I had a chance to test and compare two models: Sony HT-Z9F vs Yamaha YAS-107 and this review should help people who are looking for a good soundbar. The Sony HT-Z9F was rated 7.2, while the Yamaha YAS-107 has a rating 6.8. The soundbars are equipped with a different number of buttons, power, input, Bluetooth, music service, volume down, volume up for the HT-Z9F and input, mute, volume down, volume up, power for the YAS-107.
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 YAS-107 has 2.0. These rivals can be compared in terms of power, 400 (overall) versus 120 according to devices. A built-in subwoofer is available only in the Yamaha YAS-107. An external subwoofer connects to the HT-Z9F via wireless, but YAS-107 has wired connection type. 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.
Wireless Internet connection is realized only in the HT-Z9F. Soundbars from this comparison have Bluetooth support. There are 2/0 HDMI inputs/outputs in the Sony HT-Z9F versus 1/0 HDMIs in the Yamaha YAS-107. As in the HT-Z9F, so in the YAS-107 there is the HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC). We rated the connectivity of the HT-Z9F at 8 out of 10, while the YAS-107 was rated 6/10. The manufacturer of the YAS-107 provides a device control application. Soundbars in this review are not equipped with a microphone. The Sony HT-Z9F may 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 HT-Z9F was rated 8/10, while the YAS-107 received a mark of 6/10 for multichannel surround.