It makes sense comparing Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 vs Samsung HW-N850 because they both are able to give some premium features. Based on our rating, MusicCast BAR 400 has a total rating of 8.2 out of 10 versus 8.6 for HW-N850. The competitors' control buttons are different: power, volume down, volume up, input, mute and power, input, volume down, volume up, respectively.
Both soundbars have active amplification type. A significant difference between the units in the number of channels, the Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 has 5.1 versus 5.1.2 for the Samsung HW-N850. The output power is different and equal to 200 (overall) W for the MusicCast BAR 400 versus 372 (overall) W for the HW-N850. Competitors do not have a built-in subwoofer. Rivals have wireless connection to separate subwoofer. Both models received our 7 rating of 10 for their audio features and specs.
The Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 has support AirPlay 2, and its competitor in our comparison has AirPlay. Spotify is available on each of the soundbars.
These models have the ability to connect to the Internet via WI-FI. Rivals from our review have Bluetooth support. The Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 has 1/1 HDMI inputs/outputs versus 2/0 of the Samsung HW-N850. The HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) feature supports both devices. Both soundbars have a USB connector. For connectivity, the MusicCast BAR 400 received a rating of 8/10 versus 7/10, respectively.
App control is available for the HW-N850. A built-in microphone is present in each model. Multi-room is available to every soundbar.
Only the HW-N850 has a Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format support. A surround technology DTS:X is supported only by the HW-N850. For multichannel surround Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 got a rating of 6, and Samsung HW-N850 9 out of 10.