Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1 vs Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 review

Votes 1 1
Rating 5 5

Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1 vs Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 comparison chart

Overall
Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1
7.8
Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400
8.2
4
10

Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1 vs Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 review

Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1
vs
Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400

l would like to share my experience after comparing and testing two soundbars – Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1 vs Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400. The Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1 was rated 7.8, while the Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 has a rating 8.2. The soundbars are equipped with a different number of buttons, power, source, demo, volume down, volume up for the Shockwafe Pro 7.1 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 Shockwafe Pro 7.1 has 7.1.4 and MusicCast BAR 400 has 5.1. These rivals can be compared in terms of power, 600 (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 Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1 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.

Connectivity

Wireless Internet connection is realized only in the MusicCast BAR 400. Soundbars from this comparison have Bluetooth support. There are 3/1 HDMI inputs/outputs in the Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1 versus 1/1 HDMIs in the Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400. As in the Shockwafe Pro 7.1, 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. 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 is onboard the Shockwafe Pro 7.1. The Shockwafe Pro 7.1 can work with surround sound due to DTS:X support. The Shockwafe Pro 7.1 was rated 10/10, while the MusicCast BAR 400 received a mark of 6/10 for multichannel surround.

Advantages Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1 over Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400

  • Compatible with Dolby Atmos
  • Compatible with DTS:X

Advantages Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 over Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1

  • WI-FI enabled
  • Microphone
  • Multi-room support
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Common

Product

Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1
Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400

Model

Shockwafe Pro 7.1
MusicCast BAR 400

Brand

Nakamichi
Yamaha

Reviews

1993
112

General

Placement type

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

Connection to source

wired, wireless
wired, wireless

Soundbar buttons

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

Audio features

Built-in channels

7.1.4
5.1

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

600 (overall)
200 (overall)

Separate speaker (in package)

2
0

Separate speaker connections

wired
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, SoundCloud
Pandora, Deezer, TIDAL, Napster, SiriusXM, Qobuz

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

0
1

NFC

HDMI input/output

3/1
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

1/0
0/0

Analog audio input/output (RCA)

1/0
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, Dolby TruHD
Dolby Digital

DTS:X

DTS (other)

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

User manual

Manual

N/A

Dimensions

Size (Wx H x D), cm/in

114.3 x 7.6 x 7.6/45.5 x 3 x 3.5
94.2 x 8.3 x 11/38.6 x 3.3 x 4.3

Weight, kg/pounds

3.1/7.2
2.7/6

Other

Release year

2017
2018
Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1
Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400
Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1
Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 7.8
  • 8.2
  • 7.8Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1
  • 8.2Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400

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

Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1 competitors

Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 competitors