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