l would like to share my experience after comparing and testing two soundbars – Yamaha YAS-109 vs Samsung HW-N650. The Yamaha YAS-109 was rated 6.8, while the Samsung HW-N650 has a rating 7.6. The soundbars are equipped with a different number of buttons, power, volume down, volume up, input, microphone for the YAS-109 and volume down, volume up, input, power for the HW-N650.
Each of the models under consideration has active amplification type. A noticeable difference is the number of channels that YAS-109 has 2.0 and HW-N650 has 5.1. These rivals can be compared in terms of power, 120 versus 360 (overall) according to devices. A built-in subwoofer is available only in the Yamaha YAS-109. An external subwoofer connects to the YAS-109 via wired and wireless, but HW-N650 has wireless connection type. Rate 6 out of 10 received the Yamaha YAS-109 for audio features and specs, but the Samsung HW-N650 received 7 out of 10. Each of the competitors can play content from Spotify.
Wireless Internet connection is realized only in the YAS-109. Soundbars from this comparison have Bluetooth support. There are 1/1 HDMI inputs/outputs in the Yamaha YAS-109 versus 1/0 HDMIs in the Samsung HW-N650. As in the YAS-109, 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 YAS-109 at 8 out of 10, while the HW-N650 was rated 7/10. Each of the soundbars can be controlled using the application. The soundbars in this review are equipped with a microphone. The Samsung HW-N650 may become part of a multiroom system.
Dolby Atmos audio decoder support is not implemented in either the YAS-109 or HW-N650. Devices from this comparison cannot process surround sound due to lack of DTS:X. The same score of 6/10 was put to the soundbars for multichannel surround support.