Sony HT-Z9F vs Yamaha SR-C20A review

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Sony HT-Z9F vs Yamaha SR-C20A comparison chart

Sony HT-Z9F vs Yamaha SR-C20A review

Sony HT-Z9F
Yamaha SR-C20A

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 3.8 for SR-C20A. The competitors' control buttons are different: power, input, Bluetooth, music service, volume down, volume up and power, source, demo, volume down, volume up, respectively.

Audio features

Both soundbars have active amplification type. A significant difference between the units in the number of channels, the Sony HT-Z9F has 3.1 versus 2.1 for the Yamaha SR-C20A. 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 5 for its audio features and specs.

Streaming services

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 4/10, respectively. Compared soundbars have no app control. None of the models under consideration have a built-in microphone. Multi-room is only available for the Sony HT-Z9F.

Multichannel surround

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 6 out of 10.

Advantages Sony HT-Z9F over Yamaha SR-C20A

  • Separate subwoofer in package
  • Spotify support
  • WI-FI enabled
  • Multi-room support
  • Compatible with Dolby Atmos
  • Compatible with DTS:X

Advantages Yamaha SR-C20A over Sony HT-Z9F

  • Built-in subwoofer
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