Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 vs Bose Smart Soundbar 300 review

Votes 1 1
Rating 5 5

Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 vs Bose Smart Soundbar 300 comparison chart

Overall
Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400
8.2
Bose Smart Soundbar 300
7.6
10
10

Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 vs Bose Smart Soundbar 300 review

Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400
vs
Bose Smart Soundbar 300

The Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 vs Bose Smart Soundbar 300 comparison shows that these models have some important differences and common features. The Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 was rated 8.2, while the Bose Smart Soundbar 300 has a rating 7.6. The soundbars are equipped with a different number of buttons, power, volume down, volume up, input, mute for the MusicCast BAR 400 and microphone, action for the Smart Soundbar 300.

Audio features

Each of the models under consideration has active amplification type. A noticeable difference is the number of channels that MusicCast BAR 400 has 5.1 and Smart Soundbar 300 has 3.0. The built-in subwoofer is not implemented in any of these models. An external subwoofer connects to the MusicCast BAR 400 via wireless, but Smart Soundbar 300 has wired and wireless connection type. Rate 7 out of 10 received the Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 for audio features and specs, but the Bose Smart Soundbar 300 received 5 out of 10.

Streaming services

AirPlay 2 supported by both soundbars. 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. There are 1/1 HDMI inputs/outputs in the Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 versus 1/0 HDMIs in the Bose Smart Soundbar 300. As in the MusicCast BAR 400, so in the Smart Soundbar 300 there is the HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC). The connectivity of each of the models was estimated at 8/10.

Features

Both devices have integrated voice control via Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant. The manufacturer of the Smart Soundbar 300 provides a device control application. The soundbars in this review are equipped with a microphone. The models under consideration can become part of a multiroom system.

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos audio decoder support is not implemented in either the MusicCast BAR 400 or Smart Soundbar 300. Devices from this comparison cannot process surround sound due to lack of DTS:X. The MusicCast BAR 400 was rated 6/10, while the Smart Soundbar 300 received a mark of 4/10 for multichannel surround.

Advantages Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 over Bose Smart Soundbar 300

  • Separate subwoofer in package

Advantages Bose Smart Soundbar 300 over Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400

  • App control
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Common

Product

Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400
Bose Smart Soundbar 300

Model

MusicCast BAR 400
Smart Soundbar 300

Brand

Yamaha
Bose

Reviews

112
79

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
microphone, action

Audio features

Built-in channels

5.1
3.0

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

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
wired, wireless

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay 2
AirPlay 2

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

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

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

1
0

NFC

HDMI input/output

1/1
1/0

HDMI ARC

HDMI eARC

HDMI CEC

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
0/0

Headphone output

0
0

Subwoofer output

0
1

Features

Voice control

Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant
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 Digital Surround
has not

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
66 x 5 x 10.1/26.5 x 2.2 x 4

Weight, kg/pounds

2.7/6
3.6/8

Other

Release year

2018
2020
Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400
Bose Smart Soundbar 300
Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400
Bose Smart Soundbar 300

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 8.2
  • 7.6
  • 8.2Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400
  • 7.6Bose Smart Soundbar 300

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

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