Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 vs Sony HT-ST5000 comparison definitely makes sense. Based on our rating, MusicCast BAR 400 has a total rating of 8.2 out of 10 versus 8.6 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.
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 200 (overall) W for the MusicCast BAR 400 versus 800 (overall) 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 7 out of 10, and the Sony HT-ST5000 9 for its audio features and specs. Spotify is available on each of the soundbars.
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, the MusicCast BAR 400 received a rating of 8/10 versus 9/10, respectively.
Both models support voice control using Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant. App control is available for the HT-ST5000. A built-in microphone is present in each model. Multi-room is available to every soundbar.
Only the HT-ST5000 has a Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format support. A surround technology DTS:X is supported only by the HT-ST5000. For multichannel surround Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 got a rating of 6, and Sony HT-ST5000 8 out of 10.