l would like to share my experience after comparing and testing two soundbars – Yamaha YAS-108 vs Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400. The Yamaha YAS-108 was rated 5.8, while the Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 has a rating 7.6. The soundbars are equipped with a different number of buttons, input, mute, volume down, volume up, power for the YAS-108 and power, volume down, volume up, input, mute for the MusicCast BAR 400.
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 MusicCast BAR 400 has 5.1. These rivals can be compared in terms of power, 120 versus 100 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 MusicCast BAR 400 has wireless connection type. Rate 7 out of 10 received the Yamaha YAS-108 for audio features and specs, but the Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 received 8 out of 10. Both devices do not have Google Play Music on board. Each of the competitors can play content from Spotify.
Wireless Internet connection is realized only in the MusicCast BAR 400. 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 MusicCast BAR 400 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 MusicCast BAR 400 was rated 9/10.
The manufacturer of the YAS-108 provides a device control application. The soundbars in this review are equipped with a microphone. The Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 may become part of a multiroom system.
Dolby Atmos audio decoder support is not implemented in either the YAS-108 or MusicCast BAR 400. Devices from this comparison cannot process surround sound due to lack of DTS:X. DTS Virtual:X technology included in each soundbar in this review. The YAS-108 was rated 5/10, while the MusicCast BAR 400 received a mark of 4/10 for multichannel surround.
The Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 is better soundbar in this comparison. Check Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 price