I had a chance to test and compare two models: Yamaha YAS-209 vs LG SK1 and this review should help people who are looking for a good soundbar. The Yamaha YAS-209 was rated 6.4, while the LG SK1 has a rating 4.5.
Each of the models under consideration has active amplification type. By the number of channels, the devices do not differ. These rivals can be compared in terms of power, 200 versus 40 according to devices. The built-in subwoofer is not implemented in any of these models. Rate 6 out of 10 received the Yamaha YAS-209 for audio features and specs, but the LG SK1 received 5 out of 10.
Soundbars do not have AirPlay support. The YAS-209 can play audio from Spotify.
Wireless Internet connection is realized only in the YAS-209. Soundbars from this comparison have Bluetooth support. The HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) is implemented only in the YAS-209. Connecting devices via USB is possible in both models. We rated the connectivity of the YAS-209 at 7 out of 10, while the SK1 was rated 6/10. The manufacturer of the YAS-209 provides a device control application. The Yamaha YAS-209 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-209 or SK1. Devices from this comparison cannot process surround sound due to lack of DTS:X. The YAS-209 was rated 6/10, while the SK1 received a mark of 4/10 for multichannel surround.