Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 vs Sony HT-ST5000 review

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Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400
vs
Sony HT-ST5000

Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 vs Sony HT-ST5000 comparison definitely makes sense. Based on our rating, MusicCast BAR 400 has a total rating of 7.6 out of 10 versus 7.8 for HT-ST5000. The competitors' control buttons are different: power, volume down, volume up, input, mute and power, volume down, volume up, input Bluetooth, music service, 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 7.1.2 for the Sony HT-ST5000. The output power is different and equal to 100 W for the MusicCast BAR 400 versus 140 W for the HT-ST5000. 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 Sony HT-ST5000 9 for its audio features and specs. Both models do not support Google Play Music. 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 MusicCast BAR 400 has 1/1 HDMI inputs/outputs versus 3/1 of the Sony HT-ST5000. The HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) feature supports both devices. Both soundbars have a USB connector. For connectivity, each of the soundbars received a rating of 9/10. App control is available for the HT-ST5000. A built-in microphone is present only on the MusicCast BAR 400. Multi-room is available to every soundbar.

Multichannel surround

Only the HT-ST5000 has a Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format support. A surround technology DTS:X is supported only by the HT-ST5000. The MusicCast BAR 400 supports DTS Virtual:X. For multichannel surround Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 got a rating of 4, and Sony HT-ST5000 7 out of 10.

Advantages Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 over Sony HT-ST5000

  • Amazon Music compatible
  • Microphone

Advantages Sony HT-ST5000 over Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400

  • App control
  • Compatible with Dolby Atmos
  • Compatible with DTS:X

Soundbars comparison chart

Overall
Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400
7.6
Sony HT-ST5000
7.8
8
7
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Common

Product

Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400
Sony HT-ST5000

Model

MusicCast BAR 400
HT-ST5000

Brand

Yamaha
Sony

Reviews

101
139

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
power, volume down, volume up, input Bluetooth, music service

Audio features

Built-in channels

5.1
7.1.2

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

100
140

Separate speaker (in package)

0
0

Separate speaker connections

wireless
wireless

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

1
1

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

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

1
1

NFC

HDMI input/output

1/1
3/1

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

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
117.8 x 7.8 x 14.4/46.4 x 3.1 x 5.7

Weight, kg/pounds

2.7/6
8.1/18
Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400
Sony HT-ST5000
Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400
Sony HT-ST5000

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 7.6
  • 7.8
  • 7.6Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400
  • 7.8Sony HT-ST5000

The Sony HT-ST5000 is better soundbar in this comparison. Check Sony HT-ST5000 price