Yamaha YAS-108 vs Samsung HW-N650 review

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Yamaha YAS-108
vs
Samsung HW-N650

l would like to share my experience after comparing and testing two soundbars – Yamaha YAS-108 vs Samsung HW-N650. The Yamaha YAS-108 was rated 5.8, while the Samsung HW-N650 has a rating 6.6. The soundbars are equipped with a different number of buttons, input, mute, volume down, volume up, power for the YAS-108 and volume down, volume up, input, power for the HW-N650.

Audio features

Each of the models under consideration has active amplification type. A noticeable difference is the number of channels that YAS-108 has 2.0 and HW-N650 has 5.1. These rivals can be compared in terms of power, 120 versus 360 (overall) according to devices. A built-in subwoofer is available only in the Yamaha YAS-108. An external subwoofer connects to the YAS-108 via wired and wireless, but HW-N650 has wireless connection type. Audio features and specs of considered models we rated 7 out of 10 in our ranking. Google Play Music service is only in the HW-N650. Each of the competitors can play content from Spotify.

Connectivity

Both models do not have a wireless Wi-Fi interface. Soundbars from this comparison have Bluetooth support. There are 1/1 HDMI inputs/outputs in the Yamaha YAS-108 versus 1/0 HDMIs in the Samsung HW-N650. As in the YAS-108, so in the HW-N650 there is the HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC). Connecting devices via USB is possible in both models. The connectivity of each of the models was estimated at 7/10. Each of the soundbars can be controlled using the application. The soundbars in this review are equipped with a microphone. The Samsung HW-N650 may become part of a multiroom system.

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos audio decoder support is not implemented in either the YAS-108 or HW-N650. Devices from this comparison cannot process surround sound due to lack of DTS:X. The YAS-108 has a modern feature such as DTS Virtual:X. The YAS-108 was rated 5/10, while the HW-N650 received a mark of 2/10 for multichannel surround.

Advantages Yamaha YAS-108 over Samsung HW-N650

  • Built-in subwoofer

Advantages Samsung HW-N650 over Yamaha YAS-108

  • Google Play Music compatible
  • Amazon Music compatible
  • Multi-room support

Soundbars comparison chart

Overall
Yamaha YAS-108
5.8
Samsung HW-N650
6.6
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Common

Product

Yamaha YAS-108
Samsung HW-N650

Model

YAS-108
HW-N650

Brand

Yamaha
Samsung

Reviews

916
67

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
volume down, volume up, input, power

Audio features

Built-in channels

2.0
5.1

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

120
360 (overall)

Separate speaker (in package)

0
0

Separate speaker connections

wired, wireless
wireless

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

0
1

Separate subwoofer connections

wired, wireless
wireless

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay

Google Play Music

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

has not
Pandora, Tuneln, Deezer, Chromecast

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

0
0

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
0/0

Analog audio input/output (RCA)

1/0
1/0

Headphone output

0
0

Subwoofer output

1
0

Features

Voice control

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

88.9 x 5.3 x 12.9/35 x 2.1 x 5.1
109.2 x 5 x 7.6/43.3 x 2.3 x 3.9

Weight, kg/pounds

3.1/7.1
3.1/7.9
Yamaha YAS-108
Samsung HW-N650
Yamaha YAS-108
Samsung HW-N650

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 5.8
  • 6.6
  • 5.8Yamaha YAS-108
  • 6.6Samsung HW-N650

The Samsung HW-N650 is better soundbar in this comparison. Check Samsung HW-N650 price