Yamaha YAS-109 vs Samsung HW-N950 review

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Rating 5 5
Yamaha YAS-109
vs
Samsung HW-N950

An affordable soundbar is always a good option to consider, so Yamaha YAS-109 vs Samsung HW-N950 comparison definitely makes sense. Based on our rating, YAS-109 has a total rating of 7 out of 10 versus 8.2 for HW-N950. The competitors' control buttons are different: power, volume down, volume up, input, microphone 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 YAS-109 has 2.0 versus 7.1.4 for the Samsung HW-N950. The output power is different and equal to 60 W for the YAS-109 versus 512 (overall) W for the HW-N950. Only the Yamaha YAS-109 has a built-in subwoofer. The YAS-109 has a wired and wireless connection to separate subwoofer, and the HW-N950 - wireless. The Yamaha YAS-109 got our rating of 7 out of 10, and the Samsung HW-N950 8 for its audio features and specs. 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 YAS-109 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 YAS-109 received a rating of 9/10 versus 7/10, respectively.

Features

Both models support voice control using Amazon Alexa. App control is available in every soundbar. A built-in microphone is present in each model. Multi-room is only available for the Samsung HW-N950.

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 YAS-109 supports DTS Virtual:X. For multichannel surround Yamaha YAS-109 got a rating of 5, and Samsung HW-N950 7 out of 10.

Advantages Yamaha YAS-109 over Samsung HW-N950

  • Built-in subwoofer

Advantages Samsung HW-N950 over Yamaha YAS-109

  • Google Play Music compatible
  • Multi-room support
  • Compatible with Dolby Atmos
  • Compatible with DTS:X

Soundbars comparison chart

Overall
Yamaha YAS-109
7
Samsung HW-N950
8.2
8
10
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Common

Product

Yamaha YAS-109
Samsung HW-N950

Model

YAS-109
HW-N950

Brand

Yamaha
Samsung

Reviews

482
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, microphone
power, input, volume down, volume up

Audio features

Built-in channels

2.0
7.1.4

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

60
512 (overall)

Separate speaker (in package)

0
2

Separate speaker connections

wired, wireless
wireless

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

0
1

Separate subwoofer connections

wired, 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
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

1
0

Features

Voice control

Amazon Alexa
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

89 x 5.3 x 13.1/35 x 2.1 x 5.1
122.4 x 8.1 x 13.4/48.2 x 3.2 x 5.3

Weight, kg/pounds

3.4/7.5
8.8/19.4
Yamaha YAS-109
Samsung HW-N950
Yamaha YAS-109
Samsung HW-N950

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 7
  • 8.2
  • 7Yamaha YAS-109
  • 8.2Samsung HW-N950

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