Yamaha YAS-109 vs Samsung HW-T550

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Votes 3 3
Rating 4.7 4.7

YAS-109 vs HW-T550 comparison chart

Overall
Yamaha YAS-109
6.8
Samsung HW-T550
4.5
8
4
Multichannel surround
6
5

Yamaha YAS-109 vs Samsung HW-T550 review

Yamaha YAS-109
vs
Samsung HW-T550

Choosing a soundbar is not an easy task and the Yamaha YAS-109 vs Samsung HW-T550 comparison is meant to help you with that. As a result, it is clear that YAS-109 is much better designed and has a better sound performance than HW-T550. According to the results of our comparison, YAS-109 received 6.8 points out of 10 possible, and HW-T550 was rated 4.5 points.

Advantages Yamaha YAS-109 over Samsung HW-T550

  • Has an integrated subwoofer
  • Available the Amazon Music service
  • Stream music with Spotify
  • Wireless connection via Wi-Fi
  • Voice control supports
  • App for remote control
  • Built-in microphone

Advantages Samsung HW-T550 over Yamaha YAS-109

  • Separate subwoofer provided

Audio features

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

YAS-109
6
HW-T550
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 YAS-109 and the HW-T550.

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-T550 has 2.1 channels. Also, the output power of the soundbars under consideration is different, Yamaha YAS-109 has 120 W, and 320 (overall) W has the competitor.

YAS-109 HW-T550
Built-in channels2.02.1
Amplification typeactiveactive
Output power, W120320 (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-T550 comes with an external subwoofer. Yamaha YAS-109 has the ability to handle wired and wireless connections from an external subwoofer, while Samsung HW-T550 only has wireless connections.

YAS-109 HW-T550
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 YAS-109 received rating 6 out of 10 for multichannel audio processing, but the HW-T550, in the same category, earned 5 out of 10 points.

YAS-109
6
HW-T550
5

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-T550
Dolby Atmos
Dolby (other)Dolby Digital, Dolby Pro Logic IIDolby Digital
DTS:X
DTS (other)DTS Virtual:XDTS Virtual:X

Streaming services

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

YAS-109
6
HW-T550
0

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

YAS-109 HW-T550
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: Yamaha YAS-109 was rated 8 out of 10, and Samsung HW-T550 was rated 6 out of 10.

YAS-109
8
HW-T550
6

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 competitors in this comparison has 1/1 HDMI inputs/outputs.

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-T550
WI-FI
Bluetooth
Ethernet (RJ45)10
NFC
HDMI input/output1/11/1
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)1/00/0
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 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.

YAS-109 HW-T550
Voice controlAmazon Alexa
App control
Microphone
Remote control
Multi-room

Dimensions

YAS-109 HW-T550
Size (Wx H x D), cm/in89 x 5.3 x 13.1/35 x 2.1 x 5.183.8 x 5 x 7.6/33.9 x 2.2 x 3.3
Weight, kg/pounds3.4/7.51.8/4.6
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