The present review is aimed to compare two soundbars - Yamaha YAS-209 vs Polk Audio Command Bar that are meant to satisfy the needs of cinema and music lovers. Based on our rating, YAS-209 has a total rating of 6.4 out of 10 versus 6.6 for Command Bar. The competitors' control buttons are different: power, volume down, volume up, input, microphone and volume down, volume up, microphone, action, respectively.
Both soundbars have active amplification type. A significant difference between the units in the number of channels, the Yamaha YAS-209 has 2.0 versus 2.1 for the Polk Audio Command Bar. The output power is different and equal to 200 W for the YAS-209 versus 160 (overall) W for the Command Bar. Competitors do not have a built-in subwoofer. Rivals have wireless connection to separate subwoofer. Both models received our 6 rating of 10 for their audio features and specs.
Soundbars do not have AirPlay support. Spotify is available on each of the soundbars.
Only the Yamaha YAS-209 can connect to the Internet via WI-FI. Rivals from our review have Bluetooth support. Each soundbar has 1/1 HDMI inputs/outputs. The HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) feature supports both devices. Both soundbars have a USB connector. For connectivity, each of the soundbars received a rating of 7/10.
Both models support voice control using Amazon Alexa. App control is available for the YAS-209. A built-in microphone is present in each model. Multi-room is only available for the Polk Audio Command Bar.
None of soundbars equipped with Dolby Atmos multichannel audio decoder. The soundbars do not support the surround sound technology DTS:X. For multichannel surround Yamaha YAS-209 got a rating of 6, and Polk Audio Command Bar 5 out of 10.