An affordable soundbar is always a good option to consider, so Sony HT-Z9F vs Yamaha SR-C20A comparison definitely makes sense. Based on our rating, HT-Z9F has a total rating of 7.2 out of 10 versus 5 for SR-C20A. The competitors' control buttons are different: power, input, Bluetooth, music service, volume down, volume up and volume down, volume up, power, source, respectively.
Both soundbars have active amplification type. The output power is different and equal to 400 (overall) W for the HT-Z9F versus 100 (overall) W for the SR-C20A. Only the Yamaha SR-C20A has a built-in subwoofer. The Sony HT-Z9F got our rating of 7 out of 10, and the Yamaha SR-C20A 6 for its audio features and specs.
Soundbars do not have AirPlay support. Spotify support is available on the HT-Z9F.
Only the Sony HT-Z9F can connect to the Internet via WI-FI. Rivals from our review have Bluetooth support. The Sony HT-Z9F has 2/0 HDMI inputs/outputs versus 0/1 of the Yamaha SR-C20A. The HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) feature supports both devices. Both soundbars have a USB connector. For connectivity, the HT-Z9F received a rating of 8/10 versus 7/10, respectively. App control is available for the SR-C20A. None of the models under consideration have a built-in microphone. Multi-room is only available for the Sony HT-Z9F.
Only the HT-Z9F has a Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format support. A surround technology DTS:X is supported only by the HT-Z9F. For multichannel surround Sony HT-Z9F got a rating of 8, and Yamaha SR-C20A 5 out of 10.