Sony HT-Z9F vs Yamaha YAS-108 review

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Sony HT-Z9F
vs
Yamaha YAS-108

The present review is aimed to compare two soundbars - Sony HT-Z9F vs Yamaha YAS-108 that are meant to satisfy the needs of cinema and music lovers. Based on our rating, HT-Z9F has a total rating of 6.8 out of 10 versus 5.8 for YAS-108. The competitors' control buttons are different: power, input, Bluetooth, music service, volume down, volume up 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 Sony HT-Z9F has 3.1 versus 2.0 for the Yamaha YAS-108. The output power is different and equal to 400 (overall) W for the HT-Z9F versus 120 W for the YAS-108. Only the Yamaha YAS-108 has a built-in subwoofer. The HT-Z9F 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.

Streaming services

Soundbars do not have AirPlay support. Both models do not support Google Play Music. Spotify is available on each of the soundbars.

Connectivity

Only the Sony HT-Z9F can connect to the Internet via WI-FI. Rivals from our review have Bluetooth support. The Sony HT-Z9F has 2/0 HDMI inputs/outputs versus 1/1 of the Yamaha YAS-108. The HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) feature supports both devices. Both soundbars have a USB connector. For connectivity, the HT-Z9F received a rating of 8/10 versus 7/10, respectively.

Features

App control is available for the YAS-108. A built-in microphone is present only on the YAS-108. Multi-room is only available for the Sony HT-Z9F.

Multichannel surround

Only the HT-Z9F has a Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format support. A surround technology DTS:X is supported only by the HT-Z9F. The YAS-108 supports DTS Virtual:X. For multichannel surround Sony HT-Z9F got a rating of 7, and Yamaha YAS-108 5 out of 10.

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Common

Product

Sony HT-Z9F
Yamaha YAS-108

Model

HT-Z9F
YAS-108

Brand

Sony
Yamaha

Reviews

91
619

General

Placement type

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

Connection to source

wired, wireless
wired, wireless

Soundbar buttons

power, input, Bluetooth, music service, volume down, volume up
input, mute, volume down, volume up, power

Audio features

Built-in channels

3.1
2.0

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

400 (overall)
120

Separate speaker (in package)

0
0

Separate speaker connections

wired, wireless

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

1
0

Separate subwoofer connections

wireless
wired, wireless

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

Google Play Music

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

Chromecast
has not

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

1
0

NFC

HDMI input/output

2/0
1/1

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
0/0

Analog audio input/output (RCA)

1/0
1/0

Headphone output

0
0

Subwoofer output

0
1

Features

Voice control

Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant
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

100 x 6.4 x 10/39.4 x 2.5 x 3.4
88.9 x 5.3 x 12.9/35 x 2.1 x 5.1

Weight, kg/pounds

3.1/6.6
3.1/7.1
Sony HT-Z9F
Yamaha YAS-108
Sony HT-Z9F
Yamaha YAS-108

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 6.8
  • 5.8
  • 6.8Sony HT-Z9F
  • 5.8Yamaha YAS-108

The Sony HT-Z9F is better soundbar in this comparison. Check Sony HT-Z9F price