Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 vs VIZIO SB4451-C0 review

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Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400
vs
VIZIO SB4451-C0

l would like to share my experience after comparing and testing two soundbars – Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 vs VIZIO SB4451-C0. The Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 was rated 7.6, while the VIZIO SB4451-C0 has a rating 6.4. The soundbars are equipped with a different number of buttons, power, volume down, volume up, input, mute for the MusicCast BAR 400 and power, input, Bluetooth, volume down, volume up for the SB4451-C0.

Audio features

Each of the models under consideration has active amplification type. By the number of channels, the devices do not differ. 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.

Streaming services

The Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 is equipped with AirPlay 2, but the VIZIO SB4451-C0 has AirPlay on board. Google Play Music service is only in the SB4451-C0. 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 VIZIO SB4451-C0. As in the MusicCast BAR 400, so in the SB4451-C0 there is the HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC). Connecting devices via USB is possible in both models. We rated the connectivity of the MusicCast BAR 400 at 9 out of 10, while the SB4451-C0 was rated 8/10. The manufacturer of the SB4451-C0 provides a device control application. 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 MusicCast BAR 400 or SB4451-C0. 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 MusicCast BAR 400 was rated 4/10, while the SB4451-C0 received a mark of 2/10 for multichannel surround.

Advantages Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 over VIZIO SB4451-C0

  • Microphone
  • Multi-room support

Advantages VIZIO SB4451-C0 over Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400

  • Google Play Music compatible
  • App control

Soundbars comparison chart

Overall
Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400
7.6
VIZIO SB4451-C0
6.4
8
5
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Common

Product

Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400
VIZIO SB4451-C0

Model

MusicCast BAR 400
SB4451-C0

Brand

Yamaha
VIZIO

Reviews

101
118

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
power, input, Bluetooth, volume down, volume up

Audio features

Built-in channels

5.1
5.1

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

100

Separate speaker (in package)

0
2

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
AirPlay

Google Play Music

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

Pandora, Deezer, TIDAL, Napster, SiriusXM, Qobuz
VIZIO SmartCast

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

1
1

NFC

HDMI input/output

1/1
1/0

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
1/0

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

94.2 x 8.3 x 11/38.6 x 3.3 x 4.3
111.7 x 7.6 x 7.6/44 x 3 x 3

Weight, kg/pounds

2.7/6
4.5/10.8
Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400
VIZIO SB4451-C0
Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400
VIZIO SB4451-C0

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 7.6
  • 6.4
  • 7.6Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400
  • 6.4VIZIO SB4451-C0

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