Yamaha YAS-109 vs Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 review

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Yamaha YAS-109
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Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400

l would like to share my experience after comparing and testing two soundbars – Yamaha YAS-109 vs Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400. The Yamaha YAS-109 was rated 7, while the Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 has a rating 7.6. 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, input, mute for the MusicCast BAR 400.

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 MusicCast BAR 400 has 5.1. These rivals can be compared in terms of power, 60 versus 100 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 MusicCast BAR 400 has wireless connection type. Rate 7 out of 10 received the Yamaha YAS-109 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.

Connectivity

Both models 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-109, so in the MusicCast BAR 400 there is the HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC). Connecting devices via USB is possible in both models. The connectivity of each of the models was estimated at 9/10.

Features

The manufacturer of the YAS-109 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.

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos audio decoder support is not implemented in either the YAS-109 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-109 was rated 5/10, while the MusicCast BAR 400 received a mark of 4/10 for multichannel surround.

Soundbars comparison chart

Overall
Yamaha YAS-109
7
Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400
7.6
8
8
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Common

Product

Yamaha YAS-109
Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400

Model

YAS-109
MusicCast BAR 400

Brand

Yamaha
Yamaha

Reviews

234
77

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, input, mute

Audio features

Built-in channels

2.0
5.1

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

60
100

Separate speaker (in package)

0
0

Separate speaker connections

wired, wireless
wireless

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

0
1

Separate subwoofer connections

wired, wireless
wireless

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay 2

Google Play Music

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

has not
Pandora, Deezer, TIDAL, Napster, SiriusXM, Qobuz

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

1
1

NFC

HDMI input/output

1/1
1/1

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
Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri

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
94.2 x 8.3 x 11/38.6 x 3.3 x 4.3

Weight, kg/pounds

3.4/7.5
2.7/6
Yamaha YAS-109
Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400
Yamaha YAS-109
Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 7
  • 7.6
  • 7Yamaha YAS-109
  • 7.6Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400

The Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 is better soundbar in this comparison. Check Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 price