Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 vs Sonos Arc review

Votes 2 2
Rating 5 5

Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 vs Sonos Arc comparison chart

Overall
Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400
8.2
7
10
8

Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 vs Sonos Arc review

Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400
vs
Sonos Arc

I had a chance to test and compare two models: Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 vs Sonos Arc and this review should help people who are looking for a good soundbar. The Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 was rated 8.2, while the Sonos Arc has a rating 7. The soundbars are equipped with a different number of buttons, power, volume down, volume up, input, mute for the MusicCast BAR 400 and volume down, volume up, play/pause, microphone for the Arc.

Audio features

Each of the models under consideration has active amplification type. The built-in subwoofer is not implemented in any of these models. An external subwoofer can be connected to any of the units in this comparison. Rate 7 out of 10 received the Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 for audio features and specs, but the Sonos Arc received 5 out of 10.

Streaming services

AirPlay 2 supported by both soundbars. Each of the competitors can play content from Spotify.

Connectivity

Both models have a wireless Wi-Fi interface. Soundbars from this comparison have Bluetooth support. There are 1/1 HDMI inputs/outputs in the Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 versus 1/0 HDMIs in the Sonos Arc. As in the MusicCast BAR 400, so in the Arc there is the HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC). We rated the connectivity of the MusicCast BAR 400 at 8 out of 10, while the Arc was rated 7/10.

Features

Both devices have integrated voice control via Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant. The manufacturer of the Arc provides a device control application. The soundbars in this review are equipped with a microphone. The Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 may become part of a multiroom system.

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos audio decoder is onboard the Arc. Devices from this comparison cannot process surround sound due to lack of DTS:X. The MusicCast BAR 400 was rated 6/10, while the Arc received a mark of 4/10 for multichannel surround.

Advantages Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 over Sonos Arc

  • Separate subwoofer in package
  • Multi-room support

Advantages Sonos Arc over Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400

  • App control
  • Compatible with Dolby Atmos
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Common

Product

Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400
Sonos Arc

Model

MusicCast BAR 400
Arc

Brand

Yamaha
Sonos

Reviews

121
368

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
volume down, volume up, play/pause, microphone

Audio features

Built-in channels

5.1

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

200 (overall)

Separate speaker (in package)

0
0

Separate speaker connections

wireless
wireless

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

Separate subwoofer connections

wireless
wireless

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay 2
AirPlay 2

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

Pandora, Deezer, TIDAL, Napster, SiriusXM, Qobuz
Pandora, Tuneln, iHeart, Chromecast

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

1
1

NFC

HDMI input/output

1/1
1/0

HDMI ARC

HDMI eARC

HDMI CEC

Optical digital input/output

1/0
0/0

USB

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
Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant

App control

Microphone

Remote control

Multi-room

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

Dolby (other)

Dolby Digital
Dolby Digital

DTS:X

DTS (other)

DTS Virtual:X, DTS Digital Surround
has not

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
114 x 7.6 x 10.1/45 x 3.4 x 4.5

Weight, kg/pounds

2.7/6
6.2/13.7

Other

Release year

2018
2020
Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400
Sonos Arc
Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400
Sonos Arc

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 8.2
  • 7
  • 8.2Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400
  • 7Sonos Arc