Sony HT-Z9F vs Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 review

Votes 4 4
Rating 3.8 3.8
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 6.8, while the Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 has a rating 7.6. 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 100 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. Rate 7 out of 10 received the Sony HT-Z9F for audio features and specs, but the Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 received 8 out of 10. Both devices do not have Google Play Music on board. 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. We rated the connectivity of the HT-Z9F at 8 out of 10, while the MusicCast BAR 400 was rated 9/10.

Features

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 MusicCast BAR 400 has a modern feature such as DTS Virtual:X. The HT-Z9F was rated 7/10, while the MusicCast BAR 400 received a mark of 4/10 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

Soundbars comparison chart

Overall
Sony HT-Z9F
6.8
Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400
7.6
7
8
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Common

Product

Sony HT-Z9F
Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400

Model

HT-Z9F
MusicCast BAR 400

Brand

Sony
Yamaha

Reviews

267
106

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)
100

Separate speaker (in package)

0
0

Separate speaker connections

wireless

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

1
1

Separate subwoofer connections

wireless
wireless

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay 2

Google Play Music

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

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, 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

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

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 6.8
  • 7.6
  • 6.8Sony HT-Z9F
  • 7.6Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400

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