Yamaha YAS-109 vs Samsung HW-N650 review

Votes 9 9
Rating 3.9 3.9

Yamaha YAS-109 vs Samsung HW-N650 comparison chart

Overall
Yamaha YAS-109
6.8
Samsung HW-N650
7.6
8
8

Yamaha YAS-109 vs Samsung HW-N650 review

Yamaha YAS-109
vs
Samsung HW-N650

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.

Audio features

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.

Connectivity

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.

Multichannel surround

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.

Advantages Yamaha YAS-109 over Samsung HW-N650

  • Built-in subwoofer
  • WI-FI enabled

Advantages Samsung HW-N650 over Yamaha YAS-109

  • Separate subwoofer in package
  • Multi-room support
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Common

Product

Yamaha YAS-109
Samsung HW-N650

Model

YAS-109
HW-N650

Brand

Yamaha
Samsung

Reviews

766
73

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, microphone
volume down, volume up, input, power

Audio features

Built-in channels

2.0
5.1

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

120
360 (overall)

Separate speaker (in package)

0
0

Separate speaker connections

wired, wireless
wireless

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

Separate subwoofer connections

wired, wireless
wireless

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

has not
Pandora, Tuneln, Deezer, Chromecast

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

1
0

NFC

HDMI input/output

1/1
1/0

HDMI ARC

HDMI eARC

HDMI CEC

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

1
0

Features

Voice control

Amazon Alexa

App control

Microphone

Remote control

Multi-room

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

Dolby (other)

Dolby Digital, Dolby Pro Logic II
Dolby Digital

DTS:X

DTS (other)

DTS Virtual:X
DTS Virtual:X, DTS TruSurround

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Size (Wx H x D), cm/in

89 x 5.3 x 13.1/35 x 2.1 x 5.1
109.2 x 5 x 7.6/43.3 x 2.3 x 3.9

Weight, kg/pounds

3.4/7.5
3.1/7.9

Other

Release year

2019
2018
Yamaha YAS-109
Samsung HW-N650
Yamaha YAS-109
Samsung HW-N650

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 6.8
  • 7.6
  • 6.8Yamaha YAS-109
  • 7.6Samsung HW-N650