JBL Bar 5.1 vs Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400

JBL Bar 5.1
vs
Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400

I had a chance to test and compare two models: JBL Bar 5.1 vs Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 and this review should help people who are looking for a good soundbar. Bar 5.1 has a total rating of 7 out of 10 vs 7.6 out of 10 for MusicCast BAR 400.

Advantages JBL Bar 5.1 over Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400

  • 5.1 vs 2.1 built-in channels
  • Separate speakers in package
  • Google Play Music compatible
  • App control

Advantages Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 over JBL Bar 5.1

  • WI-FI enabled
  • Microphone
  • Multi-room support

Common strengths

  • Both soundbars have separate subwoofers in package
  • Amazon Music compatible
  • Spotify compatible
  • Bluetooth enabled
  • Audio return channel (HDMI ARC) support
Votes 9 9
Rating 3.9 3.9

Soundbars comparison chart

Overall
JBL Bar 5.1
7
Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400
7.6
5
8
JBL Bar 5.1

JBL Bar 5.1 review

Nov 22, 2019

The JBL Bar 5.1 Soundbar is the first model to feature battery powered wireless surround speakers. Want to see the JBL Bar 5.1 review as well as JBL Bar 5.1 specs? You are at the right place. Artic...

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Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400

Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 review

Jan 24, 2020

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...

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Common

Product

JBL Bar 5.1
Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400

Model

Bar 5.1
MusicCast BAR 400

Brand

JBL
Yamaha

Reviews

1518
97

General

Placement type

table-top, wall-mountable
table-top, wall-mountable

Connection to source

wired, wireless
wired, wireless

Soundbar buttons

power, volume down, volume up, input
power, volume down, volume up, input, mute

Audio features

Built-in channels

5.1
2.1

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

510 (overall)
100

Separate speaker (in package)

2
0

Separate speaker connections

wireless
wireless

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

1
1

Separate subwoofer connections

wireless
wireless

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay
AirPlay 2

Google Play Music

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

Pandora, Tuneln, Deezer, Chromecast
Pandora, Deezer, TIDAL, Napster, SiriusXM, Qobuz

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

0
1

NFC

HDMI input/output

3/0
1/1

HDMI ARC

Optical digital input/output

1/0
1/0

USB

1 (USB 2.0)
1 (USB 2.0)

Coaxial digital input/output

0/0
0/0

Analog audio input/output (RCA)

1/0
1/0

Headphone output

0
0

Subwoofer output

1
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

114.8 x 5.8 x 9.3/45 x 2.3 x 3.7
94.2 x 8.3 x 11/38.6 x 3.3 x 4.3

Weight, kg/pounds

3.9/8.6
2.7/6
JBL Bar 5.1
Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400
JBL Bar 5.1
Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400

Soundbars CHooseratoR comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 7
  • 7.6
  • 7JBL Bar 5.1
  • 7.6Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400

The Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 is better soundbar in this comparison. Check Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 price