Samsung HW-Q90R vs Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 review

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Samsung HW-Q90R
vs
Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400

l would like to share my experience after comparing and testing two soundbars – Samsung HW-Q90R vs Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400. The Samsung HW-Q90R was rated 7.2, while the Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 has a rating 7.6. The soundbars are equipped with a different number of buttons, power, volume down, volume up, source for the HW-Q90R and power, volume down, volume up, input, mute for the MusicCast BAR 400.

Audio features

Each of the models under consideration has active amplification type. A noticeable difference is the number of channels that HW-Q90R has 7.1.4 and MusicCast BAR 400 has 5.1. These rivals can be compared in terms of power, 512 (overall) versus 100 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 10 out of 10 received the Samsung HW-Q90R for audio features and specs, but the Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 received 8 out of 10. Both devices do not have Google Play Music on board. Each of the competitors can play content from Spotify.

Connectivity

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-Q90R versus 1/1 HDMIs in the Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400. As in the HW-Q90R, 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-Q90R at 7 out of 10, while the MusicCast BAR 400 was rated 9/10.

Features

The manufacturer of the HW-Q90R provides a device control application. The soundbars in this review are equipped with a microphone. The Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 may become part of a multiroom system.

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos audio decoder is onboard the HW-Q90R. The HW-Q90R can work with surround sound due to DTS:X support. The MusicCast BAR 400 has a modern feature such as DTS Virtual:X. The HW-Q90R was rated 7/10, while the MusicCast BAR 400 received a mark of 4/10 for multichannel surround.

Advantages Samsung HW-Q90R over Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400

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

Advantages Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 over Samsung HW-Q90R

  • Amazon Music compatible
  • Multi-room support

Soundbars comparison chart

Overall
Samsung HW-Q90R
7.2
Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400
7.6
8
8
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Common

Product

Samsung HW-Q90R
Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400

Model

HW-Q90R
MusicCast BAR 400

Brand

Samsung
Yamaha

Reviews

1393
101

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, source
power, volume down, volume up, input, mute

Audio features

Built-in channels

7.1.4
5.1

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

512 (overall)
100

Separate speaker (in package)

2
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

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

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

0
1

NFC

HDMI input/output

2/1
1/1

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)

0/0
1/0

Headphone output

0
0

Subwoofer output

0
0

Features

Voice control

Amazon Alexa
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

122.4 x 8.1 x 13.4/48.2 x 3.2 x 5.3
94.2 x 8.3 x 11/38.6 x 3.3 x 4.3

Weight, kg/pounds

8.7/19.4
2.7/6
Samsung HW-Q90R
Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400
Samsung HW-Q90R
Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 7.2
  • 7.6
  • 7.2Samsung HW-Q90R
  • 7.6Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400

The Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 is better soundbar in this comparison. Check Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 price