Yamaha YAS-109 vs Samsung HW-N950 review

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Yamaha YAS-109 vs Samsung HW-N950 comparison chart

Overall
Yamaha YAS-109
6.8
Samsung HW-N950
8.6
8
10

Yamaha YAS-109 vs Samsung HW-N950 review

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 6.8 out of 10 versus 8.6 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 120 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 6 out of 10, and the Samsung HW-N950 9 for its audio features and specs. 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 8/10 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. For multichannel surround Yamaha YAS-109 got a rating of 6, 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

  • Separate subwoofer in package
  • Multi-room support
  • Compatible with Dolby Atmos
  • Compatible with DTS:X
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Common

Product

Yamaha YAS-109
Samsung HW-N950

Model

YAS-109
HW-N950

Brand

Yamaha
Samsung

Reviews

766
106

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

120
512 (overall)

Separate speaker (in package)

0
2

Separate speaker connections

wired, wireless
wireless

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

Separate subwoofer connections

wired, wireless
wireless

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay

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

HDMI eARC

HDMI CEC

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 (other)

Dolby Digital, Dolby Pro Logic II
Dolby Digital

DTS:X

DTS (other)

DTS Virtual:X
has not

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

Other

Release year

2019
2018
Yamaha YAS-109
Samsung HW-N950
Yamaha YAS-109
Samsung HW-N950

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

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  • worse
  • 6.8
  • 8.6
  • 6.8Yamaha YAS-109
  • 8.6Samsung HW-N950