Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 vs Samsung HW-N650 review

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Rating 5 5
Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400
vs
Samsung HW-N650

l would like to share my experience after comparing and testing two soundbars – Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 vs Samsung HW-N650. The Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 was rated 7.6, while the Samsung HW-N650 has a rating 6.6. The soundbars are equipped with a different number of buttons, power, volume down, volume up, input, mute for the MusicCast BAR 400 and volume down, volume up, input, power for the HW-N650.

Audio features

Each of the models under consideration has active amplification type. By the number of channels, the devices do not differ. These rivals can be compared in terms of power, 100 versus 360 (overall) according to devices. 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 8 out of 10 received the Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 for audio features and specs, but the Samsung HW-N650 received 7 out of 10.

Streaming services

The Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 is equipped with AirPlay 2, but the Samsung HW-N650 has AirPlay on board. Google Play Music service is only in the HW-N650. 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. There are 1/1 HDMI inputs/outputs in the Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 versus 1/0 HDMIs in the Samsung HW-N650. As in the MusicCast BAR 400, so in the HW-N650 there is the HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC). Connecting devices via USB is possible in both models. We rated the connectivity of the MusicCast BAR 400 at 9 out of 10, while the HW-N650 was rated 7/10. The manufacturer of the HW-N650 provides a device control application. The soundbars in this review are equipped with a microphone. The models under consideration can become part of a multiroom system.

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos audio decoder support is not implemented in either the MusicCast BAR 400 or HW-N650. 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 MusicCast BAR 400 was rated 4/10, while the HW-N650 received a mark of 2/10 for multichannel surround.

Advantages Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 over Samsung HW-N650

  • WI-FI enabled

Advantages Samsung HW-N650 over Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400

  • Google Play Music compatible
  • App control

Soundbars comparison chart

Overall
Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400
7.6
Samsung HW-N650
6.6
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Common

Product

Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400
Samsung HW-N650

Model

MusicCast BAR 400
HW-N650

Brand

Yamaha
Samsung

Reviews

101
67

General

Placement type

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

Connection to source

wired, wireless
wired, wireless

Soundbar buttons

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

Audio features

Built-in channels

5.1
5.1

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

100
360 (overall)

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 2
AirPlay

Google Play Music

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

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

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

1
0

NFC

HDMI input/output

1/1
1/0

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

94.2 x 8.3 x 11/38.6 x 3.3 x 4.3
109.2 x 5 x 7.6/43.3 x 2.3 x 3.9

Weight, kg/pounds

2.7/6
3.1/7.9
Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400
Samsung HW-N650
Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400
Samsung HW-N650

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 7.6
  • 6.6
  • 7.6Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400
  • 6.6Samsung HW-N650

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