Sony HT-Z9F vs Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 review

Votes 9 9
Rating 4.6 4.6

Sony HT-Z9F vs Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 comparison chart

Overall
Sony HT-Z9F
7.2
Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400
8.2
7
10

Sony HT-Z9F vs Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 review

Sony HT-Z9F
vs
Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400

l would like to share my experience after comparing and testing two soundbars – Sony HT-Z9F vs Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400. The Sony HT-Z9F was rated 7.2, while the Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 has a rating 8.2. The soundbars are equipped with a different number of buttons, power, input, Bluetooth, music service, volume down, volume up for the HT-Z9F 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 HT-Z9F has 3.1 and MusicCast BAR 400 has 5.1. These rivals can be compared in terms of power, 400 (overall) versus 200 (overall) according to devices. 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. Audio features and specs of considered models we rated 7 out of 10 in our ranking. Each of the competitors can play content from Spotify.

Connectivity

Both models have a wireless Wi-Fi interface. Soundbars from this comparison have Bluetooth support. There are 2/0 HDMI inputs/outputs in the Sony HT-Z9F versus 1/1 HDMIs in the Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400. As in the HT-Z9F, so in the MusicCast BAR 400 there is the HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC). Connecting devices via USB is possible in both models. The connectivity of each of the models was estimated at 8/10.

Features

Both devices have integrated voice control via Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant. None of these soundbars can be controlled using the app. The Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 equipped with a microphone. The models under consideration can become part of a multiroom system.

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos audio decoder is onboard the HT-Z9F. The HT-Z9F can work with surround sound due to DTS:X support. The HT-Z9F was rated 8/10, while the MusicCast BAR 400 received a mark of 6/10 for multichannel surround.

Advantages Sony HT-Z9F over Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400

  • Compatible with Dolby Atmos
  • Compatible with DTS:X

Advantages Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 over Sony HT-Z9F

  • Amazon Music compatible
  • Microphone
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Common

Product

Sony HT-Z9F
Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400

Model

HT-Z9F
MusicCast BAR 400

Brand

Sony
Yamaha

Reviews

349
121

General

Placement type

table-top, wall-mountable
table-top, wall-mountable

Connection to source

wired, wireless
wired, wireless

Soundbar buttons

power, input, Bluetooth, music service, volume down, volume up
power, volume down, volume up, input, mute

Audio features

Built-in channels

3.1
5.1

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

400 (overall)
200 (overall)

Separate speaker (in package)

0
0

Separate speaker connections

has not
wireless

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

Separate subwoofer connections

wireless
wireless

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay 2

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

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

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

1
1

NFC

HDMI input/output

2/0
1/1

HDMI ARC

HDMI eARC

HDMI CEC

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
1/0

Headphone output

0
0

Subwoofer output

0
0

Features

Voice control

Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant
Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant

App control

Microphone

Remote control

Multi-room

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

Dolby (other)

Dolby Digital
Dolby Digital

DTS:X

DTS (other)

has not
DTS Virtual:X, DTS Digital Surround

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Size (Wx H x D), cm/in

100 x 6.4 x 10/39.4 x 2.5 x 3.4
94.2 x 8.3 x 11/38.6 x 3.3 x 4.3

Weight, kg/pounds

3.1/6.6
2.7/6

Other

Release year

2018
2018
Sony HT-Z9F
Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400
Sony HT-Z9F
Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 7.2
  • 8.2
  • 7.2Sony HT-Z9F
  • 8.2Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400

Sony HT-Z9F competitors

Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 competitors