Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 Review and Specs

Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 Yamaha has extensive experience with sound panels, so when it releases something new in this area, expectations are high. Fortunately, the Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 - a 2.1-channel soundbar consisting of a main unit and a wireless active subwoofer - basically matches them. Follow this Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 review for all the Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 specs.

Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 review

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Features

The highlight of the model is the surround sound in the DTS Virtual: X format, there is also a whole bunch of decoders “on board”: from Dolby Pro Logic II to Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS Digital Surround. No less interesting is the video part. In addition to the Audio Return Channel, which has already become familiar to the technology of this class (ARC - the sound signal from the TV can be sent to the input of the device via an HDMI cable that outputs video signals from the device to the TV), there is a full 4K Ultra HD - Pass-through - 50 / 60 Hz, YCbCr 4: 4: 4, HDR 10, Dolby Vision, HLG. Good old 1080p 3D is not forgotten either. Claimed sound power is 200 W.

Design and build

Stylish and compact (980 x 60 x 110.5 mm, 2.7 kg) soundbar with a wireless weighty subwoofer (180 x 437 x 401 mm, 9.4 kg). The Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 looks as good as its performance characteristics: the slim and stylish body allows you to easily visually combine the system with any TV (the device will not block your screen). Minimalism extends to the display, which consists of a series of simple light indicators at the top of the sound bar - they show the selected source and surround mode, as well as any Wi-Fi or Bluetooth connections.

Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400

Connectivity

HDMI input and output with ARC, optical digital audio input, 3.5 mm audio jack, Ethernet, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. The back of the soundbar has an HDMI input and output with ARC. There are also optical and analog connectors.

Setup

Using the MusicCast CONTROLLER application, you can control all the Yamaha MusicCast streaming options, including volume control, input selection, etc. MusicCast can also fully stream a signal when you turn on additional speakers for many rooms.

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • This is a cleverly crafted 2.1-channel combination that delivers impressive performance with movies and music
  • MusicCast is a great addition with an effective remote application and the ability to create a multiroom system
  • You can even add rear channels using MusicCast speakers

Cons

  • The lack of lossless support
  • Only one HDMI input is disappointing

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Product

Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400

Model

MusicCast BAR 400

Brand

Yamaha

Reviews

86

General

Placement type

table-top, wall-mountable

Connection to source

wired, wireless

Soundbar buttons

power, volume down, volume up, input, mute

Audio features

Built-in channels

5.1

Amplification type

active

Output power, W

100

Separate speaker (in package)

0

Separate speaker connections

wireless

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

1

Separate subwoofer connections

wireless

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay 2

Google Play Music

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

Pandora, Deezer, TIDAL, Napster, SiriusXM, Qobuz

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

1

NFC

HDMI input/output

1/1

HDMI ARC

Optical digital input/output

1/0

USB

1 (USB 2.0)

Coaxial digital input/output

0/0

Analog audio input/output (RCA)

1/0

Headphone output

0

Subwoofer output

0

Features

Voice control

Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri

App control

Microphone

Remote control

Multi-room

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

Dolby Digital

Dolby Pro Logic II

DTS:X

DTS Virtual:X

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Size (Wx H x D), cm/in

94.2 x 8.3 x 11/38.6 x 3.3 x 4.3

Weight, kg/pounds

2.7/6
Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400
Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400

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