The Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 vs Sony HT-X8500 comparison proves that these soundbars have many common features. Based on our rating, MusicCast BAR 400 has a total rating of 8.2 out of 10 versus 6 for HT-X8500. The competitors' control buttons are different: power, volume down, volume up, input, mute and power, volume down, volume up, input, Bluetooth, 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 Sony HT-X8500. Only the Sony HT-X8500 has a built-in subwoofer. The Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 got our rating of 7 out of 10, and the Sony HT-X8500 6 for its audio features and specs. Spotify support is available on the MusicCast BAR 400.
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, each of the soundbars received a rating of 8/10. Compared soundbars have no app control. A built-in microphone is present only on the MusicCast BAR 400. Multi-room is only available for the Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400.
Only the HT-X8500 has a Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format support. A surround technology DTS:X is supported only by the HT-X8500. For multichannel surround Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 got a rating of 6, and Sony HT-X8500 10 out of 10.