l would like to share my experience after comparing and testing two soundbars – Samsung HW-Q950T vs Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400. The Samsung HW-Q950T was rated 8.4, while the Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 has a rating 8.2. The soundbars are equipped with a different number of buttons, multi function, volume down, volume up, microphone for the HW-Q950T 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-Q950T has 9.1.4 and MusicCast BAR 400 has 5.1. These rivals can be compared in terms of power, 546 (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 9 out of 10 received the Samsung HW-Q950T 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-Q950T versus 1/1 HDMIs in the Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400. As in the HW-Q950T, so in the MusicCast BAR 400 there is the HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC). Connecting devices via USB is possible in both models. The connectivity of each of the models was estimated at 8/10.
Both devices have integrated voice control via Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant. The manufacturer of the HW-Q950T 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-Q950T. The HW-Q950T can work with surround sound due to DTS:X support. The HW-Q950T was rated 9/10, while the MusicCast BAR 400 received a mark of 6/10 for multichannel surround.