Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 vs Samsung HW-N850 review

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Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400
vs
Samsung HW-N850

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 7.6 out of 10 versus 7.2 for HW-N850. The competitors' control buttons are different: power, volume down, volume up, input, mute and power, input, volume down, volume up, respectively.

Audio features

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 100 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. The Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 got our rating of 8 out of 10, and the Samsung HW-N850 7 for its audio features and specs.

Streaming services

The Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 has support AirPlay 2, and its competitor in our comparison has AirPlay. Only the HW-N850 supports Google Play Music. Spotify is available on each of the soundbars.

Connectivity

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 9/10 versus 7/10, respectively.

Features

App control is available for the HW-N850. A built-in microphone is present only on the MusicCast BAR 400. Multi-room is only available for the Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400.

Multichannel surround

Only the HW-N850 has a Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format support. A surround technology DTS:X is supported only by the HW-N850. The MusicCast BAR 400 supports DTS Virtual:X. For multichannel surround Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 got a rating of 4, and Samsung HW-N850 7 out of 10.

Advantages Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 over Samsung HW-N850

  • Microphone
  • Multi-room support

Advantages Samsung HW-N850 over Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400

  • Google Play Music compatible
  • App control
  • Compatible with Dolby Atmos
  • Compatible with DTS:X

Soundbars comparison chart

Overall
Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400
7.6
Samsung HW-N850
7.2
8
6
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Common

Product

Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400
Samsung HW-N850

Model

MusicCast BAR 400
HW-N850

Brand

Yamaha
Samsung

Reviews

101
33

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
power, input, volume down, volume up

Audio features

Built-in channels

5.1
5.1.2

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

100
372 (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
2/0

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
0/0

Headphone output

0
0

Subwoofer output

0
0

Features

Voice control

Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri
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

94.2 x 8.3 x 11/38.6 x 3.3 x 4.3
121.9 x 7.6 x 12.7/48.2 x 3.2 x 5.4

Weight, kg/pounds

2.7/6
8.1/18.7
Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400
Samsung HW-N850
Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400
Samsung HW-N850

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 7.6
  • 7.2
  • 7.6Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400
  • 7.2Samsung HW-N850

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