Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 vs Samsung HW-R650 review

Votes 1 1
Rating 5 5

Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 vs Samsung HW-R650 comparison chart

Overall
Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400
8.2
Samsung HW-R650
5.2
10
4

Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 vs Samsung HW-R650 review

Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400
vs
Samsung HW-R650

Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 vs Samsung HW-R650 comparison definitely makes sense. Based on our rating, MusicCast BAR 400 has a total rating of 8.2 out of 10 versus 5.2 for HW-R650. The competitors' control buttons are different: power, volume down, volume up, input, mute and volume down, volume up, power, source, 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 3.1 for the Samsung HW-R650. The output power is different and equal to 200 (overall) W for the MusicCast BAR 400 versus 340 (overall) W for the HW-R650. Competitors do not have a built-in subwoofer. Rivals have wireless connection to separate subwoofer. Both models received our 7 rating of 10 for their 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, the MusicCast BAR 400 received a rating of 8/10 versus 7/10, respectively. 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

None of soundbars equipped with Dolby Atmos multichannel audio decoder. The soundbars do not support the surround sound technology DTS:X. For multichannel surround Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 got a rating of 6, and Samsung HW-R650 5 out of 10.

Advantages Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 over Samsung HW-R650

  • Amazon Music compatible
  • Spotify support
  • WI-FI enabled
  • Microphone
  • Multi-room support
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Common

Product

Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400
Samsung HW-R650

Model

MusicCast BAR 400
HW-R650

Brand

Yamaha
Samsung

Reviews

112
427

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
volume down, volume up, power, source

Audio features

Built-in channels

5.1
3.1

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

200 (overall)
340 (overall)

Separate speaker (in package)

0
0

Separate speaker connections

wireless
wireless

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

Separate subwoofer connections

wireless
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 Pro Logic II

DTS:X

DTS (other)

DTS Virtual:X, DTS Digital Surround
DTS Digital Surround

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
104 x 5 x 7.6/41.7 x 2.3 x 3.4

Weight, kg/pounds

2.7/6
2.9/6.4

Other

Release year

2018
2019
Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400
Samsung HW-R650
Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400
Samsung HW-R650

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 8.2
  • 5.2
  • 8.2Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400
  • 5.2Samsung HW-R650

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

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