Yamaha YAS-109 vs Samsung HW-N650

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YAS-109 vs HW-N650 comparison chart

Overall
Yamaha YAS-109
6.8
Samsung HW-N650
7.6
8
8
Multichannel surround
6
6

Yamaha YAS-109 vs Samsung HW-N650 review

Yamaha YAS-109
vs
Samsung HW-N650

Against the background of the increasing popularity of soundbars, the comparison of Yamaha YAS-109 and Samsung HW-N650 takes place. And based on the available data, we can conclude that HW-N650 has better sound and performance than YAS-109. According to the results of our comparison, YAS-109 received 6.8 points out of 10 possible, and HW-N650 was rated 7.6 points.

Advantages Yamaha YAS-109 over Samsung HW-N650

  • Has an integrated subwoofer
  • Available the Apple Music service
  • Wireless connection via Wi-Fi
  • Voice control supports

Advantages Samsung HW-N650 over Yamaha YAS-109

  • Separate subwoofer provided
  • Possible to create a multi-room system

Audio features

The YAS-109 is rated 6 of 10 against 7 for the HW-N650 according to the audio features rating.

YAS-109
6
HW-N650
7

It worth understanding the difference between the two types of amplification: a passive soundbar does not have its own amplifier and receives amplification from the signal source, while an active soundbar has a built-in amplifier. The same active type of amplification is used in the YAS-109 and the HW-N650.

There are stereo soundbars and multichannel ones. It is with the help of multichannel devices that you can get volumetric sound. It is worth noting one of the main differences, the YAS-109 has 2.0 channels, while the HW-N650 has 5.1 channels. Also, the output power of the soundbars under consideration is different, Yamaha YAS-109 has 120 W, and 360 (overall) W has the competitor.

YAS-109 HW-N650
Built-in channels2.05.1
Amplification typeactiveactive
Output power, W120360 (overall)
Separate speaker (in package)00
Separate speaker connectionswired, wirelesswireless

Subwoofers

Soundbars can have a built-in or external subwoofer. The first type is inseparable from the soundbar body, but for the second, you can choose a good location for deep bass. A built-in subwoofer is only present in the YAS-109. The HW-N650 comes with an external subwoofer. Yamaha YAS-109 has the ability to handle wired and wireless connections from an external subwoofer, while Samsung HW-N650 only has wireless connections.

YAS-109 HW-N650
Built-in subwoofer
Separate subwoofer (in package)
Separate subwoofer connectionswired, wirelesswireless

Multichannel surround

Unlike stereo, when reproducing multichannel sound, each specific direction of sound corresponds to its dedicated channel with a separate independent loudspeaker, which creates a three-dimensional sound stage. The multichannel sound reproduction capabilities of the soundbars were rated 6 out of 10.

YAS-109
6
HW-N650
6

The peculiarity of Dolby Atmos is that this format is object-oriented, that is, each object of the audio signal is sounded separately and linked to its spatial location. If we look at the models in terms of Dolby Atmos support, then none of these soundbars can work with this technology.

DTS:X is an algorithm for processing sound scenes by the processor, linking directly to objects, rather than channels, and calculating the optimal distribution of sound output in a room. This ability to reproduce surround sound with DTS:X technology is not implemented in any of the soundbars in this comparison.

YAS-109 HW-N650
Dolby Atmos
Dolby (other)Dolby Digital, Dolby Pro Logic IIDolby Digital
DTS:X
DTS (other)DTS Virtual:XDTS Virtual:X, DTS TruSurround

Streaming services

The possibility to listen online to millions of songs from one device has become a reality thanks to streaming services. For the ability to work with streaming services, the YAS-109 received 6 points, and the HW-N650 - 10 on a 10-point scale.

YAS-109
6
HW-N650
10

The popular Spotify service is available on both soundbars.

YAS-109 HW-N650
Apple Music (AirPlay)AirPlay
Amazon Music
Spotify
Other streaming serviceshas notPandora, Tuneln, Deezer, Chromecast

Connectivity

The existence of a sufficient number of current connectors significantly expands the functionality of the device. For example, only through HDMI is it possible to implement the transfer of object-oriented formats, and the presence of a Bluetooth connection will allow remote control, etc. The devices received different ratings for connectivity: Yamaha YAS-109 was rated 8 out of 10, and Samsung HW-N650 was rated 7 out of 10.

YAS-109
8
HW-N650
7

The presence of Wi-Fi in the soundbar allows you to get rid of wires when connected to a sound source and get minimal audio latency when playing content from streaming services. Wireless connection via Wi-Fi is possible on the YAS-109.

Bluetooth connection is now one of the main communication protocols for speaker systems, which provides excellent quality and minimal audio latency. The availability of Bluetooth protocol, we can see in both models. The YAS-109 has 1/1 HDMI inputs/outputs, but the HW-N650 got 1/0 HDMI inputs/outputs from the manufacturer.

HDMI ARC is a very usefull technology that creates a two-way communication channel between a TV and another device. This is convenient since there is no need to use optical and other cables in the system. HDMI ARC is basic for both soundbars. Connecting external devices via USB can be done on both models.

YAS-109 HW-N650
WI-FI
Bluetooth
Ethernet (RJ45)10
NFC
HDMI input/output1/11/0
HDMI ARC
HDMI eARC
HDMI CEC
Optical digital input/output1/01/0
USB1 (USB 2.0)1 (USB 2.0)
Coaxial digital input/output0/00/0
Analog audio input/output (RCA)1/01/0
Headphone output00
Subwoofer output10

Features

Voice control is designed to make operating the device more convenient. This allows you to control basic soundbar functions from anywhere in the room.

Proprietary applications allow you to control your soundbars remotely. This is possible both via Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. The ability to control the soundbar using the application is implemented in each of the competitors. Both soundbars have a built-in microphone.

Some soundbars can be part of a multi-room system and it is an affordable solution for sounding the whole house. The HW-N650 has the ability to use a multiroom system.

YAS-109 HW-N650
Voice controlAmazon Alexa
App control
Microphone
Remote control
Multi-room

Dimensions

YAS-109 HW-N650
Size (Wx H x D), cm/in89 x 5.3 x 13.1/35 x 2.1 x 5.1109.2 x 5 x 7.6/43.3 x 2.3 x 3.9
Weight, kg/pounds3.4/7.53.1/7.9
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