Samsung HW-T550 vs Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 review

Votes 1 1
Rating 5 5

Samsung HW-T550 vs Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 comparison chart

Overall
Samsung HW-T550
4.5
Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400
8.2
4
10

Samsung HW-T550 vs Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 review

Samsung HW-T550
vs
Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400

l would like to share my experience after comparing and testing two soundbars – Samsung HW-T550 vs Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400. The Samsung HW-T550 was rated 4.5, while the Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 has a rating 8.2. The soundbars are equipped with a different number of buttons, volume down, volume up, power, source for the HW-T550 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-T550 has 2.1 and MusicCast BAR 400 has 5.1. These rivals can be compared in terms of power, 320 (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 6 out of 10 received the Samsung HW-T550 for audio features and specs, but the Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 received 7 out of 10. The MusicCast BAR 400 can play audio from Spotify.

Connectivity

Wireless Internet connection is realized only in the MusicCast BAR 400. Soundbars from this comparison have Bluetooth support. 1/1 HDMI inputs/outputs are in each of soundbars. As in the HW-T550, 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-T550 at 6 out of 10, while the MusicCast BAR 400 was rated 8/10. None of these soundbars can be controlled using the app. The Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 equipped with a microphone. The Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 may become part of a multiroom system.

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos audio decoder support is not implemented in either the HW-T550 or MusicCast BAR 400. Devices from this comparison cannot process surround sound due to lack of DTS:X. The HW-T550 was rated 5/10, while the MusicCast BAR 400 received a mark of 6/10 for multichannel surround.

Advantages Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 over Samsung HW-T550

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

Product

Samsung HW-T550
Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400

Model

HW-T550
MusicCast BAR 400

Brand

Samsung
Yamaha

Reviews

2901
112

General

Placement type

table-top, wall-mountable
table-top, wall-mountable

Connection to source

wired, wireless
wired, wireless

Soundbar buttons

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

Audio features

Built-in channels

2.1
5.1

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

320 (overall)
200 (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

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

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

0
1

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)

0/0
1/0

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

DTS:X

DTS (other)

DTS Virtual:X
DTS Virtual:X, DTS Digital Surround

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Size (Wx H x D), cm/in

83.8 x 5 x 7.6/33.9 x 2.2 x 3.3
94.2 x 8.3 x 11/38.6 x 3.3 x 4.3

Weight, kg/pounds

1.8/4.6
2.7/6

Other

Release year

2020
2018
Samsung HW-T550
Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400
Samsung HW-T550
Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 4.5
  • 8.2
  • 4.5Samsung HW-T550
  • 8.2Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400

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

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