Sonos Beam vs Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400

Sonos Beam vs Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400

Sonos Beam review

Sonos calls Beam "the most advanced saunabar." The principle of operation of this column is based on the direction of sound to the walls, with its subsequent reflection. The soundbar is equipped with two woofers for the center channel, one for the left and right stereo, and a tweeter. Also on the front of the Sonos Beam are two passive radiators and another on the back. Sonos Beam, for the first time for soundbars, combines HDMI and voice control. HDMI supports CEC technology, which allows you to control the voice of compatible connected TVs - for example, turn them on and off. There is support for multi-channel audio Dolby Digital 5.1, but not DTS. It has 3.0 channels. Sonos Beam

Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 review

The 5.1-channel soundbar has 100W of power. Separately, it is worth noting the function of Yamaha MusicCast. This means that the soundbar can play music from your home UPnP server, Internet radio or through streaming services; both in a wired connection (Ethernet network) and in wireless scenarios (Wi-Fi (2.4 / 5 GHz), AirPlay, Bluetooth Ver. 4.2 EDR / A2DP, AVRCP (up to 10 m) are supported). Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400

Sonos Beam pros & cons

Pros

  • The late night setting (voice boost and lower loud noises) is very helpful
  • The native Apple Airplay streaming without the need for the Sonos app (it allows streaming collectively to the Play:1s also) is a great bonus also

Cons

  • The issue I have is codec support. Sonos has DD support and literally nothing else

Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 pros & 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

Votes 8 8
Rating 4.9 4.9

Soundbars comparison chart

Overall
Sonos Beam
5.6
Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400
7.6
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Common

Product

Sonos Beam
Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400

Model

Beam
MusicCast BAR 400

Brand

Sonos
Yamaha

Reviews

2155
97

General

Placement type

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

Connection to source

wired, wireless
wired, wireless

Soundbar buttons

volume down, volume up, microphone, play/pause
power, volume down, volume up, input, mute

Audio features

Built-in channels

3.0
2.1

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

100

Separate speaker (in package)

0
0

Separate speaker connections

wireless
wireless

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

0
1

Separate subwoofer connections

wireless
wireless

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay 2
AirPlay 2

Google Play Music

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

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

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

1
1

NFC

HDMI input/output

1/0
1/1

HDMI ARC

Optical digital input/output

1/0
1/0

USB

1 (USB 2.0)

Coaxial digital input/output

0/0
0/0

Analog audio input/output (RCA)

0/0
1/0

Headphone output

0
0

Subwoofer output

0
0

Features

Voice control

Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant
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

65 x 6.8x 10/25.6 x 2.7 x 3.9
94.2 x 8.3 x 11/38.6 x 3.3 x 4.3

Weight, kg/pounds

2.8/6.2
2.7/6
Sonos Beam
Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400
Sonos Beam
Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400

Soundbars CHooseratoR comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 5.6
  • 7.6
  • 5.6Sonos Beam
  • 7.6Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400

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