Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 vs Polk Audio Command Bar review

Votes 2 2
Rating 5 5

Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 vs Polk Audio Command Bar comparison chart

Overall
Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400
8.2
Polk Audio Command Bar
6.6
10
10

Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 vs Polk Audio Command Bar review

Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400
vs
Polk Audio Command Bar

The present review is aimed to compare two soundbars - Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 vs Polk Audio Command Bar that are meant to satisfy the needs of cinema and music lovers. Based on our rating, MusicCast BAR 400 has a total rating of 8.2 out of 10 versus 6.6 for Command Bar. The competitors' control buttons are different: power, volume down, volume up, input, mute and volume down, volume up, microphone, action, 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 2.1 for the Polk Audio Command Bar. The output power is different and equal to 200 (overall) W for the MusicCast BAR 400 versus 160 (overall) W for the Command Bar. Competitors do not have a built-in subwoofer. Rivals have wireless connection to separate subwoofer. The Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 got our rating of 7 out of 10, and the Polk Audio Command Bar 6 for its audio features and specs. Spotify is available on each of the soundbars.

Connectivity

Only the Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 can connect to the Internet via WI-FI. Rivals from our review have Bluetooth support. Each soundbar has 1/1 HDMI inputs/outputs. 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 8/10 versus 7/10, respectively.

Features

Compared soundbars have no app control. A built-in microphone is present in each model. Multi-room is available to every soundbar.

Multichannel surround

None of soundbars equipped with Dolby Atmos multichannel audio decoder. The soundbars do not support the surround sound technology DTS:X. For multichannel surround Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 got a rating of 6, and Polk Audio Command Bar 5 out of 10.

Advantages Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 over Polk Audio Command Bar

  • Amazon Music compatible
  • WI-FI enabled
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Common

Product

Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400
Polk Audio Command Bar

Model

MusicCast BAR 400
Command Bar

Brand

Yamaha
Polk Audio

Reviews

112
1414

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, microphone, action

Audio features

Built-in channels

5.1
2.1

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

200 (overall)
160 (overall)

Separate speaker (in package)

0
0

Separate speaker connections

wireless
has not

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

Separate subwoofer connections

wireless
wireless

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay 2

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

Pandora, Deezer, TIDAL, Napster, SiriusXM, Qobuz
has not

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

1
0

NFC

HDMI input/output

1/1
1/1

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

0
0

Features

Voice control

Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant
Amazon Alexa

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
DTS Digital Surround

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
110 x 5 x 10.1/43.3 x 2.1 x 4.1

Weight, kg/pounds

2.7/6
1.8/4.9

Other

Release year

2018
2018
Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400
Polk Audio Command Bar
Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400
Polk Audio Command Bar

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 8.2
  • 6.6
  • 8.2Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400
  • 6.6Polk Audio Command Bar

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

Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 competitors

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