LG SL9YG vs Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 review

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LG SL9YG
vs
Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400

l would like to share my experience after comparing and testing two soundbars – LG SL9YG vs Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400. The LG SL9YG was rated 7.4, 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, play/pause, microphone for the SL9YG 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 SL9YG has 4.1.2 and MusicCast BAR 400 has 5.1. These rivals can be compared in terms of power, 500 (overall) versus 100 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. Audio features and specs of considered models we rated 8 out of 10 in our ranking. Google Play Music service is only in the SL9YG. Each of the competitors can play content from Spotify.

Connectivity

Both models have a wireless Wi-Fi interface. Soundbars from this comparison have Bluetooth support. 1/1 HDMI inputs/outputs are in each of soundbars. As in the SL9YG, 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 SL9YG at 7 out of 10, while the MusicCast BAR 400 was rated 9/10.

Features

The manufacturer of the SL9YG provides a device control application. The soundbars in this review are 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 SL9YG. The SL9YG can work with surround sound due to DTS:X support. The MusicCast BAR 400 has a modern feature such as DTS Virtual:X. The SL9YG was rated 7/10, while the MusicCast BAR 400 received a mark of 4/10 for multichannel surround.

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Product

LG SL9YG
Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400

Model

SL9YG
MusicCast BAR 400

Brand

LG
Yamaha

Reviews

254
48

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, play/pause, microphone
power, volume down, volume up, input, mute

Audio features

Built-in channels

4.1.2
5.1

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

500 (overall)
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 2

Google Play Music

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

Tuneln, Deezer Chromecast
Pandora, Deezer, TIDAL, Napster, SiriusXM, Qobuz

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

0
1

NFC

HDMI input/output

1/1
1/1

HDMI ARC

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

Google Assistant
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

121 x 5.5 x 14.4/48 x 2.2 x 5.7
94.2 x 8.3 x 11/38.6 x 3.3 x 4.3

Weight, kg/pounds

6.3/13.9
2.7/6
LG SL9YG
Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400
LG SL9YG
Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 7.4
  • 7.6
  • 7.4LG SL9YG
  • 7.6Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400

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