l would like to share my experience after comparing and testing two soundbars – Yamaha YAS-109 vs Samsung HW-K850. The Yamaha YAS-109 was rated 7, while the Samsung HW-K850 has a rating 5.6. 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, source for the HW-K850.
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 HW-K850 has 3.1.2. These rivals can be compared in terms of power, 60 versus 350 (overall) 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 HW-K850 has wireless connection type. Rate 7 out of 10 received the Yamaha YAS-109 for audio features and specs, but the Samsung HW-K850 received 6 out of 10.
Soundbars do not have AirPlay support. Both devices do not have Google Play Music on board. Each of the competitors can play content from Spotify.
Both models have a wireless Wi-Fi interface. Soundbars from this comparison have Bluetooth support. There are 1/1 HDMI inputs/outputs in the Yamaha YAS-109 versus 2/1 HDMIs in the Samsung HW-K850. As in the YAS-109, so in the HW-K850 there is the HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC). Connecting devices via USB is possible in both models. We rated the connectivity of the YAS-109 at 9 out of 10, while the HW-K850 was rated 7/10. 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 is onboard the HW-K850. 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 same score of 5/10 was put to the soundbars for multichannel surround support.
The Yamaha YAS-109 is better soundbar in this comparison. Check Yamaha YAS-109 price