Yamaha YAS-209 vs Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400

Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 vs Yamaha YAS-209

Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 review

The 5.1-channel soundbar has 100W of power. 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 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. Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400

Yamaha YAS-209 review

The 2.0-channel unit has 100W of output power. The YAS-209 system includes a small subwoofer. Thanks to the wireless connection, it can be freely placed anywhere in any room. Install it in the chosen place, plug it in, turn it on and enjoy the truly dynamic deep bass. Easy setup with HDMI or optical cable and auto subwoofer connection. The YAS-209 offers Alexa built-in voice control for easy control of your soundbar, smart home devices, music, and more. Yamaha YAS-209

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

Yamaha YAS-209 pros & cons

Pros

  • Including downloading the related app and making an account, total set up was maybe 5 minutes max
  • This sound bar is made to disappear into your home

Cons

  • It can’t pull off multiroom audio through Alexa

Votes 7 7
Rating 3.8 3.8

Soundbars comparison chart

Overall
Yamaha YAS-209
6.4
Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400
7.6
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Common

Product

Yamaha YAS-209
Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400

Model

YAS-209
MusicCast BAR 400

Brand

Yamaha
Yamaha

Reviews

206
77

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

Audio features

Built-in channels

2.0
5.1

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

100
100

Separate speaker (in package)

0
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 2

Google Play Music

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

has not
Pandora, Deezer, TIDAL, Napster, SiriusXM, Qobuz

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

1
1

NFC

HDMI input/output

1/1
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)

0/0
1/0

Headphone output

0
0

Subwoofer output

0
0

Features

Voice control

Amazon Alexa
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

93 x 6.2 x 10.9/36.6 x 2.5 x 4.2
94.2 x 8.3 x 11/38.6 x 3.3 x 4.3

Weight, kg/pounds

2.7/6
2.7/6
Yamaha YAS-209
Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400
Yamaha YAS-209
Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400

Soundbars CHooseratoR comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 6.4
  • 7.6
  • 6.4Yamaha YAS-209
  • 7.6Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400

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