An affordable soundbar is always a good option to consider, so Samsung HW-J355 vs Yamaha YAS-109 comparison definitely makes sense. Based on our rating, HW-J355 has a total rating of 6.6 out of 10 versus 6.8 for YAS-109. The competitors' control buttons are different: power, volume down, volume up, input and power, volume down, volume up, input, microphone, respectively.
Both soundbars have active amplification type. A significant difference between the units in the number of channels, the Samsung HW-J355 has 2.1 versus 2.0 for the Yamaha YAS-109. The output power is identical and equal to 120 W. Only the Yamaha YAS-109 has a built-in subwoofer. Rivals have wired and wireless connection to separate subwoofer. The Samsung HW-J355 got our rating of 7 out of 10, and the Yamaha YAS-109 6 for its audio features and specs. Spotify is available on each of the soundbars.
These models have the ability to connect to the Internet via WI-FI. Rivals from our review have Bluetooth support. Only the YAS-109 supports HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC). Both soundbars have a USB connector. For connectivity, the HW-J355 received a rating of 6/10 versus 8/10, respectively. App control is available in every soundbar. A built-in microphone is present only on the YAS-109. Soundbars do not have Multi-room support.
None of soundbars equipped with Dolby Atmos multichannel audio decoder. The soundbars do not support the surround sound technology DTS:X. For multichannel surround Samsung HW-J355 got a rating of 4, and Yamaha YAS-109 6 out of 10.