I had a chance to test and compare two models: Samsung HW-Q80R vs Yamaha YAS-107 and this review should help people who are looking for a good soundbar. The Samsung HW-Q80R was rated 8, while the Yamaha YAS-107 has a rating 6.8. The soundbars are equipped with a different number of buttons, power, volume down, volume up, source for the HW-Q80R and input, mute, volume down, volume up, power for the YAS-107.
Each of the models under consideration has active amplification type. A noticeable difference is the number of channels that HW-Q80R has 5.1.2 and YAS-107 has 2.0. These rivals can be compared in terms of power, 372 (overall) versus 120 according to devices. A built-in subwoofer is available only in the Yamaha YAS-107. An external subwoofer connects to the HW-Q80R via wireless, but YAS-107 has wired connection type. Rate 8 out of 10 received the Samsung HW-Q80R for audio features and specs, but the Yamaha YAS-107 received 7 out of 10. Each of the competitors can play content from Spotify.
Wireless Internet connection is realized only in the HW-Q80R. Soundbars from this comparison have Bluetooth support. There are 2/1 HDMI inputs/outputs in the Samsung HW-Q80R versus 1/0 HDMIs in the Yamaha YAS-107. As in the HW-Q80R, so in the YAS-107 there is the HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC). We rated the connectivity of the HW-Q80R at 7 out of 10, while the YAS-107 was rated 6/10. Each of the soundbars can be controlled using the application. The Samsung HW-Q80R equipped with a microphone. The Samsung HW-Q80R may become part of a multiroom system.
Dolby Atmos audio decoder is onboard the HW-Q80R. The HW-Q80R can work with surround sound due to DTS:X support. The HW-Q80R was rated 10/10, while the YAS-107 received a mark of 6/10 for multichannel surround.