Yamaha YAS-107 vs Samsung HW-K850 review

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Yamaha YAS-107
vs
Samsung HW-K850

l would like to share my experience after comparing and testing two soundbars – Yamaha YAS-107 vs Samsung HW-K850. The Yamaha YAS-107 was rated 6.2, while the Samsung HW-K850 has a rating 5.6. The soundbars are equipped with a different number of buttons, input, mute, volume down, volume up, power for the YAS-107 and power, volume down, volume up, source for the HW-K850.

Audio features

Each of the models under consideration has active amplification type. A noticeable difference is the number of channels that YAS-107 has 2.0 and HW-K850 has 3.1.2. These rivals can be compared in terms of power, 60 versus 350 (overall) according to devices. A built-in subwoofer is available only in the Yamaha YAS-107. An external subwoofer connects to the YAS-107 via wired, but HW-K850 has wireless connection type. Rate 7 out of 10 received the Yamaha YAS-107 for audio features and specs, but the Samsung HW-K850 received 6 out of 10. Google Play Music service is only in the YAS-107. Each of the competitors can play content from Spotify.

Connectivity

Wireless Internet connection is realized only in the HW-K850. Soundbars from this comparison have Bluetooth support. There are 1/0 HDMI inputs/outputs in the Yamaha YAS-107 versus 2/1 HDMIs in the Samsung HW-K850. As in the YAS-107, so in the HW-K850 there is the HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC). We rated the connectivity of the YAS-107 at 6 out of 10, while the HW-K850 was rated 7/10.

Features

The manufacturer of the YAS-107 provides a device control application. Soundbars in this review are not equipped with a microphone. The models under consideration cannot become part of a multiroom system.

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos audio decoder is onboard the HW-K850. Devices from this comparison cannot process surround sound due to lack of DTS:X. The YAS-107 has a modern feature such as DTS Virtual:X. The YAS-107 was rated 4/10, while the HW-K850 received a mark of 5/10 for multichannel surround.

Advantages Yamaha YAS-107 over Samsung HW-K850

  • Built-in subwoofer
  • Google Play Music compatible
  • App control

Advantages Samsung HW-K850 over Yamaha YAS-107

  • WI-FI enabled
  • Compatible with Dolby Atmos

Soundbars comparison chart

Overall
Yamaha YAS-107
6.2
Samsung HW-K850
5.6
5
4
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Common

Product

Yamaha YAS-107
Samsung HW-K850

Model

YAS-107
HW-K850

Brand

Yamaha
Samsung

Reviews

805
81

General

Placement type

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

Connection to source

wired, wireless
wired, wireless

Soundbar buttons

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

Audio features

Built-in channels

2.0
3.1.2

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

60
350 (overall)

Separate speaker (in package)

0
0

Separate speaker connections

wired
wireless

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

0
0

Separate subwoofer connections

wired
wireless

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay

Google Play Music

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

Pandora, Tuneln, Deezer, Chromecast
Napster, iHeart

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

0
0

NFC

HDMI input/output

1/0
2/1

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)

1/0
1/0

Headphone output

0
0

Subwoofer output

1
0

Features

Voice control

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 5.1 x 12.7/35 x 2.1 x 5.1
120.9 x 8.1 x 12.9 /47.6 x 3.2 x 5.1

Weight, kg/pounds

3.1/7.5
6.6/14.7
Yamaha YAS-107
Samsung HW-K850
Yamaha YAS-107
Samsung HW-K850

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 6.2
  • 5.6
  • 6.2Yamaha YAS-107
  • 5.6Samsung HW-K850

The Yamaha YAS-107 is better soundbar in this comparison. Check Yamaha YAS-107 price