Yamaha YAS-209 vs Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400

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Votes 5 5
Rating 4.4 4.4

YAS-209 vs MusicCast BAR 400 comparison chart

Overall
Yamaha YAS-209
6.4
Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400
8.2
8
10
Multichannel surround
6
6

Yamaha YAS-209 vs Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 review

Yamaha YAS-209
vs
Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400

Against the background of the increasing popularity of soundbars, the comparison of Yamaha YAS-209 and Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 takes place. And based on the available data, we can conclude that MusicCast BAR 400 has better sound and performance than YAS-209. According to the results of our comparison, YAS-209 received 6.4 points out of 10 possible, and MusicCast BAR 400 was rated 8.2 points.

Advantages Yamaha YAS-209 over Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400

  • Available the Apple Music service
  • App for remote control

Advantages Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 over Yamaha YAS-209

  • Possible to create a multi-room system

Audio features

The YAS-209 is rated 6 of 10 against 7 for the MusicCast BAR 400 according to the audio features rating.

YAS-209
6
MusicCast BAR 400
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-209 and the MusicCast BAR 400.

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-209 has 2.0 channels, while the MusicCast BAR 400 has 5.1 channels. Also, the output power of the soundbars under consideration is different, Yamaha YAS-209 has 200 W, and 200 (overall) W has the competitor.

YAS-209 MusicCast BAR 400
Built-in channels2.05.1
Amplification typeactiveactive
Output power, W200200 (overall)
Separate speaker (in package)00
Separate speaker connectionswirelesswireless

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 reviewed devices are equipped with an external subwoofer. Competitors support wireless connection to a separate external subwoofer.

YAS-209 MusicCast BAR 400
Built-in subwoofer
Separate subwoofer (in package)
Separate subwoofer connectionswirelesswireless

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-209
6
MusicCast BAR 400
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-209 MusicCast BAR 400
Dolby Atmos
Dolby (other)Dolby Digital, Dolby Pro Logic IIDolby Digital
DTS:X
DTS (other)DTS Virtual:XDTS Virtual:X, DTS Digital Surround

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-209 received 5 points, and the MusicCast BAR 400 - 10 on a 10-point scale.

YAS-209
5
MusicCast BAR 400
10

The popular Spotify service is available on both soundbars.

YAS-209 MusicCast BAR 400
Apple Music (AirPlay)AirPlay 2
Amazon Music
Spotify
Other streaming serviceshas notPandora, Deezer, TIDAL, Napster, SiriusXM, Qobuz

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-209 was rated 7 out of 10, and Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 was rated 8 out of 10.

YAS-209
7
MusicCast BAR 400
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 both devices.

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-209 MusicCast BAR 400
WI-FI
Bluetooth
Ethernet (RJ45)11
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)0/01/0
Headphone output00
Subwoofer output00

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-209 has its own remote control application. 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 MusicCast BAR 400 has the ability to use a multiroom system.

YAS-209 MusicCast BAR 400
Voice controlAmazon AlexaAmazon Alexa, Google Assistant
App control
Microphone
Remote control
Multi-room

Dimensions

YAS-209 MusicCast BAR 400
Size (Wx H x D), cm/in93 x 6.2 x 10.9/36.6 x 2.5 x 4.294.2 x 8.3 x 11/38.6 x 3.3 x 4.3
Weight, kg/pounds2.7/62.7/6
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