Yamaha YSP-5600 vs Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 review

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Rating 5 5
Yamaha YSP-5600
vs
Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400

l would like to share my experience after comparing and testing two soundbars – Yamaha YSP-5600 vs Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400. The Yamaha YSP-5600 was rated 8, while the Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 has a rating 7.6. The soundbars are equipped with a different number of buttons, input, volume down, volume up, power for the YSP-5600 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 YSP-5600 has 7.1.2 and MusicCast BAR 400 has 5.1. These rivals can be compared in terms of power, 90 versus 100 according to devices. A built-in subwoofer is available only in the Yamaha YSP-5600. Rate 7 out of 10 received the Yamaha YSP-5600 for audio features and specs, but the Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 received 8 out of 10.

Streaming services

The Yamaha YSP-5600 is equipped with AirPlay, but the Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 has AirPlay 2 on board. Google Play Music service is only in the YSP-5600. 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 4/1 HDMI inputs/outputs in the Yamaha YSP-5600 versus 1/1 HDMIs in the Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400. As in the YSP-5600, 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. The manufacturer of the YSP-5600 provides a device control application. The soundbars in this review are equipped with a microphone. The models under consideration can become part of a multiroom system.

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos audio decoder is onboard the YSP-5600. The YSP-5600 can work with surround sound due to DTS:X support. The MusicCast BAR 400 has a modern feature such as DTS Virtual:X. The YSP-5600 was rated 7/10, while the MusicCast BAR 400 received a mark of 4/10 for multichannel surround.

Advantages Yamaha YSP-5600 over Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400

  • Built-in subwoofer
  • Google Play Music compatible
  • App control
  • Compatible with Dolby Atmos
  • Compatible with DTS:X

Soundbars comparison chart

Overall
Yamaha YSP-5600
8
Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400
7.6
8
8
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Common

Product

Yamaha YSP-5600
Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400

Model

YSP-5600
MusicCast BAR 400

Brand

Yamaha
Yamaha

Reviews

47
101

General

Placement type

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

Connection to source

wired, wireless
wired, wireless

Soundbar buttons

input, volume down, volume up, power
power, volume down, volume up, input, mute

Audio features

Built-in channels

7.1.2
5.1

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

90
100

Separate speaker (in package)

0
0

Separate speaker connections

wireless

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

0
1

Separate subwoofer connections

has not
wireless

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay
AirPlay 2

Google Play Music

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

Pandora, Napster, TIDAL, Deezer
Pandora, Deezer, TIDAL, Napster, SiriusXM, Qobuz

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

1
1

NFC

HDMI input/output

4/1
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

1/0
0/0

Analog audio input/output (RCA)

1/0
1/0

Headphone output

0
0

Subwoofer output

1
0

Features

Voice control

Amazon Alexa, 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

91.4 x 20.3 x 10.2/36 x 8.5 x 4.8
94.2 x 8.3 x 11/38.6 x 3.3 x 4.3

Weight, kg/pounds

11.3/25.8
2.7/6
Yamaha YSP-5600
Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400
Yamaha YSP-5600
Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 8
  • 7.6
  • 8Yamaha YSP-5600
  • 7.6Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400

The Yamaha YSP-5600 is better soundbar in this comparison. Check Yamaha YSP-5600 price