Whether or not you are upgrading from a smaller sound bar or including audio system to your TV for the primary time, there’s so much to love about Yamaha’s MusicCast Bar 400. 

Sure, you will get a sound bar for a lot much less cash, however the Yamaha’s advantages are apparent as quickly as you flip it on. It has massive sound with nice bass response, all the connectivity you might want, and streaming options from right here to Hawaii.

Whereas the Yamaha MusicCast Bar 400 provides all the efficiency you’d count on from the storied Japanese model, I did have a few usability quibbles. They’re minor, nonetheless, and hardly spoil an in any other case glorious sound bar. The MusicCast Bar 400, also called the YAS-408, is obtainable now for $500, £600 or AU$800.

Design

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The MusicCast Bar 400 consists of the bar itself and wi-fi subwoofer. The comparatively trendy bar is nearly a meter vast (39 inches) and is designed to sit down flat on a TV unit or on a wall. The again of the speaker has keyhole mounts for wall-mounting, however because it’s deeper than it’s tall it’ll poke out into the room considerably.

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If the bar is mounted excessive chances are you’ll not be capable of inform if it is on or off.

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About these usability points: the facility lights and controls are on high of the unit and in the event you’ve used the Dimmer management they may flip off after a couple of seconds. Relying on the place you place the unit — say on a wall — it may be troublesome to inform if it is on (with mute) off. As well as, video will play through the HDMI port to your TV when the bar is about to any enter — even analog — and when the unit is powered down. With none visible energy indicator I puzzled on a number of events why the quantity wasn’t working regardless that I might see an image, till I found the bar was turned off. It was a complicated consumer expertise.

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The subwoofer isn’t the plastic field discovered on finances ‘bars, and it appears similar to the corporate’s standalone fashions. It is fairly massive at 7.125 inches by 16.375 inches by 16 inches, so you may must have a devoted house saved for it to sit down.

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The distant management stands a minor reduce above most bank card type remotes by that includes pleasantly squishy buttons and a well-spaced structure.

Options

The extras lacking from low cost sound bars are connectivity, format assist and multiroom audio, and the Bar 400 checks all three bins. Bodily connection choices embrace a 4K HDR-passing HDMI enter and HDMI output (ARC), along with digital optical for older TVs and an analog enter.

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