, White, Silver, Grey
Black
Black
Black
Dimensions front/speaker unit (WxHxD)
Depth front/speaker unit
68 mm
100 mm
115.7 mm
120 mm
96 mm
136 mm
Height front/speaker unit
58 mm
6.85 mm
87 mm
62 mm
64 mm
83 mm
Width front/speaker unit
965 mm
651 mm
1141.7 mm
884 mm
890 mm
1226 mm
Built-in internet services
Features
Designed for wall mounting, Simulated surround
Support for internet radio, Designed for wall mounting, Mobile app for controlling features, Speakers suitable for Dolby Atmos, Support for multiroom
Designed for wall mounting, Simulated surround, Supports NFC, Mobile app for controlling features, Speakers suitable for Dolby Atmos, Support for multiroom
Designed for wall mounting, Mobile app for controlling features
Designed for wall mounting, Speakers suitable for Dolby Atmos
Designed for wall mounting, Simulated surround, Speakers suitable for Dolby Atmos
Designed for wall mounting, Mobile app for controlling features, Speakers suitable for Dolby Atmos
Voice assistant compatible
Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant
Amazon Alexa, Apple Siri, Google Assistant
Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant
Wireless rear speakers
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Wireless speakers included
No
No
No
Yes
Yes
Automatic calibration with measurement microphone
No
Yes
No
Yes
No
No
Number of speakers
2.1
5.1
5.0
7.0
9.1
2.1
7.1
Number of speaker drivers
7 ​
5 ​
11 ​
7 ​
9 ​
4 ​
17 ​
Soundbase (suitable for TV placement)
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
Video formats supported
2160p (4K Ultra HD)
2160p (4K Ultra HD)
2160p (4K Ultra HD)
Optical drive
No
No
No
No
No
No
No