Samsung HW-M360/ZA vs Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 review

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Rating 5 5
Samsung HW-M360/ZA
vs
Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400

l would like to share my experience after comparing and testing two soundbars – Samsung HW-M360/ZA vs Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400. The Samsung HW-M360/ZA was rated 5.6, while the Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 has a rating 7.6. The soundbars are equipped with a different number of buttons, volume down, volume up, power, input for the HW-M360/ZA and power, volume down, volume up, input, mute for the MusicCast BAR 400.

Audio features

Each of the models under consideration has active amplification type. A noticeable difference is the number of channels that HW-M360/ZA has 2.1 and MusicCast BAR 400 has 5.1. Soundbars have the same power - 100 W. 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 Samsung HW-M360/ZA for audio features and specs, but the Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 received 8 out of 10.

Streaming services

The Samsung HW-M360/ZA is equipped with AirPlay, but the Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 has AirPlay 2 on board. Google Play Music service is only in the HW-M360/ZA. Each of the competitors can play content from Spotify.

Connectivity

Wireless Internet connection is realized only in the MusicCast BAR 400. Soundbars from this comparison have Bluetooth support. The HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) is implemented only in the MusicCast BAR 400. Connecting devices via USB is possible in both models. We rated the connectivity of the HW-M360/ZA at 5 out of 10, while the MusicCast BAR 400 was rated 9/10. The manufacturer of the HW-M360/ZA provides a device control application. The Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 equipped with a microphone. The Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 may become part of a multiroom system.

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos audio decoder support is not implemented in either the HW-M360/ZA or MusicCast BAR 400. Devices from this comparison cannot process surround sound due to lack of DTS:X. The MusicCast BAR 400 has a modern feature such as DTS Virtual:X. The HW-M360/ZA was rated 2/10, while the MusicCast BAR 400 received a mark of 4/10 for multichannel surround.

Advantages Samsung HW-M360/ZA over Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400

  • Google Play Music compatible
  • App control

Advantages Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 over Samsung HW-M360/ZA

  • WI-FI enabled
  • Audio return channel (HDMI ARC) support
  • Microphone
  • Multi-room support

Soundbars comparison chart

Overall
Samsung HW-M360/ZA
5.6
Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400
7.6
5
8
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Common

Product

Samsung HW-M360/ZA
Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400

Model

HW-M360/ZA
MusicCast BAR 400

Brand

Samsung
Yamaha

Reviews

870
101

General

Placement type

table-top, wall-mountable
table-top, wall-mountable

Connection to source

wired, wireless
wired, wireless

Soundbar buttons

volume down, volume up, power, input
power, volume down, volume up, input, mute

Audio features

Built-in channels

2.1
5.1

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

100
100

Separate speaker (in package)

0
0

Separate speaker connections

wireless
wireless

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

1
1

Separate subwoofer connections

wireless
wireless

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay
AirPlay 2

Google Play Music

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

Pandora, Tuneln, Deezer, Chromecast
Pandora, Deezer, TIDAL, Napster, SiriusXM, Qobuz

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

0
1

NFC

HDMI input/output

0/0
1/1

HDMI ARC

Optical digital input/output

1/0
1/0

USB

1 (USB 2.0)
1 (USB 2.0)

Coaxial digital input/output

0/0
0/0

Analog audio input/output (RCA)

1/0
1/0

Headphone output

0
0

Subwoofer output

0
0

Features

Voice control

Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri

App control

Microphone

Remote control

Multi-room

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

Dolby Digital

Dolby Pro Logic II

DTS:X

DTS Virtual:X

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Size (Wx H x D), cm/in

88.9 x 5.1 x 5.8/35.7 x 2.1 x 2.7
94.2 x 8.3 x 11/38.6 x 3.3 x 4.3

Weight, kg/pounds

1.4/3.3
2.7/6
Samsung HW-M360/ZA
Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400
Samsung HW-M360/ZA
Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 5.6
  • 7.6
  • 5.6Samsung HW-M360/ZA
  • 7.6Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400

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