Yamaha YAS-109 vs Samsung HW-K850 review

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Rating 5 5
Yamaha YAS-109
vs
Samsung HW-K850

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.

Audio features

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.

Streaming services

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.

Connectivity

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.

Multichannel surround

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.

Advantages Yamaha YAS-109 over Samsung HW-K850

  • Built-in subwoofer
  • App control
  • Microphone

Advantages Samsung HW-K850 over Yamaha YAS-109

  • Compatible with Dolby Atmos

Soundbars comparison chart

Overall
Yamaha YAS-109
7
Samsung HW-K850
5.6
8
4
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Common

Product

Yamaha YAS-109
Samsung HW-K850

Model

YAS-109
HW-K850

Brand

Yamaha
Samsung

Reviews

482
81

General

Placement type

table-top, wall-mountable
table-top, wall-mountable

Connection to source

wired, wireless
wired, wireless

Soundbar buttons

power, volume down, volume up, input, microphone
power, volume down, volume up, source

Audio features

Built-in channels

2.0
3.1.2

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

60
350 (overall)

Separate speaker (in package)

0
0

Separate speaker connections

wired, wireless
wireless

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

0
0

Separate subwoofer connections

wired, wireless
wireless

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

Google Play Music

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

has not
Napster, iHeart

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

1
0

NFC

HDMI input/output

1/1
2/1

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

89 x 5.3 x 13.1/35 x 2.1 x 5.1
120.9 x 8.1 x 12.9 /47.6 x 3.2 x 5.1

Weight, kg/pounds

3.4/7.5
6.6/14.7
Yamaha YAS-109
Samsung HW-K850
Yamaha YAS-109
Samsung HW-K850

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 7
  • 5.6
  • 7Yamaha YAS-109
  • 5.6Samsung HW-K850

The Yamaha YAS-109 is better soundbar in this comparison. Check Yamaha YAS-109 price