Sonos Playbar vs Yamaha YAS-108 review

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Sonos Playbar
vs
Yamaha YAS-108

The present review is aimed to compare two soundbars - Sonos Playbar vs Yamaha YAS-108 that are meant to satisfy the needs of cinema and music lovers. Based on our rating, Playbar has a total rating of 4.5 out of 10 versus 5.8 for YAS-108. The competitors' control buttons are different: play/pause, volume up, volume down and input, mute, volume down, volume up, power, respectively.

Audio features

Both soundbars have active amplification type. A significant difference between the units in the number of channels, the Sonos Playbar has 3.0 versus 2.0 for the Yamaha YAS-108. Only the Yamaha YAS-108 has a built-in subwoofer. The Playbar has a wireless connection to separate subwoofer, and the YAS-108 - wired and wireless. Both models received our 7 rating of 10 for their audio features and specs. Both models do not support Google Play Music. Spotify is available on each of the soundbars.

Connectivity

Only the Sonos Playbar can connect to the Internet via WI-FI. Only the YAS-108 has Bluetooth support. Only the YAS-108 supports HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC). For connectivity, the Playbar received a rating of 3/10 versus 7/10, respectively. App control is available in every soundbar. A built-in microphone is present only on the YAS-108. Soundbars do not have Multi-room support.

Multichannel surround

None of soundbars equipped with Dolby Atmos multichannel audio decoder. The soundbars do not support the surround sound technology DTS:X. The YAS-108 supports DTS Virtual:X.

Advantages Sonos Playbar over Yamaha YAS-108

  • WI-FI enabled

Advantages Yamaha YAS-108 over Sonos Playbar

  • Built-in subwoofer
  • Bluetooth enabled
  • Audio return channel (HDMI ARC) support
  • Microphone

Soundbars comparison chart

Overall
Sonos Playbar
4.5
Yamaha YAS-108
5.8
2
8
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Common

Product

Sonos Playbar
Yamaha YAS-108

Model

Playbar
YAS-108

Brand

Sonos
Yamaha

Reviews

1691
916

General

Placement type

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

Connection to source

wired, wireless
wired, wireless

Soundbar buttons

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

Audio features

Built-in channels

3.0
2.0

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

120

Separate speaker (in package)

0
0

Separate speaker connections

wireless
wired, wireless

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

0
0

Separate subwoofer connections

wireless
wired, wireless

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay 2

Google Play Music

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

Pandora, Tuneln, SoundCloud
has not

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

2
0

NFC

HDMI input/output

0/0
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)

0/0
1/0

Headphone output

0
0

Subwoofer output

0
1

Features

Voice control

Amazon Alexa

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

90 x 14 x 8.5/35.4 x 5.5 x 3.3
88.9 x 5.3 x 12.9/35 x 2.1 x 5.1

Weight, kg/pounds

5.4/11.9
3.1/7.1
Sonos Playbar
Yamaha YAS-108
Sonos Playbar
Yamaha YAS-108

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 4.5
  • 5.8
  • 4.5Sonos Playbar
  • 5.8Yamaha YAS-108

The Yamaha YAS-108 is better soundbar in this comparison. Check Yamaha YAS-108 price