Yamaha YAS-209 vs Bose Soundbar 500

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Votes 2 2
Rating 3.5 3.5

YAS-209 vs Soundbar 500 comparison chart

Overall
Yamaha YAS-209
6.4
Bose Soundbar 500
7.4
8
8
Multichannel surround
6
4

Yamaha YAS-209 vs Bose Soundbar 500 review

Yamaha YAS-209
vs
Bose Soundbar 500

To get acquainted with the specs of the devices, we suggest you familiarize with the comparison of Yamaha YAS-209 and Bose Soundbar 500. It shows us that the Soundbar 500 is a better choice as a home soundbar than the YAS-209. According to the results of our comparison, YAS-209 received 6.4 points out of 10 possible, and Soundbar 500 was rated 7.4 points.

Advantages Yamaha YAS-209 over Bose Soundbar 500

  • Separate subwoofer provided
  • Available the Apple Music service

Advantages Bose Soundbar 500 over Yamaha YAS-209

  • Supports object-oriented sound with Dolby Atmos technology

Audio features

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

YAS-209
6
Soundbar 500
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-209 and the Soundbar 500.

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 Soundbar 500 has 3.0 channels.

YAS-209 Soundbar 500
Built-in channels2.03.0
Amplification typeactiveactive
Output power, W200N/A
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. The YAS-209 comes with an external subwoofer. Competitors support wireless connection to a separate external subwoofer.

YAS-209 Soundbar 500
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 YAS-209 received rating 6 out of 10 for multichannel audio processing, but the Soundbar 500, in the same category, earned 4 out of 10 points.

YAS-209
6
Soundbar 500
4

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. Dolby Atmos surround sound support is implemented only in Bose Soundbar 500.

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 Soundbar 500
Dolby Atmos
Dolby (other)Dolby Digital, Dolby Pro Logic IIDolby Digital
DTS:X
DTS (other)DTS Virtual:Xhas not

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 Soundbar 500 - 10 on a 10-point scale.

YAS-209
5
Soundbar 500
10

The popular Spotify service is available on both soundbars.

YAS-209 Soundbar 500
Apple Music (AirPlay)AirPlay 2
Amazon Music
Spotify
Other streaming serviceshas notPandora,Tuneln, Deezer, iHeart, SiriusXM

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 Bose Soundbar 500 was rated 8 out of 10.

YAS-209
7
Soundbar 500
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 YAS-209 has 1/1 HDMI inputs/outputs, but the Soundbar 500 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-209 Soundbar 500
WI-FI
Bluetooth
Ethernet (RJ45)11
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)0/00/0
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 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. However, it is impossible to create a multiroom system based on each of these soundbars.

YAS-209 Soundbar 500
Voice controlAmazon AlexaAmazon Alexa, Google Assistant
App control
Microphone
Remote control
Multi-room

Dimensions

YAS-209 Soundbar 500
Size (Wx H x D), cm/in93 x 6.2 x 10.9/36.6 x 2.5 x 4.280 x 4.3 x 10.1/31.5 x 1.7 x 4
Weight, kg/pounds2.7/63.1/7
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