Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 vs Denon HEOS BAR review

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Rating 5 5
Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400
vs
Denon HEOS BAR

The Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 vs Denon HEOS BAR comparison proves that these soundbars have many common features. Based on our rating, MusicCast BAR 400 has a total rating of 7.6 out of 10 versus 7 for HEOS BAR. The competitors' control buttons are different: power, volume down, volume up, input, mute and volume down, volume up, sound off, 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 3.0 for the Denon HEOS 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 8 out of 10, and the Denon HEOS BAR 6 for its audio features and specs. Both models do not support Google Play Music. 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. The Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 has 1/1 HDMI inputs/outputs versus 4/1 of the Denon HEOS BAR. 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 9/10 versus 7/10, respectively.

Features

App control is available for the HEOS BAR. 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. The MusicCast BAR 400 supports DTS Virtual:X. For multichannel surround, each of the opponents received 4 points out of 10.

Advantages Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 over Denon HEOS BAR

  • WI-FI enabled

Advantages Denon HEOS BAR over Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400

  • App control

Soundbars comparison chart

Overall
Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400
7.6
Denon HEOS BAR
7
8
10
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Common

Product

Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400
Denon HEOS BAR

Model

MusicCast BAR 400
HEOS BAR

Brand

Yamaha
Denon

Reviews

101
20

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, sound off

Audio features

Built-in channels

5.1
3.0

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

100

Separate speaker (in package)

0
0

Separate speaker connections

wireless
wireless

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

1
0

Separate subwoofer connections

wireless
wireless

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay 2

Google Play Music

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

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

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

1
1

NFC

HDMI input/output

1/1
4/1

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
1/0

Headphone output

0
0

Subwoofer output

0
0

Features

Voice control

Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri
Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant

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

94.2 x 8.3 x 11/38.6 x 3.3 x 4.3
109.8 x 7.1 x 14.7/43.3 x 2.8 x 5.8

Weight, kg/pounds

2.7/6
4.8/10.5
Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400
Denon HEOS BAR
Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400
Denon HEOS BAR

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 7.6
  • 7
  • 7.6Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400
  • 7Denon HEOS BAR

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