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