ZVOX SB380 vs Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 review

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Rating 5 5
ZVOX SB380
vs
Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400

l would like to share my experience after comparing and testing two soundbars – ZVOX SB380 vs Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400. The ZVOX SB380 was rated 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, input for the SB380 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 SB380 has 3.1 and MusicCast BAR 400 has 5.1. These rivals can be compared in terms of power, 45 versus 100 according to devices. A built-in subwoofer is available only in the ZVOX SB380. Rate 6 out of 10 received the ZVOX SB380 for audio features and specs, but the Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 received 8 out of 10. 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. Bluetooth support integrated in the MusicCast BAR 400. The HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) is implemented only in the MusicCast BAR 400. We rated the connectivity of the SB380 at 4 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 SB380 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 SB380 was rated 2/10, while the MusicCast BAR 400 received a mark of 4/10 for multichannel surround.

Advantages ZVOX SB380 over Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400

  • Built-in subwoofer

Advantages Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 over ZVOX SB380

  • Amazon Music compatible
  • Spotify support
  • WI-FI enabled
  • Bluetooth enabled
  • Audio return channel (HDMI ARC) support
  • Microphone
  • Multi-room support

Soundbars comparison chart

Overall
ZVOX SB380
4
Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400
7.6
4
8
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Common

Product

ZVOX SB380
Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400

Model

SB380
MusicCast BAR 400

Brand

ZVOX
Yamaha

Reviews

431
101

General

Placement type

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

Connection to source

wired
wired, wireless

Soundbar buttons

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

Audio features

Built-in channels

3.1
5.1

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

45
100

Separate speaker (in package)

0
0

Separate speaker connections

wireless

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

0
1

Separate subwoofer connections

has not
wireless

Streaming services

Apple Music (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

0/0
1/1

HDMI ARC

Optical digital input/output

2/0
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

88.9 x 12.7 x 7.6/35.5 x 5.7 x 3.3
94.2 x 8.3 x 11/38.6 x 3.3 x 4.3

Weight, kg/pounds

4/9.8
2.7/6
ZVOX SB380
Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400
ZVOX SB380
Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 4
  • 7.6
  • 4ZVOX SB380
  • 7.6Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400

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