ZVOX SB380 vs Yamaha YAS-109

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Rating 5 5

SB380 vs YAS-109 comparison chart

Overall
ZVOX SB380
4
Yamaha YAS-109
6.8
4
8
Multichannel surround
4
6

ZVOX SB380 vs Yamaha YAS-109 review

ZVOX SB380
vs
Yamaha YAS-109

To get acquainted with the specs of the devices, we suggest you familiarize with the comparison of ZVOX SB380 and Yamaha YAS-109. It shows us that the YAS-109 is a better choice as a home soundbar than the SB380. According to the results of our comparison, SB380 received 4 points out of 10 possible, and YAS-109 was rated 6.8 points.

Advantages ZVOX SB380 over Yamaha YAS-109

  • We do not know advantages

Advantages Yamaha YAS-109 over ZVOX SB380

  • Available the Amazon Music service
  • Stream music with Spotify
  • Wireless connection via Wi-Fi
  • Wireless connection and control via Bluetooth
  • Supports external media connection via USB
  • HDMI ARC supports
  • Voice control supports
  • App for remote control
  • Built-in microphone

Audio features

Each of the compared models received 6 points for the audio features.

SB380
6
YAS-109
6

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 SB380 and the YAS-109.

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 SB380 has 3.1 channels, while the YAS-109 has 2.0 channels. Also, the output power of the soundbars under consideration is different, ZVOX SB380 has 45 W, and 120 W has the competitor.

SB380 YAS-109
Built-in channels3.12.0
Amplification typeactiveactive
Output power, W45120
Separate speaker (in package)00
Separate speaker connectionshas notwired, wireless

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. Both are not equipped with an external subwoofer.

SB380 YAS-109
Built-in subwoofer
Separate subwoofer (in package)
Separate subwoofer connectionswired, wireless

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 SB380 received rating 4 out of 10 for multichannel audio processing, but the YAS-109, in the same category, earned 6 out of 10 points.

SB380
4
YAS-109
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.

SB380 YAS-109
Dolby Atmos
Dolby (other)Dolby DigitalDolby Digital, Dolby Pro Logic II
DTS:X
DTS (other)has notDTS Virtual:X

Streaming services

The possibility to listen online to millions of songs from one device has become a reality thanks to streaming services.

SB380
0
YAS-109
6

None of the two models is not implemented AirPlay function. The popular Spotify service is available on the YAS-109.

SB380 YAS-109
Apple Music (AirPlay)
Amazon Music
Spotify
Other streaming serviceshas nothas not

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: ZVOX SB380 was rated 4 out of 10, and Yamaha YAS-109 was rated 8 out of 10.

SB380
4
YAS-109
8

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. Modern Bluetooth protocol is the privilege of Yamaha YAS-109 only.

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 a feature unique to Yamaha YAS-109.

SB380 YAS-109
WI-FI
Bluetooth
Ethernet (RJ45)01
NFC
HDMI input/output0/01/1
HDMI ARC
HDMI eARC
HDMI CEC
Optical digital input/output2/01/0
USB1 (USB 2.0)
Coaxial digital input/output0/00/0
Analog audio input/output (RCA)1/01/0
Headphone output00
Subwoofer output01

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 YAS-109 has its own remote control application. Only Yamaha YAS-109 has 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. However, it is impossible to create a multiroom system based on each of these soundbars.

SB380 YAS-109
Voice controlAmazon Alexa
App control
Microphone
Remote control
Multi-room

Dimensions

SB380 YAS-109
Size (Wx H x D), cm/in88.9 x 12.7 x 7.6/35.5 x 5.7 x 3.389 x 5.3 x 13.1/35 x 2.1 x 5.1
Weight, kg/pounds4/9.83.4/7.5
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