Yamaha YAS-209 vs Samsung HW-N650 review

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Rating 4 4
Yamaha YAS-209
vs
Samsung HW-N650

l would like to share my experience after comparing and testing two soundbars – Yamaha YAS-209 vs Samsung HW-N650. Both soundbars received a score of 6.6 in our ranking. The soundbars are equipped with a different number of buttons, power, volume down, volume up, input, microphone for the YAS-209 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-209 has 2.0 and HW-N650 has 5.1. 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. Audio features and specs of considered models we rated 7 out of 10 in our ranking. 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 YAS-209. Soundbars from this comparison have Bluetooth support. There are 1/1 HDMI inputs/outputs in the Yamaha YAS-209 versus 1/0 HDMIs in the Samsung HW-N650. As in the YAS-209, so in the HW-N650 there is the HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC). Connecting devices via USB is possible in both models. The connectivity of each of the models was estimated at 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-209 or HW-N650. Devices from this comparison cannot process surround sound due to lack of DTS:X. The YAS-209 has a modern feature such as DTS Virtual:X. The YAS-209 was rated 5/10, while the HW-N650 received a mark of 2/10 for multichannel surround.

Advantages Yamaha YAS-209 over Samsung HW-N650

  • WI-FI enabled

Advantages Samsung HW-N650 over Yamaha YAS-209

  • Google Play Music compatible
  • Multi-room support

Soundbars comparison chart

Overall
Yamaha YAS-209
6.6
Samsung HW-N650
6.6
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Common

Product

Yamaha YAS-209
Samsung HW-N650

Model

YAS-209
HW-N650

Brand

Yamaha
Samsung

Reviews

292
59

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

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

Google Play Music

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

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)

0/0
1/0

Headphone output

0
0

Subwoofer output

0
0

Features

Voice control

Amazon Alexa

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

93 x 6.2 x 10.9/36.6 x 2.5 x 4.2
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 YAS-209
Samsung HW-N650
Yamaha YAS-209
Samsung HW-N650

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 6.6
  • 6.6
  • 6.6Yamaha YAS-209
  • 6.6Samsung HW-N650

The Yamaha YAS-209 is better soundbar in this comparison. Check Yamaha YAS-209 price