Sonos Beam vs Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 review

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Rating 5 5
Sonos Beam
vs
Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400

l would like to share my experience after comparing and testing two soundbars – Sonos Beam vs Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400. The Sonos Beam was rated 5.6, while the Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 has a rating 7.6. The soundbars are equipped with a different number of buttons, volume down, volume up, microphone, play/pause for the Beam and power, volume down, volume up, input, mute for the MusicCast BAR 400.

Audio features

Each of the models under consideration has active amplification type. A noticeable difference is the number of channels that Beam has 3.0 and MusicCast BAR 400 has 5.1. The built-in subwoofer is not implemented in any of these models. An external subwoofer can be connected to any of the units in this comparison. Rate 6 out of 10 received the Sonos Beam for audio features and specs, but the Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 received 8 out of 10.

Streaming services

AirPlay 2 supported by both soundbars. Both devices do not have Google Play Music on board. The MusicCast BAR 400 can play audio from Spotify.

Connectivity

Both models have a wireless Wi-Fi interface. Soundbars from this comparison have Bluetooth support. There are 1/0 HDMI inputs/outputs in the Sonos Beam versus 1/1 HDMIs in the Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400. The HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) is implemented only in the MusicCast BAR 400. We rated the connectivity of the Beam at 6 out of 10, while the MusicCast BAR 400 was rated 9/10.

Features

The manufacturer of the Beam provides a device control application. The soundbars in this review are equipped with a microphone. The Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 may become part of a multiroom system.

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos audio decoder support is not implemented in either the Beam or MusicCast BAR 400. Devices from this comparison cannot process surround sound due to lack of DTS:X. The MusicCast BAR 400 has a modern feature such as DTS Virtual:X. The Beam was rated 2/10, while the MusicCast BAR 400 received a mark of 4/10 for multichannel surround.

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Common

Product

Sonos Beam
Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400

Model

Beam
MusicCast BAR 400

Brand

Sonos
Yamaha

Reviews

1066
48

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, input, mute

Audio features

Built-in channels

3.0
5.1

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

100

Separate speaker (in package)

0
0

Separate speaker connections

wireless
wireless

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

0
1

Separate subwoofer connections

wireless
wireless

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay 2
AirPlay 2

Google Play Music

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

Pandora, Tuneln, Chromecast
Pandora, Deezer, TIDAL, Napster, SiriusXM, Qobuz

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

1
1

NFC

HDMI input/output

1/0
1/1

HDMI ARC

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, Siri

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

65 x 6.8x 10/25.6 x 2.7 x 3.9
94.2 x 8.3 x 11/38.6 x 3.3 x 4.3

Weight, kg/pounds

2.8/6.2
2.7/6
Sonos Beam
Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400
Sonos Beam
Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 5.6
  • 7.6
  • 5.6Sonos Beam
  • 7.6Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400

The Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 is better soundbar in this comparison. Check Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 price