Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 vs Samsung HW-N950 review

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Rating 5 5
Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400
vs
Samsung HW-N950

An affordable soundbar is always a good option to consider, so Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 vs Samsung HW-N950 comparison definitely makes sense. Based on our rating, MusicCast BAR 400 has a total rating of 7.6 out of 10 versus 8.2 for HW-N950. 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 7.1.4 for the Samsung HW-N950. The output power is different and equal to 100 W for the MusicCast BAR 400 versus 512 (overall) W for the HW-N950. Competitors do not have a built-in subwoofer. Rivals have wireless connection to separate subwoofer. Both models received our 8 rating of 10 for their 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-N950 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-N950. 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-N950. A built-in microphone is present in each model. Multi-room is available to every soundbar.

Multichannel surround

Only the HW-N950 has a Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format support. A surround technology DTS:X is supported only by the HW-N950. The MusicCast BAR 400 supports DTS Virtual:X. For multichannel surround Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 got a rating of 4, and Samsung HW-N950 7 out of 10.

Advantages Samsung HW-N950 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-N950
8.2
8
10
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Common

Product

Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400
Samsung HW-N950

Model

MusicCast BAR 400
HW-N950

Brand

Yamaha
Samsung

Reviews

101
103

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
7.1.4

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

100
512 (overall)

Separate speaker (in package)

0
2

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
122.4 x 8.1 x 13.4/48.2 x 3.2 x 5.3

Weight, kg/pounds

2.7/6
8.8/19.4
Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400
Samsung HW-N950
Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400
Samsung HW-N950

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 7.6
  • 8.2
  • 7.6Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400
  • 8.2Samsung HW-N950

The Samsung HW-N950 is better soundbar in this comparison. Check Samsung HW-N950 price