I had a chance to test and compare two models: Yamaha YAS-108 vs Samsung HW-T550 and this review should help people who are looking for a good soundbar. The Yamaha YAS-108 was rated 6.2, while the Samsung HW-T550 has a rating 4.5. 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, power, source for the HW-T550.
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-T550 has 2.1. These rivals can be compared in terms of power, 120 versus 320 (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-T550 has wireless connection type. Rate 7 out of 10 received the Yamaha YAS-108 for audio features and specs, but the Samsung HW-T550 received 6 out of 10.
Soundbars do not have AirPlay support. The YAS-108 can play audio from Spotify.
Both models do not have a wireless Wi-Fi interface. Soundbars from this comparison have Bluetooth support. 1/1 HDMI inputs/outputs are in each of soundbars. As in the YAS-108, so in the HW-T550 there is the HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC). Connecting devices via USB is possible in both models. We rated the connectivity of the YAS-108 at 7 out of 10, while the HW-T550 was rated 6/10. The manufacturer of the YAS-108 provides a device control application. The Yamaha YAS-108 equipped with a microphone. The models under consideration cannot become part of a multiroom system.
Dolby Atmos audio decoder support is not implemented in either the YAS-108 or HW-T550. Devices from this comparison cannot process surround sound due to lack of DTS:X. The same score of 5/10 was put to the soundbars for multichannel surround support.
The Yamaha YAS-108 is better soundbar in this comparison. Check Yamaha YAS-108 price