Sony HT-X9000F vs JBL Bar 2.1

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Votes 1 1
Rating 5 5

HT-X9000F vs Bar 2.1 comparison chart

Overall
Sony HT-X9000F
7
JBL Bar 2.1
6
2
8
Multichannel surround
9
4

Sony HT-X9000F vs JBL Bar 2.1 review

Sony HT-X9000F
vs
JBL Bar 2.1

Let's take a look at the comparison between Sony HT-X9000F and JBL Bar 2.1. It will become clear that among these two devices, the HT-X9000F is more suitable for the role of a home soundbar. According to the results of our comparison, HT-X9000F received 7 points out of 10 possible, and Bar 2.1 was rated 6 points.

Advantages Sony HT-X9000F over JBL Bar 2.1

  • Available the Amazon Music service
  • Stream music with Spotify
  • Supports object-oriented sound with Dolby Atmos technology
  • Surround sound with DTS:X support

Advantages JBL Bar 2.1 over Sony HT-X9000F

  • Available the Apple Music service
  • Wireless connection via Wi-Fi
  • Voice control supports
  • Built-in microphone

Audio features

Each of the compared models received 7 points for the audio features.

HT-X9000F
7
Bar 2.1
7

It worth understanding the difference between the two types of amplification: a passive soundbar does not have its own amplifier and receives amplification from the signal source, while an active soundbar has a built-in amplifier. The same active type of amplification is used in the HT-X9000F and the Bar 2.1.

There are stereo soundbars and multichannel ones. It is with the help of multichannel devices that you can get volumetric sound. The number of channels in the considered devices is the same - 2.1. There is no difference in output power, the soundbars have 300 (overall) W.

HT-X9000F Bar 2.1
Built-in channels2.12.1
Amplification typeactiveactive
Output power, W300 (overall)300 (overall)
Separate speaker (in package)00
Separate speaker connectionshas nothas not

Subwoofers

Soundbars can have a built-in or external subwoofer. The first type is inseparable from the soundbar body, but for the second, you can choose a good location for deep bass. Both reviewed devices are equipped with an external subwoofer. Competitors support wireless connection to a separate external subwoofer.

HT-X9000F Bar 2.1
Built-in subwoofer
Separate subwoofer (in package)
Separate subwoofer connectionswirelesswireless

Multichannel surround

Unlike stereo, when reproducing multichannel sound, each specific direction of sound corresponds to its dedicated channel with a separate independent loudspeaker, which creates a three-dimensional sound stage. The HT-X9000F received rating 9 out of 10 for multichannel audio processing, but the Bar 2.1, in the same category, earned 4 out of 10 points.

HT-X9000F
9
Bar 2.1
4

The peculiarity of Dolby Atmos is that this format is object-oriented, that is, each object of the audio signal is sounded separately and linked to its spatial location. Dolby Atmos surround sound support is implemented only in Sony HT-X9000F.

DTS:X is an algorithm for processing sound scenes by the processor, linking directly to objects, rather than channels, and calculating the optimal distribution of sound output in a room. The manufacturer has implemented DTS:X technology only in HT-X9000F.

HT-X9000F Bar 2.1
Dolby Atmos
Dolby (other)Dolby DigitalDolby Digital
DTS:X
DTS (other)has nothas not

Streaming services

The possibility to listen online to millions of songs from one device has become a reality thanks to streaming services.

HT-X9000F
10
Bar 2.1
0

The popular Spotify service is available on the HT-X9000F.

HT-X9000F Bar 2.1
Apple Music (AirPlay)AirPlay
Amazon Music
Spotify
Other streaming servicesPandora, Tuneln, Deezer, Chromecasthas not

Connectivity

The existence of a sufficient number of current connectors significantly expands the functionality of the device. For example, only through HDMI is it possible to implement the transfer of object-oriented formats, and the presence of a Bluetooth connection will allow remote control, etc. The devices received different ratings for connectivity: Sony HT-X9000F was rated 7 out of 10, and JBL Bar 2.1 was rated 8 out of 10.

HT-X9000F
7
Bar 2.1
8

The presence of Wi-Fi in the soundbar allows you to get rid of wires when connected to a sound source and get minimal audio latency when playing content from streaming services. Wireless connection via Wi-Fi is possible on the Bar 2.1.

Bluetooth connection is now one of the main communication protocols for speaker systems, which provides excellent quality and minimal audio latency. The availability of Bluetooth protocol, we can see in both models. The HT-X9000F has 1/0 HDMI inputs/outputs, but the Bar 2.1 got 1/1 HDMI inputs/outputs from the manufacturer.

HDMI ARC is a very usefull technology that creates a two-way communication channel between a TV and another device. This is convenient since there is no need to use optical and other cables in the system. HDMI ARC is basic for both soundbars. Connecting external devices via USB can be done on both models.

HT-X9000F Bar 2.1
WI-FI
Bluetooth
Ethernet (RJ45)00
NFC
HDMI input/output1/01/1
HDMI ARC
HDMI eARC
HDMI CEC
Optical digital input/output1/01/0
USB1 (USB 2.0)1 (USB 2.0)
Coaxial digital input/output0/00/0
Analog audio input/output (RCA)1/01/0
Headphone output10
Subwoofer output00

Features

Voice control is designed to make operating the device more convenient. This allows you to control basic soundbar functions from anywhere in the room.

Proprietary applications allow you to control your soundbars remotely. This is possible both via Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. In our case, the ability to control the soundbar using the app is not implemented in any of the competitors. Only JBL Bar 2.1 has a built-in microphone.

Some soundbars can be part of a multi-room system and it is an affordable solution for sounding the whole house. However, it is impossible to create a multiroom system based on each of these soundbars.

HT-X9000F Bar 2.1
Voice controlAmazon Alexa, Google Assistant
App control
Microphone
Remote control
Multi-room

Dimensions

HT-X9000F Bar 2.1
Size (Wx H x D), cm/in93 x 5.8 x 8.5/36.6 x 2.3 x 3.396.5 x 5.8 x 6.8/38 x 2.3 x 2.7
Weight, kg/pounds2.5/51.9/4.1
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