I had a chance to test and compare two models: Yamaha YAS-109 vs Sony HT-S350 and this review should help people who are looking for a good soundbar. The Yamaha YAS-109 was rated 7, while the Sony HT-S350 has a rating 5. The soundbars are equipped with a different number of buttons, power, volume down, volume up, input, microphone for the YAS-109 and power, volume down, volume up, Bluetooth, TV for the HT-S350.
Each of the models under consideration has active amplification type. A noticeable difference is the number of channels that YAS-109 has 2.0 and HT-S350 has 2.1. These rivals can be compared in terms of power, 60 versus 85 according to devices. A built-in subwoofer is available only in the Yamaha YAS-109. An external subwoofer connects to the YAS-109 via wired and wireless, but HT-S350 has wireless connection type. Audio features and specs of considered models we rated 7 out of 10 in our ranking.
Soundbars do not have AirPlay support. Both devices do not have Google Play Music on board. The YAS-109 can play audio from Spotify.
Wireless Internet connection is realized only in the YAS-109. Soundbars from this comparison have Bluetooth support. There are 1/1 HDMI inputs/outputs in the Yamaha YAS-109 versus 0/1 HDMIs in the Sony HT-S350. As in the YAS-109, so in the HT-S350 there is the HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC). We rated the connectivity of the YAS-109 at 9 out of 10, while the HT-S350 was rated 5/10. The manufacturer of the YAS-109 provides a device control application. The Yamaha YAS-109 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-109 or HT-S350. Devices from this comparison cannot process surround sound due to lack of DTS:X. The YAS-109 has a modern feature such as DTS Virtual:X. The YAS-109 was rated 5/10, while the HT-S350 received a mark of 4/10 for multichannel surround.
The Yamaha YAS-109 is better soundbar in this comparison. Check Yamaha YAS-109 price