l would like to share my experience after comparing and testing two soundbars – Samsung HW-Q80R vs Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400. The Samsung HW-Q80R was rated 8, while the Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 has a rating 8.2. The soundbars are equipped with a different number of buttons, power, volume down, volume up, source for the HW-Q80R and power, volume down, volume up, input, mute for the MusicCast BAR 400.
Each of the models under consideration has active amplification type. A noticeable difference is the number of channels that HW-Q80R has 5.1.2 and MusicCast BAR 400 has 5.1. These rivals can be compared in terms of power, 372 (overall) versus 200 (overall) according to devices. The built-in subwoofer is not implemented in any of these models. An external subwoofer can be connected to any of the units in this comparison. Rate 8 out of 10 received the Samsung HW-Q80R for audio features and specs, but the Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 received 7 out of 10. Each of the competitors can play content from Spotify.
Both models have a wireless Wi-Fi interface. Soundbars from this comparison have Bluetooth support. There are 2/1 HDMI inputs/outputs in the Samsung HW-Q80R versus 1/1 HDMIs in the Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400. As in the HW-Q80R, so in the MusicCast BAR 400 there is the HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC). Connecting devices via USB is possible in both models. We rated the connectivity of the HW-Q80R at 7 out of 10, while the MusicCast BAR 400 was rated 8/10.
The manufacturer of the HW-Q80R provides a device control application. The soundbars in this review are equipped with a microphone. The models under consideration can become part of a multiroom system.
Dolby Atmos audio decoder is onboard the HW-Q80R. The HW-Q80R can work with surround sound due to DTS:X support. The HW-Q80R was rated 10/10, while the MusicCast BAR 400 received a mark of 6/10 for multichannel surround.