Polk Audio SIGNA S2 vs Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 review

Votes 1 1
Rating 5 5
Polk Audio SIGNA S2
vs
Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400

l would like to share my experience after comparing and testing two soundbars – Polk Audio SIGNA S2 vs Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400. The Polk Audio SIGNA S2 was rated 5, 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, Bluetooth for the SIGNA S2 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 SIGNA S2 has 2.1 and MusicCast BAR 400 has 5.1. 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 Polk Audio SIGNA S2 for audio features and specs, but the Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 received 8 out of 10.

Streaming services

The Polk Audio SIGNA S2 is equipped with AirPlay, but the Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 has AirPlay 2 on board. Both devices do not have Google Play Music on board. 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. There are 1/0 HDMI inputs/outputs in the Polk Audio SIGNA S2 versus 1/1 HDMIs in the Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400. As in the SIGNA S2, so in the MusicCast BAR 400 there is the HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC). We rated the connectivity of the SIGNA S2 at 6 out of 10, while the MusicCast BAR 400 was rated 9/10. 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 SIGNA S2 or MusicCast BAR 400. Devices from this comparison cannot process surround sound due to lack of DTS:X. The MusicCast BAR 400 has a modern feature such as DTS Virtual:X. The same score of 4/10 was put to the soundbars for multichannel surround support.

Soundbars comparison chart

Overall
Polk Audio SIGNA S2
5
Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400
7.6
4
8
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Common

Product

Polk Audio SIGNA S2
Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400

Model

SIGNA S2
MusicCast BAR 400

Brand

Polk Audio
Yamaha

Reviews

1839
77

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, Bluetooth
power, volume down, volume up, input, mute

Audio features

Built-in channels

2.1
5.1

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

100

Separate speaker (in package)

0
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
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

1/0
1/1

HDMI ARC

Optical digital input/output

1/0
1/0

USB

1 (USB 2.0)

Coaxial digital input/output

0/0
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, 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

89.9 x 5.4 x 8.1/35.4 x 2.1 x 3.2
94.2 x 8.3 x 11/38.6 x 3.3 x 4.3

Weight, kg/pounds

2.7/6
Polk Audio SIGNA S2
Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400
Polk Audio SIGNA S2
Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 5
  • 7.6
  • 5Polk Audio SIGNA S2
  • 7.6Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400

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