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Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400

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Product Overview

MusicCast BAR 400 is a full-feature soundbar with minimalist design and broad connectivity options by Yamaha. It comes with a 6.5-inch wireless subwoofer.
The MusicCast BAR 400 supports both Dolby Digital and DTS Digital Surround. With MusicCast Surround technology, the BAR 400 can connect to optional wireless MusicCast Surround-enabled rear speakers via WiFi.
In 2019, Yamaha introduced the YAS-209, which keeps the same driver setup but drops MusicCast Surround support.

Ratings

What we found

Pros
  • Excellent sound with both movies and music
  • Supports Dolby Atmos and DTS Virtual:X
  • Works with Apple AirPlay and Google Assistant
Cons
  • Lacks lossless surround support

What external reviewers found

External score 77%
Pros
  • Excellent sound quality
  • Excellent multiroom sound
  • Easy to use
  • Clear Voice feature
  • DTS Virtual:X
Cons
  • No lossless surround support
  • Limited HDMI connections
  • No 4.1-channel surround

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Specifications

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External Reviews

techradar[1]

Reviewer score 68% (normalized by Neofiliac)
Reviewers from techradar have found:
Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 is a 2.1-channel combo that delivers an impressive performance with movies and music. It supports lossy Dolby Digital and DTS Digital Surround, but not lossless formats like Dolby TrueHD or DTS-HD Master Audio. However Yamaha has added DTS Virtual:X, which uses psychoacoustic processing to create a more immersive experience. There's also the Clear Voice feature that makes dialogue easier to understand, and if you own an Amazon Alexa product, you can also control the Yamaha with vocal commands. The BAR 400's strengths as a two-channel system meant that it delivered some great stereo imaging.
Pros
  • Excellent sound quality
  • DTS Virtual:X
  • Clear Voice feature
Cons
  • No lossless surround support
  • Limited HDMI connections

whathifi[2]

Reviewer score 86% (normalized by Neofiliac)
Reviewers from whathifi have found:
Yamaha's MusicCast Bar 400 is a wireless soundbar with 4.1-channel surround. It's easy to use and easy to access music, including high-res files up to 24-bit/192kHz over the network. MusicCast devices can also be controlled by either Google Assistant or Alexa.
Pros
  • Easy to set up and use
  • Excellent multiroom sound
  • Easy to use
Cons
  • No 4.1-channel surround

References

  1. ^ Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 review. [techradar].
  2. ^ Yamaha MusicCast Bar 400 review. [whathifi].

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