Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 vs Sony HT-X8500 review

Votes 1 1
Rating 5 5

Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 vs Sony HT-X8500 comparison chart

Overall
Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400
8.2
Sony HT-X8500
6
10
4

Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 vs Sony HT-X8500 review

Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400
vs
Sony HT-X8500

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.

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 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.

Connectivity

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.

Multichannel surround

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.

Advantages Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 over Sony HT-X8500

  • Separate subwoofer in package
  • Amazon Music compatible
  • Spotify support
  • WI-FI enabled
  • Microphone
  • Multi-room support

Advantages Sony HT-X8500 over Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400

  • Built-in subwoofer
  • Compatible with Dolby Atmos
  • Compatible with DTS:X
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Common

Product

Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400
Sony HT-X8500

Model

MusicCast BAR 400
HT-X8500

Brand

Yamaha
Sony

Reviews

112
138

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

Audio features

Built-in channels

5.1
2.1

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

200 (overall)

Separate speaker (in package)

0
0

Separate speaker connections

wireless

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

Separate subwoofer connections

wireless

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay 2

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

Pandora, Deezer, TIDAL, Napster, SiriusXM, Qobuz
has not

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

1
0

NFC

HDMI input/output

1/1
1/1

HDMI ARC

HDMI eARC

HDMI CEC

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
0/0

Headphone output

0
0

Subwoofer output

0
0

Features

Voice control

Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant

App control

Microphone

Remote control

Multi-room

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

Dolby (other)

Dolby Digital
Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby True HD

DTS:X

DTS (other)

DTS Virtual:X, DTS Digital Surround
DTS HD, DTS ES, DTS 96/24

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
89 x 6.4 x 9.9/35.1 x 2.6 x 3.8

Weight, kg/pounds

2.7/6
3.1/6.1

Other

Release year

2018
2020
Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400
Sony HT-X8500
Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400
Sony HT-X8500

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 8.2
  • 6
  • 8.2Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400
  • 6Sony HT-X8500

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